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..........
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.
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.
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.
SS Norway (12 times) '85 - '97; Radiance OS 06/01; Island Princess 11/04, Grand Princess 11/04/05, Golden Princess 7/21/06, Golden Princess 2/24/07, Explorer of the Seas 12/23/07, Island Princess 11/15/08