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Old April 19th, 2015, 06:23 PM
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Default When do cruises lines typically have thier sales

Looking to book a cruise before the end of the year to the carribbean next June on ncl or royal carribbean. when would be the best time to book?
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Old April 19th, 2015, 06:42 PM
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You actually just missed the time of the year when the biggest sales are offered - that being what is referred to as 'Wave Season', which is from about the middle of January until the end of February - give or take a week or two. This is when many people are planning their Spring Break or their Summer Vacation.

However, when you should book is another question altogether.

You should always book as soon as possible. Two major reasons why; first, prices could always go up and if you wait, you may end up paying more money. Second, the longer you wait, the more cabins are being sold and if you have a special requirement, the cabin you want may not be available. This is especially important if you want to be in the middle of the ship, want a triple or quad cabin (3 or 4 people in the same cabin), connecting cabins, a suite, etc. These cabins always sell out first.

If you book early and a special comes along that would lower the rate, your agent will be able to get the reduction for you. But if you book early and the prices go up, you're already locked in so you're rate will not increase. Plus, you've already got a cabin where you want it.

Also, if you wait to book and are flying into port, airfare will often be higher the closer you get to the sailing date.

There are many benefits to booking early. You can make all your arrangements without being hurried, so it takes away all the hassles associated with booking too late in the process. And, after all, isn't that what you want with a vacation?

But most importantly, and yes I'm prejudice on the matter, make sure you find a reputable Cruise Specialist who can help you with all the arrangements, monitor for any specials that may come along to provide you a better rate, and answer all your questions. Their services are free, so it makes sense to utilize their expertise.

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