Bookin’ Alaska – Timing
Have you already earmarked how your refund for 2012 will be spent? – Probably it’s long gone. But this is a great time to start planning a wonderful Alaskan adventure for 2013. In fact, the timing of your booking is a most important part of the process.
If you were to book a cruise now for the summer of 2012, you would have your choice of type of cabin and location. The closer it gets to sailing time, the less choices you will have. For Alaska, it desirable to pick a cabin on the right side of the ship, so you can see the land as you cruise along the inside passage. It is also desirable to have a cabin in the middle of the ship (from front to back as well as from top to bottom). In case of rough seas, this will give you the smoothest ride, but it is also handy to be close to the activities, dining, and the purser’s office. If you are too far to the front or back, it will mean lots of extra walking on the huge ships of today.
Another reason to book early is because you have nothing to lose. If, for some reason, you need to cancel your cruise before final payment (usually about 90 days in advance), you will get a full refund. Also, if you book with Crusin’ Suzan (cruzinsuzan.@cs.com), you can make payments throughout the year, and then use that tax refund for the final payment and travel expenses.
Of course, the best reason to plan now for the summer of 2013 is that you will have all the more time to look forward to the fabulous experience of Alaska.
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