Sometimes, you just want to pause life and jump straight into a holiday at the last minute. We’ve all had that urge to just throw caution to the wind and book an escape leaving in the next few days without much thought or pre-planning, and sometimes it’s a good idea to listen to that urge.
It’s true that there are a lot of reasons to plan ahead when it comes to cruise holidays, and a number of advantages to doing so, but by the same token there are many benefits to late bookings too, with the chance to grab yourself a real bargain.
It’s not always true that the later you leave a cruise, the cheaper it will be, so straight away you should know you aren’t guaranteed a bargain. You’ll need to do some shopping around, or of course get someone (like Cruise118, hint hint…) to do it for you.
Sometimes it may just be that a cruise hasn’t sold out and the cruise line wants to fill up the remaining places, or it could be a popular cruise that’s had a late cancellation, but on some occasions you may be able to grab a very good price.
The downside to this though is that you are booking what’s available – it might be that you don’t get the stateroom that you want because it’s already sold out. So in the end it comes down to the type of person you are – if you’re happy taking a bit of a risk, not entirely sure what’s going to have availability and what kind of staterooms will still be on offer, a late booking can sometimes get you a real bargain.
There are other caveats too, such as meaning you’ll need to pay in full when you book, and you may be limited in terms of destination choice if you haven’t much time to plan flights. Yet it’s still worth keeping an eye out for a last minute offer, as it could be just the thing if you’re desperate for that relaxing escape.
By Ian Lewis