Booking a cabin before finding a cabin roommate?

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Which cruise line offers the most for single cruisers? Solo cruisers?

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Joined Jun 2017
There are significant savings on future cruises when booking early. But I'm still waiting to find out if someone can join in the distant future. I would still take the trip as a single cruiser even though I would have to pay for double occupancy. Or post a forum ad for a roommate. In that case, I'll just wait on pre-paying gratuities until the actual cruise. Booking a room for one passenger only is about a hundred dollars less than booking a room for two due to taxes and fees on the second person.

If I only book a room for one passenger, then am I able to later add a second person to my cabin? I can understand paying the hundred dollars in taxes and fees. But will the cruise line then jack-up the cabin price to the current prices because I'm making changes?

How do most single cruisers book their online reservations before finding a cabin roommate?
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Joined Oct 2014
I think you could have a problem based on capacities per muster. You may find ship is already at capacity by the time you try to add a second person.
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With just a hundred dollars less in possible savings if sailing eventually as solo, you might be better off booking a cabin for 2, with 2nd person to be named later.
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Joined May 2003
I added a new passenger about a week before my RCCL cruise last August 21, 2017 or so which is about the week kids head back to school in Texas. . But good point if its during the heavy summer period or a holiday cruise they might not let you due to muster capacity. I just booked another cruise for the same week of August this year and then next day I received a RCCL notice to contact them if I wanted to add another later. I believe RCCL will generally let you add a passenger up to about 5 days before the sailing date
Flushing, NY
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Joined Oct 2004
In most cases, you can book a cabin way in advance to take advantage of early booking discounts, as well as good choice of available cabins, and if you can't find a cabin mate by final payment date, cancel and still receive full refund of your deposit, if you do not wish to go solo....)

That said, I decided a couple of month's ago to try to find someone to share a cabin on a very expensive cruise (Crystal Northwest Passage), a "bucket list" cruise for me, that I simply could not afford solo....
So I advertised on another site for a cabin mate (CC does not allow this), and found someone, so happily am now booked.
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Hi Bob, you mentioned other sites for finding a cabin mate. That’s exactly what I’m looking for. Would you mind sharing those sites with me since they aren’t allowed here? I’d sure appreciate that. If need be, you can send me an email at [email protected] or post here if allowed. Many thanks.
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