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Old August 15th, 2014, 12:24 PM
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Default Big RCCL WOW Sale This Weekend!

Check it out, then give us a call!

And by the way, this is combinable with the current BOGOHO (buy one get one half off) special!!


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With all the emails I get lately from the cruise lines they are starting to resemble the mattress store that "Always" has a sale going on. It's getting harder to determine what is a true sale and what is just $50 onboard credit or just a standard Fall price reduction.

A couple of weeks ago NCL had another "Kids Sail Free" promotion. The problem was that all of the sailings were after September 1, when most kids were going back to school.

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I hear what you're saying, Mike!

Seems like we have been inundated more with specials lately than we have in the past. Guess they're just trying harder to fill those ships during non-peak seasons.

But if you don't have to worry about cruising while kids are in school, there are some pretty good specials out there right now with pretty much all the cruise lines.

Saw a one-week cruise on MSC for $259!! Are you kidding me? Couldn't afford to check into a hotel for 1 or 2 nights for that price and that would be without food.

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I have noticed that on some of these "sales" the price of some (if not all) cabins is jacked up really high. Make you wonder.
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I've often been tracking a cruise where the inside is say 799 and then you get an email for "free balcony upgrades" and the same inside, outside and balcony cabins are all now 1599. They play with the numbers too much. Like saying the cruise is 90% off list price, when in fact it never sold for half that.

Option 1: Inside $500
Option 2: Inside $600 + 100 obc
Option 3: Inside $570 + free gratuities

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As I always say, "Best price is often not the best deal." Well, in a way, the opposite is also true; the best deal is not always the best price.

I see this all the time where a special comes out to get people all excited and I get inundated with requests to verify whether their rate is still the best rate only to find out the price has gone up more than the special is worth.

Just this week, I had a client who saw the BOGOHO special being offered by RCCL and asked me to check their rates, which I did. I told them I'd be happy to get this special for them, but it would cost $1000 more per cabin to get it! Needless to say, they decided the special wasn't really a special after all.

That's why it's always best to book as soon as possible as that may very well be the best rate and then check the rate on a regular basis. If you see something that gets your attention, let your agent know right away as it could be a short-term special. It's always a good idea to see whether or not those specials are better, worse, or the same than what you already have. Just keep in mind that if you're already booked, often those specials aren't as good as they appear. Then again, if you haven't booked, it's possible that special could be very good for you - just keep an eye on the prices to see if they change once the special is over.

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