We booked our upcoming Oct cruise on Celebrity's Summit back in Dec.
I got a Cat 9 cabin for Cat 10 price. This is how they pass on the savings of booking on ship, but you also get a shipboard credit on the upcoming cruise that you book.
If I can remember the shipboard credit is in increments of $50 up to the max of $200, but I can't remember what cruise length they are.
I do know that we are doing a 13-nighter we will receive the max onboard credit of $200.
This should be credited to our account when we get on the ship. I assume I may have to go to the bursar's desk to confirm this, but I'm going to bring my paperwork that I was given by the TA on the ship that states my credit.
You can choose a cabin while you book. it Not sure on open booking.
My TA in Miami will get her credit for the cruise. I also got her price, which she always beats any online price I've seen.
You will have to leave the deposit at that time of booking on the ship though with a credit card.
I thought this was a pretty good deal if you know you want to commit to a cruise for the future.
We are going to book on the Constellation in October a back-to-back on the Summit again for next year. Any money saved if alright by me.
Hope this helps.
2008 Liberty OTS (Caribbean)
2007 Summit (Alaska)
2006 Century, Infinity (Panama Canal), Summit (Hawaii)
2005 Millenium, Voyager of the Seas, Jewel of the Seas B2B
2004 Explorer of the Seas, Constellation (Canada/New England)
2003 Horizon (Bermuda), Summit
2002 Explorer of the Seas, Brilliance of the Seas (Caribbean)