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Old 04-18-2010, 11:06 AM
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Ok the first cruise was great. We did not book on the ship because we wanted to come back home and discuss and not make a decision based on the honeymoon period. We have now decided that we will cruise again. My question is how far ahead does everyone book? I would like to get a good price but realize because it will again be a spring break cruise the specials would be limited. Should I wait until there is an on board credit sale or should I just book it?

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Old 04-18-2010, 07:59 PM
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It is always best to book early 6-9 months. Particularly when you have to travel during peak times when schools are on break. You can always keep an eye on the prices and if they go down get an adjustment.
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Old 04-18-2010, 09:41 PM
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My question is how far ahead does everyone book?
Congrats on the a first cruise being great! I usually book at least 6 months before.

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Old 04-19-2010, 05:53 AM
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Hi Cathy, when you're on board a Royal Caribbean Ship you can purchase a "Next Cruise Booking" which allows you to make a decision anytime in the future and still get an on board credit. You might want to check into that on your next cruise.

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Old 04-19-2010, 06:59 AM
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I take the opposite tact..I never book until after final payment is due. I take advantage of all the price reductions and the last minute sales. I find incredible deals that way. Of course if you are looking for a suite or a room on a very popular cruise you may not get the room you want if you wait till the last minute.

While I have never encountered that problem, I suspect others may have.

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Old 04-19-2010, 08:41 AM
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Hi Cathy66, sorry you didn't book while on board. Sonny has told us about the advantages of RCI's future cruise bookings. You don't have to book a specific cruise as you do with other cruise lines. So, next cruise, check it out

I normally book my cruises at least 6-12 months out. If I didn't have to beg for my vacation at work, I think I'd take advantage of some of the last minute offers. Unfortunately, we have to apply for our vacation time a year in advance. Sometimes, if it's not during busy times, we're allowed to apply a couple of weeks in advance, but not often.

Be sure to let us know when you book!
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Old 04-19-2010, 08:54 AM
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I have done all of the above, LOL. Sometimes I know in advance when I want to cruise, sometimes a last minute vacation is sorely needed. I just want to book the next one NOW, but it seems I must wait for janfred's return.
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Old 04-26-2010, 07:59 AM
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My sister booked onboard and then about 7 weeks prior to the cruise found her category room on the website for $100 per person cheaper so she just got credited another $300!
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Old 04-27-2010, 06:34 PM
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cousins brings up a good point. Once you book, check the website often. Sometimes the price will drop between the time you booked and the sailing date. If that happens, call who you made the reservation through (travel agent, cruise line, etc.) and tell them you noticed this difference. If the final payment hasn't already been made, maybe they will subtract the difference from the outstanding balance.

If the final payment has been made, then maybe you will get an on board credit for the difference.
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Old 05-07-2010, 06:24 PM
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We have booked a next cruise booking while on the ship two times and picked out our cruise after we were home. When I later received Savings Certificates by email and in the mail, they do not let you combine them with this advanced booking. Which way works out better, getting a next cruise booking while on the ship or looking for the Savings Certificates later? We have $100 on board credit for each stateroom from the next cruise booking.

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