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thomas stanton 04-17-2006 11:42 AM

How far in advance do you book your cruise? And why do you book when you do?I am curious as to what works best for others.I know what cruise and date I want for next year, so would I be better off booking now or wait for awhile?
Thank in advance for the response. Tom

susanmaz 04-17-2006 11:52 AM

I like to book 12 - 16 months in advance. This gives me time to save for the balance of the cruise cost and for plane tickets.

penny3333 04-17-2006 11:58 AM

We usually book our cruise a year in advance. My main reason is so I know exactly how much I have to squeeze out of my paycheck each month. This year I booked an additional cruise because I was tired of being cold and I found a good price for our Christmas break. This was 7 months ahead. There are advantages and disadvantages to waiting. If the ship is not sold out, they offer some great prices close to the sailing date. The main disadvantage, you may not get the accomodations you want or the cruise can be sold out for a specific sailing date. Also, we have to schedule our vacation time at the beginning of the calendar year, so I need to know in January what I plan on doing. Hope this helps.

swimmersonboard 04-17-2006 12:02 PM

I always book 12-15 months in advance also. I like a balcony room directly across the hall from an interior and those are hard to get across from each other if you wait. For our next cruise I booked a cat 11 suite with the 85 ft balcony and the interior across the hall. Almost all those were gone 15 months in advance.
I also like to call in a payment each month. If I book in advance I have it paid for easier and have time to save spending money and book excursions in advance. IMHO that's what we like think is best.

Jim C. 04-17-2006 12:17 PM

Depends on what you are after. Penny and Susan make good points for booking long enough ahead of time to be able to plan for the expense. I have done it that way, I have also booked one cruise the week I returned from one. That was only two months out. So I guess, it depends on if you have a specfic date in mind or you are trying to catch a deal.

As Penny points out, sometimes you can get great deals on "short notice" prices. Short being 2 to 3 months. I have also seen some great prices on "past cruiser" discounts from Carnival. These are typically short notice, but can be as far out as 6 months. If you can vacation with little notice, go the "specials" route and have your vacation planner call you when they are running a special. If you have childern in school (like I do) you may want to book ahead and look for deals. If you can find a good price before the money back cancellation deadline, then you can cancel the booking and change to the deal.

You may need to book ahead for popular cruises like those to Alaska. The good cabins fill up fast on those, we booked our June cruise back in September.

If you live close enough to a cruising port (like I do) then you could also try just showing up at the cruise (packed of course) and seeing if they have any available cabins. During non-peak cruise dates, I have HEARD that you can get a great deal doing this. I have not tried it, but maybe someone else out there has and can inform us if it works or not.

Jim

fivepoints 04-17-2006 01:48 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by swimmersonboard:
I always book 12-15 months in advance also. I like a balcony room directly across the hall from an interior and those are hard to get across from each other if you wait. For our next cruise I booked a cat 11 suite with the 85 ft balcony and the interior across the hall. Almost all those were gone 15 months in advance.
I also like to call in a payment each month. If I book in advance I have it paid for easier and have time to save spending money and book excursions in advance. IMHO that's what we like think is best.
QUESTION PLEASE.WE ARE NEW CRUISERS. "WHAT IS THE ADVANTAGE OF HAVING AN INTERIOR ACROSS THE HALL FROM BALCONY CABIN" PLEASE?

Jerome 04-17-2006 01:55 PM

we agree we book our cruise a year in advance it makes it nice to have that time to pay it off and get the room we really want if you want a balcony suite its worth doing it that far out

Karen Knowlton 04-17-2006 02:13 PM

To "fivepoints" - one good reason to have inside and balcony cabins across the hall from each other is when parents and children are cruising together. The parents get the balcony, the kids the inside cabin, so they have privacy, but also close proximity to each other.

thomas stanton 04-18-2006 04:10 AM

Thanks to all who answered. This helped me make up my mind as to what I should do.I talked to my personal cruise planner and she said that if the price comes down after I book that Carnival would pass the discount on to me. As many times as it may be reduced. So I geuss I can't beat that.I really find these boards helpful when picking a ship and planning a cruise.Thanks again .Tom


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