Book your cruise four to six months ahead

As a rule, the majority of cruisers plan their trips four to six months ahead of time. It follows then, that a four- to six-month window should give you the pick of sailing dates, ships, itineraries, cabins, and flights to get you to the port city. If you’re looking for a standard itinerary and aren’t choosy about the vessel or dates, you could wait for a last-minute discount, but they are harder to find than in the past.