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#1
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Hi Everyone,

My family is planning on booking a cruise to the Western Caribbean itinerary onboard the Oasis Of The Seas in September of this year! When would be the best time to book to get cheap prices?

Thanks
#2
Ontario, CA (The one WITH the Palm Trees!)
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Cruise prices are like airfare, need a crystal ball to figure that out.

On SOME itins we have found fares SOMETIMES drop just after final payment is due. If you need/want a specific cabin(s) book early.
#3
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I book approx 3 months before.
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#4
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Welcome to Cruise Critic.

You may or may not get a deal.

September -- hurricane season -- many people don;t like to cruise then -- so there could be lots of cabins left and you might get a good deal.

But also -- not many ships have returned to the Caribbean in September and those that are there are charging higher prices -- thus there may not be a good deal..

Hard to predict what will happen.
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#5
Southern California
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I check my Magic 8-ball and it is 50/50 in accuracy. It all comes down to the demand for a specific cruise date. High demand equals higher fares; low demand usually equals price drops. Totally hit & miss. Good luck.

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#6
Connecticut
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Originally posted by curty44
Hi Everyone,

My family is planning on booking a cruise to the Western Caribbean itinerary onboard the Oasis Of The Seas in September of this year! When would be the best time to book to get cheap prices?

Thanks
If you are coming from Australia, pricing/timing of air fare is likely to be as significant as cruise fare. While cruise price MIGHT drop as date nears, air fare is likely to go up. Either can go either way, so you might as well check out options and when you feel you have found a package you can live with, book it.
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#7
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You can book Carnival early saver rate and if the price drops you can be credited back the difference.
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#8
Lynnwood,Wa,USA
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Originally posted by Mizzouaholic
You can book Carnival early saver rate and if the price drops you can be credited back the difference.
They are sailing the Oasis....that's an RCI ship.
#9
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Joined Feb 2013
Thanks everyone so much! I don't think there is a big problem, sales are on all the time.