Mill Valley, CA (PRWEB) March 05, 2013
Winter is almost over and spring is almost here, and though there’s still a chill in the air, and it’s tempting to think of warming up in Hawaii or the Caribbean, winter is the time to think about places like Alaska or Europe’s North Cape. Likewise, during the dog days of summer is the time to book next winter’s tropic getaway. CruiseOne of San Rafael, California has some tips on when and how to book a cruise vacation.
Steve Faber, the owner of CruiseOne of San Rafael, says that the key to booking is to get the timing right. He believes it’s a good idea to book well in advance.
“Savvy travelers book cruise vacations six or more months in advance,” said Faber. “They get the pick of the litter when it comes to decks, cabins and dining times.”
A popular misconception is that the best way to get a great deal is to wait until the last minute to book. Faber says this is not true. Cruise lines offer substantial price incentives when a ship is first open for booking, and prices usually increase as the departure date approaches, governed by the Capacity Control department, which monitors the pace at which a ship is filling up in comparison to graphs, algorithms and historical trends. If bookings are ahead of the curve, the price grows more quickly. If the converse is true, prices glow slower, stay flat or even drop.
Faber is quick to point out, however, that the early booker is still at an advantage. Most of the contemporary – or mainstream – lines reward the early buyer with fares that are guaranteed to be the lowest available and to remain so nearly all the way up to the date of departure. If a lower fare does become available, the cruise line will adjust the early purchasers fare to match.
In addition to providing possible exclusive perks, cruise discounts, special deals, onboard credit and stateroom upgrades, an Independent Vacation Specialist can be depended on to monitor price improvements on their clients’ bookings.
Faber does warn that there are restrictions imposed by the cruise lines in return for bargain-basement pricing. Typically, the deposit and sometimes the entire fare are non-refundable. Penalties can also be imposed for anything that requires additional attention to or modification of the reservation, including charges for name changes, etc. Travelers often can protect against financial loss from these restrictions and penalties by getting travel protection insurance.
About the company:
Traveling the world as a travel writer to report on cruises, Steve Faber has been blessed with the opportunity to sail on 98 cruises on 71 ships of 31 cruise lines. As an independent CruiseOne cruise specialist, Faber capitalizes on combining his knowledge of ships and destinations with the powerful marketing clout and superlative client service of CruiseOne, the world’s largest seller of cruise vacations. Faber serves the Bay Area. Contact him to discuss cruise itineraries, cruise discounts, adventure travel, river cruises and more by calling 415-485-0100 or book online at http://www.sfaber.cruiseone.com/travel/HomePage.html.