(Closed) booking a cruise

posted 6 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I always book early so I can get the room category I want.  A lot of cruise lines now offer you price protection so if the price drops, you can file a claim and they adjust yours (usually it gives you an onboard credit, not cash back).  I know for Carnival (I cruise with them the most), you have to book your cruise at least 5 months out to qualify for it though.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I think it depends on how fast the boat is filling up. We booked ours 8 months in advance to lock in a lower rate. But We also got a guarantee that if the price dropped any lower we would receive the difference, or get upgraded. So far it hasn’t gone up or down…but we dont sail until late April.

Talk to a travel agent that works for the company you are wanting to sail with. Ours through Carnival was great in explaining things to me over the phone when we were getting ready to book.

Hope This Helps

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

We booked our cruise in April or May (can’t remember exactly) for our late October Honeymoon, so roughly 6 months beforehand. I don’t think there’s such a thing as booking too early. If you’re going through a TA and prices drop or you find an upgrade that you’d like, it’s fairly simple for them to make the changes that you want. The only insane deals that I’ve ever heard of have been super last minute ones (we’re talking like a month before sailing), but there’s way too much risk involved with waiting that long and I would never do that for something as important as my Honeymoon. 

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