Cruise Availability: How to Find Sold-Out Cruises Easily

Should I book my cruise early or late in 2020? Is the Carnival Liberty cruise ship still available? When to book a cruise to Mexico? Is it already too late to book a 3-day cruise? These are common cruise questions that often stay unanswered.

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Never miss out on your favorite sailing again! | Author: Peter Hansen via unsplash

To help you find the best cruise opportunities and understand when is the right time to book a cruise, we rely on data. We analyzed over 40 000 US cruises in the past years to help answer your questions and built a real-time cruise availability feature to save your time, money and energy during your cruise search. 

Our real-time cruise availability feature: What is it and how does it work?

Our real time cruise availability feature or cruise vacancy prediction feature is the first and only service out there that helps you check if your preferred cruise is and will remain available in the next few weeks. In other words, if you are worried about booking your cruise too late or too early, this is the perfect service for you as it gives you recommendations about the right time to book your cruise. But how does it work, you wonder? 

This added feature is based on the analysis of a massive data pool collected over the years, allowing our Artificial Intelligence to use machine and deep learning to not only process thousands of cruise deals, ships, and cabins daily, but also predict their sell-out probability very accurately and in real time. 

By combining the power of big data, AI and machine learning, we made our model predict which cruise ships, sailings and cabin types are already very likely to sell out within the next 10 weeks! So get a pen and paper, save your notes, your time and your money.


Is your cruise sold out soon?

When will your cruise be sold-out? Our key findings

When it comes to sailing, one thing is to find the best cruise destination, so you can explore the most beautiful places that the world has to offer. But to find your dream cruise, you also need to take into account what the best cruise lines and cruise ships out there have to offer. 

Once you have completed that search, it is now time to book. And wouldn't life be so much easier if you knew exactly the best time to book your cruise? To guide you, here is a ranking predicting the current top destinations, cruise lines, cruise ships and cabin types that are soon to be sold-out, based on data from the past 3 months.

Cruise destinations availability prediction

Top sold-out cruise destinations

It is no surprise that the most attractive cruise destinations are booked very fast. According to our results, about 50% of all cruises that are likely to be sold out are sailing to... the Caribbean. This region is very popular, and right behind it are cruises to the Orient, to South America, and to the Mediterranean Sea. 

If you are worried about missing out, you can check out the best cruise deals to the Caribbean, the Orient, South America and the Mediterranean Sea that are still available for booking.

Cruise lines and cruise ships availability prediction

Top sold-out cruise lines and cruise ships

World brands like MSC Cruises, Carnival Cruise Lines, Norwegian Cruise Lines or Royal Caribbean are among the cruise lines that will sell out in the upcoming weeks. 

Accordingly, MSC Grandiosa, Carnival Imagination or Pride of America are in the top ten of ships with sailings at cabin level that will likely sell out within the next weeks.
As a consequence, not only are these cruise lines and ships popular, many of them come out with their best deals when itineraries first go on sale, and then raise their prices as the ships sell out. Make sure to check their terms and conditions before booking too.

But you don't have to endure that when trying to aboard your preferred ship. Check out MSC Cruises, Carnival Cruise Lines, Norwegian Cruise Lines or Princess Cruises and ships that are still available for booking.

Cabin type availability prediction

Top cabin types to be sold out soon

Contrary to popular opinion, it’s not always the suites that sell out in advance: Interior cabins have the highest probability of being sold out, followed closely by suites and finally with less probability, ocean view, and balcony.


Spot soon to be sold-out cruises easily

How to profit from Cruisewatch cruise vacancy feature

We built this feature to help you optimize your cruise search. Combined with our AI-based price prediction service, use it to gain more control in making informed decisions and find the perfect sailing for your next cruise vacation. Here is how to use it in a few simple steps :

  1. Start your cruise search in the “find a cruise” tab 

  2. Set up a price alert to get the best cruise deals on your preferred cruise by touching the alert bell.  

  3. When opening the details of your cruise, scroll down to see the price details. This gives you information about price fluctuation history, allowing you to determine when to book at the best price. Below the price details you can find the vacancy prediction feature which automatically gives you real-time recommendations about your booking. 

Cruise vacancy prediction feature screenshot

You are now prepared to set sail, cruiser! Share this tip with other cruise enthusiasts by clicking the social media buttons at the top of the page. For more tips about planning your next cruise check out the below recommendations.

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