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This is the Essential Cruise Tips Podcast with cruise expert and author Gary Bembridge. Full of tips, advice and ways to plan and get the most from your cruising vacation.

Aug 5, 2014

Gary Bembridge author of "The Cruise Traveler's Handbook" provides another 60-Second Cruise Tip. For more visit and

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Passengers going on ocean cruises are increasingly booking as late as they can. There is plenty of capacity, many ships do similar itineraries and so there are loads of deals and incentives. Especially after the 90-day cut-off point when those who have pre-booked have to pay their final balance. Ocean cruisers know they can usually get the cruise they want on a ship they like at a great price by waiting to book. The cruise lines are eager to change this as the economy improves and by attracting new travellers to cruising to fill the excess cabins at higher prices.

In river cruising, although late bookings are possible, it is more advisable to book in advance to ensure you get the cruise, dates and cabin you want. While lots of new ships are being added, interest in river cruising is growing even faster and cruises seem to be sold out early. Unlike my ocean cruise experiences where I find many passengers have booked last minute, on river cruises people I have speak to are more likely to have booked their trip in advance.