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Old August 1st, 2007, 10:47 PM
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Just wondering what the cutoff time is for last minute cruisers, meaning ie., todays date is Aug. 1st, and I wanted to catch a 4 day cruise Aug 16th, how could I find out if there are any rooms left on the ship? Or is this too late?

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Old August 1st, 2007, 11:10 PM
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Some say the cut off is 48 hours, but others have said they went even more last minute by calling someone at the port.

Im showing Ecstasy 4 day on August 16th, price is $699 for a inside...YIKES!!!! $769 for a OV.

Which ship were you looking at...hope its not that one. You could call Carnival or almost any of the online TAs would still take your money lol. Do you have a TA you use?

From all indications we are not going to have the same last minute deals that were out last year.
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Hi You would go about it the same way you would any cruise. Either contact Carnival. or your favorite TA (Travel Agent) I believe the cut off for a cruise is 48 to 72 hours before departure.

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The typical cutoff is around 48 hours. Some of the other cruiselines do standby (Princess, HAL) which means they already have your passport info and will call you the night before or you show up at the port and hope for the best. I have heard of people doing that.

The cruiselines have to have time to run your info through Homeland Security and whatever criminal data base they use. They don't want people using a cruiseship to slip out of the country unnoticed.

About two weeks before the cruise is when you may see the lowest of low prices. That is the cruiseline's last ditch effort to sell off any last minute cancelled cabins that they have gotten back in their inventory. After that, they don't really make any effort to sell open cabins because the dining room assignments have been made, cabin upgrades have been given out and food rations have already been ordered and it is more trouble than it is worth to get rid of a few cabins, especially if they have to sell them at a deep discount. It is not worth it. Better that they sail with a few cabins empty in case of emergency.

P.S. Even though all of the ships generally sail "full", it is impossible to tell how full is full unless you are an employee who has access to housekeeping's data.

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The typical cutoff is around 48 hours. Some of the other cruiselines do standby (Princess, HAL) which means they already have your passport info and will call you the night before or you show up at the port and hope for the best. I have heard of people doing that.

The cruiselines have to have time to run your info through Homeland Security and whatever criminal data base they use. They don't want people using a cruiseship to slip out of the country unnoticed.

About two weeks before the cruise is when you may see the lowest of low prices. That is the cruiseline's last ditch effort to sell off any last minute cancelled cabins that they have gotten back in their inventory. After that, they don't really make any effort to sell open cabins because the dining room assignments have been made, cabin upgrades have been given out and food rations have already been ordered and it is more trouble than it is worth to get rid of a few cabins, especially if they have to sell them at a deep discount. It is not worth it. Better that they sail with a few cabins empty in case of emergency.
P.S. Even though all of the ships generally sail "full", it is impossible to tell how full is full unless you are an employee who has access to housekeeping's data.

Good luck.
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The typical cutoff is around 48 hours. Some of the other cruiselines do standby (Princess, HAL) which means they already have your passport info and will call you the night before or you show up at the port and hope for the best. I have heard of people doing that.

The cruiselines have to have time to run your info through Homeland Security and whatever criminal data base they use. They don't want people using a cruiseship to slip out of the country unnoticed.

About two weeks before the cruise is when you may see the lowest of low prices. That is the cruiseline's last ditch effort to sell off any last minute cancelled cabins that they have gotten back in their inventory. After that, they don't really make any effort to sell open cabins because the dining room assignments have been made, cabin upgrades have been given out and food rations have already been ordered and it is more trouble than it is worth to get rid of a few cabins, especially if they have to sell them at a deep discount. It is not worth it. Better that they sail with a few cabins empty in case of emergency.
P.S. Even though all of the ships generally sail "full", it is impossible to tell how full is full unless you are an employee who has access to housekeeping's data.

Good luck.
......as in, usage for a temporary brig?
Hey you!!! Long time no hear from. How is that other place doing?

I think they keep the empties in case something goes wrong with someone's cabin and they have to be moved or if they need to pacify a passenger with an instant upgrade.
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Depends on the cruise line. I have booked cruises very late on both Carnival and RCCL. One was on a Friday for a Monday departure from Miami. I got the very last cabin available (for a very low fare). It was on the lowest deck all the way forward, and you heard the anchor and other machinery at times, but what the heck !
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