Myth or Truth: Get the best cruise deal by waiting until the last minute
You may have heard that you can get the best deal on a cruise by waiting until the last minute. In most cases, this is not true. The travel advisors at CruiseExperts.com will tell you from experience that the prices sometimes skyrocket the closer to the sailing date – just like airline prices.
The truth is, the earlier you book your trip, the more likely you are to score a great deal. The best cabins in the best locations on the ship tend to sell out quickly. For instance, cabins that are mid-ship on the higher decks are usually the first to sell out due to their high demand.
If you are a family hoping to book 3 or 4 people in the same stateroom, you should book as early as you can. There are only a select number of cabins that can accommodate triples and quads, and they do sell out quickly. Another reason to book early is if you want staterooms that are close to each other, or with adjoining doors. There are only a handful of staterooms that connect, and they are also in high demand.
Another thing to consider is if you choose to wait until the last minute, you may not even have a choice of staterooms. The closer you get to the sail date, most of the choices have been picked through, and so you may just have to take what’s left, which could be anywhere on the ship.
You may be saying to yourself, “But what if the price goes down after I book?” Fear not! Some cruise lines offer price protection. Which means if the price goes down before the final payment is due, the cruise company will honor the lower price.
Although it is possible to get lucky and find a low rate by waiting until the last minute, it is highly unlikely that you will get the stateroom that you really want. You’ll probably end up booking a “Guarantee” cabin, which means the cruise line picks the room for you. But if that doesn’t bother you, than waiting until the last minute may not be an issue for you. For the greatest choices, though, it is always best to book in advance.
To learn more about how booking early can save you money, contact one of our experienced and Cruise Line International Association accredited travel advisors at CruiseExperts.com. Give us a call at 1-888-804-CRUISE (2784) or log onto our user-friendly website, www.CruiseExperts.com. Check out our Price Advantage Alerts for prices lower than you can get if you called the cruise line direct. Be sure and join our InnerCircle to receive advance notice on cruise deals and specials via email. We can’t wait to help you plan your next vacation!
Julie joined the CruiseExperts.com team in 2013 as the Marketing Coordinator. She’s lived in Visalia, CA for neaqrly 30 years and is a wife and mother of two adult daughters. She holds a Communications/Marketing degree from the University of Illinois (Go ILLINI!) She has been involved in advertising, marketing, public relations, fundraising development, and event planning throughout her career. “I’m thrilled to work with the CruiseExperts.com team! And I love to travel. Put those together and I have the ideal job!”