That is kinda of my point. Why should my wife and I be put at the end of the line when we book a year out? We get to choose our cabins, or plane seats. On HAL last June we had booked 11 months out and did not get our seating request. Was told we should have book sooner.
On some airlines you can not select a seat until a few weeks out, perhaps this approach would solve the problem.
With the lines I saw on my last two cruises it would appear the current system is not working. Maybe those were just back to back bad experiences, my three cruises before that did not have a problem.