OK, there has been many a post on the Celebrity and Royal Caribbean message boards about the no discounting by TA's for a cruise. What is posted on RCCL & Celebrity sites for pricing is what the TA's have to charge.
So write a letter or e-mail RCCL and let them know you really disfavor the idea. Be specific and let them know that this pricing keeps you from thinking about booking.
Remember a year back when they tried to charge for the T pools on the Millennium class ships? There was enough hype and letters that this charge was reversed.
Cruisers do have a say but without back up to contact and let them know your feelings will do no good just posting on the message boards. Write that letter or e-mail
Constellation Sept 7, 2004
__________________ Ready to Steer towards another cruise
Interesting article Y2C. Personally we have found that booking directly with the cruise line either by telephone or via their e- mail,we have received pretty good discounts over the brochure rate. In one case a travel agent we occasionally deal with could not match the rate offered through the cruise lines's web site.(Strange as that may seem) Rates in Canadian dollars may have something to do do with the prices.
ok as a former TA this is how i read this. This rule as i read it is to help your local TA's that have prefered status with RCCL and Celebrity from losing business to those huge internet wholesale travel agenices who basically under-cut the prices, they basically have no-overhead and are dealing on a volume basis, they buy the cabins in bulk and sell them for whatever price they feel like.
Most TA's have a set- price structure with the cruise lines they represent and that is what RCCL/Celebrity is trying to enforce.
You won't be paying brochure rates when you book with your TA.