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We try to book as soon as bookings are being taken. This is often 12-18 months in advance. Many popular cruises on ships with smaller numbers of adapted cabins will be sold out almost immediately after the schedule is posted. We have been lucky a few times and been successful with "last minute" (in the last 1-2 months) booking, but it is usually because of a cancellation. You have to also be very flexible in where and when you go to use this option.
1986 HA Constitution: Hawaii 7 day
1988 NCL Skyward: Western Caribbean 7 day
1992 Crystal Harmony: Transcanal 15 day
1994 Golden Princess: Mexican Riviera 7 day
1995 HA Independence: Hawaii 7 day
1997 Celebrity Zenith: Transcanal 15 day
1999 Grand Princess: Mediterranian 14 day
2000 Regal Princess: Alaska Inside Passage 7 day
2000 Crystal Harmony: SF to Sydney 20 day
2001 HAL Ryndam: Cape Horn/SA 17 day
2003 HAL Statendam: Hawaii RT San Diego 15 day
2003 RCI Vision of the Seas: Mexican Riviera 7 day
2004 HAL Ryndam: Sea of Cortez 10 day
2004 Island Princess: Hawaii RT LA 15 day
2005 Island Princess: Hawaii RT LA 15 day
2006 Celebrity Mercury Mexican Riviera RT San Diego 10 day
2009 Sapphire Princess Mexican Riviera RT Los Angeles 7 day
2010 Sapphire Princess Mexican Riviera RT Los Angeles 7 day
2013 HAL Westerdam Alaska Inside Passage RT Seattle 7 day
We booked over a month ago for RCCL IOS transatlantic in Nov/08. We always get a balcony of some kind and since we wanted to do a westbound Transatlantic, there wasn't a lot of choice in lines & cabins for an HC. As it was, we got the last HC-JS available.
We often book as soon as we know a certain cruise is available. We wanted to book a HC cabin for the Island Princess Panama cruise in Feb 2008 last June. and they were all gone so we are going to Hawaii instead. Just got my confirmation for the Feb 2009 Panama cruise on the Coral today. Several of the HC cabins were already gone...We prefer a non-obstructed balcony when we cruise, most ships have 6-8 if you are lucky. Many older ships only have inside HC cabins and 1-2 outside. We hate giving the cruise line such a big deposit so early, but we feel we have no choice. It would be wonderful if the new ships used universal design that would make all cabins equal for both AB an HC....it would solve many problems.
Disney Big Red Boat, Carnival Holiday W. Caribean, Sky Princess to Orient
Sun Princess Panama Canal, Star Princess Alaska, USS Norway E Caribbean
RCCL Brillance of the Sea 2/16/04, Island Princess 2/18/05 Rt LA-Hawaii
Dawn Princess 2/18/06 Mexican Riviera, Navigator of the Sea 6/3/2006 Family cruise
Diamond Princess Feb 2008 RT LA-Hawaii, Coral Princess Feb 23, 2009 Panama FLL to LA
Grand Princess Feb 12, 2010 14 day Southern Caribbean Grand Princess Feb. 14, 2011
Coral Princess Feb. 14, 2012 Panama LA to FLL,
Grand Princess March 16, 2013 Hawaii RT, SF
Island Princess March 2, 2014 Panama FLL to LA
Golden Princess August 2, 2014 Family cruise to Alaska
PRINCESS ELITE finally, it was fun getting here!
Star Princess. Feb. 27, 2015. SF to Hawaii RT
Emerald Princess Feb. 20, 2016
14 day Caribbean Adventure
We have a real problem now...DH has ALS and it is such a progressive and fatal disease we can't book far in advance. We had a TA for Dec. which had to be cancelled. We now have a Caribbean on HAL in Oct. on which we were able to get an HC but in the very front of the ship and not the most desirable location. Unfortunately we can't find out if the HC's are taken by AB or disabled so it is hard at short notice to get one.
We book the day the cruise opens. That is our only way we been able to get a room. We booked a cruise in April of 2009 in May of 2007. We were told by our TA that there is already a wait list for our room. I think this ship only has 4 wheelchair rooms.