Posted May 6th, 2012, 04:47 PM
Last edited by knotheadusc; May 6th, 2012 at 04:48 PM
I booked my cruise - January 2011, about 10 days prior. Like you mentioned, we only received electronic documents, and once on board the ship, they had to print out a contract for us to sign. The only other downfall would be extreme special requests (food or drink items that take a large lead time).
Thanks! That's what I was thinking. I strongly doubt we'd have any special food or drink requests, so that wouldn't be a major issue for us.
FYI- not sure how the military trans Atlantic rates work, but if they are ZED or ID90 fares like airline employees get, I would give myself plenty of time in the heavily booked Summer season. Some flights have standby embargoes, while others are weight restricted for cargo or other reasons.
These flights are strictly military flights, so they're going on military orders. There is a chance we could be bumped for any number of reasons. However, since my husband is still active duty, we wouldn't be among the first to be bumped!
And the heavy summer season is why we're going in two weeks instead of in two months. That's when people tend to do moves or need to travel on orders. It's possible we'd be traveling in a cargo plane, which could make for a miserable overnight flight, but you can't beat the price!
BTW, very jealous of your upcoming sailing(s). We have done RCI recently, as we have taken our 3 yr old son with. Planning a trip without him this winter, hopefully on Seadream. While we do have fun on RCI (and save a lot of money), I miss the champagne, great food, excellent service, no crowds, no constant selling,etc.
Our first cruise was on RCI. We had a blast, mainly because of the itinerary. We were on one of the smallest ships and it still felt pretty huge. The nice thing about RCI is that it helped me finally convince my husband to try SeaDream. Now he's as hooked as I am! I am looking forward to trying Hebridean Island Cruises in November, though, and doing a comparison thread for my fellow SeaDreamers.
I like taking mystery trips. When we lived in Germany, we used to do blind bookings on Germanwings. You book a flight to some unknown destination and don't find out where you're going until you've paid. It was a fun way to see Barcelona and London.