Posted November 8th, 2012, 01:34 AM
Last edited by franski; November 8th, 2012 at 01:34 AM
We have been all over the map.
Shortest time to booking was mid-July for October 2nd fly-out. There were a few cabins left on an AMA sailing that a company here in Canada had completely booked - and not sold - so were able to get a great deal. But - had to pay all at time of booking, as we were less than 90 days out. Then had to call in some favours to get coverage at work. Pure luck that it all worked out.....
But - mostly we book about a year out (10-14 months...). We usually book Aquarium class, and with the limited number of cabins, we don't want to miss out.
We have paid up-front in full to get a good discount - and it usually does give us enough of a saving to make it worth while (ie: wouldn't make as much in interest).
If I see a sale (and am on the mailing list of all of the major players) then I research to see how much of a sale it really is. If it looks like a great sale - and it is an itinerary that I am interested in - then I discuss with my husband. After our 1st river cruise, I had hoped to be able to do one every 2 years. But - by watching for sales - and keeping an eye on the flights - we have managed to do one every year.
I realize Aragon has found last minute sales - but most of my great prices (except for the AMA one listed above) have been early bookings. Also - do need some lead time for vacation time, as I have not yet retired.
The longest lead time for us is 2 years!!!
Put a deposit down in Sept this year for a cruise in early October 2014. Scenic has guaranteed the 2013 price and EBD for our 2014 cruise - but we can have next year's EBD if it is better than what we currently have. Also - we do have an option to cancel and get our deposit back if we change our mind next spring when the brochures come out.
We always have travel insurance - as we do book so far out. Even though we are both in our 50s, I am highly aware that youth is no protection against a life-changing medical event.