I am confused (nothing new ) I sign up for a cruise that costs (for this example) $1,000pp. The normal deposit is $500pp leaving a balance of $500pp. They advertise 50% off the deposit, what does that mean? Does it mean the deposit is only $250pp? If that is the case, that would leave a remaining balance of $750pp. I can't see where it is any monetary advantage to you except you get to keep your money a bit longer. The total price remains the same. Am I missing something?
Not at all Master Chief. The price is the same. The only real advantage I see is if you are booking a cruise say a year or more out you do not have to have a huge amount of cash tied up for such a long period of time. 8)
I have heard people hear loving the 50% off of their deposit but then they turn around and prepay excursions or tips. Not sure what they think they are gaining but whatever, its their money mismanagement.
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You're right Master Chief,,,it's just a matter of keeping your money in the bank a bit longer. Actually, I'm booked on a Princess 10 day cruise, and the deposit was lowered to $200, total. Now I'm hating it because my final payment is so much bigger than it would have been if the normal deposit ($500) had been payed when I booked the cruise. Oh well, it all comes out of the same pot in the end.
It is a huge bonus to those large families. When we can cut the booking fee by 50 % it make it more manageable to book a year out, pay $200 now and budget to make payments on the balance. Especially with the economy the way it is! I would hate to give up my vacations because I couldnt come up with the large down payment and loose the early booking fee prices.
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