How long before the cruise do the prices go down?
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I am wondering do the prices go down the closer you get to the cruise? We are going to be in Florida for spring break and thought we would wait right before the cruise to book it instead of booking now. Any thoughts or experience on this? Thanks!!Another way to ask the same question is "How long before sailing do prices go up?" It depends on how well the spaces are selling -- cruise lines have models which track sales similar to those airlines use. Prices only go down if spaces are not selling well. If you are talking Spring break, what makes you think there won't be others (perhaps thousands of others) thinking the same thing.
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Have a alternate vacation plan in case your cruise choices are sold out or still too much $$$. If you must have a particular cruise, cabin cat., book it now as cruise lines don't wait very long after final ,to offer a great rate if they need to fill out a sailing.
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There is no predicting when is the best time to get the best price and still have a choice for a cabin that interests you. We aren't willing to take just anything so we book very early, most of the time.
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After that they may go down further in price about every 30 days, but you have little to chose.
You can always book a guarantee.
A guarantee is the losest price without being able to chose your cabin.
As I need a handicapped accessible cabin, I can't expect to be able to book a cabin right before a cruise leaves. I have to book at least a year in advance if I'm expecting an accessible cabin. Sometimes a year in advance isn't enough. Last November I attempted to get an accessible cabin for a Caribbean cruise next January, with no luck. I took a regular cabin in anticipation of getting an accessible one when final pymt is due and hopefully some people cancel.
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We've gotten the best prices for cruises booked a year in advance, then wait for price drops before final payment. We've ended up getting a jr. suite for less than a D category for our Med cruise a couple years ago. We once paid less for a jr. suite than a standard inside on the lowest deck on a Christmas cruise.
Another time we were chatting with a few people who couldn't believe their great bargain on last minute cabins, they all had ocean views. We kept our mouths shut because we had paid a couple hundred less for a balcony cabin. The price dropped about 60 days prior to the cruise, then went back up a couple weeks later...but still listed as "sale" pricing.
Our next cruise in April did go down, I was watching it for a while, we booked in November. The price dropped for a couple weeks, for new bookings only (about $80), then went back up after final payment was due, to more than what we paid.
That's not to say a big discount doesn't happen at times, it does, but generally off season.
I am wondering do the prices go down the closer you get to the cruise? We are going to be in Florida for spring break and thought we would wait right before the cruise to book it instead of booking now. Any thoughts or experience on this? Thanks!!Which port are you hoping to sail from? We have ports in Tampa, Jacksonville, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and Port Canaveral and I find there is a difference in price at the different ports. I normally book a year or more in advance, but I want to be able to select my room. Check for price drops Wednesday mornings and be certain to monitor 55+, military, state discounts. Many times price drops are posted on roll calls and then everyone who is posting quickly requests the price drop. Most of the previous information is good advice.
There are many school teachers in my family that I am envious of them with all the holidays and vacations they get. That is, until they book travel. Then when I see the prices they have to pay, I am glad that I can travel off peak.
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Spring Break is a popular time for cruising so great last minute deals are not very common. The OP does not mention their age, but they need to keep in mind that there are also minimum age requirements for booking with some cruise lines which can often prevent groups of college students booking cruises.