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Old March 20th, 2011, 07:47 PM
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What is the latest that you can book a cruise?? I have never been the last minute kind of person. We have been on 8, but with the economy the way it is, we will be out of school and wanting to go ASAP. We have passports and credit cards, just no last minute experience.
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On Carnival you can book a cruise up to 24 hours before departure. There is no guarantee that there will be open cabins at that time. Cruise ships fill their ships up before that time.

I have done a lot of cruises within two or three months before sailing. I have found the best prices are usually right after final payment which is around 70 days before sailing.

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Kuki, I thought Homeland Security required 72 hours before sailing?

NancyB, as long as you can find a ship with cabin's available you can book up until either 24 or 72 hours .

Generally, the last minute availability will be inside cabins. As long as that's not a problem, go for it! Oh, yeah, if you're flying to the port the airfare will probably be higher last minute. Driving from AR to Galveston would probably be your best bet to keep cost's down.

I agree with Kuki, the best prices are usually right after final payment is due.
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We booked our Disney Wonder cruise 3 weeks out and had a nice balcony cabin.
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We booked our Alaska cruise 42 days before sailing and had a balcony .
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Last week the Carival Liberty for 7 days was $349.00 per person with two cabins left. That was last Friday and I happened to be on the phone with Carnival when I found out about this last minute rate. The ship was sailing the next day on Saturday. I am looking to book Valor for April 2nd but I am waiting for the price to drop. Down from $399. If it dosen't I'll wait a week or two. But don't wait too long as soon as the kids get out of school those summer rates will be here to stay.
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Kuki, I thought Homeland Security required 72 hours before sailing?

NancyB, as long as you can find a ship with cabin's available you can book up until either 24 or 72 hours .

Generally, the last minute availability will be inside cabins. As long as that's not a problem, go for it! Oh, yeah, if you're flying to the port the airfare will probably be higher last minute. Driving from AR to Galveston would probably be your best bet to keep cost's down.

I agree with Kuki, the best prices are usually right after final payment is due.
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I'm honored you think I'm Kuki. Or maybe I'm insulted.

The 72 hour was basically a "cruise myth" that popped up after 9/11. I also believed it because someone I thought I could trust said so. Then I started seeing "last minute" deals that were 48 and 24 hours before sailing. I then did my own research and found out that it had been 72 hours for a VERY short time after 9/11.

The official policy with Carnival is actually 1 hour before sailing but Carnival's booking will only accept bookings 24 hours before sailing but you may be able to book at the pier. Royal Caribbean is also 24 hours before sailing.

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You can book the same day, if space is available. I think the only requirement is the cruise line needs to turn in the passenger manifest 60 minutes before sailing.

There is a different lead time required for the manifest for ships that are going to enter US waters, but that is N/A here.
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You can book the same day, if space is available. I think the only requirement is the cruise line needs to turn in the passenger manifest 60 minutes before sailing.

There is a different lead time required for the manifest for ships that are going to enter US waters, but that is N/A here.
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I'm honored you think I'm Kuki. Or maybe I'm insulted.

The 72 hour was basically a "cruise myth" that popped up after 9/11. I also believed it because someone I thought I could trust said so. Then I started seeing "last minute" deals that were 48 and 24 hours before sailing. I then did my own research and found out that it had been 72 hours for a VERY short time after 9/11.

The official policy with Carnival is actually 1 hour before sailing but Carnival's booking will only accept bookings 24 hours before sailing but you may be able to book at the pier. Royal Caribbean is also 24 hours before sailing.

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Sorry, Mike (or maybe not !). I do know the difference. Kuki, as far as I know, doesn't go out in the freezing cold and dig through the ice to try to catch a fish that could just as easily be caught in the summer !

It's very interesting to know that 72 hours isn't the time limit and hasn't been for quite a while. I see many posts that still say that it is!
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Thank you to everyone.
My son-in-law and daughter are coming home in June, He is back from Aphganistan and I want to send them on a 7 day vacation. Maybe I can get a GREAT rate at the last minute.
Thank you again for all the help.
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Thank you to everyone.
My son-in-law and daughter are coming home in June, He is back from Aphganistan and I want to send them on a 7 day vacation. Maybe I can get a GREAT rate at the last minute.
Thank you again for all the help.
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Nancy, that's great! Remember that cruise line's will also give a discount for military! Thanks to your SIL and daughter for serving .
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The official policy with Carnival is actually 1 hour before sailing but Carnival's booking will only accept bookings 24 hours before sailing but you may be able to book at the pier. Royal Caribbean is also 24 hours before sailing.

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You absolutely CAN book at the pier, like it used to be. On a Carnival cruise (Miracle) recently, the lovely Mrs. Jones (Vita) and I were in our cabin, when someone inserted the "Sign-n-Sail" card in the door, and walked in! We found out that they had sold our cabin on the pier, and upgraded us, but no one bothered to let embarkation know! It was a good upgrade, or I'd have raised a bit of hell! I questioned whether it was legal to sell our cabin "on the pier", and was told that YES, they can, and do sell cabins to "walk ups", if there are cabins available.

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I just logged in again, and found this from an ad on the front page of CM:
(link was to a search for Eastern Caribbean itineraries)

American Discount Cruises ad here on CM

I don't know if anyone here on the boards has actually used them or not; I was only checking out the link and remembered your post.
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Sorry, Mike (or maybe not !). I do know the difference. Kuki, as far as I know, doesn't go out in the freezing cold and dig through the ice to try to catch a fish that could just as easily be caught in the summer !

It's very interesting to know that 72 hours isn't the time limit and hasn't been for quite a while. I see many posts that still say that it is!
Yeah, Kuki doesn't have as much fun.

The 72 hour thing has become a "Cruise Board Legend". There was a moderator who once worked here who swore up and down that he had been told by the Chief of Security for Carnival Cruise Lines that 72 hours was the limit. I think it was really a security guard.

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There are some preparations you have to do to ensure everything will go according to plan. Last minute cruise deals are not an option for a great vacation in my opinion....

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You absolutely CAN book at the pier, like it used to be. On a Carnival cruise (Miracle) recently, the lovely Mrs. Jones (Vita) and I were in our cabin, when someone inserted the "Sign-n-Sail" card in the door, and walked in! We found out that they had sold our cabin on the pier, and upgraded us, but no one bothered to let embarkation know! It was a good upgrade, or I'd have raised a bit of hell! I questioned whether it was legal to sell our cabin "on the pier", and was told that YES, they can, and do sell cabins to "walk ups", if there are cabins available.

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Thank you Mike for all that information.

Now that I live in Florida, I might want to book a last minute cruise.

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This is great information. Although we can not 'walk up' we are only 5 hours away from Galveston. We made friends with one couple who had 'signed up' on Friday and the Ship left on Monday. They lived in Houston. Thank you everyone for the good information.
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Usually there is a guard stationed at the gate where you jave to show your ticket to get through.

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They are supposed to ONLY check for ID or passport at the entry. I know some do ask for ticket, but they are wrong to do so. There are people that do not check in online so they DO get their ticket at the pier. It's not uncommon. Not everyone has a computer.
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We are about a 6 hour drive from New Orleans.....

and twice last year we booked a cruise on Tuesday, drove down on Wednesday and got on the ship on Thursday!!
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