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Wilba - Answered a Question by Doyle (05 Sep 08 06:53)

There have been a number of Q&A's about US based TA's over the past couple of weeks. If you scroll through the answer pages you should find plenty of info.

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Doyle - replied to Wilba (08 Sep 08 19:37)

Thanks, good response so far and I'll scour the answers pages for more info.

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BLYTH - Answered a Question by Doyle (05 Sep 08 08:52)

Are they offering cheaper cruises in Europe or just with using USA ports of departure. It is relatively easy for the americans to drive 5 hours to get to their departure port at no great cost but we have to fly there and spend 9/10 hours doing that and with airport transfers to be added in etc. There is nothing that I have ever found that is really as cheap, but interested to hear what others might say.

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Scaling - replied to BLYTH (05 Sep 08 23:34)

I have had 2 quotes from American companies and it seems that a saving is definately available, i haven't made my mind up yet as i am a little uneasy having never dealt with any company that isn't British. The cruise i am interested in is dept Southampton to the Med so there is no problem cruising to Europe, not too sure but if a flight is involved i think you have to find your own.

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BLYTH - replied to Scaling (07 Sep 08 10:33)

Given the dollar/pound rate you could be right and certainly a European trip should be a safer bet but you will need insurance cover and they might not be happy with an American based option, but maybe not, or do they offer insurance cover with the deal. It does raise some interesting points and no doubt some will start to give it a try.

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Doyle - Answered a Question by Doyle (05 Sep 08 09:10)

From what I have seen it is the US departures which are so much cheaper. Just thinking, even with the added cost of flights it looks as though it would work out so much cheaper. I know the UK cruises include all port taxes etc and I am not sure if this is the case with the US companies but how much this would add to the overall bill, i'm not sure.

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Wilba - Answered a Question by Doyle (05 Sep 08 13:50)

I did give an answer to this earlier but the 'auto moderator' kicked in & booted me! As someone who has done it & bought the T Shirt with US Agents, it's of no great advantage if your looking at European Cruises. Caribbean however can bring in good savings, just look at the prices, & if your savvy enough to get the Air Fare price right you can get yourself a good deal. Taxes & Charges added are higher than UK (my last 12 nighter added about $260pp) but still a load cheaper than I could have purchased here. Because I always prefer to book my own flights, transfers & hotels irrespective of which country I book in, it really makes no odds to me which country I pay my cruise fare to. How much longer the US deals remain attractive depends on the strengthening dollar of course.

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Doyle - replied to Wilba (05 Sep 08 18:53)

Thanks for that, it pretty much confirms what I was thinking.

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Flopsy - Answered a Question by Doyle (06 Sep 08 17:21)

I approached a few USA agents and was told me that some cruise companies would not allow USA firms to sell their cruises to UK citizens. It does look as if they are trying to restrict access to cheaper prices (through currency exchange etc) These are the cruise companies I'm told are doing this Costa, Cunard, Holland America, Oceania, Princess, Silversea and Star Clippers .

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Wilba - replied to Flopsy (06 Sep 08 17:52)

You missed out P&O, but NCL, Carnival, RCI, Celebrity are all there for the taking.

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