Cruise sailing is a popular activity for most people, but not all of the ports you want to visit are available at any given time. For example, if you plan on visiting Alaska you will have to travel from San Francisco or Vancouver in order to get there. Different times of year also have different weather patterns that can affect your trip as well. The best cruise season varies depending on destination and it might be better to plan ahead so that you can find a specific time period with favorable weather conditions.
If my family is going together, should we book early? How much does it cost per person? What about airfare? Will we save money by booking our own tickets instead of taking the cruise line’s discount rate?
There are many factors involved when deciding how long prior notice would benefit your family (and ultimately whether or not flying first class saves more than 20% off your final price). I recommend calling 1-800-872-6648 to speak directly with an agent who knows the ins and outs of cruises; picking up some brochures at one of their offices; or reading through their online information form for general information regarding vacation packages like this one.