Staterooms & Shore Excursions
So why am I saying “particular”? Because an advertised cruise line sale is usually either for one of 2 reasons – to kick start reservations on a new year of cruising itineraries (and these would be over a year out from sail date) or to sell any remaining stock on a sailing, that is the staterooms no one else wants. Maybe you don’t care if you have an obstructed view, or your room is miles from the elevator . Perhaps this may seem a slight exaggeration except it’s not when you are tired, hot and dirty from your daily adventures and just want to freshen up – and maybe a nap – before dinner). Or perhaps it doesn’t matter when all you can get is a cabin on a high deck forward on an ocean ship – and you suffer from sea sickness -it’s not ideal.
You spend time in your stateroom – make sure it is the one you want, not the one that was left over.
If you desire a certain category of stateroom in a preferred area of a ship, you must book early to ensure you get what and where you want, even on the big ships. It’s absolutely critical on a river ship. Ocean going cruises have up to hundreds of staterooms while river cruises will on average have forty or less rooms.
Side or shore excursions may be an important part of your cruising holiday too. Some of the popular ones will sell out early because they have limited capacity. Again you are left to pick from the ones no one else wants.
Don’t despair over the misconception of sacrificing a last minute savings deal to get your ideal stateroom. If you reserve your cruise with a travel professional, he/she will monitor prices so if a reduction comes up later for which you are eligible, it is arranged you receive the better price.