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We took two cruises, but years ago, so not sure about timing for booking cruises these days.
We're looking at taking a cruise on NCL Star that leaves NO on 1/20/13 and would love to know if there is a good time to book and get a great price. All the offers we've been seeing are about the same. Read someplace that they sometimes have a sale after the final payment date-do they?
What amount of OBC would be good for an ocean view cabin? For this type cabin the offers we're seeing give you $30 OBC, is that normal or are there times that it will go higher?
What we are seeing on most voyages is that demand is high and they are selling well. So the longer you wait means the best cabins within each category go first and usually the lower priced and higher priced cabins go first too.
I agree with Keith. Waiting to book can have it advantages and disadvantages. If you have a preference for a cabin or cabin category, I certainly wouldn't wait. If you do, all the good ones might be gone.
If you really want to go on that cruise, you should book now. If you are completely flexible about going or not going, and about your choice of accomodations - with the lowest possible price being your primary concern; then you should wait. You will either get a lower price than available now - or just not go. You can keep doing that until you get a cheap cruise -- but many people find being able to plan - and get the space and time they want is more important than getting the lowest price.
Six US Navy ships, (1960-1970)
20+ cruises: Furness Bermuda (1), Orient (1), Holland America (9), Norwegian (5), Carnival (1), Princess (1), Celebrity (3), Cunard (1), Royal Caribbean (1) - (1953-2013)
We book as soon as we decide to go....I like having a choice of cabins...and sometimes, a "popular" saildate will fill very early and your preferred cabin may not be available! You can always check for price drops...although we've yet to see anything but rising prices!
__________________ We've been on Carnival: 27 voyages; 184 days Celebrity: 3 voyages; 24 days Holland: 11 voyages 152 days Norwegian: 2 voyages; 16 days Princess: 16 voyages; 154 days Royal Carib: 5 voyages; 35 days Vantage: River 2 voyage 39 days
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Holland Prinsendam 11/15 - 25 days Holland Volendam 2/16 -28 days
Holland Volendam 3/16 - 30 days
Holland Volendam 3/16 - 35 days
I also would recommend booking as soon as you know where you want to go, and on what ship wou want to go on. I tend to book 12-18 months in advance.
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Grand Princess - 04.17.16 California Coastal
Golden Princess - 07.21.15 Back to Alaska
Grand Princess - 04.13.14 Hawaii (b2b)
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Sea Princess - 06.02.12 Alaska
Sea Princess - 05.07.10 Panama Canal
Emerald Princess - 04.19.09 Southern Caribbean
Celebrity Millennium - 03.02.08 Western Caribbean
Royal Caribbean - Serenade of the Seas - 10.21.06 Eastern Caribbean
NCL Star - 06.04.05 Hawaiian Isls, Fanning Island
We book years in advance. Months ago we booked a Dec 2013 cruise and Feb 2014 cruise. While it does tie up our money (deposit) for months and months I know that I have the cabin I want. And booking that far in advance I know that I will likely see a price drop before final payment is due.
Thanks for all the replies Sounds like we're already late to book this cruise
Not sure what cabin we want and not picky. We usually don't stay in a cabin/room much, but I think we would prefer a window just so we don't feel closed in. Thinking we should wait for a better price and just take what we can get.
Do you think this cruise will sell out? If we book now and the price goes down do they refund the difference? Where is the best place to book with?
If you know that is the week and the ship you want, go ahead and book now. If the price falls before final payment, you can have it repriced. Final payment time is quickly approaching for that cruise, so you not be watching pre-final payment prices for long. After final payment, you can potentially upgrade if prices drop on a better cabin, but you cannot get price drops after final payment.
You say you are not picky about the cabin and do not plan to spend much time in the cabin. In that case I would booke the cheapest cabin you'd find acceptable now...upgrade later if prices fall after final payment.