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Old 10-18-2003, 07:19 AM
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We have only taken one cruise before, on Enchantment of the Seas this past January. We booked that vacation rather last minute through vacationstogo.com with a nice discount.

This time we are planning our honeymoon aboard the Adventure for next August. We're not sure whether to wait it out for a discount or book now directly with RCCL to be sure that we get what we want.

Any opinions or comments would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 10-18-2003, 07:19 AM
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We have only taken one cruise before, on Enchantment of the Seas this past January. We booked that vacation rather last minute through vacationstogo.com with a nice discount.

This time we are planning our honeymoon aboard the Adventure for next August. We're not sure whether to wait it out for a discount or book now directly with RCCL to be sure that we get what we want.

Any opinions or comments would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 10-22-2003, 01:36 PM
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I get asked this question all the time! First, cruise prices fluctuate and yes, sometimes you can get the best fare at the last minute. However, those cabins are usually going to be in the worst place since all the good cabins are already taken. Besides, try to get airfare at the last minute and you'll be paying a hefty premium.

Best thing to do is book the cruise you want and get the cabin you want. Then you can make airfare reservations and other plans so you can relax and enjoy the trip. Then occasionally monitor the rates. If they go up, you're good. If they go down, request a change in your rate. If you have a good travel agent, they should monitor the rates for you because they get specials every day. Also, cruise lines offer Resident Rates and Senior rates if the cruise isn't selling particularly well. These are often offered around 2 or 3 months prior to sailing.

Best advice; book early then monitor. Because, as the old expression goes, if you snooze, you lose. And you could miss out on a great deal.
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Old 10-22-2003, 03:49 PM
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We have cruised extensively and always use cruise411. In Jan 2003 we sailed on the Navigator of the Seas. Got the rooms we wanted and when the price dropped, cruise411 past along the discount. I highly recommend getting the room you want and do the best you can at that time. Using a reputable travel company means a lot. Bon Voyage and Congrats!
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Old 10-30-2003, 02:55 PM
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You'll get lots of recommendations on which agency has the best deals--but since no agency always has the best deals on anything, it's best to shop around.

You can either go web-site to web-site, or use a service like www.CruiseCompete.com that lets you select a cruise then get multiple competing price quotes.

If you're concerned about not getting the cabin you want, you can reserve through the line and cancel or transfer the booking to an agency later if you find something better. Do check the policies on cancellation fees--usually if you're at least 90 days out there are no fees.

Cheers!

Dawn Princess 12/14/03
Conquest 1/05/03
Imagination 11/21/02
Destiny 12/30/01
Fascination 11/30/01
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Old 12-04-2003, 09:05 AM
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We just booked for the second time using cruisequick.com. You have to do all the research yourself but their prices are by far the lowest. The payment goes directly to the cruiseline and any questions or problems that arise can be handled by the cruiseline.
 
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