Waiting to the last minute to book a cruise or any other travel????

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Sugar bee

@MrsBrown13:  I have done this many many times.

In fact I think people who book early are silly. They are wasting money.

Think about it logically.

A year, six months out the providers (resorts/cruise line etc) are still likely to book up.  But a week or two before the odds are getting slimmer.  The closer to departure the less time, and people will be able to book.  Thus it’s better for them to get you there/on board where you will spend money, even if you get a real steal on the room.  A week before they weren’t likely to fill it anyway, so get you on board, you buy drinks, excutions etc, and they make some money on what was otherwise an empty room.

After having travelled to more then 20 resorts in varrying countries, I can tell you they are all basically the same.  So as much as someone will say they have to go to Sandals, or Dreams or whatever particular resort.  They’d get the same excurtion, rooms, beach front, activities at almost any resort in the same category.

You won’t get the same in a 2 star as a 5, but within the 5’s they are all going to be basically the same.

I have done this successfully, many, many times.  My best deal was a 5 star, Mexico, AI for $297, 7 days, including flights .  We booked on Tuesday, left on Thursday.

The only exception to this is if you are going at a VERY peak season, like March Break (and even then there are mega deals, but it’s less likely as the demand is very high).  Or if you are going with a large group of people (8 or more).

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

We scheduled our Carnival Cruise right after that Carnival ship died at sea! So we got a pretty great deal!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

@MrsBrown13:  It is a risk.  But security costs money.

Even if that particular ship books, which I doubt it will be at 100% capacity, there are other ships leaving probably within a day or two, to other locations.

 

Post # 8
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Busy bee

Last year my SO and I booked an all inclusive trip to Cuba about two weeks beforehand (so not even last minute!). Everything included cost about $500 per person for 8 days and 7 nights. Pretty sweet.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@MrsBrown13:  I’ve never done this, but my vacation days are set and I can’t randomly take off. You should definitely take advantage if you can! 

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

$19.95?! That’s amazing! I’d love to know the details on that!

My friends and I cruise 2-4 times a year and always wait until the last minute, when they are just trying to fill the ship. We consistently save 50-75%, but there are factors that make it easier for us. First off, we live in FL, so there’s no additional travel. Also, FI and I own a business, so it’s easy to take last minute time off. 

I wouldn’t attempt it during peak times, like holidays. We have the best luck from Sept-Thanksgiving (hurricane season). January is usually good as well. There was a time we were supposed to take a 7 day Western Carribean, but had to reroute to Eastern Carribean due to a rare hurricane in the gulf (it was in Oct), but when you only paid a couple of hundred dollars for a week in a balcony room, it’s easy to overlook things like that!

Post # 11
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Honey bee

We booked 5 months out, however, we got the “super saver” rate. So anytime rates dropped, we just filed a request to be reimbursed. We got reimbursed 3 times…our total was $390 per person for exterior stateroom with window, mid-ship for a 7 day Southern Caribbean cruise. I have yet to see rates much lower for that during peak season. We also couldn’t risk booking 1 week before since we flew into Puerto Rico and would have bene SOL if it was full.

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@MrsBrown13:  Darn, too bad you weren’t able to get specifics. 

I have family in Charleston and it is definitely less busy, but there also seem to be less ships coming and going. I still think you’re probably right about it being easier to find good prices, since it’s slower. Good luck! Let us know if you find any amazing deals! 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m thinking of booking last minute a few cruises this spring and summer! DH and I had such a phenomenal time on our honeymoon cruise last year… I want to do it again, but this time for cheaper, haha!  

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@MrsBrown13:  Yea, I guess I could. However, I’m a teacher so we have to go away always during high season (holiday breaks & summer). So it would never work. The price (especially flights), is almost always more expensive the closer to booking because they fill up so quick. We waited once to book flights because my fiance thought that prices might go down and ended up paying $500 more than if we would have booked when the flights first came out. Needless to say, we will never be doing that again.

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