October – the month to book

October cruise bookings

If you’re like me, you’ll be a bit shocked that it’s October already. Time seems to be absolutely flying, and I swear the London Olympics in 2012 were just a couple of months ago and not well over a year in the past.

October is the time when it really hits home that summer is over. I walked into work this morning and when I left the house it was still properly dark. The clock’s go back in a couple of weeks (extra hour in bed!) and once Halloween is out of the way, the shops will just be full of Christmas stuff. They pretty much already are. Have you seen your first Christmas tree yet?

But there’s much more to October in terms of cruising. It’s really the perfect month to be booking a cruise for the next year. The thing is you need to strike the balance between making sure you book far enough in advance to secure the cruise and stateroom that you want, but you also need to know that all of the sailings have been announced.

If you keep tabs on cruise news you’ve probably seen that in the last few weeks most cruise lines have finalised their plans for 2014. We’ve even covered some of the bigger stories on this blog. So you’ve now got the best choice for your cruise next year, but you need to be quick as it won’t just be you that’s planning. If you don’t act fast then that dream cabin might be gone by the time you call up to book. As it gets towards Christmas and then the New Year people will be booking everything.

And of course October still isn’t too late to pick up a good last minute deal on a winter escape. It’s getting dark, it’s getting cold, and you might already be suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder. Happens to the best of us. So if you’ve got some time on your hands, or a bit of holiday left over at work, why not look into getting away to warmer climates? The Caribbean’s lovely this time of year.

By Ian Lewis

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Jenni Fielding
Jenni has been working in the travel industry for over 10 years. She fell in love with cruising on her first-ever cruise, a Caribbean cruise on Allure of the Seas, during her honeymoon in 2013. Nowadays, Jenni enjoys cruising with her husband and two young children. Her favourite ships are family-friendly megaships which are packed with exciting facilities. She loves sea days and had been known to skip port visits to spend more time on the ship!

Comments: 4 replies added

  1. Helen October 9, 2013 Reply

    Looking for a repositioning cruise starting in uk or Europe going to Florida , the 1st week in decembe

    • Admin October 9, 2013 Reply

      Hi Helen, we really appreciate the comment. Your details have been passed on to our team who will be in touch shortly to discuss the repositioning cruises available to book at the moment.

  2. jane October 17, 2013 Reply

    looking to go away in jan 2014, around the 8th? carribean?

  3. Ian October 18, 2013 Reply

    Hi Jane, we're passing on your details to our Concierge team, and they'll be in touch shortly.

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