Posted January 26th, 2011, 08:02 AM
I know the cruise lines would love us to book early, but I have learned my lesson and will never again do so.
Last year we early booked a Princess New Year's cruise. It being a holiday, the prices were very high so we chose an outside cabin with an obstructed view, hoping for an upgrade. A few months later, balconies went on sale for something like $1,299 while obstructed view cabins were going for $1,999. Go figure.
Princess refused to allow us to switch to a balcony, claiming that this "sale" which went on for about three months was a "flash fare". It was a long flash.
Long story short, of course, all of the balconies sold out and, even as elites, we remained in the obstructed view cabin we had originally booked.
As it happened the seas were too rough when we arrived at Princess Cays to allow passengers to go ashore and they had some issues reboarding the initial tenders that had attempted to go ashore. This provided us with a ringside seat to the action reboarding the tenders so that was a redeeming factor, but still, I will never again book any cruise unless I see exactly the cabin I want at exactly the price I want to pay.
Sorry Princess, but you wrote the end to this story yourself by refusing to allow me to change my booking when you offered a far lower price for a superior cabin. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.
Breathless with anticipation
Celebrity Constellation 11/17 (Rome to Abu Dhabi)
Costa Victoria 2/18 (Singapore to Savona)
Emerald Princess 6/17 (Alaska), Celebrity Infinity 2/17 (Antarctica) * Diamond Princess 11/16 (Asia) * Queen Victoria 4/16. (Cape Town to Southampton) * Caribbean Princess 2/16 (Western Caribbean) * Ocean Princess 12/15 (Trans Atlantic), Queen Victoria 10/15 (Istanbul and Eastern Med) * Pacific Princess 5/15 (Pacific Coastal) * Golden Princess 5/15 (Pacific Coastal) * Queen Victoria 2/15 (South Pacific) * Queen Elizabeth 11/14 Mediterranean (Croatia)*Golden Princess 09/14 Pacific Coastal * Queen Victoria 08/14 Baltic (Russia) * Grand Princess 5/14 Pacific Coastal * Star Princess 5/14 Pacific Coastal * Island Princess 4/14 Panama Canal * Star Princess 12/13 Hawaii (Best cruise ever) * HAL Noordam 10/13 WB Transatlantic * Golden Princess 8/13 Alaska * Golden Princess 12/12 Hawaii *Sapphire Princess 10/12 California Coastal * Caribbean Princess 7/12 Scandinavia * Caribbean Princess 4/12 EB Transatlantic Crossing * HAL Amsterdam 9/11 Puget Sound * Star Princess 7/11 Mediterraean * Island Princess 5/11 SFO/YVR * Emerald Princess 12/10 Aruba * Coral Princess 9/10 Coastal * Golden Princess 6/10 Alaska * Celebrity Mercury 10/9 Puget Sound * Star Princess 9/09 Alaska * Golden Princess 9/09 Coastal * Golden Princess 6/09 Alaska * Star Princess 5/09 Coastal * Sapphire Princess 12/08 Mexico * Golden Princess 9/08, Repo * HAL Volendam 9/08, Repo * NCL Star 9/08 Repo * QM2 7/08, New England * Island Princess 5/08 Coastal * Coral Princess 5/08 * Diamond Princess 9/07 * Island Princess 5/07 * Golden Princess 5/07 * HAL Veendam 9/06, Repo * Dawn Princess 9/06 Coastal * Dawn Princess 5/06 Repo * Sapphire Princess 9/05 PacificCoastal * Island Princess 8/05 YVR/ANC