D & B - Answered a Question by D & B (20 Dec 08 20:08)

Hello, I have been away for or a couple of days and just started reading the suggestions, very very impressed many thanks. I hope you do not mind but I shall come back to you again on the same subject when I start to do the bookings. The Caribbean was planned for 2009 until I looked to book the flights and again it was put off like 2008…. Why cannot all the web sites be as user friendly as Easyjet, RCI and Tesco Car Insurance?.......During 2009 The Grandeur of the Seas sails from Baltimore calling at Bermuda (2 days) Tortola, St Marten, Curacao, Aruba, Grand Cayman, Cozumel Mexico and Tampa. I thought this looked a very interesting Itinerary; I was hoping that RCI have the same itinerary during 2010. Baltimore also has the advantage of being close to Washington DC.

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Wilba - replied to D & B (20 Dec 08 20:37)

Hi! This 14 night itinerary is available Nov 19th 2009 & prices start at about £550 (inc. typical TA discount) & now & the next few weeks would be a good time to strike a flight deal......Regards Wilba.

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D & B - replied to Wilba (20 Dec 08 21:01)

Yes its a good deal but I chickened out when it came to booking the flights and booked two cruises in the Med for 2009.

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Macro - Answered a Question by D & B (19 Dec 08 01:16)

I have always found that it is very expensive to purchase what will be 2 single flights. Savings normally can be made on a cruise ONLY when you can buy a return flight to and from the same airport. In this case you should look at either going with the cruise lines arrangements or look at a return from Baltimore and an internal flight from Tampa to Baltimore. Is there no cheaper and better Caribbean cruises around the caribbean that you would like to go on? This one seems geared to US clients who would not have problems arranging cheap flights !!

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Wilba - replied to Macro (19 Dec 08 08:29)

Hi! Your quite correct about booking 2 single flights being expensive but there is no need. Providing all the flights can be booked with one airline or their 'partner' airline as a package, this should not have any major cost increase. I do similar to D & B's requirements most years with a Cruise & Stay in 2 different parts of the U.S........Regards Wilba.

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Macro - replied to Wilba (20 Dec 08 02:55)

Thank you for the information. This has been a great question with very useful answers. I have learnt a lot. Many thanks.

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D & B - replied to Wilba (20 Dec 08 20:16)

Really useful info regarding the "book with one airline" will bear this in mind. Many thanks .

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Wilba - Answered a Question by D & B (19 Dec 08 07:50)

I have a different view on this as I have been booking my own flights with multiple destinations per trip, be it the Far East, Europe or USA for the last 10 or 12 years. I use a Cruise specialist for the cruise & a Flight Specialist for the flights. Netflights have always beaten everyone's prices for me on long hauls including the Expedia's & like, who want the money up front, & providing you book a hotel pre cruise you only pay a minimal deposit. I've paid £55 dep. on a forthcoming multiple Emirates flight, BHX, Dubai, Singapore, Dubai, BHX. I have many multi destination U.S. flights, mainly out of BHX on Continental, & have not only beaten the cruise package price hands down, but have included a few days overnight hotels in New York, or Miami or Coco Beach pre cruise & still had Dollars in hand. In the first instance though, do your research, put a package together as you would like it to happen & I would get a quote from this agency who are an 'Independent' & take it from there. Have Fun & Good Luck.....Wilba.....P.S. You can only book flights 10 or 11 months ahead, so any prices quoted greater than that time period will have a fair margin of 'safety' built in & will not be the best eventual deal.

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D & B - replied to Wilba (20 Dec 08 20:27)

Sounds good to me, reference the information "You can only book flights 10 or 11 months ahead, so any prices quoted greater than that time period will have a fair margin of 'safety' built in & will not be the best eventual deal"....If I got a price 16 months ahead and for argument sake the flight was £600, would I get the new price when the Airline announced the new prices or would I have to stick with the £600?

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Wilba - replied to D & B (20 Dec 08 20:47)

'Fraid not. Airlines don't do price drop promise. TA's will give you a price ahead based on a typical 'high' price that they feel sure they can cover. No airlines announce their schedule or prices until 10 or 11 months in advance. Talk to Netflights....Wilba.

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