We've only been home for a month following our last cruise, and the itch was getting too strong to bear. I had my TA check into a Christmas/New Year's cruise on the Coral Princess next year, 10-day Panama Canal, dep FL Dec. 23, 2003. When she came back with the price, I had her double-check it, then immediately booked it. They don't have brochures out on this one, but I have to think it's a 50% rate. Is it common to get such great rates for early bookings? Now all I have to do is figure out how to survive the next 14 months of anticipation.