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How far in advance do you book your cruise?
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.
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!!!