Posted January 10th, 2010, 11:59 AM
Fresh off Monarch (yesterday), now my friend and I are hungering for a longer cruise (4 days isn't nearly enough) and a much bigger ship.
We have our eye on Freedom of the Seas for late August. Being as the cruise is more than seven months away, does Royal Caribbean have a program where you pay a deposit, then make monthly payments toward the cruise?
If not, at what point does the price of a cruise usually come down?
They don't have a program per se but as someone pointed out, just put a deposit on your cruise then pay monthly installments by either calling them or visiting your TA and paying that way.
When does a cruise price go down? Good question. I don't think there is a given time when this happens. If the cruise is selling well, it will go up. If it isn't, it will go down and you might do just fine booking last minute. If you have a cruise in mind and the price is in your ballpark, book it now. If the price drops over the coming months you can call them up and ask for the lower rate and if they do not give it to you, you simply cancel and re-book your cruise provided you are outside the final payment time - 70 days I think. Even inside the 70 days you might be able to talk them into an on board credit if the advertised price is lower. We always book our cruises many months out and we've always got the lower price. We've never seen a cruise price drop. I suppose that is because we book in late Feb/early March so its high time for cruising.
Long story short - if you have a cruise picked out and you like the price, strike while the iron is hot.