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    USA booking for RCI

    Usual caveat make sure you know what you are doing if you want to stray from UK bookings

    Although all the cruise lines try to get you onto the UK web site with RCI it is easy to get to any countries page without having to resort to VPN or other tricks through the personaliser

    If the US pricing is enough cheaper I will book through a US TA, as I have read more than once you can't book direct with RCI if you don't live in the US.

    Late last year I had a booking I wanted to make for Jan this year and it was a low risk if the booking went wrong or got cancelled by RCI as all travel was sorted for something else and this was to just fill a week.

    I went direct via the US RCI web page and did the whole thing on-line, contrary to what I had read, there were no problems and it was easy.

    Very handy should I stumble on a great deal that I think will be time limited I can get the booking in before it disappears(some happen while the US is closed).

    #2
    Good thread top deck. I’ve been researching pricing recently resulting in my first direct booking with RCI UK on Symphony in September. I usually book via my bank (rbs) where I normally get 10% off which justifies the monthly payment. But recently they’ve not been very competitive. Accordingly, I started looking at Top cash back where they were offering as much as 6% cash back (now 4.2%) on cruise fare only. Sometimes these cashback deals don’t track and I decided to phone RCI a couple of days ago to make an enquiry. I mentioned TCB and at their request I sent a screenshot of the offer, which he applied to the booking. He also added $50 on top of the $200 OBC in addition to a free visit to one of the specialty restaurants and a bottle of wine in our cabin. (very impressed). I’ve booked with US site vacations to go previously when the dollar rate was much higher but I’ve been avoiding them for obvious reasons. On using a vpn for the US RCI site I found that they don’t offer (free) drinks packages as part of their offers. They tend to go more for OBC. Comparing both UK and US sites for the September cruise (prior to my call) I found that the UK pricing just edged it for me.

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      #3
      I’ve just priced up our cruise (same cabin grade) in September via RCI.com $3369 no drinks package, gratuities and only $100 OBC, roughly £2441. I paid just under £2100 including a drinks package and $250 OBC and gratuities included. Perhaps US / Caribbean itineraries are cheaper but European (in this instance) works out much cheaper
      Last edited by mike, lanarkshire; 28th February 2018, 02:05 PM.

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        #4
        Lots of UK is cheaper these days.

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          #5
          Looking out of my window at the moment (snowmageddon) I can’t wait for our next cruise in April.

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            #6
            Thinking. we should have stayed on the ships or in Tampa for Feb.

            We have cold and intermittent snow, not enough to stop the afternoon pub run.

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              #7
              Lucky you, we’re in the middle of a red alert at the moment. 2010 springs to mind but it’s much worse than that.

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                #8
                Originally posted by mike, lanarkshire View Post
                Lucky you, we’re in the middle of a red alert at the moment. 2010 springs to mind but it’s much worse than that.
                True 2010 was much worse - yet people still tried to drive their cars - beggared belief!

                Annie

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                  #9
                  Unfortunately some people don't get paid if they don't go into work so if you need to pay your mortgage there is no choice but to get it the car

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                    #10
                    We don't usually get much snow here in south Hampshire, but we certainly did in 2010. I tried to get home, but there was no way of getting there. I was lucky, I eventually gave up and sought shelter with a friend so had a bed for the night.

                    When I haven't been able to get to work because of the weather I've had to take annual leave. In my last job I had remote access and a laptop, so I was able to work at home.
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                      #11
                      Originally posted by cathy, chelmsford View Post
                      Unfortunately some people don't get paid if they don't go into work so if you need to pay your mortgage there is no choice but to get it the car
                      True especially for self employed people. However what price a life??

                      Annie

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