Buckley - Answered a Question by Smith (11 Jan 09 10:30)

Why not get a price from a cruise specialist and then go see what they can offer if you do not know the price you will not find the bargain? lots of high street agents now offer to price match give it a go?

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Wilba - Answered a Question by Smith (11 Jan 09 08:21)

This sounds just like the 'time share' ploy of a few years ago. Captive audience, glass of wine & get suckered in. I have written many times on this site & would never book a cruise with a High St travel 'name'. A cruise specialist such as the operators of this site will normally beat any price quoted on the High St or in a Brochure & will give advice based on experience, unlike the dolly down the town who's cruise knowledge came from a training manual. I'm ranting now so I'll stop........Wilba.

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Setter - replied to Wilba (11 Jan 09 15:14)

Ranting? You? Never! Well, maybe you are, just a little, but I wholeheartedly agree with you(which saves me having to have a "grumpy old women " moment on the subject) I also agree with Mr/Mrs Yates. If you can afford to look at something a bit higher rated than Thomson please do so Your first cruise experience will be far more rewarding and with all tyhe special offers around at the moment, probably not that much more pricey! Cynthia.

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Smith - replied to Wilba (11 Jan 09 19:29)

Thanks Wilba and everyone else. Having looked at the Thomson ships and videos we're more interested in RCI who I understand will also be at the event. We may well book before the end of February anyway but if we go to the event we'll take along details of the cruise we want and the best price so far and see if they can better it.

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Yates - Answered a Question by Smith (11 Jan 09 12:05)

I wouldn’t book at any planned event. Try the cruise specialists (the main ones advertise in the weekend papers) as they secure a good rate of commission from the cruise lines and pass a % onto the customer. Also think beyond Thomson - there are many higher rated lines to consider.

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Ballantyne - Answered a Question by Smith (12 Jan 09 00:22)

Firstly, select the cruise you want then find the best price you can via internet, travel agents. Then by all means go to the hotel event, enjoy their free wine etc then TELL THEM what you will pay. About £200 to £300 LESS that the best price you have been quoted. Stand your ground and don't be put off by anything they might say, bee prepared to walk away if necessary..........99 times out of a 100 they will back down ! If they don't you have lost nothing but I'll bet it works.

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