According to an elaborate study that took into consideration more than 600,000 data points, Thursday is the best day of the week to book your cruise. Cruise prices drop lowest in the middle of the week with Thursday seeing most discounts as reported by CruiseWatch.com.
Wednesday seems to be the day of price hikes. It is by far the single day with the most price increases for cruises. Thirty-four percent more price hikes happen on a Wednesday than any other day of the week. Weekends, on the other hand, are generally quiet. There are significantly less price drops or price hikes happening on Saturdays and Sundays, with Sunday being the quietest day.
Friday is also a better time to book with prices dropping 16.2 percent. However, travelers in search of savings may want to avoid booking on the weekend or on Monday, based on the research. Sunday was found to be the worst day for discounts (7.8%), while Monday (12%) is worse than Saturday (13. 5%).
In general, it’s best to book a cruise as far in advance as possible. Most cruises made booking available up to two years before the departure date, but it’s wisest to wait until six-to-12 months away from departure. However, cruises to places with limited seasons, like Alaska, fill up very quickly and booking is best done at least a year in advance.
Bear in mind that peak time for cruises is January through March, so rates will be higher in those months.