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Old June 27th, 2006, 08:44 PM
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I had been surfing the internet for a deal on Alaska 7-day cruise out of Vancouver, Canada on the same ship, same date. I factor in all charges detailed. Went with the best I could find, I even check back on other sites to see if I still got a good deal....I did. So, that being said, here is my inquiry....When I received my E-mail invoice for my chosen deal, it stated $220. for port charges and I had noticed during my search that the port charge varied slightly between $65. & $92. So, my question is...is the port charge suppose to be the same or as close to for the very same ship & date I was searching about?
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Yes, they should all be the same, but thats the confusing part about shopping for prices, some include that in their price, while others don't. I wish they all would include that, then less confusion.
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i would think so, the additional cost is probably port charges & port tax. Port tax usually isn't included in the port charge cost.
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Port charges are actually: Non-commissionable fares. In other words port charges and other "stuff" that the travel agent doesn't get paid a commission on. These can vary by a few dollars and are a place that some agents may stick in a fee.

An agent can buy a cruise for the same price as you can from the cruise line, unless it is group space that an agent holds at a lower rate for a period of time. How you save money is if the agent rebates you part of their commission or if they have group space they purchased at an earlier date and are holding until the cruise line wants it back.

Royal Caribbean and Celebrity does not allow agents to rebate and Carnival does not allow an agent to advertise a cruise for less than Carnival is selling the cruise for. They still allow agents to have group space but they sure don't let them hold it for as long as they used to.

A big thing to remember is: Saving $30 or $50 isn't worth it if the Travel Agent isn't any good. The mark of a good agent is how good they are when something goes wrong. When they go to bat for you with the cruise line or work to get problems resolved is when the $50 is worth it.

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BUT, my detailed invoice still doesn't make sense compared with what you have just said.

Cruise Rate 819.00
Port Charges 220.00
Gov't Fees 52.65
Processing Fee 45.00

All info is there. When I check other cruise sale websites that show everything seperate I see that Gov't fees the same as mine, but the port charges are all lower than mine.

This is a 7 day Alaska out of Vancouver
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BUT, my detailed invoice still doesn't make sense compared with what you have just said.

Cruise Rate 819.00
Port Charges 220.00
Gov't Fees 52.65
Processing Fee 45.00
Makes perfect sense: If the Port charges are higher than all the other quotes and what the cruise line is charging for port charges than the agent is putting other "stuff" in that category. If the overall price is the best price then it doesn't make much difference but the added $45 processing fee is "interesting."

I would go online with cruise line and price the cruise and find what the actual port charges and taxes are.

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Well, I guess as long as its a good deal, I shouldn't contemplaste this issue too much.
AND I'll have another cruise to enjoy, regardless.

Thanks so much.
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I agree with Mike M.; sometimes the best price is not really the best deal. You get what you pay for. I used an online travel agency that was recommended to me by a family member who said to me that she got good service. A few dollars less is not worth bickering over if you can travel knowing that your agent provided the service you needed.
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