Hello, I just placed a bid on a cruise 5 night on the Sensation from New Orleans to Costa Maya and Cozumel and I won the bid for 400.00 per person. Is this a good deal? I cannot wait to go back on the ship!!!!
Does that include port charges and taxes? If so, it's an ok deal. A good deal to me may be a great deal to you or vice versa. Myself, with all charges included, $75 per day or less is good and I don't want to pay more.
I have seen cruises like this go for as low as $349pp at Carnival. Now if THIS particuliar cruise and price is good, that just depends on what Mike said, if you are happy then it is a good deal. Personally I would not book with any auction type but some people do.
Just wanted to add my .02 cents worth regarding sky auction. I have "won" several auctions on sky auction, some inside cabins, some outside cabins. The main thing with
them is that you MUST do your homework before you bid. Know how much the brochure rate is, and check different internet sites and discount sites, so that you KNOW what is a good price. Make sure you add up their port taxes ( always higher than anywhere else) and any other "hidden costs", then bid accordingly, but just don't go crazy and overbid when you can get the same deal for less at a discount site.
I have never had a problem with receiving my docs from them, and anytime I e-mailed them a question, they always responded within 24 hours. The only gripe I have with them, is that they often "change the rules" regarding the single fare. I ofter cruise solo, as many of my friends aren't as addicted to cruising as I am. And they advertise for solo
travellers to double the bid price and add 1 port and tax charge. SOMETIMES this is the case, as I recently found out. This worked for a Galaxy repositioning from Baltimore to San Juan in Oct, but when I tried to apply this rate to a Horizon cruise in Dec, I was told that in addition there was a single supplement charge of almost $300. When I e-mailed them and questioned them on this, they TRIED to tell me that the no single supplement only applied to Carnival cruises. When I retaliated that there wasn't this fee for the Galaxy cruise, there was NO ANSWER. So, just be aware!
The fact that you can only e-mail them and not call them is another factor that weighs heavily on my decision never to use this agency or any other like it. If something happens at the pier what do you do? You can;t pick up the phone and call them now can you? It does happen as I can well attest to from a cruise on RCI this Jan when suddenly we were pulled aside at check in and told that our booking would not be honored at the price we paid as it was a "Special" rate not available to resident of Florida where we reside and we would have to come up with an addition $450 in order to board the ship. If we could not come up with it then we would end up forfitting our cruise! Needless to say I was on the phone to the TA within seconds to get it cleared up. It was an administrative error and we did not owe anything extra but without an agent we would have been completely out of luck. Think about that when they tell you the will e-mail you back in 24 hrs. The boat has sailed by then my friend.
Hi again, Yes I did my homework before bidding. I also have a phone number to call whenever I have questions. I also have an email which they respond immediately to me. I have had a good experience with them so far and all fees I was clearly made aware of before I paid for the bid. I think I got a good deal. Since I have been comparing prices for about a month now. Thank you for you responses.