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BrendaJ
June 5th, 2004, 07:41 AM
I feel we must be in the running for booking the earliest. We just book ourselves on the Millennium 12 night Europe cruise departing on October 25, 2005.

That's about 17 months from now.

Who can beat that? http://messages.cruisecritic.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Brenda

Randyk47
June 5th, 2004, 07:54 AM
Can't beat that! I did 12 months and that was 5 days after returning from our last cruise. Wife thought I'd lost it as it was so I can't imagine what she would have thought about 17 months!

Until Galaxy
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sweet sheep
June 5th, 2004, 08:34 AM
Eleven months for me. Booked it on another cruise for the onboard credit. Hey, if you want to book a cruise and give them a deposit they will let you http://messages.cruisecritic.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

CGTNORMANDIE
June 5th, 2004, 08:36 AM
15 MONTHS...When the deal presents itself...get the card out and book!!!

ROSS

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jay & eileen
June 5th, 2004, 09:01 AM
Just booked May 28th for Baltic July 02, 2005 cruise. Was able to get a desirable aft cabin. Yipee!!! http://messages.cruisecritic.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Eileen

Druke I
June 5th, 2004, 09:12 AM
16 months out longest for me.

Tried to book one 19 months, but it didn't show in computer (schedule not yet firmed up).

Michael

June 5th, 2004, 09:14 AM
We tend to plan way in advance to nail down the exact cruise, ship, and cabin that we want.

Our last 3 cruises were booked 14, 19.5, and 15 months in advance. We booked our 2/2/2 Infinity cruise 19.5 mo in advance while on board the Galaxy to get the ship board credit deal. That Caribbean season had just opened for booking and we basically had our choice of any cabin on the ship!

Jubilee 1991 Solar Eclipse
Century FO 1996 E Carib
Mercury FO 1998 W Carib
Galaxy SS 2000 Alaska IP
Infinity FV 2002 S Carib
Horizon HS 3/05 W Carib

kitty9
June 5th, 2004, 09:49 AM
Almost three years in advance. I booked the Crystal Serenity's maiden voyage when they first announced that she was going to be built. All other times it's been about a year or so in advance. We booked a cruise on the Mille for March '05 in Jan '04 when we were on the Summit

Darcie

amopgmr
June 5th, 2004, 10:00 AM
I just looked it up... 22 months.

Booked in June 2002 for an April 2004 cruise.

It was a LOOOONG wait.

Infinity - Panama Canal
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Bruin Steve
June 5th, 2004, 10:37 AM
We just booked our longest advanced booking ever...we signed up for the July 16, 2005 Constellation to "Northern Europe" (Dover RT with Ireland and Norwegian Fjords)...Couldn't have booked any quicker since the 2005 Europe schedule just came out...

Of course, it's really just a "placeholder" booking...if the rates don't go up, we'll re-book it while on the Summit next month to get the onboard credit...Silly little games they make us play...

Summit, July 3, 2004: Alaska: 13 night cruisetour
Constellation, July 16, 2005: Northern Europe: 14 nights

BrendaJ
June 5th, 2004, 10:38 AM
Darn it! We should have booked while aboard the Constellation in March, to get the on-board credit. Of course, at that point, we didn't know what we were looking for for 2005.

Oh well, with any luck, a Captain's Club coupon will come out with a credit for our cruise. We booked so early to get the cabin I wanted - 6144 between the suites. The deck plan makes it look like the largest of the CC class.

Brenda

babylene
June 5th, 2004, 01:41 PM
I have to get the hang of this game! Now that it appears that we are "into" cruising for vacations, I think I will have to book a cruise (any cruise, if I understand correctly)while on board each time. Then I could change the booking to whatever cruise we decide on taking...or cancel altogether if we decide to do a land trip.

Now, Steve....how do you execute your plan? Do you book on board, therefore holding a double booking, then cancel the first? Can you do that? Don't they have your first booking in the computer?

We booked a "good" inside cabin (plaza deck,midship...just where we like it). Our next cruise will be in October. By then, who knows where the available cabins will be located. I am very interested to know how your plan works out.

Just for interest...with Celebrity air & transfers, we are paying $8068 Can. for 2. I booked air because it seemed like a good price. If there should be a seat sale, I can always cancel, book my own...and then spend extra days in London. If not...well...July in London is not on my "LIST" of must-do's, so it doesn't matter.

Brenda J....weren't we on the same Alaska Cruise? I see your name on the boards...you have taken some wonderful trips!

Nitemare
June 5th, 2004, 02:10 PM
With online booking, I once booked a cruise at just after 4 in the morning!

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Bruin Steve
June 5th, 2004, 03:19 PM
Yes, Babylene...
We'll book the cruise AGAIN on board...put up a second deposit...then we'll come home and cancel the first...
I don't think they care if we book two cabins...and their rules allow us to cancel at no cost since it's well before the sail date...
What they SHOULD do is just apply the onboard credit as long as we book ON OR BEFORE the current cruise...all they really want to do is sell you a cruise and the credit is just a spur to DO IT NOW while they have your attention...Why is it worth it to them to play THIS game?

Summit, July 3, 2004: Alaska: 13 night cruisetour
Constellation, July 16, 2005: Northern Europe: 14 nights

BrendaJ
June 5th, 2004, 03:30 PM
Hi Babylene

Yes, we were on the same Alaska cruise! After that, we did the Constellation transatlantic, and a few months ago, we did the Infinity from Chile to Ft. Lauderdale. That was my third time on Infinity.

I figure it's time to give the Millennium the once-over, and then we'll have to try the Summit.

By then, I'm hoping Celebrity will be sailing to the South Pacific and we'll try one of their older ships.

Happy travels!

Brenda

Lois R
June 5th, 2004, 05:41 PM
9 months.....When I returned home from Century in January.......booked Horizon to Bermuda for Septemberhttp://messages.cruisecritic.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif.
Well, now I am almost down to 3 months left http://messages.cruisecritic.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Next up...HORIZON Sept 18th to Bermuda!

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Treven
June 5th, 2004, 09:23 PM
I booked this past March for the Infinity to Alaska, late August '05

'be a real student and take chances. live on the edge. teeter on the brink...skip on the tightrope. and if you fall, enjoy the wind on your smiling face.' -- paul lester

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teedee
June 5th, 2004, 09:31 PM
It's not a Celebrity cruise, but I booked a cruise on Carnival's Valor last month for October 30, 2005. Though I tend to book early, that's by far the earliest for me.

Terri

Skyward - 1989
Carnivale - 1991
Holiday - 1994
Fantasy - 1998
Century - 2002
Century - 2003
Jubilee - 7/04
Century - 9/04
Coral Princess - 3/05
Valor - 10/05

Days til Valor Vampires Cruise
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alcpa1
June 5th, 2004, 10:39 PM
We booked the Milli for 5/15/05 within 24 hours of the release of the schedule. That will be the longest wait in history, but it was hell coordinating three couples from three different parts of the country. We will play the switch game if we can't use our ff miles when we sail the Connie in Dec...which we have yet to book. I sure would hate to give up a wonderful cabin to take the edge off the high air. Booking this far out and watching for fare drops should keep me busy!!!

Quendryth
June 5th, 2004, 11:55 PM
We booked the Infinity to Hawaii 16 months in advance. Then we outdid ourselves & booked the Veendam 21 months in advance. Just a note - we ALWAYS purchase travel insurance!!

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Happy Cruising!
Q

Hawaii on the Infinity
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The Caribbean on the Veendam
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isujim
June 6th, 2004, 06:22 AM
We are booking Monday for October 23, 2005 on Vision of the Seas........earliest for us.

Nordic Prince 8/88
Viking Serenade 3/93
Enchantment 3/01
Rhapsody 9/02
Splendour 4/03
Rhapsody, 9/03
Brilliance, 4/04

Until Our Caribbean Princess Cruise
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Until Hawaii on Inifinity
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Until Vision/Mexican Riviera
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hardingk
June 6th, 2004, 06:50 AM
We just booked for April 2006, that is 22 months away. We also booked our Hawaii cruise for this past May in August 2002 and that time flew by!

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Future Cruises:
Enchantment of the Seas 8/30/2004 (http://messages.cruisecritic.com/2/OpenTopic?a=tpc&s=927093444&f=1683059817&m=3883087867)
Brilliance of the Seas 1/14/2005 (http://messages.cruisecritic.com/2/OpenTopic?a=tpc&s=927093444&f=1683059817&m=2413078377&r=7333062777#7333062777)
Celebrity Mercury 4/7/2006
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Till Belize on the Enchantment of the Seas!

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Till the Panama Canal on Brilliance of the Seas!

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Till the Mexican Riviera on Celebrity's Mercury!

tofubeast
June 6th, 2004, 11:56 AM
We just booked on Memorial Day for our cruise in the Med. on Galaxy for 5/23/05. So almost a year in advance. But this is our honeymoon cruise, so we wanted to secure a cabin and cross something else off the ol' wedding checklist. I am now counting down to honeymoon (2 days after wedding) as opposed to the wedding itself! hehe.

danielle

Galaxy 5/23/05~~honeymoon!
Century 5/24/03
Majesty of the Seas 6/3/02
Chandris Victoria Summer 1984
SS Poseidon: New Year's Eve 1972 (haha)


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jdlewis
June 6th, 2004, 12:38 PM
We booked Inifinty through the Panama Canal march 13 2005 while on our Mercury Alaska Cruise Sept 2003. Wanted to make sure we got the aft FV and the shipboard credit. 18 months sounds like a long time ahead but we pass the time with other vacations (2 weeks in Cuba this spring) Vegas in September.

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'till Infinity and the Panama Canal


09/03 Celebrity Mercury Alaska

jemingway
June 6th, 2004, 04:41 PM
I am working on one now for Oct., 2005, but it's not booked yet-still in the planning stage.

JV The 4 stages of cruising: planning, anticipation, experience and reflection.

tokathy
June 6th, 2004, 07:44 PM
We booked Infinity Panama Canal for 4/17/05 while we were on her to Hawaii 9/26/03. That way we had our pick of the aft cabins and a $200 cabin credit to get us started. We usually do research before boarding all sailings so we know what we want to book for the next one! (to get that cabin credit)

Kathy & Skip

NCL Westward 5/91
Monarch of the Seas 4/95
Galaxy 11/98
Disney Magic 9/99,11/00& 9/02
Disney Wonder 9/00 & 2/02
Crown Princess 4/01
Zenith 9/01
Millennium 4/02
Norwegian Dawn 4/5/03
Infinity 9/26/03
Zenith 9/18/04
Splendour of the Seas 1/8/05
Infinity 4/17/05

Sleddogs
June 6th, 2004, 08:33 PM
Wow, glad to see we're not the only ones to book so far ahead. Booked our British Isles/Norwegian Fjords cruise for July 2005 last March. Wanted to be sure to get the aft cabin we wanted. My TA loves it! http://messages.cruisecritic.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Happy Cruising! Sleddogs

Carnival Fascination 8/00 (Southern Carib)25th Anniversary
Norwegian Sky 8/01 (Alaska) Enchantment of the Seas 8/02 (Western Carib)
Carnival Destiny Family Cruise 8/10/03 (Southern Caribbean)
Celebrity Summit 12 night Alaska cruise tour 8/2004
Jewel of the Seas 12 night British Isles/Norwegian Fjords 7/2005~~30th Anniversary

hajekfam
June 6th, 2004, 09:07 PM
We book our Oct. 26 2003 transatlantic the day bookings opened in June 2002. We would have booked the fall 2005 transatlantic while on that cruise or on the Century in January this year, but booking weren't open nor are they now open. The day bookings open, we will book our fall 2005 transatlantic as we plan on doing the same cruise every other year.

Zenith-Western Caribbean-6/92
Zenith-Eastern Caribbean-6/93
Century-Maiden Voyage-12/95
Galaxy-Southern Caribbean-11/99
Mercury-Northbound Alaska-6/00
Millennium-Westbound Transatlantic-9/01
Horizon-Western Caribbean - Adults only cruise-11/02
Millennium-Westbound Transatlantic 10/26/03
Century - Western Caribbean 1/31/04

ebk2795
June 7th, 2004, 05:01 AM
It's 22 months for me, also. Going with hardingk in 2006 to Mexico on the Mercury.

judyfssw
June 7th, 2004, 06:47 AM
I guess when you want to cruise - just book it. What's the harm. I booked in april for an Alaskan cruise in July, 2005.

Judy
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2/21/04 - Constellation, Southern Caribbean - Another incredibly wonderful cruise
2/22/03 - Constellation (Just a wonderful, wonderful cruise)
2/22/99 - Mercury
Monarch of the Sea

Shari2
June 8th, 2004, 01:14 AM
Our cruise in December will be the longest out at around 15 months. All our others were booked within a couple of months.

Shari

Carnivale--4/79
Cunard Princess--4/84
Norway--1/86
Holiday--4/87
Zenith--Inaugural-4/92
Constitution--2/93
Infinity--1/19/03

Denham33
June 8th, 2004, 03:37 PM
Usually 14 -15 months out for us. As a teacher I am limited by school vacations, and know those can be the busy times, so we book early to get a room or room area we want. We're now looking at Feb. 2006 and I assumed it was too early still. I didn't expect to try until around Oct. It sounds like maybe I don't have to wait after all!

Constellation - 2/04
NCL Dream - 2/00
NCL Dreamward - 2/96

pkexton
June 8th, 2004, 08:05 PM
22 months for me too - going with hardingk & ebk2785 (my sister) to Mexico - since I will be in work those long 22 months & I have sooo much fun I know the time will fly by. http://messages.cruisecritic.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

Celebrity's Mercury Mexican Riviera 4/7/06
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kmorris12
June 17th, 2004, 05:19 AM
We've just booked for the end of March 2006 - so 21 months away.

Now to find something for 2005 http://messages.cruisecritic.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Kate



July/August 2003 - P&O Oceana - Mediterranean Summer



May 2004 - Celebrity Constellation - Scandinavia & Russia



Coming Up:



December 2004 - P&O Aurora - The Weekender



March 2006 - P&O Arcadia - A Caribbean Taster

steveweese
June 17th, 2004, 07:26 AM
About 2 years. http://messages.cruisecritic.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

JustCruisin'
June 17th, 2004, 07:46 AM
We booked in May for a March/2005 cruise.

Two things:
1. It wasn't a great deal. The discount sites like Orbitz, Cruises Only and Travelocity have the exact same price as Celebrity directly. I will switch our booking away from Celebrity once (or if) a discount TA has a better deal.

2. In order to have pre-existing conditions covered by a cruise insurance company, the premium has to be paid within 14 days of initial cruise payment. Also, it is non-refundable. That can be a long time to have one's money tied up. Also, if you cancel the cruise without replacing it with another one, you have lost your premium payment!

Any comments from veteran cruisers???

Disney Wonder - 12/99
Celebrity Mercury - 3/01
Carnival Victory - 1/03
Carnival Legend - 3/04
Celebrity Millennium - 3/05

3/27 Celebrity Millennium
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Linda-E
June 17th, 2004, 09:02 PM
Hi Brenda and all,

Last year, we booked our May and Sept. Transatlantics for this year in July when the schedule came out. We've booked the British Isles/Norway cruise for next July. Missed out on aft balcony, but got 6143 instead.

Linda

Constellation 7/2005
Constellation 9/2004
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Galaxy back-to-back 5/2004, Monarch of the Seas 1/2004, Infinity 10/2003, Constellation Transatlantic 4/2003, Sun Princess 8/2002, Millenium 3/2002, Summit 11/2001, Galaxy 6/2001, Sea Princess 11/2000, Splendor of the Seas 5/2000, Ryndam 1/2000, Zenith 12/1997, Crown Odyssey 8/1996, NCL Dreamward 8/1994, Sun Princess 1/1988, Costa Riviera 1986, Carnival Mardi Gras 1984, Sunward II 1979

azsunshine
June 20th, 2004, 03:21 PM
[QUOTE]Originally posted by jdlewis:
We booked Inifinty through the Panama Canal march 13 2005 while on our Mercury Alaska Cruise Sept 2003. Wanted to make sure we got the aft FV and the shipboard credit. 18 months sounds like a long time ahead but we pass the time with other vacations (2 weeks in Cuba this spring) Vegas in September.

Hi Jdlewis,
We are also on the March 13 Infinity cruise through the canal!! Should be great, wish one of your cabins was still available, I couldn't even get a sky suite.

Carol and John
NORDIC PRINCE-Mexico 2/1994
RYNDAM-Southern Caribbean1/97
ENCHANTMENT 1/98 Eastern Caribbean -VEENDAM 6/98-Eastern Caribbean
SEA PRINCESS 3/99-Western Caribbean
RHAPSODY 1/2000-Mexico
GRAND PRINCESS 11/00-Eastern caribbean VOYAGER 11/00-Western Caribbean
LEGEND 3/02 Hawaii
CARIBBEAN PRINCESS 5/04
Future:
STAR PRINCESS 11/04
INFINITY 3/05

isujim
June 21st, 2004, 08:18 AM
Brenda:

You beat me by two days.......we have booked a Mexican Riviera for October 23, 2005 which sails two days before yours on the Vision of the Seas.....price was good, got the cabin we wanted and can slowly pay it off.

Jim

Nordic Prince 8/88
Viking Serenade 3/93
Enchantment 3/01
Rhapsody 9/02
Splendour 4/03
Rhapsody, 9/03
Brilliance, 4/04

Until Our Caribbean Princess Cruise
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Until Hawaii on Inifinity
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Until Vision/Mexican Riviera
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