At most you will be able to find agents who will discount the rates you are seeing by giving up part of their commission folks say. Iv had good luck with Costco who discounts 10% of the cruise portion, but charges $50 pp if you need to cancel.
Rates sure have gone up since December, wave season or the season where folks start booking cruises is upon us and from what I read, bookings may even hit record levels because cruising is such a bargain. Not good for those of us looking for deals huh?? Iv been noticing the prices going up too!!!! Good luck.
Ive found it more expensive to book with a TA, every time I've tried to book with a TA it was about $50 more pp. I've had tremendous success with Cruises.com. We've booked the last 2 with them and had great time both times
Monarch of the Seas 3-92
Celebrity Century 7-96
Dawn Princess 2-97
Enchantment of the Seas 11-98
Rhapsody of the Seas 8-99
CCL Inspiration 8-08, 8-11
CCL Valor 1-09
CCL Glory 11-09
If you have noticed cruise fares going up lately it is probably because they dropped the fuel surcharge which added about $70 per person per day. Overall, fares have not gone up significantly if you include that, and if you add in incentives like free 3 & 4th passengers (or $99) plus upgrades and onboard credit they are actually cheaper.
The Caribbean is surprisingly strong right now, but this is the coldest winter in many years. Alaska is a bargain right now, but if we have a heat wave in April that could change.
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I just waited and waited but was able to book a oceanview for $1102 thru Carnvial. When I first started it was $955 then after waiting a couple of weeks it went as high as $1355 but luckly I booked it for $1102 now I just have wait for the cruise on March 12th