How risky is it to wait for a last-minute deal?by Fran Golden | October 07, 2016
1. You may not get a prime cabin.
One of the downsides to waiting until the last minute: Those who booked early got first dibs on staterooms and the most coveted cabins in each category were likely snapped up already. Some last-minute fares will also be for "guaranteed" cabins, which means you don't get to book a specific stateroom (as the early-birders likely did). Rather, the line guarantees that you will get a cabin in your category or better. If you're lucky, you'll get bumped up; if you're unlucky, you may find yourself in the dregs (a case of you got what you paid for).
Fran Golden is a Cleveland-based contributor to ShermansCruise who also writes for USA Today.