If you have a particualr cruise in mond book early to get what you want. If you just want a holiday on a ship, leave it until you see something you fancy at a reduced rate that suits you.
Last minute bargains are always going to be cheap no matter what the state of the economy. Theres a 4 night Gulf of Mexico cruise out of Miami next week £75 thats £19 per night on a 4 star ship. But what price the flights at this late stage? I book very early to get the itinerary & price/cabin I want, & I do mean early, long before the brochures have left the printers!
Hi We've just booked for next Sept. The cabin choice I had was quite limited and I was surprised that quite alot of the high deck cabins had been taken. I would check the cruises that fit your criteria now and if the choice is limited get some costings. Do shop around because they can vary. I was lucky I had a fabulous cruise expert to book it and got a brilliant deal. (if you need any info contact me) I had only to pay £100 pp deposit. By booking early you will have a choice of cabins if that is important to you and be able to get cheap flights if arranging your own. However if you aren't really bothered which ship, which itinerary and dates are flexible you may be able to get a last minute bargain. Hope this helps. Have a fab holiday.
We have booked for march 2010 and have to flights out of newcastle are snapped up straight away 20 minutes dive away if we wait till the last minute 4 hours drive to mancheste and a over night stay in airport hotel the day before you flyout booking early you get what you want.
I would think that after today's market falls anything is possible. I think that the odds are shortening on cheaper cruises with less people able to fill the cabins and many more large ships coming into the industry. Watch this space. ....Neil.
It really does depend on how flexible you are and ,as stated , if you have any preference of cabin, airport, and itinerary etc. We met a couple last year who pack their cases and then surf the net,phone, teletext etc and book any cruise departing 24 hours later ( not for the fainthearted) but this enables them to go on upto 4 cruises a year which otherwise they could not afford.