Cruise lines will discount a very small percentage of rooms to Cast members, travel agencies, and airline employees. When I booked our 11-night European cruise, There were four insides,3 oceanviews, and 4 verandahs I could choose from. It's not a huge amount. Our cruise did sell out. I believe the cheapest GT rate on our cruise was 5300 for two people in an inside room which is certainly not cheap and way above other cruise line prices.Is there a high cancellation rate?
We booked our cruise 6+ months prior and there wasn’t a single mid ship family veranda available, we managed to snag a cancelled one a few months later but the friend we travelled with never did find one, she ended up in a veranda room near the back.
I‘m fairly new to cruising but I’m surprised to hear about such big discounts being offered giving there’s been very few (to no) rooms available to choose from on our 3 cruises. I’ve watched YouTube videos where people got pretty substantial discounts by doing guaranteed room types and letting the company pick the room but I’m trying to figure out if we’re overpaying by booking in advance and paying list price to get the room we want where we want it.