Posted December 30th, 2017, 07:20 AM
I go along with Jo & Mic.
If it's an itinerary you want, and work or other commitments tie you down to a date, especially popular dates such as school holidays, book early.
Depending which cruise line, you get the widest choice of cabin, dinner sitting, etc. Plus early-booking incentives like OBC, parking, transfers etc, and probably fares discounted from brochure prices.
But the big big big
savings are for late bookings - from about a month out.
Problem is, that's not guaranteed. Occasionally prices will increase closer to sailing date, or the cruise will be sold-out.
If you're committed to date & ship / itinerary you have to bite the bullet & book early, but if you're happy to miss out on this cruise or that ship or those dates you will end up with a bargain.
...... if the cruise doesn't start in the UK you might lose some or all of those savings because of higher air fares close to the date.
...... or if it's an inclusive fly-cruise the airfare is irrelevant, but if it uses chartered regional aircraft (P&O and Thomson do, I don't know about RCI) with a late late booking you may not get the UK airport of your choice.
Once you're happy with your choice & the cost, don't spoil your holiday by fretting about what others might pay for an even later booking.
By booking just a week out for a Thomson Canaries fly-cruise early this month, we got a bargain. Two days later the price was even lower, as they fought to sell the last few cabins. C'est la vie, and we were happy with the value we got.
You could look at booking thro' a US travel agent. It's a little complicated and there are caveats, but you can cancel before "final payment date" and get your deposit back. So if you book early and the price goes down, you can cancel & re-book at the lower fare. A little more detail if you ask.
RCI used to offer a "price promise" in the UK which effectively did the same thing, but that was abandoned a few years back.
Anyone who looks like their passport photo is too ill to travel (Will Kommen)