What is considered "off season" for cruises
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You can also get some great prices on caribbean cruises if you sail just after Thanksgiving and just before Christmas.
Hope this helps and I am sure there are others out there that will have some other thoughts.
January is also a time for good pricing, since it's right after the holidays.
RCCL Sovereign of the Seas 6/88
Carnival Holiday 6/90
Carnival Triumph 8/99
Carnival Destiny 6/00
HAL Westerdam 2/01
Carnival Fascination 10/01
Pacific Princess 9/02
Celebrity Century 9/03
Caribbean Princess 9/18-9/27/04
HAL Zuiderdam 10/28-11/4/06
RCCL Empress of the Seas 10/20-10/27/07
RCCL Liberty of the Seas 9/13-9/20/08
NCL Norwegian Jewel 11/14-11/21/10
Carnival Pride 9/11-9/18/11
NCL Norwegian Star 9/23-9/30/12
NCL Norwegian Dawn 4/7-4/14/13
RCCL Liberty of the Seas 8/15
NCL Norwegian Escape 2/16
RCCL Grandeur of the Seas 11/16
Many cruises in May/early June or September/October - which I'd call "shoulder" season, also have better rates - and for Alaska (for instance) you'll often get better odds of sunshine in May than July or August.
So, it depends on the destination, but those should give you some guidance.
Next cruise Constellation Sept.2011
After that: Who knows?
Between Thanksgiving and Xmas. Kids are in school and most people are getting ready for the holidays = cheap prices.
Perhaps lower pricing ,but kids are never in school. They get pulled by their parents and are increasingly on ships year round in great numbers
I agree with the above post in that prime season or off season is in the eyes of the beholder.