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BLYTH - Answered a Question by Alexander (22 Jan 09 10:11)

If you were quoted a figure two weeks ago have you now looked at a website where the price is much higher or is it the same source that in now quoted you the first figure. There are discounts from Travel agents plus if you are at Captains' club member which all help to bring down the price. Normally the festive period is one of the busiest in the cruise calendar and this could be another reason why you are seeing higher prcies but the past Christmas the number of last minute deals was the biggest for quite sometime as the credit crunch is effecting this industry as well.

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Alexander - replied to BLYTH (22 Jan 09 10:34)

Hi thanks for your reply. I was quoted on this website and discussed the initial figure with them on the phone. The actual revised figure again on this site is £6500. Seems unbelievable, expecially in the current climate and with supposed extra 12% discounts available. Guess I'll just keep checking back.

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Cooke - Answered a Question by Alexander (22 Jan 09 11:00)

The exchange rate is affecting everything and everybody. If the £ gains strength against the $ I'll bet they are not so quick to reduce prices. If, as predicted widely, the currencies reach parity, the cost of cruising across the pond will go into orbit. Unless you want a particular ship and itinerary, last minute deals may be best, but this is obviously very risky for the festive season.

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Wilba - Answered a Question by Alexander (22 Jan 09 16:52)

As well as the other responses, consider also, cruise ship bookings are like the airline bookings. Initially the price is very often low, but when the bookings start to increase so does the price. My ploy for many years has been to book, or at least have a cabin put on hold for 48hrs, the first day the new itineraries go on the cruise company website. It costs nothing to hold a cabin & it locks the price whilst it's on hold. The time it will come down significantly is shortly before sail date if they can't fill the ship. Early bird catches the worm!......Wilba.

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