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  • Are you, as cruisers, despondent about rates?

    Bank rate is currently £1 = €1.12 £1 = €1.25 and the exchange rate is £1 = €1.10 £1 = €1.23

    Is it any wonder that the price of cruising is going through the roof. Each month when I look we are on a downward spiral with the exchange rate and upward goes the cost of cruising.

    I have been cruising long enough to remember an exchange rate of $2 to the £1. OK that was an extreme I suppose as is the lowest rates now but this is lower than I have ever experienced

    There is not a lot we can do about it either as the purchasing power of UK cruisers is not really powerful enough to rattle cages and the influx of cruisers from other parts of the worlds are increasing so I have been told.

    Grin and bear it I suppose but we all know why this dire situation exists and in a way those who voted for it closely resemble turkeys voting for Christmas.

    Do you think that a change is in sight or is this the state of play for several years to come? ….Neil

  • Lawnmowerman, Tain
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    Originally posted by Neil Down, Southampton View Post

    Are you suggesting I sell my teeth so that I can afford a cruise, Bill????
    Hilarious

    Bill

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  • smtcan, Scarborough
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    High prices are not entirely because of the exchange rate. US prices are much higher than they have been in previous years and the lower value of the pound and $CAD make them even worse. Admittedly there are some bargain prices on Caribbean cruises, but I think that may be due to over supply and that area doesn't interest me. For years cruise prices have been very low. Our first cruise, to Alaska twenty five years ago cost us more for seven days than our last Asia cruise cost for twice as long. Both these prices were cruise only and ocean view cabins and do not take into account the considerable increase in wages over twenty five years. ($2,500 each was a lot of money in 1994) I found the details when clearing out for our move and was surprised how much we had paid.

    All inclusive prices do not appeal to me, although if gratuities were included I wouldn't complain. since we pay them anyway. I prefer PAYG for drinks, we would never get value out of a drink package. Being of a suspicious turn of mind, I think drink packages have been included to bump prices up so they can be removed with a very small price reduction, leaving unwary passengers paying a higher base price.

    We have no cruises booked at the moment, but will watch Transatlantic prices to see if there are any good deals.

    Sheila

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  • Neil Down, Southampton
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    Originally posted by Lawnmowerman, Tain View Post
    Price of gold is going up though.

    Bill
    Are you suggesting I sell my teeth so that I can afford a cruise, Bill????

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  • Topdeck, London
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    Originally posted by toshtosh, Guiseley View Post
    Can anybody understand the current NCL changes?

    We bought a couple of Cruisenext vouchers a couple of years ago (New year 2017) after a good deal on the Spirit. They then went AI and prices shot up. So left the vouchers and assumed they would eventually be lost. Now they have removed AI, and we have just booked a 7 day cruise on the Epic in May 2020 with their standard $99 a day (+20% sc) drinks package and 3 speciality dinners included for £100 pppd.

    I appreciate that nobody would pay $99 a day for a DP and speciality dining is OK but not essential, but the basic price of an inside cabin was only £100pppd and the Free at Sea package was an extra £99. And we could use both cruisenext vouchers to recover our $500 so net cost is just over £500 each. Only extras are £80 each grats plus our choice of flights and hotels to suit.

    So it appears that NCL have realised their AI price point was too high and have gone back to an optional scheme, but at £99 for 7 days drinks and 3 speciality dining options it seems great value.

    OOI if we went PAYG on a drinks package we would easily budget £250 each on a 7 day cruise.

    Cheers

    Tony B
    The new pricing seems cheaper than AI was but more than no perk option the add on prices for the drinks/dinner package are decent but as ever it is the total that counts.

    UK prices are now often better than US except cabin only pricing on gty rates.

    I am seeing trips now that we can consider.
    Also have some cruise next ours expire this year.
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  • Lawnmowerman, Tain
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    Price of gold is going up though.

    Bill

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  • toshtosh, Guiseley
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    Can anybody understand the current NCL changes?

    We bought a couple of Cruisenext vouchers a couple of years ago (New year 2017) after a good deal on the Spirit. They then went AI and prices shot up. So left the vouchers and assumed they would eventually be lost. Now they have removed AI, and we have just booked a 7 day cruise on the Epic in May 2020 with their standard $99 a day (+20% sc) drinks package and 3 speciality dinners included for £100 pppd.

    I appreciate that nobody would pay $99 a day for a DP and speciality dining is OK but not essential, but the basic price of an inside cabin was only £100pppd and the Free at Sea package was an extra £99. And we could use both cruisenext vouchers to recover our $500 so net cost is just over £500 each. Only extras are £80 each grats plus our choice of flights and hotels to suit.

    So it appears that NCL have realised their AI price point was too high and have gone back to an optional scheme, but at £99 for 7 days drinks and 3 speciality dining options it seems great value.

    OOI if we went PAYG on a drinks package we would easily budget £250 each on a 7 day cruise.

    Cheers

    Tony B
    Last edited by toshtosh, Guiseley; 18th June 2019, 08:44 PM.

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  • Topdeck, London
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    Originally posted by cruiser, Larne View Post
    I got a Princess brochure through thr post last week and the prices were nothing short of ridiculous. Who would pay £2795 for a balcony 10 day Med cruise?!
    They have 7n from £799pp

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  • cruiser, Larne
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    I got a Princess brochure through thr post last week and the prices were nothing short of ridiculous. Who would pay £2795 for a balcony 10 day Med cruise?!

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  • Neil Down, Southampton
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    Originally posted by Garfield, Waterlooville View Post
    A lot of cruise liner give offers if dp's, wi-fi and grats making them almost all inclusive.
    With that came the increase on top of any negative effect if exchange rates.
    You can blame yourself for that Neil as for ages you asked for All inclusive.

    Regards
    Garfield
    Well, praise indeed.....were it true

    Do you honestly believe that someone like me could influence all cruise lines to that extent?

    The cruise lines are changing because marketing measures require it not because they read one or three of my posts but I am proud that you hold me in such esteem,

    Gee thanks. .....Neil

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  • Neil Down, Southampton
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    Originally posted by Topdeck, London View Post

    I have noticed I get the odd cruise line email promotions that have all the discounts and perks but not a price in site.

    If anyone thinks there is a deal they are free to post on the deals section with real pricing. 50%off is useless without the what's it off.

    And on a more inclusive cruise what is there to spend all this OBC on, give me the money off the fare.
    Cruise lines have changed their marketing strategy quite enormously. So many of the "Deals" might come with perks and sometimes an inside cabin price but suddenly you find that Air Fares are not included.

    They have decided to do their marketing with overwhelming gimmicks but a distinct lack of important information. I've seen better Double Glazing ads. .......Neil

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  • Topdeck, London
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    Originally posted by jc, liverpool View Post

    Hi TD
    Its only an opinion.I don't have to sit on the dock looking at a ship to say whether i like it or not.

    I hate those big car carriers out of Southampton,,,but i used to love the lines of the old Manchester Liners down the Manchester Ship Canal.

    I hate some works of art,i love others......its just an opinion.
    JC
    A tiny factor when choosing a ship to cruise on

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  • jc, liverpool
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    Originally posted by Topdeck, London View Post
    I never really get the I don't like the look of the ship.

    You get to see it for a few minites each day in port on return if you get off or look back getting off.
    Hi TD
    Its only an opinion.I don't have to sit on the dock looking at a ship to say whether i like it or not.

    I hate those big car carriers out of Southampton,,,but i used to love the lines of the old Manchester Liners down the Manchester Ship Canal.

    I hate some works of art,i love others......its just an opinion.
    JC

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  • Topdeck, London
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    I never really get the I don't like the look of the ship.

    You get to see it for a few minites each day in port on return if you get off or look back getting off.

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  • JohnR, Chippenham
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    Originally posted by annie, Glasgow View Post

    My main gripe with the AI pricing model is that with a 100% solo penalty, I pay twice for my alcohol. That is why on Celebrity I book insides or guarantee cabins,

    BTW did Cunard not trial DPs or am I having a senior moment??

    Annie
    As far as I am aware Cunard do have a drinks package. Currently $69 a day.

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