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Old June 18th, 2012, 08:45 PM
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Do you plan your cruises way in advance ?
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Old June 18th, 2012, 08:47 PM
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It's not so much that I plan them way in advance.

I book them early to make sure that the cabin I want is available.

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Old June 18th, 2012, 08:56 PM
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We've booked 6 weeks before sailing and 2 years before .
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Usually we book them far in advance. Ruby we booked last week and sail in September which is very unusual for us. We booked Royal Princess for Oct 2013 back in March.

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Old June 18th, 2012, 11:18 PM
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Half within 30days, half at 90. Never booked more than 90 days out.

I booked one cruise 4 days out
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Old June 18th, 2012, 11:40 PM
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We book as soon as cruises are open for booking to get the cheapest fare. We usually travel with a group of friends so there is usually a mad rush when itineraries and pricing announced to find which ones we want to sail on. Sometimes, we choose our cruise even before they are open for booking. In 2006 on Seven Seas Mariner, we decided on last northbound Alaska cruise of the season before bookings were even open. I believe our TA deposited over 50 cabins on first day cruise was open for booking. We have selected a 2014 cruise that Silverseas has not yet even determined whether they will offer; however, they know we have a group that will probably fill at least 30% of the ship.

At a minimum, we need to determine cruise at least 331 days out for best chance at frequent flyer tickets. I just did air HSV to BKK via ATL and ICN returning DEL to CDG (30 hour stopover) to HSV via ATL. When you can get that ticket for 120K miles per person in business, it is important to book far in advance.

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Mostly, in advance, because of schedules and when to get time off to go...

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Just 1 time I think it would be fun to just plan a last moment cruise.....like less than 15 days from sailing
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Old June 19th, 2012, 09:29 AM
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Just 1 time I think it would be fun to just plan a last moment cruise.....like less than 15 days from sailing
I agree with Kelly, JUST FOR ONCE it would be a lot of fun.

We almost always book our next cruise while onboard, in order to get the credits. We don't always go on the one we book, but at least we have our deposit down!

Our cruise for September has been booked since last December, and of course was in planning stages before that. We are now planning our Alaska cruise for next summer and will probably book that as soon as bookings open.

That gives me lots of time to research ports and plan our mix of shore excursions.

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Old June 19th, 2012, 05:22 PM
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I always book early...sometimes 6 months, most times one year. I assures me of the cabin I want and the best price...I do call back every few weeks to see if a promotiom is going on for the cruise I booked.

This next cruise on Crystal I booked 7 months in advance.

Is'nt anticipation of going a big part of the excitement of going ? I love the anticipation of leaving months down the road.
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Old June 19th, 2012, 06:48 PM
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I have 2 cruises booked already for this year; October and December. I've never done a transatlantic and am seriously thinking about booking one for November or December 2013.

I'd like to choose my cabin and get a good price so I'm trying to plan way in advance. However, on Celebrity's website today, the Aqua Class is sold out already). Geezzzzzzzzz
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Old June 19th, 2012, 06:59 PM
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We usually book a year in advance. It's the wishing part that starts really early!

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Old June 20th, 2012, 01:15 PM
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We always book as far in advance as possible. I don't like feeling rushed. This way we get the cabin we want and our flight arrangements out of the way. Already looking at two cruises for 2013.

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Old June 20th, 2012, 02:38 PM
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Of the "non-group" cruises I've booked, that were over one year in advance, I've probably canceled 3/4 of them. It always seemed that things didn't fall into place or something prevented us from going at the time we booked.

The vast majority of cruises I've booked have been less than six months of sailing.

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I book about a year in advance!
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