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  • ROSEBASKETS, Yorkshire
    started a topic Price advice on booking RCCI

    Price advice on booking RCCI

    I'd appreciate a little advice or suggestion from the forum members on a pricing issue.

    I'm looking to book on the BOTS from Harwich on the 19th August for 3 adults and 1 child. The current price is £3755 for the 4 of us.

    On a couple of US travel sites the price is $5008, which when using todays currency rate is over £700 less than their current UK asking price, plus they are offering $500 OBC to the US guests, where UK guests are only being offered $200.

    The US sites I've come across do not accept bookings from non US / Canadian residents. Has anyone ever used a US travel agent to book their cruise and if so, did you encounter any problemsonce you'd booked.

    Thanks in Anticipation

  • Malcolm, Essex
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    "Coupon booklet value of $300 in savings for (Free Casino credit, Spa credit, dinner discounts and much more)"
    Repeat RCI passengers normally get one of these. Personally I do not find them to be of much use. You only get discounts by possibly buying stuff you do not want. You know "10% off a spar treatment that costs over $150" etc. You would need to spend a small fortune on the items they discount to get the full $300.

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  • Mrs M
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    Originally posted by agent crystal View Post
    I was surprised because I am obviously an "innocent "where cruising is concerned- but thought that this forum was to "help" those less knowledgable and internet savvy than you .
    i was VERY wrong obviously!,,
    thanks a lot.
    Ps. I also shop around for the best possible deals but would NEVER call myself any sort of tart!.


    .
    Rate tart isn't derogatory. It's a description of someone who keeps looking for the best rate for their savings/CC rates and Annie just hi jacked the term for her cruising research methods.
    I'd say welcome to the forum but you've been a member for a while.

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  • annie, Glasgow
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    Originally posted by agent crystal View Post
    I was surprised because I am obviously an "innocent "where cruising is concerned- but thought that this forum was to "help" those less knowledgable and internet savvy than you .
    i was VERY wrong obviously!,,
    thanks a lot.
    Ps. I also shop around for the best possible deals but would NEVER call myself any sort of tart!.


    Why were you surprised??


    Apple phones sell for less in the US than the UK so why should a cruise be any different?? It is a much bigger market and has more competition.

    Like Martin Lewis, I am a rate tart and always shop around whether it is electricity, groceries or a cruise.

    If you find a UK agent, who maybe has some group fares, UK pricing can be cheaper.

    What is the mantra of some on this forum: research, research.

    Annie

    As my sister says - know the market and know your prices.
    [/QUOTE]

    Strange

    I used many of the tools that Topdeck listed in his posts when booking my very 1st cruise with a US TA. I was not a member of any cruise forums then - in fact I didn't even though they existed Google is a wonderful tool.

    If 'rate tart' is a good enough expression for Martin Lewis, good enough for me

    There are many members on this forum who regularly book cruised with US TAs as well.

    Annie

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  • agent crystal
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    Price advice

    I was surprised because I am obviously an "innocent "where cruising is concerned- but thought that this forum was to "help" those less knowledgable and internet savvy than you .
    i was VERY wrong obviously!,,
    thanks a lot.
    Ps. I also shop around for the best possible deals but would NEVER call myself any sort of tart!.


    Why were you surprised??


    Apple phones sell for less in the US than the UK so why should a cruise be any different?? It is a much bigger market and has more competition.

    Like Martin Lewis, I am a rate tart and always shop around whether it is electricity, groceries or a cruise.

    If you find a UK agent, who maybe has some group fares, UK pricing can be cheaper.

    What is the mantra of some on this forum: research, research.

    Annie

    As my sister says - know the market and know your prices.[/QUOTE]

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  • annie, Glasgow
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    Originally posted by agent crystal View Post
    Hi Annie,
    i would be very interested to read your thoughts on the Uk vs Us travel agent debate.
    i recently made a Celebrity Cruise from New York to Caribbean and though we had a wonderful time ( we got married on St Thomas)
    i was VERY surprised to find that the Mostly US passengers had paid significantly less than we did!
    regards
    Eileen
    Why were you surprised??

    Apple phones sell for less in the US than the UK so why should a cruise be any different?? It is a much bigger market and has more competition.

    Like Martin Lewis, I am a rate tart and always shop around whether it is electricity, groceries or a cruise.

    If you find a UK agent, who maybe has some group fares, UK pricing can be cheaper.

    What is the mantra of some on this forum: research, research.

    Annie

    As my sister says - know the market and know your prices.
    Last edited by annie, Glasgow; 20th April 2014, 11:51 AM.

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  • Topdeck, London
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    G grade 3 adult 1 child
    UK £3722
    US £3492 ($5864)

    I can see with this cruise if they regional discount it could get cheaper through the UK

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  • agent crystal
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    Hi Annie,
    i would be very interested to read your thoughts on the Uk vs Us travel agent debate.
    i recently made a Celebrity Cruise from New York to Caribbean and though we had a wonderful time ( we got married on St Thomas)
    i was VERY surprised to find that the Mostly US passengers had paid significantly less than we did!
    regards
    Eileen

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  • Topdeck, London
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    here is the cruisefish link for your cruise, links to 4 price regions(if you get session message just hit the link again)

    remember uk price includes taxes.

    CruiseFish.Net - Royal Caribbean / Brilliance Of The Seas / 12 Night Scandinavia And Russia Cruise / 2014-08-19

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  • Topdeck, London
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    For any bookings there are a couple of options, use one of the well known names or a rec from a customer.

    Plenty of big bame TAs that work internationaly and the main differences in the US is the amount of OBC, many of the other promotions are cruise line so thye all have them.

    To test the water you can use cruisecompete making it clear you are resident in the UK this will filter out those that don't want the business and those that will do UK resident bookins.

    Another indepenent site for pricing info is cruisefish.net. that will give links to the cruiselines web site for each cruise US,EU,CA and UK for some lines very handy to bypass the cruiseline redirects if having problems. Also handy for historic prices so you can see when the price drops were.

    Now remember that not all cruises are cheaper through the US sometime it will be the UK or even Germany or other EU countries.

    You do have to be carefull though we got a deal through an American TA that was fidling the cruiseline, lucky the cruise line(NCL) honoured the deal.


    As for the commercial affiliation, If you want a suppresive environment go to cruisecritic so far up the Cruise lines **** they are known to suppress bad comments on cruiselines.


    What this forum offers is an open place to discuss all aspects of cruising including how and where to get the best deals suppresion of that freedom would be extreamly bad form. Sending PM is just as bad if you dissaprove.


    IMO UK TAs need to compete not just with each other but internationaly, if they can't get the deals from the cruise lines they need to sell the cruises then that is something they need to bring up with the cruiselines.
    Last edited by Topdeck, London; 20th April 2014, 10:58 AM.

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  • annie, Glasgow
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    Originally posted by Lobstertan, West Yorkshire View Post
    Only worth monitoring if the price drops are going to be honoured
    Agree.

    Also you made a very valid point re UK TAs.

    Annie

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  • Lobstertan, West Yorkshire
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    Originally posted by annie, Glasgow View Post
    The internet savvy consumer can also access the same price monitoring website as US cruisers.

    Annie
    Only worth monitoring if the price drops are going to be honoured

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  • annie, Glasgow
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    Originally posted by Lobstertan, West Yorkshire View Post
    I don't see any problem with Rosebaskets demonstrating what other offers are available, other cruise/travel agencies could view this as an opportunity to check out the competition and step up to the offers that are available to the more investigative consumer. The US cruisers have the offer of a website which monitors the price drops. As the price drops are not honoured by the cruise companies for UK travel agencies (or UK travel agencies are not prepared to fight for the price drops on behalf of the customer) it is obvious more are going to search State side or, as advised by the cruise company - book direct.
    The internet savvy consumer can also access the same price monitoring website as US cruisers.

    Annie

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  • Lobstertan, West Yorkshire
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    I don't see any problem with Rosebaskets demonstrating what other offers are available, other cruise/travel agencies could view this as an opportunity to check out the competition and step up to the offers that are available to the more investigative consumer.
    The US cruisers have the offer of a website which monitors the price drops. As the price drops are not honoured by the cruise companies for UK travel agencies (or UK travel agencies are not prepared to fight for the price drops on behalf of the customer) it is obvious more are going to search State side or, as advised by the cruise company - book direct.
    Last edited by Lobstertan, West Yorkshire; 20th April 2014, 09:37 AM.

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  • Mrs M
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    Thank you for your thoughts Rosebasket.

    If you look at the 'history' of my comments, you'll see I was addressing specifically a post [#11] which asked for specific agency recommendations.

    Note the highlights. THAT is the point I was answering.

    You then jumped in with your comment re 'bad form'.

    Again, may I thank you, this time for the lifestyle analysis. However, you know very little about me beyond my love for Victoria and the fact I've travelled a fair bit. Not my style to ask/post many personal questions/facts on an internet forum. I prefer the PM/email route.

    £500 IS a lot of money. I returned your post couched in similar vein apart from 'To be honest Mrs M I really don't care about "Bad Form"' I changed to 'not bothered' as I thought it 'bad form' [your term, not mine] to say 'I don't really care about your £500...'

    because I do care and I am sorry when folk can't find a price to their satisfaction but I'm not bothered 'as far as this forum is concerned'...as I said.

    Forum rules? Who said anything about forum rules? I said 'not terribly good form' which in general terms is aobut showing/not showing respect, in this case for that which is being used i.e. a cruise travel agency's forum.

    As Wilba said, there are many major players in the US market and I guess many of us know who they are. I certainly do.
    The difference between you and at least two members [and me] is we would tell you and discuss with you, but in private i.e. as Annie did, by PM, and not in public on another cruise agency's forum.

    ...but again, thank you for your discourse and a Happy Easter to you.

    Mrs M.

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