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gcue July 23rd, 2008 04:17 PM

Onboard ship credit?
 
Is there any way of using our travel agent to try to get onboard credit for our cruise? I had read somewhere that a travel agent could call the cruise line and say that if we like the cruise we are likely to go on another with the same cruise line. So that might be incentive for the cruise line to issue onboard credit.

Does this ever work? Do you have any other advice on how to get onboard credit?

Since we already booked the cruise, am I just being greedy now? I guess I thought, "Might as well try."

Thanks.

Mike M July 23rd, 2008 04:33 PM

Re: Onboard ship credit?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by gcue
Is there any way of using our travel agent to try to get onboard credit for our cruise? I had read somewhere that a travel agent could call the cruise line and say that if we like the cruise we are likely to go on another with the same cruise line. So that might be incentive for the cruise line to issue onboard credit.

Does this ever work? Do you have any other advice on how to get onboard credit?

Since we already booked the cruise, am I just being greedy now? I guess I thought, "Might as well try."

Thanks.

In manyl instances the onboard credits come out of the agents commission. (aka:their pocket)

It is best to negotiate everything upfront rather than come back "after" the deal and ask for more. How would you like it if the agent called back and asked for $50 more. LOL

If, at a later time, the cruise line is offering a shipboard credit there is nothing wrong in asking your agent to check and see if it's available for you. Just be aware that many offers are for "New Bookings Only".

Take care,
Mike

NY Cruisin Mama July 24th, 2008 10:46 PM

When are you cruising?? If it's a ways off - you can check out the "www.cruisecompete.com" site. You enter the cruise you are looking
at and online agencies submit their offers. Your name is "hidden" and you can contact which ever one appeals to you. Be sure to check out the
references and if a member of the BBB. Have you booked your cruise
directly with the cruise line?? I understand that you can have the booking
transferred to your TA and then take advantage of whatever "perks" the
TA is offering you. Depending on when your cruise is for - you may still
have time to cancel - get your deposit back and then rebook with the agency that appeals to you. Good luck and happy sailing!! 8)


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