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Lois Jan 14th, 2003 10:26 AM

Booking a Cruise
Who are some good, reliable sources for booking cruises at very discounted rates?

Petlover Jan 14th, 2003 01:48 PM

I went through a similar dilemma last week checking with many land based TA's as well as many internet companies. I found the best rate (and so far I've received great service) from a company which is internet based called I originally was a bit concerned using a company that is strictly internet based but now I realize that I had nothing to worry about. In fact, I actually prefer it since I never miss their phone calls and everything is in writing so I can check and double check. I've already received my confirmation!

Starfish Jan 15th, 2003 04:55 AM

Lots of people use cruisequick BUT you must be aware that you never get to talk to a humane being. It is email only. There are plenty of other good .com sites that you can talk to a person. Bestcruiseprices and Buycruises seems very popular.

xxx Jan 15th, 2003 10:23 AM

Leaving next week on my third cruise through Never a problem - prompt emails and they do have a phone number too. After much internet searching, they had the best rate around for my cruises.

Marcie Jan 15th, 2003 10:56 AM

Everyone has their favorite and rates can vary week to week, ship to ship. I was able to get the very best rate (even better than buycruise,bestcruise,icruise,(and many more I checked) Costco or any any land based TA) from Ray at <BR><BR>(email: [email protected])<BR><BR>It is all through the internet but I've found this works great. I never miss any calls, he's always &quot;open&quot; and everything is always in writing which gives me peace of mind. You will need to do what suits you best. I can't imagine receiving any better service than I've received from Ray. You can always check and compare rates before deciding for yourself. I've already received upgrades too! You're welcome to tell him I referred you should you check/compare. Good Luck!<BR><BR>

buck Jan 17th, 2003 05:00 PM

I have used for flights and cruises, they have always did a good job for me with competitive prices. I checked about a dozen sites for the Feb. 23 cruise on the Rhap and they were no more than 3 bucks apart, so I booked with expedia since I have used them in the past and they have a good customer service dept. that will answer your ?s, IMO, Buck

Sandy Jan 17th, 2003 05:34 PM

I bet I have gotten at least 10 quotes from various &quot;discount, no-one-sells-lower-than-I, every-cruise-discounted&quot; places, as well as seeing supposedly &quot;great&quot; rates on the normal places (Orbitz, Expedia, etc.). I haven't gotten any quotes that are $3 apart or even $100 apart . . . my quotes have been hundreds of dollars apart. There surely is a big difference out there for the same cruise on the same ship with the same cabin class (I have used the same ship/date/cabin on every request for a quote).<BR><BR>I finally went with They had the cheapest rate. I had one TA tell me I had an impossible fare, that he had checked with the Princess rep and she said it was impossible.<BR><BR>I have a confirmation number and my credit card has been debited by Princess for the deposit . . . I hope that means everything is OK.<BR><BR>Y'all can count on me to post it here (and often) if something happens and my rate is not honored. But, until then, I'm all grins on my great rate for my Alaska trip.<BR><BR>This will be our first cruise and we're VERY excited. Please keep posting great questions/answers on this forum . . . we need all the help we can get.<BR><BR>Thanks,<BR>Sandy

Patricia Jan 17th, 2003 09:56 PM

Marci, I hope you don't mind but I did use you as a reference with with Ray (he certainly seems to know you, maybe you've used him a few times??) Thanks, his rate was approximately 19% less than the next closes competitor. We're booking! I found him extremely competent and quick.Thanks!

Paul Therault Jan 18th, 2003 12:52 AM

Are you kidding. A travel agent can get you a price of say $290 per person plus port and tax for a seven night Carnival Elation cruise out of LA to the Mex. Riviera on Feruary 2 and throw in a 4 Category upgrade to a window. Get that over the net!<BR><BR>Paul

Peter Jan 18th, 2003 09:08 AM

Gee Paul, that was tough. First shot on icruise got me a window (no upgrade needed) for $276 plus taxes and fees of $169.26 for a total price of $490.26.<BR><BR>The days of the &quot;brick and mortar&quot; travel agents are numbered.

Starfish Jan 18th, 2003 09:24 AM

Sometimes the trick is to actually talk to some of the TA's from the .com sites. I have found that sometimes they will do better than the advertised price. <BR>A very recent Example:<BR><BR>A relative booked a cruise through Carnival. Cat 8A, (didn't know any better) Robbery!<BR>I looked around and found Buycruise and Bestcruiseprices were much cheaper.<BR>Bestcruiseprices was a little cheaper but found out they has a transfer fee, which made BuyCruises slightly cheaper.<BR><BR>He called Buycrusies to get his booking moved from Carnival, his fare was reduced and he got an 8I, which has a larger balcony, for a lot less than what Carnival had on their site AND LESS than what Buycruises has advertised on their site for the 8A.!!! <BR><BR>It pays to at least call and talk to someone. <BR>ps. These were not guaranteed rates, he picked his cabin.<BR>

Marcie Jan 18th, 2003 09:28 AM

Peter, (Ray)was able to beat by $162. for an outside with balcony, plus wanted to charge $14. for shipping and a $25. inhouse charge for cancellation (even if you cancelled 5 minutes later). does not charge for any shipping nor do they have any inhouse cancellation fee. You may want to look at to compare....

Starfish Jan 18th, 2003 10:05 AM

Good point about extra charges. <BR>Always check for:<BR>Cancellation Fees<BR>Transfer Fees<BR>Shipping Fees<BR>Booking/Handling Fees<BR>Any fees if you decide to upgrade or change cabins.

Keith Jan 18th, 2003 11:14 AM

I was very happy with booking I just completed with Expedia. Norwegian Majesty in November, 4 nights, $179 pp plus $45.05 taxes &amp; $7.50 booking fee, for a total of $231.55 a person. They upgraded me to Superior Inside Cabin (145 sq. ft. as opposed to 108...). While there may be websites that don't add the $7.50, I found Expedia extremely helpful (they even called NCL when I asked questions the TA couldn't answer), and they surprised me with a $50 shipboard credit that wasn't even mentioned anywhere else! The agent was friendlier than the local TA who wanted a LOT more money to book same cruise.

Peter Jan 18th, 2003 12:21 PM

Like I said, Paul - your days of overcharging for cruises is over!!! We're going to pocket your profit instead of lining your pockets.

Bob Jan 18th, 2003 03:14 PM

Keith, It is hard to know what you asked your TA to check on, by that I mean what type cabin he was pricing. I can tell this though that any good TA out there could have gotten you on the Majesty for $169.00 instead of the $179.00 that you paid plus you would not have had the $7.50 service fee.<BR><BR>Beware of NCL though, you will get what you paid for. It may not be worth the $179.00 that you paid.

Fran Jan 18th, 2003 03:24 PM

Bob, tell me more. I've never sailed on NCL and picked NCL Sun because my sister had raved about it. Now I'm worried! I have sailed Carnival, HAL (my favorite), Celebrity and RCI with no problems whatsoever. Is NCL not too good? I'd love to hear more.

Bob Jan 18th, 2003 03:46 PM

When you figure that NCL is charging $169.00 for the cruise, this INCLUDES $99.00 of what used to be called Port Charges, now has another name, that means that the cruise fare alone is $70.00 for a four night cruise.<BR><BR>Sure we all want a good deal but that is way to low to expect alot.<BR><BR>I know of people sailing on the February 2nd Norway and they paid $159.00 for the cruise. They could gone on the Sun for less than $300.00 but thought that was to much.<BR><BR>You may see these fares as good deals. I see them and ask, what are they cutting back on in order to almost be giving the cruises away.

Fran Jan 18th, 2003 03:54 PM

We're on a 7 night cruise to Alaska the end of June in a balcony cabin (category BB). I hope NCL isn't cutting back on that. The prices weren't anything like you're talking about. We're paying total(husband and wife) over $3,000!!

Jan Jan 18th, 2003 04:30 PM

Yes, I just looked at the Majesty for Feb. 03 and it was pricing around $55-65.00 lowest, inside cabin. Obviously this is just the 4 day cruise price. Sure made me think twice about booking it!! Must be a reason to stay off this ship, huh?!

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