When to book a cruise?

My father and I might be going on a Norwegian Cruise out of Copenhagen next October (he's gotta do some thinking about it.) Now my original thought was to wait till December to see if I like Norwegian. But the more I think about it the more I'm not so sure about waiting. Cause the prices will go up the closer it is to the cruise. So when will be the right time to book?

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The prices may go up, or they may go down -- it all depends on how many bookings are made at any particular time.

The best time to purchase the cruise is when the price is equal to or less than your expected experience (when it is worth it to you).

The advantage to booking early is that normally you will have a wider selection of cabins available.

I suggest you book early. You have the best selection of cabins and the shore excursions will all be available for the times that you want. You will also have your choice of dining times.

Yeah we realized the later you book the less cabins are available. When we booked our first cruise (booked about 25ish days before we left.) Hardly any balcony cabins were left. There was one on the 6th floor (didn't want) and there was one on the 9th floor (that we ended up taking.) I think we'll more than likely wait till we go on our next cruise in September. And my dad and I can talk about it without my mom chiming in. Because she really doesn't want me to go by myself. lol

Always hit and miss. We book early and watch for drops in price and get on board credit.

I usually prefer to book early as you have the best chance to get the cabin that you want.

So do you guys think (if my dad talks my mom into letting him go. We are pretty sure she won't let him.) That if we book in September there will be plenty of cabins left. I think (if we both go) we'll get a mini suite. If not I'll just get a studio. :)

Check the room sizes on your particular ship.  On the NCL ships I have researched, the mini suites aren't much if any larger than a regular balcony--not enough difference for me to justify the added price.

Good luck with getting your Mom's ok!!

I would wait to see if it is something your father wants to do first. Looking at their web page both cruises that go out of Copenhagen in 10/19 have distinct voyages and free at sea promotions going. Not sure how long that will be so maybe soon would be a good time to book once your father gives the go ahead. Getting credit towards air fare and hotels would be great and get at least 1 free upgrade with it.

Sadly, we are pretty positive my mother won't let him go. Since I plan on being gone for 11-12 days (at the least.) So I will probably just go ahead and book just by myself and I can always add him if he decides he wants to go. 

Instead of waiting for permission, why not invite your mom to go too? 

We book as early as possible in order to get the room we want - location is really important for sleeping. On our last few cruises, we booked a year in advance and didn’t see any price drops. 

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