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Old March 6th, 2014, 07:41 PM
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Angry Change in Pricing

On January, I received one of those promotional emails from Norwegian Cruise Line saying "Book now to get best fare!" and so I naively booked a family vacation for 7 pax, for April. Now that I look into the prices again (43 days before departure) they are way down. $860 USD in total. How can I get compensation from NCL?
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Old March 6th, 2014, 08:21 PM
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I would get on the phone to your travel agent and look into getting some OBC, since you most likely had to make the final payment....Keep us posted...
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Old March 6th, 2014, 11:22 PM
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Like Donna said, contact your agent and let them take care of it for you. That's why it's good to book with an agent. If you booked directly with NCL, good luck with that one. After final payment due date, there's not alot they'll do for you.

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Cruise Planner, what do you see for cruise prices dropping? I mean do they normally drop closer to sail date; or a year out? I do not know anything about this; however, my gut feeling is, cruise companies will drop prices if they see the ship is not selling out; or raise prices if they feel the ship will get sold out. Does this seem to make sense or am I off on my assumption?
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Tim,
I have to agree with you on the price drops or not. I can't see a price reduction if a ship is selling quick or almost sold out, just make more sense to have the reductions when there are more empty or unsold cabins...


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It really depends on the cruise line; some are better than others when it comes to pricing.

Personally, I always suggest booking a cruise as early as possible. Reason being is that this could very well be the best pricing and prices may go up. Plus, you get the best choice of cabins.

If you book early and the prices go down, almost always your agent can get the price reduced for you provided the final payment due date has not yet passed. However, some cruise lines, like Princess for example, will still honor price reductions after that date.

If you wait to book and the price goes up, then you're stuck; you either pay more money or you don't go. Booking early allows you to make all your plans and arrangements without any hassles.

If you wait to book and have to fly, airfare is something that almost never goes down. So whatever savings you might realize on the cruise will be eaten up by the increase in airfare.

Sometimes, the cruise lines will offer 'last minute' specials, but most of the time this is for locals, such as those in Florida, Puerto Rico, etc. These people are usually able to leave on the spur of the moment without huge airfare involved. So if you're local to the cruise ports, don't have to worry about last minute plans, can travel on a moment's notice, and won't be disappointed if specials aren't offered, then by all means go ahead and wait.

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Thanks cruise planner, I booked our May 2015 cruise last month. I think we got a good price, plus we got the cabin we wanted. Our TA will monitor pricing. We are using airline Mlles so airfare isn't an issue.
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