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Old June 30th, 2010, 09:01 PM
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New to cruising. Looking at going either Thanksgiving, Christmas, or a late week in March. Trying to plan for a 7 night cruise from Florida. Are cruises "full" all the time so crowds would be the same regardless or are times like a non-holiday week a lot less crowded and a better bet? Thanks for the help!!!
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Old June 30th, 2010, 11:10 PM
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The vast majority of cruises sail at 100% capacity. That capacity is based on double occupancy so there are times that some ships sail at greater than 100% but it is usually around 105%.

This means that there may be a couple of hundred more people on a very popular cruise where there are a number of families cruising but this isn't going to make a big difference in regard to crowds.

The best times to cruise, in regard to popularity, is in the Fall. These are also the best prices.

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Further to what Mike said.......

If you cruise over Christmas, you will pay a premium. These cruises are sometimes hundreds of dollars more than the same itinerary a few weeks earlier or later. Also, holiday cruises usually have more youngsters on board. We did a cruise over Thanksgiving a few years ago, and there were over 800 kids on board.

During Spring Break you will also find lots of young people on board, but anymore, Spring Break seems to be happening from February to May, so it's hard to figure out just when to cruise, if you want to avoid this issue.
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Familyguy, I booked my cruise for Dec 4th. The reason I picked that date was; the same cabins were almost double the price starting with the Dec 18 thru Jan 7th. Same goes for Easter and the summer.. I am pulling kids out of school to take them on cruise. Hope this helps. If u have any more questions please ask.
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Holiday cruises are jammed packed with many more kids then any other time, other than maybe, spring break..young adults vs younger kids,each brings it own set of issues.

Historically the few weeks after Thanksgiving, and the couple of weeks after NY Eve, have low pricing.
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