Skawski - Answered a Question by Partridge (02 Sep 08 21:22)

Next year is my wife is celebrating a “significant” birthday and hanging up her welding goggles so we are looking for a suitable cruise. What never ceases to amaze me is the quoted “original brochure” price in the myriad of adverts on line and in the Sunday press. Am I really to believe that there is so much spare capacity in the cruise market place that cruise lines can reduce their fares so drastically? When you see thousands of offers with discounts ranging from 45 to 60%, it makes you wonder how the original brochure price was arrived at in the first place. Case of “first number you thought of and double it”. Where is the cruise line making its profit? Automatic daily per person service charges, 15 to 20% added to drinks bills, outrageously expensive shore excursions, and additional charges for “Themed” restaurant nights? I have noted all the above which is normally buried in the small print but is there anything else I should know about?

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DINNING - replied to Skawski (03 Sep 08 10:03)

I f it's a "special" book early for your choice of cabin (rather than a cheapie in the bowels of the ship)However All the cabins are lovely +well serviced.Do try the special restaurants we have found them amazing for $5-$15 suppliment.We did the RC Portofino it was worth every penny---Princess steak house was very American my steak would have fed 3!!!book as soon as you can for the speciality restaurants.A cruise is worth every penny amazing value try eating out on hol for £100 a day (cruise quality)I don't think so!

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duffy - replied to Skawski (03 Sep 08 15:35)

WE too are taking to cruising for the first time and when we tally up all the extra expence daily the tipping daily and the excursions it is going to cost twice as much as we are paying for the trip.and getting to the port and car parking.I would agree with your comments. n/d .

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Richard Okill - Answered a Question by Partridge (02 Sep 08 12:24)

There are always better deals the longer you leave booking. The sting in the tail is the lack of choice then available. Your call. Happy cruising. Richard.

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Welsh - replied to Richard Okill (03 Sep 08 09:02)

Okill has changed his tune, he suggested that my bad experience with the accomodation and subsequent snobbery shown on the P&O Aurora was due to a late booking and refered to my accomodation as being on 'fish Deck'. I quote,'I assume you were on a last minute package as your cabin number was not nominated before cruise day.(standard on Thomson unless you pay a £35 premium). This then set the scene for your cruise.' Please be aware that on some lines a budget cruise is frowned upon by the Okill types who imagine their status is lifted by the higher deck!

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Langley - Answered a Question by Partridge (02 Sep 08 12:48)

I've read that article. I'm not sure whether I agree with it though. Cruises are still too expensive. They need to bring the prices down quite a few notches, then they'd attract more business. How can they justify such high fares?

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Johnson - replied to Langley (02 Sep 08 13:48)

It is easy to justify the fares when you look at the fact that cruises are full. There is hardly a trip available for several weeks on P+O out of Southampton with any space left. Cruises might be expensive but if they are full they are clearly not too expensive.

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a - replied to Langley (02 Sep 08 17:13)

What credit crunch?? Independence sold out already for 3/4 berth rooms for next summer and Oasis is very popular already with all the top grade suites sold out for her first cruises. Will not lower the prices if people will pay the current prices - if anything they will go up and as Mr Okill says the longer you leave it the less choice there is, and then you end up spending much more on flights (if required) so you don't win in the end. If you see a cruise you like, a cabin you want at a price you can afford - book it!

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Cook - replied to Langley (03 Sep 08 11:49)

Have you tried to refuel a cruise liner lately?!!!!

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Gold - Answered a Question by Partridge (02 Sep 08 13:21)

I dont think the price should come down too much as I think it will lose its value. A cruise offers some much more then a traditional holiday and I fear that if they become as cheap as a traditional holiday we wont get the added benefits e.g entertainment. I agree with Richard it depends on how fussy you are about where and when you want to go.

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