I had to cancel my Alaska trip and was wondering how early I should book if I want to go in May 2012. As this was going to be my first time on a cruise (which btw was planned and booked kind of last minute) I am very much a novice in the world of cruise traveling and thus seek your expert advice. I won't know for sure if May is a good time for my family and I until late October, but regardless I thought it would be wise to plan in advance and figure out if booking a cruise trip as early as November is a good idea price wise (I've noticed prices fluctuate a lot as the sailing date approaches but am unsure about booking a few months in advance).
I have already received in the main brochures from Princess for Alaska 2012..If I was planning on going in 2012, I would book now, the prices were reasonable. I've made the mistake of trying to find one early in the year for that season, and it has already been too late to get a cabin on the ship I wanted. I think next summer I will book for 2013 and really plan ahead.
Hi XYZ, I think as long as you book a balcony, you will be happy. If it is nice, you'll be up on deck whenever you can. If its chilly, you can sit on you balcony. If you are prone to sea-sickness, then middle of the ship is best, you'll feel less moving.
I usually book as soon as the cruise I want to go on is available . You can always cancel or change your booking if the dates don't work.
We canceled our Hawaii cruise for 2012 because the friends we travel with sometimes got sick . So have re booked for 2013 instead.
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After going through a period where deals were abundant it seems we are back to recommending booking as soon as the itinerary you want is released or waiting until the last minute. I have had a lot of luck this past 6 months booking myself and customers as early as possible but for cruisers who are flexible and NOT cabin specific, last minute can be a budget saver.
You really have nothing to lose and everything to gain by booking as early as possible. You have your choice of cabins, and if your plans change you can cancel before final payment. Just be aware of any cancellation or change fees which might be incurred if you booked with an agency who charges fees for that sort of thing (many don't).:-). We have a cruise already booked on the Island Princess to Alaska for summer 2012, which was a re-booking of the original European cruise. I am famous for not making up my mind!
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If you want to pick and choose and book a particular cabin, you certainly want to do so as early as possible.
However, almost all our recent cruises we have booked a minimum guarantee and taken pot luck on cabin location. Most of the time we wind up getting at least a couple of categories upgrade, sometimes a very nice upgrade.