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Hammond-gearing, Hemel Hempstead - Commented on this review
A good review and I totally agree with your views about these so called Vantage-we have done the same for a cruise on the Victoria on the 7th July,like you I am expecting perhaps an upgrade but reading you're comments its probably unlikely.Because of work we always have to book well in advance,so we are now dis advantaged,too late to cancel- the whole thing is a total joke and like you this will probably be our last cruise on Cunard.In fact with only 5 weeks to go,bearing in mind what we have paid Cunard have not even allocated our cabin yet (guarantee GA) and I see that according to there web site total availability for all Brittania cabins-not the way to treat regular customers!
poshnosher, chester - Commented on a comment by Hammond-gearing (03 Jun 13 16:44)
I was under the impression anyone booking Vantage was able to choose their preferred cabin at time of booking or, at the very least given their cabin allocation. Surely, that is one of the ''advantages'' of booking ''Vantage'' hence the higher charge.
I have suspected from the launch of Vantage fares that they really did not offer much - it seemed fairly obvious that Cunard would use the detail in the terms of initial and later fares to get out of offering very much by way of compensation to those who booked early and found much better (cheaper) deals came along later and at the last minute. But wife and I take the view that if the deal is acceptable to us at whatever time we choose to book, then why should we whine when some better deal comes along later to someone else's advantage. If the deal isn't good enough - don't take it! We book early when we want to ensure we get exactly the cruise we want; we wait for last minute deals when we are less fussy and are ready to accept whatever stateroom is provided and whatever date and itinerary is available.
I couldn't agree more about the vantage fare con. Our travel agents actually told us that if we booked vantage fare and the cost was reduced we would get either an on board credit or an upgrade. I was really annoyed to find that this really never happens as they do not reduce the 'vantage' fare, merely introduce a new fare called the 'getaway' fare. I wrote to Peter Shanks but received a similar reply to yours from the customer service team. However, the day before we sailed, we paid for an upgrade to Princess Grill. The difference was amazing but I still feel cheated about the vantage fare. If something appears to be too good to be true, then it probably is. I shall remember this for future travel and will only book nearer the time I want to cruise. I wish I didn't like Cunard so much, although the Celebrity Solstice are a good second choice in my opinion.