How far in advance should you book a cruise in order to get the best deal? Andy Harmer, Director of the Association of Cruise Experts (ACE), has the answer…

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Andy Harmer is Director of the Association of Cruise Experts

The most important aspect of a cruise is selecting the right cruise line, ship, itinerary and date so that holiday expectations will be met and you’ll have a wonderful time. Once that decision is made, it is then important to act early as availability is limited, particularly on popular itineraries.

A cruise is different to a hotel where you can simply move your dates a few days either side to find availability. As cruise ships sail on fixed itineraries, you may miss your preferred choice if your dates don’t match.

Booking early also ensures you get the best choice of accommodation on your chosen sailing. And obviously booking early means you can start planning your holiday – you may want to arrange a number of trips ashore, a special treat in the spa or perhaps a romantic dinner for two in a speciality restaurant to make your cruise holiday even more memorable.

And, of course, your local ACE member travel agent can help you with all these selections – sifting through the many different cruise lines and destinations to find the perfect one for you.

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