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best site for booking something "last minute"?

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best site for booking something "last minute"?

Is there really any such thing anymore as "last minute deals' for Caribbean all-inclusive vacation pkg or cruises? and if so are there any websites in particular that have better last minute deals, or just look through your normal "go to" like expedia etc?? We just got back from a Dominican adults only vacation, and are planning on taking the kids 11 + 15 somewhere for march break? original thought was Florida and hit a bunch of theme parks, but with the dollar etc, we have kind of forgotten about that, and think we may just wait until march break gets closer and try and book something last minute and see where we end up? we live on the Canada/us border south of Ottawa, so we are less than 6hrs to buffalo, a couple hours to Syracuse, 45min to Ottawa, 2 hr to Montreal, etc so our departure airport isn't much of a concern, however I understand NY doesn't have the same march break? so maybe packages leaving from the USA might be cheaper? we would also entertain a cruise as well, ports like Baltimore/Jersey/NYC etc aren't really that far of a drive, and would save the cost of flights on top of the cruises, as some of the flights to Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando etc seem pretty expensive due to the march break factor....
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These days...
(Since the US has been over the hump of the last big recession)

Last minute means all the good stuff has been well picked over
So you are getting the dregs
As well as, a “minor discount” on a “major price”
So not a great bargain
The best deals go to the early birds

You are not alone in your quest though
There are plenty of RFDers looking for March Break vacations who waited until 2019 to plan

Here are links to some of those topics
search.php?keywords=March+break&fid%5B0%5D=39

As for Cruises...
They definitely have been picked thru well
With most cruisers booking 6 months to a year in advance
And seasoned cruisers who “speculate” by booking when cruise Itineraries are first announced 18 to 24 months in advance

The Northeast sailing out of New England etc is certainly a possibility
BUT be aware it’s a slow go... and that a lot of time is spent just getting back & forth
And cause of that, most 7 Day Cruises don’t get to very warm destinations (Bahamas)
In which case it would be much much cheaper to just fly or drive
(And Cross your fingers there ain’t a Nor’Easter ripping up the coast during the cruise
Otherwise you could be in for a bit of a rough ride)

Honestly, at this late date, and wanting to save some bucks, think i’d be looking to Florida
Cause it has lots of Accommodations (as well as Eats & Activities) at different price ranges, and far easier to budget
Versus paying over inflated prices to take a family of 4 elsewhere
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Airtransat/Sunwing out of Montreal is probably your best bet. The Cubans weren't counting on the continuation of the American boycott, so they have a bit of a supply issue, and you will probably find it is the best value. I like selloffvactions.com to compare packages.

The US and Canadian economies are red hot at the moment. Add to that all those newly retired baby boomers and you have demand outstripping supply in most destinations. Be wary of flight deals before figuring out accommodation. Ogdensburg (Allegiant to Orlando), Watertown ART (American Airlines to Philladelphia) and Plattsburg (UA to Washing Dulles, Allegiant to Florida and middle of the night Spirit to Florida) can be options. Look at Frontier out of Burlington and Albany and Southwest out of Albany to Orlando before you decide on driving all the way to Florida.

Generally speaking, last minute only works if you are flexible about dates, destinations and not travelling at all.

By the way, Canadian children under 16 don't need passeports to drive in to the USA or Canada (or to fly within either country).
Travel by land or water
As per the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), Canadian citizens aged 16 years and older must present one of the following documents when entering the United States by land or water:

a valid passport
a Trusted Traveler Program card (NEXUS, SENTRI or FAST)
an enhanced driver’s licence (EDL) or enhanced identification card (EIC) from a province or territory where a U.S.-approved EDL/EIC program has been implemented
a Secure Certificate of Indian Status
The WHTI-compliant document you choose to use must be valid until the date of your intended departure from the United States.

Canadian citizens aged 15 years and under entering the United States by land or water require a passport or one of the following documents:

original or a copy of a birth certificate
original Canadian citizenship certificate
Toronto is a very small part of Canada
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MatthewP24388 wrote:
Feb 11th, 2019 3:44 pm
Is there really any such thing anymore as "last minute deals' for Caribbean all-inclusive vacation pkg or cruises? and if so are there any websites in particular that have better last minute deals, or just look through your normal "go to" like expedia etc?? We just got back from a Dominican adults only vacation, and are planning on taking the kids 11 + 15 somewhere for march break? original thought was Florida and hit a bunch of theme parks, but with the dollar etc, we have kind of forgotten about that, and think we may just wait until march break gets closer and try and book something last minute and see where we end up? we live on the Canada/us border south of Ottawa, so we are less than 6hrs to buffalo, a couple hours to Syracuse, 45min to Ottawa, 2 hr to Montreal, etc so our departure airport isn't much of a concern, however I understand NY doesn't have the same march break? so maybe packages leaving from the USA might be cheaper? we would also entertain a cruise as well, ports like Baltimore/Jersey/NYC etc aren't really that far of a drive, and would save the cost of flights on top of the cruises, as some of the flights to Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando etc seem pretty expensive due to the march break factor....
I know you said “March break” so are you flexible to leave let’s say mid week March break?

If you are looking to leave basically at the earliest March 6th - March 11th- I wouldn’t hold my breath. Prices are inflated even leaving from places from Buffalo.

Understand that all American schools have different “spring breaks” that vary from state / county etc.

Also- I don’t know what kind of budget you have in mind. Having said that, you may not have to wait last minute (and ultimately take the risk) depending what your ideal price range is.

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