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ShotoJuku May 28th, 2008 02:26 PM

Peak $$ Cruise Season
Just generally speaking when in the peak and/or non-peak season; I'm looking for the most affordable time to book - Thanks!

Irish Shark May 28th, 2008 02:48 PM

It really depends on the itinerary. Holiday cruises regardless of the month are always popular. Winter in the USA makes Southern Hemisphere destinations attractive.

Generally speaking, the peak season depends on where you are going.

Here is a little guide.

Potter May 28th, 2008 02:54 PM

The first couple weeks of January after the holidays.

Nicnme May 28th, 2008 04:05 PM

We have done most of our cruises the first week of May. This is before schools let out, not near a holiday and the prices have not gone up for the summer. Our next one we are looking at is end of Sept or Oct. These prices seem a bit cheaper than May (not much) but it is during hurricane season in the Carribbean.
Best advise... pick a cruise line then compare itinerairies of when and where you might want to go, along with where you want to leave from. Good luck.

Joe323 May 28th, 2008 04:23 PM

Try between Thanksgiving but Before and not including Xmas

BobMiller May 28th, 2008 05:12 PM

General rule of thumb, the prices all go up while school is out and go back down when school starts again. This is true for the Summer Vacation, plus the Spring and Christmas breaks. Since not all schools have the same schedule the prices are not quite as bad the first and last couple of weeks.

This applies to Caribbean cruises since we haven't cruised North or in Europe so I don't know how those prices fluctuate.

We've found the best prices for the Caribbean cruises to be September and October. Not too bad in late January and February.

Trip May 28th, 2008 07:25 PM

I would agree that, from, after Thanksgiving to like mid Dec, and the couple of weeks after New Years, the deals can have you in tears, wanting to sail them all!

Mike M May 28th, 2008 08:25 PM

Generally, the lowest prices for Caribbean cruises are from late September to late December. This does not include Thanksgiving and Christmas weeks. Holiday cruises are the most expensive.

The highest prices are after January 1 and through the Summer. Spring break cruises, March and April, are also quite high.

I like to cruise in the fall. Overall, great weather and good prices.

Take care,

KACORPARENTS May 28th, 2008 09:46 PM

We have only been on 2 cruises and we have found the 1st week of May to be awesome. Prices are good and weather is great in the Caribbean.

Redheadsmama May 28th, 2008 10:38 PM

Our TA said we picked an awesome week. $290 for Eastern Caribbean
on Liberty (not including fees). $550 everything in.
Sailing November 29 - December 6.

Snoozeman May 29th, 2008 12:41 AM

I have found the 1st two-three weeks of September, the 1st two weeks of November, & the 1st week of December to be value weeks.

ShotoJuku May 31st, 2008 06:42 AM

Thanks all....looks like summer bad, fall, winter, spring good - :D

Dutchman May 31st, 2008 08:53 AM

We have got our best military prices late January and February, but book a year out. That may also help. 14 to 18 days of cruiseing in winter is fantastic to get out of the cold.

Irish Shark May 31st, 2008 12:57 PM


Originally Posted by ShotoJuku
Thanks all....looks like summer bad, fall, winter, spring good - :D

Not true. It depends on where you are going.

briguy May 31st, 2008 06:11 PM

For Mexico the cheapest is in the bad weather generally but hotter than sin.. its not crowded down there as the tourists have left so if you can deal with high temps and humidity then its a value..

Irish Shark June 1st, 2008 12:45 PM

Mexico: October through April is high season in Mexico. Choose a summer sailing for lower prices, but remember that Mexico can be affected by hurricane season as well.

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