As soon as you know the dates and itinerary you want to sail, book it...prices will go up, not down. Book your cruise with a travel agency that does a heavy volume in cruise bookings to get the best prices and/or special offers, such as AAA....sometimes the cruise prices are all comparable but they may be able to include you in a group booking with upgrades and/or shipboard credits.
Yes definitly book as early as you can!! your past guest status will help if you book a guearentee cabin. We booked the legend 1 1/2 years before the cruise the price went up over $200 per person ( luckily we were already booked so ours didnt go up) and we were bumped up from a 4a to a 8f balcony. On the Fascination we booked early also and our cruise went up in price about 6 months after we booked also. The next cruise on the Truimph we booked in January and the price has already increased twice that i know of.
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Next up Elation Aug 23 '10
then the Miracle again Feb 7,2011
As soon as possible!! Cruising is so popular that cabins go fast well in advance and prices go up quickly, even a year out. We just got off the Valor last week and are already looking into possible cruises for next May/June. Your past passenger number should give you a bit of a discount.
Last month, April, we booked our cruise for May of 2006 - on the Destiny. We are past cruisers - and we booked a guarantee. My question would be - we've just about paid our cruise off - and others in a party have paid part of it but will be paying it off closer to the deadline. (They are also previous cruisers).
Does it make a difference rather or not you've paid it off - as long as it's booked and deposited? (We did go through a TA)
1st Cruise - Carnival Inspiration - August 2004
2nd Cruise - Carnival Destiny - May 2006