Cruise Lines Fight Agent Discounts
by Paul Motter
But the buyer will benefit with more clarity in cruise pricing
Some agents play fast and loose with cruise pricing policy
There is a little secret in cruise buying that doesn't get a lot of attention - but the cruise lines see it as a very serious problem. It is certain cruise agents exploiting any loophole possible to offer discounts to customers in order to sell more cruises. This practice is generally called "rebating."
All of the cruise lines attempted to enforce flat pricing policies years ago to end "rebating" once and for all - but some cruise agencies continued to find ways to rebate despite the cruise line policies and the protestations of their cruise agency colleagues.