Cruise booking query

woodend
20th June 2011, 11:43
Greetings one and all and a question to the 'cruising' experts. Can money be saved by only 'picking up' an 'unbooked' vacant cabin on sailing day at the sailing port? In other words suitcase packed ready to go etc.
Reason for the question is that my wife and I will be visiting U.K. in September but will not be able to confirm the free time until almost the last minute.

sparkie2182
20th June 2011, 13:59
As i understand it, if you keep in close "tabs" with specialist cruise agents you may be offered a berth as a "pierhead jump".

This site may be of assistance...........specially the forum.............a U.K. site with an international following.

http://www.cruisecritic.co.uk/

billyboy
20th June 2011, 14:05
You might pick up a clue or two from this site. Its a sister site to this one.

http://www.thecruisingforum.com/index.php

CAPTAIN JEREMY
20th June 2011, 15:42
Greetings one and all and a question to the 'cruising' experts. Can money be saved by only 'picking up' an 'unbooked' vacant cabin on sailing day at the sailing port? In other words suitcase packed ready to go etc.
Reason for the question is that my wife and I will be visiting U.K. in September but will not be able to confirm the free time until almost the last minute.

You might be able to book a ticket at relatively short notice, but I am sure that you wont be able to turn up on the pier and buy one. Apart from any other reasons, the same as with air travel, "last minute" ticket purchase presents a suspicious profile .... remember the Achille Lauro?? The cruise industry certainly does.

Additionally, with the current ISPS port security requirements, you shouldn't be able to get near the ship.

john g
3rd July 2011, 22:55
Having used P&O on a number of occasions I always got the feeling they liked to know who you were well in advance and of course you don't just walk on or up to a vessel these days. Security is descreet but tight as they photograph you when you first step on board and check you each time you reboard during the cruise.