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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I've booked over a year in advance, and I've booked 30 days out. And everything in between.
I just booked my first cruise, less than 2 months away. I have a ton to do to get ready!
we are currently booked for a cruise in Feb of 2015. we were 598 days out when I booked it. that's probably the longest . Thank god I have one this Feb upcoming
I have to admit my next cruise is the quickest we have ever booked. 90 days before the cruse is a little nerve racking for me. I don't know how people can do a week or two before.
We always try to do a year out at least because we have to cruise in the Summer with kids in school. Since we live in Orlando, close to Port Canaveral, we try to do short weekend cruise during the school year last minute...sometimes even on the day of. We simply drive down and wait to see if they have cabins they have not filled and ask for a deal. Have been lucky on 2 occasions where we basically sailed for the taxes and port charges on 3 day weekend cruise. One of the benefits of being a Floridian!!! Now if we can only learn to count votes...

We have done both ends of the leeway spectrum.... a couple weeks before departure up to a couple years ahead. It really depends upon whether or not you care about the itinerary or cabin type or other time-sensitive variable.

Our last minute cruise was based on a great discount, departure port, and our availability. We could have cared less about having an interior cabin because every other factor worked in our favor.

Our 2+ year out booking was based on wanting the same accessible suite for all 4 back-to-back cruises.

Another example, we are closely monitoring the release of a South Pacific in the Fall 2016. Looking at this cruise's history, it always sells out and the desirable cabins go very quickly. We have a TP monitoring it for us as well.

Our priorities determine how far in advance we book.

Happy cruising!

I would go nuts with waiting for a year for a cruise. I tend to book in less then 90 days, I get the cruise bug, I hit the web sites, call a few friends and book a trip. I did book one trip 6 months out because it was a re-positioning transatlantic at a price to good to pass up. I'm lucky that I'm semi-retired and go go when ever I want.

I book all different times. If the cruise is a popular one that fills up quickly, I'll book a year in advance. Some I book last minute to take advantage of a very good deal. Usually it is somewhere in between. I guess I average about six months in advance.

If I'm booking it generally 9 months to a year out. If my inlaws are then it's usually a family trip so it's anywhere from 3 months to 6 months.

I normally book between 2 weeks and 30 days out, you get the best deals waiting it out!!!

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