Should I book early or wait?

I'm thinking about taking one last vacation with kids as they are all getting thru college and we are not seemingly able to all vacation at the same time. The only time frame is June-August. Should I wait a few months and see if prices go down/promotions go up? I would have liked to go on another Med cruise but the airline tickets are high and the cruise tix aren't so small either. So, we're now looking at Caribbean. Any thoughts out there on the philosophy of holding tight and waiting for the right price? Thanks to all for your inputs.

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On the cruises I have looked at lately, the prices have been rising as they get closer to sailing.

OTOH, last year they seemed to drop.

It wouldn't hurt to get with a good travel agent that can help to get the line to "fare match" if they lower the rates prior to final payment due date.

In short, book now (Note that this is only a personal opinion, not professional financial advice)

I've never seen a price drop ever.  It all stays the same or goes up so I don't think it matters

 

I typed that yesterday on another thread, yet today on the cruise I’m on next week the prices for interior and ocean view just plunged.  But it’s the first time I’ve seen it happen.

 

On our first couple of cruises, prices occasionally went down, and we received more on board credit to spend, or we got upgrades to a better location. For the past couple of cruises, we have only seen the price go up, so we were happy that we chose to book a year prior to cruising. 

Only you can decide when to put down the deposit, but I would recommend booking as soon as you can, when the rooms in your preferred location on the ship are available. If you book too far out, not all rooms are available to choose from, we were told by the booking agent on our last cruise..

I guess my problem is I book balcony.  They go fast and never drop

If those rooms sell out fast, best to book as early as possible.

Even with interior and ocean view rooms it’s a gamble.  Wait and everything might sell out or climb in price.  I wanted to go on the Star Princess early 2016 and I waited as per the suggestion of a cruise veteran but it sold out before I could book.  

It is a family vacation with limited time that everybody is able to go.   I would pick the cruise you want,  book it now and keep an eye for price drop.   Not worth risking the last family vacation for a couple hundred dollars.  

 

Have a great family vacation.  The memories you make with the kids as adults will be worth the cost not only to you but for the kids also.  I can remember my last vacation with both my parents,  over 20 years ago when they were both healthy and strong.

On the Royal Princess, I booked a deluxe balcony over a year out. By the time Final Payment arrived, several price reductions had ended up halving the price.

On my upcoming Carnival Freedom cruise, the prices have remained pretty much the same.

Don't count on the prices getting lower, but keep an eye out all the same.

We usually prefer to book early but we have booked a bit closer to sailing but nothing closer than 60 days out. The advantages to early booking are that you can sometimes score better perks for an early booking and you get a better selection of cabins. If location is important then early booking is needed. Also some lines such as Norwegian give more loyalty credit if you book early. 

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