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5 Reasons to Book Your Cruise Early

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If you’re a last-minute cruiser, you’d better think twice before waiting until the last hour to book your sailing.

A recent earnings call with Royal Caribbean revealed that they’ll be eliminating last minute cruise deals. But that isn’t all bad, because booking early does has its benefits.

5 Reasons to Book Your Cruise Early

1. Cruises Do Sell Out

If you have your eye on a certain sailing, chances are it will sell out long before last minute. This is especially true for the newer and refurbished ships.

2. Cabin Choice

Not only will you get the cabin choice on the ship, but you’ll be able to get cabins close together. This is perfect for families sailing with kids and want an adjoining or across the hall cabin.

3. Take Advantage of Price Drops.

As the cruise gets closer, you may notice a price drop. If the price drops, certain fares allow you to get the money credited in form of an onboard credit.

4. Group Pricing

If you’re traveling with a large group, you can take advantage of advanced pricing that allows extra amenities like private cocktail parties, onboard credits or complimentary bottles of wine.

5. Better Airfare

If you have to fly to your cruise, the sooner you book your cruise the better you are. Try getting an airline ticket at the last minute is ridiculously expensive.

Final Thoughts

Will all the cruise lines be eliminating last minute cruise deals? Probably not, especially in the winter when there is so much inventory in the Caribbean. You can play with the pricing for an upcoming Royal Caribbean cruise below.

Featured Photo credit: Flickr

 

Doug Parker is the producer and host of the Cruise Radio podcast and the daily Cruise Radio News briefs. Tune in where you listen to your favorite podcast.

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