A recurring piece of advice that we give is to “book early” — this is the most foolproof way to get the best savings on the cruise that you want in the cabin of your choice. There is little victory in getting a great cruise price if your cabin is right underneath the disco and you are unable to sleep until after 4 AM when the disco closes (you hope). And, cruise lines generally reward early bookers with the lowest prices for booking 5 months in advance of departure (3 months for cruises of 5-nights or less). C2090-311 Also, early bookers are almost always protected by a low price guarantee.
Of all cruise departure ports where “book early” is the best advice is on a Carnival Cruise from New York. New York serves a massive population within driving and train distance — the demand for quality cruise itineraries to Bermuda, the Bahamas, the Caribbean and Canada / New England is very high. So, from New York, getting a great last minute deal should not be relied on.
6-night Bermuda from New York — $579
8-night Eastern Caribbean from New York — $779
4-night Canada / New England from New York — $269
(Pricing is per per, double occupancy. Restrictions apply. Prices are current as of December 1, 2009. Click here to view all Carnival Cruise deals from New York.)