The Most Important Key to Successfully Booking Your Christmas Holiday Cruise

Connie talks to Santa about Christmas holiday cruising.

Connie talks to Santa about Christmas holiday cruising.

It’s March 8th so it would make sense for you to think that Christmas is behind you rather than ahead of you. But if you’re thinking of booking a holiday cruise for this year, you need to think like a time traveler!

No, I’m not thinking of Doctor Who, though I’m sure that that’s where my eldest son’s mind would go. You won’t need TARDIS  to travel over the holidays, just early planning and the guidance of a good travel agent to make the holiday magic happen!

We already have four small groups booked for next Christmas and New Year’s Eve, all of which are for family groups of five or more cabins along with some individual bookings.  While you can often book close to the sailing, the key to the best availability and rates is early planning.

This is particularly important if you have any of the following preferences or needs:

First is a need for connecting cabins. If it were up to me, cruise ships would have many connecting cabin set-ups but, instead, there are relatively few of this popular preference. If you are a family looking for connecting cabins, or you are a party that includes someone with special needs who wants a caregiver in a connecting cabin, book early for a chance to get this configuration.

Second is a need for triple or quad occupancy cabins.  Not all cabins are able to hold three or four… or even more people.  Over the holidays, with school closures and company shut-downs, it’s understandably the most popular time for these higher occupancy cabins to fill up early.

Another issue with triple and quad cabins is that a ship can “max out” on how many of those cabins can actually be sold to more than two guests.  Most ships have more beds (“berths”) than the maximum occupancy guest count that they are actually permitted to hold. When you have peak periods that appeal to families needing higher occupancy cabins (i.e. spring break, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s or even summer season) the ship can theoretically max out and stop selling more than two people per cabin. We don’t see this often, but it does come up.  The earliest I’ve seen a Christmas sailing “max out” has been late August.

Third is a need for specific location. This may mean multiple cabins located near each other or cabins in preferred locations.

Though we’ve already run into some of the above obstacles for Christmas and New Years’ Eve 2016 holiday cruises, we’ve managed to work out people’s second choices if not their first.

But the last thing we want is to disappoint a client.  Now is the time to book your holiday cruise. If you are booking a group of cabins, you may even be entitled to extra perks!  We’re ready to help you plan an extraordinary ending to this year… one that you look forward to and will reach without the need of a time traveling machine.

 

Happy traveling!

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P.S. If you would like to view the entire three-blog series regarding cruising over the holidays, you can click here for the second one and here for the third one.

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