While many of our most dedicated cruise clientele plan their trips up to 2 years in advance, occasional cruisers or those altogether new to cruising may more appropriately fall into the 4-8 month lead time on securing those itineraries they most want to experience. It may also have been true in past that Alaska was a sort of retirement home for ships to sail out the end of their days. However, Alaska has come into its own during the last few years and remains a top destination for client cruise inquiry here at Odyssean Travel and across the industry as a whole. Expect the latest ships to be positioned out of Seattle or Vancouver, ready to showcase Glacier Bay or shepherd guests through countless unique experiences on their way to Denali and beyond. There are countless segments of round the world cruise itineraries or highlighted journeys among luxury cruise lines such as Regent Seven Seas or Crystal Cruises. Wave Season, that time of year I expect cruise bookings to reach their peak, tends to arrive in January and stretches out well into March sometimes. There are a number of sailings which were sold out for the summer 2020 season of Alaska as far back as January of 2019, including the Viking Orion. If you're looking to balance your budget against the available cabins, now might be the time to plan or at least start asking the big questions which can help you be decisive and happy in your cruise purchases early into 2020.