WannaBE cruisers had best get their surfboards in the water soon, figuratively speaking, or they may miss the wave.
A surge in bookings, the biggest in at least two years, means some cruise ships sailing in Alaska, Europe and other destinations this summer are already filled. Reserving early is back in fashion.
"More people who do close-in bookings are being disappointed," said Andy Stuart, executive vice president of marketing and sales for Norwegian Cruise Line. Weeklong Hawaiian island sailings of the company's Pride of Aloha, for instance, are mostly sold out from July 4 to mid-August, he said.
Silversea Cruises' summer schedule in Alaska is 60% booked, Brad Ball, spokesman for the luxury line, said last week. Radisson Seven Seas Cruises expects its ships in Europe to fill up for peak summer sailings in the next two or three weeks, said Chief Executive Mark Conroy. The company's Mediterranean ships are already two-thirds filled, and "Baltic cruises are just flying out the door," he added.