Contributor Level: Cruise Director

How far in advance do you book your cruise?

How far in advance do you book your cruise? I normally book 5to 6 months in advance.

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23 Answers

Contributor Level: Cruise Director
I've done anywhere from 2 to 4 months in advance. Have never done the last minute thing. Too much stress!
Contributor Level: Second Mate
I prefer 5 to 6 months in advance. You're able to take advantage of reserving excursions and the cabin you desire.
Contributor Level: Deck Hand
I need an accessible cabin so I always book at least 14 months out.
Contributor Level: Third Mate
There are two times fares are lowest, first at posting usually 14 or 15 months ahead. The second is three weeks before, this is usually when travel agents release their remaining cabins they had blocked off.
Contributor Level: Third Mate
My first one I booked 7 months out. I just booked my next one for March 2014 - 10 months out. Going to try to book my 2015 cruise later this year as well.
Contributor Level: Third Mate
....... As an agent I will say this, you can't beat pricing, at least 1 year a head of time. You might be hesitant about booking so far in advance, but just opt for the insurance if anything happens.
Contributor Level: Third Mate
Wow, over a year!? I don't think I could wait that long... I usually do around 3-5 months.
Contributor Level: Deck Hand
I do a year up to 6 months...bc of the insurance and besides I have a large family...our next cruises are July, September, and December of this year...Now in about 3 months I will be booking for Feb and then April of 2014.
Contributor Level: Second Mate
we try to do at least a year in advance so that it gives everyone a chance to jump on with us if they want to. We call our planner on a regular basis to see if the fare has dropped which gets us onboard credit. This also gives up the opportunity to pay as we go and have it paid off at least within 45 days of sailing.
Contributor Level: Captain
I have booked 6 months before and sometimes 3 weeks before, trying to get the best deal


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