Airlines release their schedules 11 months out - so flights for Feb09 would have gone on sale in Mar08. So yes, it it highly probably that premium seats are sold out by now - what airline it - have you tried looking on their website to see what is available?
Before i can answer the question i need to know whether your cruise INCLUDES a flight or you have booked a flight separately ?
Our flight details were sent by our agent 7 weeks before departure.
When you booked the cruise you should have been asked if you wanted to upgrade to premium seating. We have often had preliminary notification of flights about 4 months before the cruise but with the proviso that changes could be made. On our last Caribbean cruise (Jan) we were told the previous summer of provisional timings but nearer the time I received notification that the time of the flight from Gatwick had been changed from 09.30 to 15.45. At the time I wasn't pleased about the change but in the event I would choose a late flight again.
We were at the airport just before noon - we are about 2 hours away - and this meant we had a full night's sleep the previous night and did not have to leave home about 4a.m. It was late when we arrived in New Orleans but usually travelling to the Caribbean we don't do much that first evening. We felt much less tired than we have done when we have had to get up in the middle of the night.
P&O cruises tend to use a charter airline they send the flight details with your tickets about 4 weeks before departure day,your agent may get the info a bit earlier and let you know,ours did? You can try for an upgrade on the ship as the send you the tickets to your cabin and you can try to request deferent seating.You get to stay on the ship but not in your cabin until your flight is ready to leave .
We are also sailing on Ventura in February 09 in fact my sister will be tying the knot on the ship. If anyone has any flight details yet I would be very grateful if you could let us know. In my experience cruise lines usually go for the cheapest option this really worries me as a flight connection in Chicago is bad news we have been stranded three times in Chicago due to bad weather conditions at that time of year.
To answer and comment on peoples answers -
the cruise comes as a package with flights, they are not an extra cost unless you upgrade to premium economy
premium economy is on sale as soon as the cruise goes onsale
they are CHARTER flights, so the entire flight is dedicated to P&O passengers, which means that they havent been released for 11 months, and the airline release flight times about 3 months before hand
They are usually Thomas Cook/Thomson, so i very much doubt you will be stranded as they are big companies!
We booked Feb. 08 for Jan 09 to be told in Feb that we could not upgrade our flight until our travel agent knew who we were flying with. When we received this information we tried to upgrade and were told by P&O (who charter the flight so nothing to do with the airline at all). That all the upgrades had gone when the brochure first came out and that regular travellers with P&O would know that all upgrades have to be booked really early. so in other words all the upgrades had already gone in 2007 when you booked so I very much doubt if you will get one now. Our travel agent insisted that they were given the wrong information but P&O say that it is in the brochure that upgrades on flights must be booked at the time. So again P&O and travel agent passing the buck between each other. We have only just been given our flight details about two weeks ago, luckily we have thomson/first choice who are now all one. They have better seating that Thomas Cook but the same amount of luggage (which is another sore subject).