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Just keep an eye on airfare and when you see a cheap price book it. I fly to Orlando on Sunday for our back to back cruises. We are flying with AirTran and when I booked in August our rate was $176.00 per person round trip. I continued to check the rates and I saw it drop to $77.00 per person round trip so I called Air Tran and received a credit of $182.00 to use within the year
__________________ Past Cruises
Nordic Empress - January 2004 Carnival Valor - March 2005 Carnival Destiny - January 2006 Carnival Celebration - March 2007 Carnival Victory - April 2008 Carnival Pride - May 2009 Carnival Elation - March 2011 Carnival Legend - December 2011 Carnival Fantasy - March 2012 Carnival Ecstasy - December 2012 Carnival Sensation - December 2012 Carnival Freedom - March 3, 2013 Carnival Imagination - December 2, 2013
Carnival Sunshine - December 8, 2013 Carnival Dream - April 5, 2014
Future Cruises Carnival Pride - July 27, 2014 Carnival Dream - December 7, 2014
Hey everyone, thanks for all of the advice! I will continue to watch, like I have been doing, and see what happens - it is frustrating that I live less than 10 miles from Cinti. airport and Delta charges such outrageous rates from here and most times we need to go 2 hours away to get the best deal!! Southwest just may be an option from Indy, will check that when those dates come up.
"We cannot direct the wind,
but we can adjust the sails"
Carnival Liberty - 9/21/13 - 60th B.D.
RC Serenade of the Seas - 5/7/11-35th Anniversary
Carnival Legend - 9/27/09
Carnival Valor - 3/23/08
Carnival Spirit - 9/19/07 - Hawaii
Sun Princess - 4/17/06-30th Anniversary
HAL Zuiderdam - 9/17/05
RC Voyager of the Seas - 9/7/2003-50th B.D.
Carnival Victory - 4/22/2001-25th Anniversary
Carnival Fantasy - 3/1999
I don't think there's any magic date formula, just look for sales and set up some pricing alerts. A lot of people will say don't buy too early but looking at prices for next November for Europe they were the lowest I've seen in a long time, I'd have jumped if our dates were open.
Nov14...European Christmas markets. Paris, Munich, Salzburg, Vienna
Dec 14...Christmas and New Years in Hawaii
April 15...Hawaii Land trip
Oct 15...Celebrity Equinox. Spain & Portugal cruise
May 16...Santorini and Crete Land trip
Hawaii - VCR Celebrity Solstice 2014/Paris Land Trip/Hawaii Land Trip X 2 - 2013/Grand Med. - Ruby Princess/South of France 2012/Hawaii - Land Trip 2012/Hawaii - Land Trip - 2011/Panama Canal and Florida Keys - Coral Princess - 2011/Eastern Caribbean - Ruby Princess - 2010/France 3 Week Land Trip - Burgundy/Loire/Normandy/French Riviera/Provence 2010/Mexican Riviera - Sapphire Princess 2009/Coastal - Sapphire Princess 2009/Alaska - Voyage of the Glaciers - Zuiderdam - 2009/Greek Islands cruise + Monaco and Paris by land - Grand Princess - 2008/Land Trip - Maui - 2008/3 Week Land - Paris to Rome - 2007/Hawaii - Pride of America - 2007/14 Day Caribbean - Sea Princess - 2006/Coastal - Dawn Princess - 2006/Barcelona to Venice - Millennium - 2005/UK & Ireland - Land Trip - 2004/AI Mexican Riviera -2003/Coastal - Island Princess - 2002/Maui - Land Trip x 2/Alaska - Dawn Princess - 2001/UK Land Trip x 3/11 Day Circle the Caribbean - Splendour of the Seas - 2000/Mexican Riviera - Rhapsody of the Seas - 1999/2 Week Land Bermuda - Girls Trip - 1997/Married - Maui - 1997