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If I want a specific cabin, or cabin category at least, is there a way to search for that?  Say I want a Grand Suite or something on a cruise line and I'm open to dates and itinerary, is there anywhere to search for that?  Without searching through each and every sailing? 

 

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5 hours ago, Singmeasong said:

If I want a specific cabin, or cabin category at least, is there a way to search for that?  Say I want a Grand Suite or something on a cruise line and I'm open to dates and itinerary, is there anywhere to search for that?  Without searching through each and every sailing? 

Welcome to Cruise Critic! Whopper of a first post question!

 

I went to my line of choice, Holland American Line, and tried unsuccessfully to do what you request. My best suggestion is to get a in-house booking specialist (HAL calls theirs Personal Cruise Consultant; Princess: Cruise Vacation Planner) and let that person search for you -- their software is much more powerful. To get a HAL PCC, call 800-355-3017 or fill out this form:

https://www.hollandamerica.com/en/us/plan-a-cruise/get-ready-for-your-cruise/contact-pcc 

To obtain a Princess CVP: 800-901-1172.

 

Other lines probably have their own version of specialist to help you, and least the mainstream ones!

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The short answer is no.  Within each cruise line's web site, you need to determine a preferred cruise region and date first, and then scan the specific itineraries and ships that sail that region and date, then select your preferred choices and look at availability for your desired stateroom category by each ship and itinerary.

 

There are so many ships, itineraries, and dates, in any given region with so many staterooms available for each sailing that change daily that it would likely be impossible to have any one third party site or search engine be able to track availability by given stateroom category. 

 

Besides, I'm not aware of any cruise lines that release that information in the manner you seek to any third party site.  If for no reason other than they are too busy managing their own internal data to desire to take on that task as well.  They also tend to guard that information as private and as most ships within the mass market cruise lines tend to sail fully booked, it just isn't necessary to list stateroom availability externally.

 

Your other option would be to contact a travel agent and have them assist in your search.

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25 minutes ago, leaveitallbehind said:

They also tend to guard that information as private and as most ships within the mass market cruise lines tend to sail fully booked, it just isn't necessary to list stateroom availability externally.

 

 

Saying it isn't necessary makes a lot of sense.   Saying it is considered private just doesn't compute.  

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8 hours ago, ldubs said:

 

Saying it isn't necessary makes a lot of sense.   Saying it is considered private just doesn't compute.  

Maybe not stated well - but individual stateroom sales information per itinerary and available remaining capacity is not information that is generally released. It is internal information to the cruise lines.  A given stateroom category availability is only something that would be seen when searching that specific stateroom category on a given itinerary - and even then the total available staterooms is not necessarily provided.

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3 hours ago, leaveitallbehind said:

Maybe not stated well - but individual stateroom sales information per itinerary and available remaining capacity is not information that is generally released. It is internal information to the cruise lines.  A given stateroom category availability is only something that would be seen when searching that specific stateroom category on a given itinerary - and even then the total available staterooms is not necessarily provided.

 

Yes, that would be correct.  They don't intentionally hide the info.  It just isn't made available, probably because most would not use the feature.   I do think the OP raises a good question.  

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56 minutes ago, ldubs said:

 

Yes, that would be correct.  They don't intentionally hide the info.  It just isn't made available, probably because most would not use the feature.   I do think the OP raises a good question.  

You are likely correct,  But I also know that they would not allow a third party direct access to their internal stateroom data, which means the only way that data could be made public to such a site would be for the cruise lines to release it to them.  As there is so much data that literally changes on a daily basis - private or not - I doubt they would commit the manpower to manage it for an external site.

 

But, to your point regarding the OP's question, it would not be a bad thing to have.

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2 hours ago, leaveitallbehind said:

You are likely correct,  But I also know that they would not allow a third party direct access to their internal stateroom data, which means the only way that data could be made public to such a site would be for the cruise lines to release it to them.  As there is so much data that literally changes on a daily basis - private or not - I doubt they would commit the manpower to manage it for an external site.

 

But, to your point regarding the OP's question, it would not be a bad thing to have.

 

Why would they allow outside access to any "internal" data.  That isn't what we are discussing.  We are talking about information accessible for booking.  And, I think we may be in agreement the filter the OP is looking for is not included.    

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1 hour ago, ldubs said:

 

Why would they allow outside access to any "internal" data.  That isn't what we are discussing.  We are talking about information accessible for booking.  And, I think we may be in agreement the filter the OP is looking for is not included.    

What I am saying is the only way the information could be made available to a third party site would either be by that site accessing the information directly - or - the cruise lines providing it.  The cruise lines clearly would not allow this information to be accessed, nor would they likely commit the manpower to update it daily and provide it to the third party.  

 

But the real issue here is that I originally interpreted the OP's question to be looking for stateroom information across multiple cruise lines via a third party website (like a lot of hotels do), which is what my discussion evolved to.  In looking back now I likely misunderstood that!  LOL.  So even if it is information within a single cruise line, I am not aware of that being available.  Sorry if I led you down a rabbit hole with this!

 

Have a good weekend!

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