Travel Plans Apr 26, 2024

Time your cruise booking like a pro and get the best deals.

Book early. Book late. Book flexible. Just book it.

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As the old saying goes, “timing is everything.” That particularly applies to booking cruises. While we always encourage Sailors to book whenever is most convenient for them, whether that’s early or last minute, there is definitely a best time to book a cruise, and it’s important to consider all the factors in play.

How far in advance can I book a cruise?

Virgin Voyages generally has cruises available for booking online between 18 and 24 months in advance, and periodically announces new cruises throughout the year. While the perks of booking far in advance differ by cruise line, it’s typically normal for Sailors to book months (and even years in advance to get the best rates and deals. And you don’t even have to worry about spending a bunch of money upfront, thanks to our 0% down monthly cruise payment plan. Sign up for email and text alerts to get notified about new cruise itineraries, so you can get the inside scoop and have as much notice and information as possible when you book.

Book early and save

As another saying goes, “the early bird gets the worm.” Or in this case, “the early bird gets the cruise deals. When you book a Virgin Voyages cruise early, you get the best rates on cabin fares, since prices directly correlate with occupancy and availability. If you wait to book at the last minute, you’ll likely be paying more. In addition to simply having a wider pick of available cabins, you’ll also be able to take advantage of our fair and flexible rates, meaning you can cancel up to 48 hours before the voyage to receive a 100% refund. That certainly makes advance booking a little less scary.

Benefits of last-minute cruise deals

We understand that not everyone is able to book early. That’s ok. When you sign up for our newsletter, you’ll get all the inside info about our enticing last-minute cruise deals. So if you’ve got a flexible schedule and a spontaneous side, booking last minute might actually be the answer. And don’t worry, sometimes there’s the opportunity to upgrade your cabin if your cabin of choice isn’t available at first.

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Best months to book a cruise

In the cruise industry, January, February, and March are our favorite months. That’s because winter is Wave Season, the best time for Sailors to book their next cruise with stellar deals and savings. April and May are two of the best months to book a cruise, since you'll get up to 80% off your second Sailor. Booking at the beginning of the year also gives you the benefit of getting first crack at our new cruise itineraries, as well as any new ships that may be announced.

Best holiday promotions for booking a cruise

If you aren't planning ahead with your Wave Season cruise deals, holidays are the perfect time to plan a cruise. Whether it's a big bash for 4th of July or you're ringing in New Year's in style, there's nothing like a holiday cruise.

New Year's Day

What better way to ring in 2025 than with a New Year's Eve cruise? Check off that resolution to travel immediately, and start the year right by setting sail to some of the most beautiful ports in the world. Keep in mind, though, that last-minute cruise deals will be scarce this time of year, so be sure to book in advance.

Valentines Day

Cruising as a couple can be a memorable and defining moment in any relationship. Make the most of your Valentine's Day with a romantic voyage.

Presidents' Day

Since President's Day falls during Wave Season, it's one of the best holidays for booking a cruise, and scoring special deals and savings.

Spring Break

You don't have to be in college to celebrate spring break. Our adults-only cruises are the best way to avoid the college party scene at overcrowded spring break spots, and instead head to some of the most beautiful ports in the world.  

Memorial Day

The symbolic start of summer, Memorial Day is when some of our best cruise deals become available. So start the season off right by booking a cruise that'll define your summer.  

4th of July

The 4th of July might be the cornerstone of summer, but it's also not too early to start looking ahead to the fall and winter cruise season, and planning how you can dispel the inevitable winter doldrums. Our July 4th cruise deals make Independence Day the perfect time to book.

Summer Break

Whether you're a college student on summer break, or a professional looking for a much-deserved summer respite from responsibility, make sure you plan ahead for a summer cruise. Since these are among our most popular, high-demand sailings, you'll want to book early to make sure you get the voyage you want.  

Labor Day

Just because summer is over, that doesn't mean you can't plan ahead for the winter. We like to end summer with a bang by offering some pretty enticing Labor Day Sales for your next vacation, so don't miss out.  

Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are two of the biggest deal days of the year, so it makes sense that they're also two of the best days for planning a cruise. Celebrate Thanksgiving the right way by booking your dream cruise.  

How do I know if I'm getting a good deal on a cruise?

Sometimes, it's not always easy to know if you're actually getting a good deal on cruise tickets. Prices fluctuate based on several different factors, making it difficult to know if you're actually getting the best deal. Comparing prices between cruise lines is also tough, since many cruise lines display prices for cruises only, excluding various packages and extras like food and drinks, WiFi, gratuities, entertainment, and more. At Virgin Voyages, we make it as easy as possible to shop for cruises and compare. Our dining, essential drinks, WiFi, entertainment, and more (over $1,000 in value) are all included in the upfront cost of a cruise ticket. Booking early, taking advantage of our fair and flexible fares, is the best way to capitalize on our all-included luxury deals.  

Plan ahead, book in advance with flexible fares

There's no bad time to book a cruise, but to snag the best rates and have the most options, you'll want to book early. Booking in advance also means you can take advantage of our last minute cruise deals without any penalties. With upfront, transparent pricing, and flexible fares, we make it as easy as possible to plan your next cruise escape – whenever that may be.

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