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Old 01-14-2013, 01:23 AM   #1
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Is it cheaper to book onboard or on opening day?

or close to opening day, since 2014 dates have come out?

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or close to opening day, since 2014 dates have come out?

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It depends on the popularity of each cruise. Sometimes the price barely budges for months, or they offer the *GT rates, or KSF or FL Res rates (clearance sales.) Other cruises, like specialty cruises, the rates can go up daily, even hourly. If you're planning a holiday cruise or any cruise when the kids are out of school, I would book asap. If the rates are cheaper with the onboard discount you can cancel your original booking and rebook when you're on the ship.
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Actually, usually with a combination of both. When you are onboard book a "dummy date" in the future that you plan to move on opening day. The discount and OBC will transfer with the reservation.
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For a new booking, that would depend on how popular the cruise is and how fast it fills up.
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Actually, usually with a combination of both. When you are onboard book a "dummy date" in the future that you plan to move on opening day. The discount and OBC will transfer with the reservation.
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Book a dummy date onboard, then move it on opening day.
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Or in some cases have another in the wings... we seem to go through those dummy dates too quickly!!
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