How far out should you book your cruise tips

Here is a bit of helpful advise when planning your cruise vacation.

Why you should book early?

1.)  Popular cruises can sell out even over a year in advance a good example would be most river cruises and any new ship launching.

2.) you get the better selection of rooms and where you would prefer your room to be on the ship.

3.) If your booking special cabins such as Special Needs or cabins that can hold more than 2 people or adjoining rooms, those rooms are limited on ships there are only so many. You should really book far in advance or you may not be able to book at all.

4.) The typical cruise requires full payment 75 days in advance of the cruise. So, if your planning on doing a deposit and making payments for your cruise you need to book way farther out than that. Some cruises are even 95 days in advance for final payment.

5.) Booking outside of the final payment period is also good for when you do your online check in in advance and when the Cruise line allows you to strt booking things on the ship such as specialty dining, spa services and shore excursions those can sell out and if you wited last minute your going to miss out on somthing you might have wanted to do.

6.) Travel Documents. Many attempt to book a last minute cruise only to find out while being advised on travel documents that they do not have the proper documents for that cruise. Some cruises require special visas and some countries such as Argentina require reciprocity fees paid to them in advance of the cruise.

7.) Price protection. Ask if the rate for your cruise includes price protection. Usually if its not a restricted rate it does. If the price drops outisde of the final payment period usually cruise lines will make it right, so no need to wait to the last second and pray the ship still has rooms.

8.) Airfare. Prices on airfare typically go up the closer you get to that flight date as the lower priced seats always sell first leaving higher priced seats your only choice.

9.) Hotels. They can sell out especially on peak travel times and if their is a special event in that city. Try getting a hotel for a cruise out of New Orleans during Mardi Gras for example on short notice.

10.) Get the trip protection! If you get within final payment and you are unable to go say you get the flu the week of the cruise or you get in a traffic accident on the way to the port, now your in the hospital the cruise line is going to keep your money with no apologies. Or if you get injured at a port and the ship leaves you in a hosplital you will be on your own as to how to get home from that exotic port of call. Can you really afford to pay for a flight home with an unexpected expense like that? True you might not use the protection and hopefully so. But what if that tragic thing does happen do you really want to ad insult to injury?


Well, that is the best advice I can offer. I hope that it might help you make a good decision on booking your next cruise thanks for readong my post.

1 Answer

Norwegian Cruise Line - If you are a Latitudes Member (returning guest) then you get double points for booking early. I think it is 9 months or more in advance. The points go towards a higher level of Latitudes membership. The higher the level, the higher the perks. Other cruise lines might have similar programs.


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