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Old April 20th, 2006, 03:39 AM
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We want to take a cruise on Grand Princess the week of Dec. 2, 2006. Would like to get a mini-suite, but don't want to book too early......never know what might come up at home!!!! At the same time, don't want all the mini-suites to all be booked up! If we book one now, when would be the latest we could cancel and still get our money back? Any help would be appreciated..........
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Old April 20th, 2006, 09:44 AM
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book it now. Mini-suites go fast. You can cancel anytime before final payment is due (90 days before departure) without penalty.
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Old April 20th, 2006, 09:19 PM
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I book a year in advance for the cheaper rates. My experience has been that the most expensive cabins, and the cheapest cabins book up first.
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Old April 21st, 2006, 07:44 AM
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You can also get travel insurance to cover the trip in case you can;t take it.
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Travel agents or their companies can charge a "cancellation fee" even though there is no penalty from the cruise line. My experience has been that they will give you it as a credit for a future booking so you don't lose $ BUT I choose to use a T/A who doesn't charge this fee. Also important to find one who will check for price reductions all the way up to the final booking (this is especially nice when you live in States that promote "resident or senior specials" which the lines use to increase their occupancy). We book early for both the discounts and cabin location.

Booking early has never cost me but booking late on a popular cruise is costing me extra in Sept.
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Old April 21st, 2006, 09:28 PM
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Booking early gets my vote and as someone suggested travel insurance is a good idea!

Hope you get the cabin you want!
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Old April 22nd, 2006, 11:19 AM
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I always purchase travel insurance because I read a posting once from a lady telling everyone that she recommended travel insurance. She and her husband were on a cruise and he died. She had a difficult time with all the expenses associated with his death and returning home. A representative from the cruise company told her that if she had purchased travel insurance that a lot of the expenses would of been covered.
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Old April 22nd, 2006, 12:32 PM
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It used to be that you could book a cruise 3 - 6 months prior to departure and stil get the cabin class that you wanted. Not anymore. It is not uncommon for folks to book a year or more in advance.

That is what I do and I watch the different Web sites to see if the price drops. 99% of the time your booking agent will match the lower price. Also, it might drop a few times, so keep checking.
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We just booked for Oct '07 and couldn't get the 3 cabins we wanted. Granted they were all aft cabins (rival cruise line) but it's a real problem for those of us who favor specific cabin locations.

Even when we weren't fussy about location, our "Golden Princess" cabins ("AA" guarantee) in Nov have gone up a couple of thousand dollars since we booked.

Just throwing it into the mix in case it helps, Robbie
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