Is it fair to say that the Dream and Fantasy “milk run” sailings (3/4-day Bahamian; 7-day Carib.) don’t tend to see large price increases if you wait until the last minute to book? In other words, is there really a substantive benefit in “booking early” for these particular cruises?
I usually sail the Fantasy 7-day E. Carib., and it seems like every time I look at the fare movement for those cruises, it really isn’t that much more expensive to wait until the last minute to book. My completely unscientific analysis frequently showed a price difference of 5%-7% from opening day rates to “last-chance” rates (setting aside GTY stuff).
I’m thinking that the plentiful supply of sailings, plus the fact that the itineraries are pretty vanilla for cruising, might keep the volatility pretty low compared to less-frequent, more exotic sailings like, say, Hawaii.
Sure, you might give up things (room choice, port adventure availability) if you wait until the last minute, but just in terms of fare price, are you really paying that much more if you decided to make a last-minute booking on the Bahamian/Carib sailings?