I think you will find the Baltic Cruises are very popular and tend to be booked up very quickly. They certainly are with P & O. I booked mine 15 months before I sailed. I can certainly recommend the cruise for sightseeing, but be prepared as there aren't usually many days at sea, so not a relaxing cruise.It certainly helps if you can be flexible, but as a single person they sell out very quickly.
Thank you all for your replies. You have confirmed my own view so now have to persuade the other half to book now!
I think every Celebrity cruise to the Baltics this summer sailed at full capacity....you get the cabin you want at a cheaper price if you book when they first go on sale. You have missed the bargains as they opened up summer 09 back in April - but at least with Celebrity/RCI if the price does drop they will honour that refund. Personally I did the Century out of Amsterdam to Baltics this summer and couldn't fault it. Booking ahead gives you time to hook up with your fellow cruisers before hand and share tips on shore excursions etc, and you definitely need to book in advance to get the private tours in St P.
Www.cruise.co,uk have a offer of a 2 grade upgrade on the queen victoria sailing on the 27th may 09 to the Baltic number at top of page not a bad deal.
Book before the spring prices come out all lines put the price in the spring, www.CRUISE.co.uk have a good offer of a 2 grade cabin upgrade on the Queen Victoria on 2009 sailings well worth looking at.
Where a cruise is popular it is difficult to get last minute bookings, not impossible but can be inside cabins only. The way ships book up is they will sometimes up grade passengers who have been booked for a good period ahead then fill those spare cabins with late bookings. Some travel agents say allocation upon arrival !! When were booked in a Caribbean cruise in March 2007 and were upgraded to a suite with a butler at no cost to us. I think that one was booked 12/13ths months previous, but it does not always work out this well it can also relate to your frequency of use of that cruise line [loyalty bonus].
We booked our Baltic cruise for May 2009 in March 2008 with Celebrity Cruises through this web site. We had a very good discount, were able to pick the cabin we wanted at the right price. On checking the prices and availability now, our grade of cabin(balcony) has sold out and the price of the cheapest inside is more than what we've paid for the balcony cabin. Also there is now no choice of which dinner sitting, so that may cause some a problem. I suppose you may find the price does go down later but there again it might not! I like to plan ahead and can't wait for March 2009 to book for 2010!
We booked a Baltic cruise this year on the Oriana. We booked 5 weeks before we sailed and we paid £700.99. Our Neighbours have booked the same cruise next year and they have paid £1899.