Mediterranean Cruise Advice

6 Reasons To Book Your Cruise Early

Book Your Cruise Early

We’ve booked cruises early, taking advantage of early booking incentives, but we’ve also booked late, on one occasion compromising on destination to experience a new ship at a good price. Booking a late cruise can be lots of fun if you are flexible, but it’s not for everyone. Here are our reasons to book early:

Book Cruise Early

We’ve booked cruises early, taking advantage of early booking incentives, but we’ve also booked late, on one occasion compromising on destination to experience a new ship at a good price. Booking a late cruise can be lots of fun if you are flexible, but it’s not for everyone. Here are our reasons to book early:

1. Get a date in the diary

Particularly important if you or your travelling companions have other commitments, or if you have to work around school holidays, business plans or other pursuits. We’ve cruised with other families before and have always booked at least 10 months in advance to ensure that the date is in everyone’s diaries.

2. More choice

The earlier you book the greater choice you will have – of cruise, flight, cabin, overnight accommodation and parking if required. This can be particularly relevant for fly-cruises as early morning flights are popular, giving you more time to enjoy your first day. However, it may also suit you to book a flight later in the day or from your particular choice of airport.

3. A good price?

Cruise prices can be really competitive at this time of year, as cruise lines battle for your business, often rising as the months go by. We’ve already seen some prices rise considerably since January.

4. Deals

Cruise lines will offer incentives to get you to book early. These can include complimentary or low price cabin upgrades and all-inclusive packages (our personal favourite) such as those on offer from Marella. Free drinks, free gratuities and onboard spend are currently on offer from Celebrity, as well as low deposits and no credit card fees.

5. The cruise you want won’t have sold out!

With so many large capacity cruise ships, it is tempting to think that they won’t sell out. But if you have earmarked a particular cruise, don’t leave booking too late. We kept an eye on a particular cruise we liked last year and watched the price rise all summer until it finally sold out before we could book.

6. Enjoying the anticipation

The earlier you book, the longer you have to look forward to your cruise and plan how to make the best of every minute. Once you know which ports you are visiting, start by reading our website pages for each port giving advice on where to go and what to do.

Have we persuaded you to be an early booker?

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