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#1
Canberra
11 Posts
Joined Dec 2009
Okay, in August 2014, I will be travelling with my husband (he who must be obeyed) on an Evergreen arranged tour called 26 Day Grand Alpine. Will be a new ship for the newbies and I guess I am posting this to see if anyone else has booked so far in advance or have I been a tad too forward in my planning?
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#2
Conway, AR USA
1,771 Posts
Joined Jan 2001
Originally posted by Blatchy
Okay, in August 2014, I will be travelling with my husband (he who must be obeyed) on an Evergreen arranged tour called 26 Day Grand Alpine. Will be a new ship for the newbies and I guess I am posting this to see if anyone else has booked so far in advance or have I been a tad too forward in my planning?
With the popularity of the river cruises, I think booking that far out assures you of the cabin of your choice, etc. We are booked on the Po River cruise I April 2014. So there are at least two of us who like to plan ahead.
B. Cole
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#3
Ontario, Canada
2,729 Posts
Joined Nov 2008
Originally posted by Blatchy
Okay, in August 2014, I will be travelling with my husband (he who must be obeyed) on an Evergreen arranged tour called 26 Day Grand Alpine. Will be a new ship for the newbies and I guess I am posting this to see if anyone else has booked so far in advance or have I been a tad too forward in my planning?

No, not too forward... We booked a number of months ago with Avalon for June 2014 - and DH and I are already talking about booking for 2015 when the brochures come out next spring.

Fran
#5
Riverview, FL
2,062 Posts
Joined Oct 2008
July 2014, lots off pre-planners out there!

If you look for river cruises this summer, you'll find they are sold out already...not so with ocean cruises. Granted ocean cruises are more plentiful and hold more people. If you want to go on a river cruise, you HAVE to plan ahead!!
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#8
Winnipeg
290 Posts
Joined Jan 2006
We booked in August 2012 for cruise in November 2013, 15 months for obsessive research!
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#9
Indian River, Michigan
1,030 Posts
Joined Oct 2004
We booked our cruise over a year ahead. It seemed necessary to get the cabin we wanted during their busy season. It was hard to wait though!
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#11
372 Posts
Joined Jul 2010
I am definitely in a minority, but we booked our Viking Ukraine cruise for July this year a month ago. And believe me or not it was the best deal available with an onboard $200 credit. But I agree it is a matter of a personal preference: I just can’t resist last minute deals
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#12
FL
14,167 Posts
Joined Jul 2003
We booked our fall 2014 Provence wine cruise with AMA at the first of this year. It is very popular and we knew what we wanted so best to get it reserved early IMO.

Now we get to research and plan which is something I really enjoy.
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142 cruises since 1964, 14 on the river.
Looking forward to:
Joie de Vivre, Paris and Normany - April 2017
Le Lyral, The Adriatic, September 2017
Amadeus Silver II - Magic of Advent, December 2017
Oceania Marina, South Pacific, March 2018AmaKristina, Christmas Markets, December 2018




Our river cruising history:
Avalon Luminary B2B- Christmas Markets, 2009
Avalon Affinity - Christmas Markets 2010
Avalon Panorama - Danube New Years Cruise, 2011
AmaDante -Vineyards of the Rhine and Moselle 2012
AmaCerto - Budapest to Nuremburg, 2013
AmaBella - Tulip Time, 2014
AmaDagio - Provence, 2014
AmaReina - Holiday on the Rhine 2014
SS Catherine - Provence 2015
AmaSerena Christmas on the Rhine, 2015
Scenic Diamond, Bordeaux, April 2016
AmaVida, Douro, August. 2016
AmaSonata, Romantic Danube - Oct. 2016



#13
Western New York
677 Posts
Joined May 2010
Originally posted by never2home
My husband and I have booked a Vantage trip in China for October 2014. Some of us DO like to plan ahead!!!
Hi
We have also booked Vantage China trip, Oct 18,2014.
Tom
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#15
Tasmania, Australia
654 Posts
Joined Feb 2012
I'd say definitely not too far in advance.

January 2013 we booked for an August 2013 cruise and managed one of the last 2 cabins...March 2013 we have booked for June 2014 and looking at that cruise now it says 'please call'....so cabins must be very limited.
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#16
Queens, NY
2,161 Posts
Joined Mar 2008
We booked our October 2014 Viking Bordeaux cruise in December 2012 - but that's beacuse we knew we wanted that cruise and were afraid it'd sell out fast since its a new itinerary.
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Viking Rinda 12-7-2013 Christmas Markets
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Celebrity Constellation 9-7-2011 Amsterdam-Istanbul
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#17
Canberra
11 Posts
Joined Dec 2009
Thank you all for the responses I do feel a little less silly now......only hope my patience allows me to last the distance
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#18
central coast nsw Australia
236 Posts
Joined Jun 2007
Hi,
We are off in a few weeks for our 2013 26 day Alpine/River cruise so when I get back I am sure you will have some questions for me. By the way we booked ours in April 2012. Kerrie
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#19
Coffs Harbour NSW Australia
16 Posts
Joined Jun 2013
Not really to get the choice of cabins you have to get in early
We were lucky to get a two for one cruise with uniworld in April,l 2014 and paid deposit last month to avoid disappointment
#20
Florida
19,061 Posts
Joined Nov 2008
They say over 50% pay 100% 12 months in advance to get the 10% disc.
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