I book them early to make sure that the cabin I want is available.
Carnival Liberty New Year's Eve 2007
Liberty of the Seas 5/2008+11/2009
Allure 1/16/ 2011
Vision OTS 2-14-2015
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.
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.
And of course put our countdown on our cruising page (link below)
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.
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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