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Old 07-09-2007, 06:15 AM
 
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HI folks, we always cruise in Sept. We wait until July to book because the prices seem to drop a bit. This year they dont seem to have dropped. They seemed to have gone up. Any thoughts on this?
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Old 07-09-2007, 07:16 AM
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Cruise prices are the highest in the peak summer months. They drop again starting in September except for around the holidays (Thanksgiving and Christmas). The prices have not dropped as much as in the past due to the increased cost of fuel to the cruise lines, but they have dropped. Watch the sale ads and you should be able to find something if you can travel when the kids are back in school.
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Old 07-09-2007, 07:39 AM
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The cruise lines set certain dates before a cruise sailing that they expect a ship to meet a certain fill rate. If the ship hasn't met that fill rate then they will offer specials to help fill the ship. Late August, September, and October are tradionally lower rates and you should be able to still find some good rates. There have been a lot of one day sales recently which probably has helped fill the ships. Everything is based on availability at time of booking.
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Old 07-09-2007, 11:09 AM
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All of the "Rules of thumb" on when pricing is supposed to go down and when it's supposed to go up are guesses. You cannot predict it ant better than you can the price a stock will be tomorrow or whether it will rain two weeks from Sunday. Trends happen and people take those trend to mean things will always be the way they were when they saw the trend. As CF says, everything is based on availability. Late last year the winter took a bitter cold turn in the NE U.S. I can't tell you the number of calls asking why it was double last years rates to book a cruise from NY ports. Everyone from Toronto to DC wanted on a ship and out of the snow and bitter cold. Prices soared and even getting a cabin was dificult. I had people in Boston calling after the sailings in NY were sold out asking for sailings from FL. Problem was there were no flights available at any price.

My recommendation has always been and will always be, book early and take advantage of the early booking prices and incentives. If your cruise does what it did the year beofre and drops call your T/A or the cruiseline and get it adjusted down. If it climbs, you're protected. Be aware that with HAL, NCL and PCL they will not adjust the rate after the penalty period begins (typically around 75 days before your sail date). Carn, Celeb and RCCL all will continue to make adjustments after penalty.

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I agree with the above post. Book early and if it goes down call and request a rebate.I think all the major cruise line offer this policy..Tom
 
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