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Old January 15th, 2007, 08:35 PM
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Has anyone ever taken a last minute cruise? My brother-in-law booked his about a week before it sailed and claims to has saved about half the cost.
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Old January 16th, 2007, 08:36 AM
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I've done that in the past, and there are so many factors that figure into whether you get a good deal or not,,,,and even whether you can get aboard or not. The good deals won't occur unless the ship isn't at capacity. Obviously, if it's sold out, you won't be able to get a cabin, at any cost. On the other hand, if she isn't sold out, and the line is scrambling to fill cabins, then, yes, you will get a "special deal" and it may well be very heavily discounted.
Years ago, we used to drive to the port, bags packed on the day of sailing, and get aboard, IF there were any open cabins for next to nothing,,,,however since 9/11 that can't be done anymore. (security you know)
If you're wide open to sailing,,,or not,,,then you might try the "last minute" thing. I'd rather pay a few bucks more, and know I'll be sailing.

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Old January 16th, 2007, 10:45 AM
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As Ken said, there is a waiting period now where the ship's manifest must be turned in to Homeland Security to peruse the names on the list. If I remember correctly it is 72 hours. That's as "last minute" as you'll now find.

But you can get great deals at heavily discounted rates if you are VERY flexible on schedules, ships, and cabins.

Book me on your next cruise and enjoy your personal punching bag.
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Old January 16th, 2007, 12:58 PM
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try www.vacationstogo.com for last minute deals.
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