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Old 04-14-2015, 05:43 PM   #1961
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Looks like we will book European river cruise tomorrow. The actual cruise won't be until 9/2016. Can't believe we have to plan so far ahead.

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Old 04-14-2015, 06:24 PM   #1962
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Next month: a few days in Chicago.

June: a three week road trip to Orlando and Islamorada.

July: one week on the Texas Gulf coast.

August: a 7 day cruise out of Galveston.

September-December: Haven't planned yet, but will probably do a week in Estes Park over Thanksgiving and Orlando for two weeks over Christmas/New Years.
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You'd be surprised at how far ahead some of the cruises get fully booked.
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You'd be surprised at how far ahead some of the cruises get fully booked.
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We just booked an Alaskan cruise for September and got one of the last remaining balcony staterooms.
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We just booked an Alaskan cruise for September and got one of the last remaining balcony staterooms.
Don't forget to bring binoculars ! We saw six bald eagles teaching their babies to fly from our balcony .
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We often book cruises on a week's notice for very, very low fares. That's when the prices get ridiculously low. Last cruise was down to Curacao and Aruba 8 days for $269 plus port fees. I watch VacationsToGo.com religiously. Other great buys are transatlantic repositioning cruises in April and October.

I'm leaving for Seaside in Florida in the morning for the weekend. Wife's staying home. Looks like rain all weekend, however its a man's weekend.
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Don't forget to bring binoculars ! We saw six bald eagles teaching their babies to fly from our balcony .
I love to see Bald Eagles.

But they are getting pretty common in a lot of places. My DF in Florida actually has an eagles nest in the large pine tree in his back yard! And here in central Ohio I see them flying around. There are a few nests in our area. Still cool to see!
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Just booked a Big Island Hawaii trip for the last two weeks of June. Taking sis and her grandson, who is graduating eighth grade the day we depart. A cousin moved there a year ago, so lodging is "free".

I used a combination of Alaska miles and a $99 companion fare to get us there from San Diego, non stop, at a reasonable cost for high season.
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We just booked an Alaskan cruise for September and got one of the last remaining balcony staterooms.
Yeah, but that wasn't for September 2016, was it?

I was just surprised the poster felt they had to had to book a 9/2016 European river cruise now - a year and a half in advance.

They said they couldn't believe it either, so I was asking why it was necessary.
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Looks like we will book European river cruise tomorrow. The actual cruise won't be until 9/2016. Can't believe we have to plan so far ahead.

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The tour is the Viking Grand European Tour (Budapest to Amsterdam) and our desire was to go in May or September because of weather and to avoid the summer tourist crowds. We have quite a bit going on this year and availability wasn't there for the dates we wanted. We steered clear of May, 2016, because we have a grandson's graduation then. So that left September, 2016.

So going so far out was mostly our choice. It just seemed strange to be planning a trip sixteen months out. A lot can change in sixteen months.
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So going so far out was mostly our choice. It just seemed strange to be planning a trip sixteen months out. A lot can change in sixteen months.
Maybe I should add that even for September of 2016, there were only three French balcony cabins left on our sailing date, and choosing Budapest to Amsterdam instead of Amsterdam to Budapest allowed us to move up the sailing date by one week.

In February, a friend of ours tried to book Amsterdam to Budapest for October, 2015, and they weren't able to get their preferred sailing date but were able to grab a cabin on a different date that became available due to a cancellation. The Viking Long Ships have a total of less than 100 passenger cabins.
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Looks like we will book European river cruise tomorrow. The actual cruise won't be until 9/2016. Can't believe we have to plan so far ahead.



The tour is the Viking Grand European Tour (Budapest to Amsterdam) and our desire was to go in May or September because of weather and to avoid the summer tourist crowds. We have quite a bit going on this year and availability wasn't there for the dates we wanted. We steered clear of May, 2016, because we have a grandson's graduation then. So that left September, 2016.

So going so far out was mostly our choice. It just seemed strange to be planning a trip sixteen months out. A lot can change in sixteen months.
Thanks for answering my question. I was just curious. But since you really want to do this trip in September, and this year wasn't an option, it make sense.

I would be nervous making that kind of commitment more than a year in advance.
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I would be nervous making that kind of commitment more than a year in advance.
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This makes a good case for trip insurance in case something comes up to prevent taking the cruise.
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I have found that for Europe trips, if I want to stay in a desired hotel, I usually need to make a reservation before I buy the plane ticket! You can usually get an OK price on a plane ticket a couple of months in advance, and really no sweat with 3 months. But for some hotel reservations you need 3 months or more.

I noticed last year that I was looking at some hotels of interest in April for first half September availability. A couple of places I wanted were available in April. When I booked my plane tickets in May (for a late August flight), a couple of places I wanted to stay were already full! And I kept checking, but no availabilities ever opened again.

Moral of that story was perhaps I should have made cancelable reservations when I first looked at and noticed a hotel I would really like. Although you can't really tell in advance which hotel is most likely to fill early.

This year my plans were even shorter, and not all hotels were available, but the ones I booked probably would have been a first choice or top 2 anyway. One place I really wanted I almost didn't get a room - fortunately they had availability for one of the special request rooms. Whew!

But I haven't made any commitments/reservations more than 5 months in advance and I don't think I could.
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This makes a good case for trip insurance in case something comes up to prevent taking the cruise.
For Viking - 121 days or more you pay $100 per person in cancelation fees. That's not too onerous.
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But I haven't made any commitments/reservations more than 5 months in advance and I don't think I could.
We made reservations for fifteen months out for a cruise around Hawaii this December (I know, I know, but it's basically a floating hotel, two days at four islands, we've never been and will never return, so it meets our needs). We would have gone sooner but the deal was so good that the dates were closing up even as the travel agent was talking to the cruiseline, so we picked our anniversary, which was also closing fast. We can get our deposit back three months before, so not much risk. Our next trip is next weekend and we planned it only two weeks ago--but the Hawaii trip was actually a more spontaneous decision.
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