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(10 a.m. EST) -- Starting December 18, 2018 cruisers looking to book a Norwegian Cruise Line voyage will have less time to pay the full fare for their cruise. The line is extending the final payment date on most cruises to 120 days prior to sail date.

"To align to a consistent schedule amongst stateroom categories for the majority of our itineraries, all seven-night or longer cruise bookings will now require final payment 120 days prior to sail date," a spokesperson for Norwegian Cruise Line told Cruise Critic.

The final payment date on cruises of six nights or less is also changing, going from 74 days out to 90 days for non-suite stateroom categories. All Haven and suite bookings will continue to require final payment 120 days prior to sailing.

"This adjusted payment schedule will further allow guests to book with confidence, as those who book early receive optimal pricing and stateroom choice," the line said.

--By Dori Saltzman, Senior Editor