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Old January 28th, 2017, 03:18 PM
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Hello. I just joined the community. I have a few questions if anyone has the time to respond.

First of all, why do cruise line companies and the consolidators tell you that perks are "free", when in fact they are not. (I have found this in particular on Celebrity cruises, since that is the line I prefer).

Second, any tips or suggestions regarding how long I should wait to snag a good deal from either Ft. Lauderdale or Miami on a Celebrity cruise? I know that this depends upon how particular I am regarding a particular sailing &/or particular stateroom class. Just looking for a general rule of thumb or general guidelines from experienced cruisers.

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Old January 28th, 2017, 05:07 PM
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Hello, Ty! Welcome aboard.

I agree that the "free" is misleading, but do you know of many products that don't hype "new and improved" or "20% EXTRA!" when in fact they have just reduced package size and for a brief time are returning to what USED to be standard? Cruise lines always have some kind of promotion going that they can hype. This week it might be a fare reduction, next week it'll be back to what it was last week but they'll throw in some OBC or a "free" upgrade. The week after that it'll be some other package.

Which deal is best for you depends on what you would do if you weren't getting it. If without the "free" item you would spend more for it than the difference between the promo price and the non-promo price, then it's definitely a better deal.

As an example, I don't drink much --- a glass or two of wine is about it --- so I would never buy a drinks package. A couple of times I've gotten one as part of a deal, though, and the cabin price was less than $10 per day more than I'd seen it offered for without the promo. Worth it, to me.

Recently a friend wanted me to go on an NCL cruise, though, that included a drinks package. Unlike Celebrity, though, NCL collects in advance an 18% gratuity on the full value of their drinks package. That would make the few drinks I actually consume cost more than if I bought them outright. Just one more reason why I don't cruise on NCL.

As to when you can get the best buy, the answer has to be "it depends". I book most of my cruises just after the normal "final payment due" date, and have gotten some really good deals. On the other hand, a couple of times I have not been able to get the cabin category I would have preferred and once the cruise was sold out. C'est la vie.
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I usually keep checking prices, and when they are what I would pay, go ahead and book...it's a gamble just waiting, chances are the prices could go up...If you want to book a specific cabin, or a catagory, it is also a good idea to book when you see something that you want....Checking with a good travel agent also helps get the best possible deal...
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Old January 28th, 2017, 08:59 PM
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Obviously, I'm prejudice on the matter, but as Donna suggested, it's always good to work with a travel agent, especially a cruise specialist.

As for 'free', nothing is free. And as you mentioned, this is very true with Celebrity. They offer one price without any amenities and a higher price that includes a couple of amenities, and yet another higher price that includes all the amenities.

I hear this all the time with these river cruises that advertise 'free' airfare. They charge a lessor amount without the air than they do with the 'free' air. So, what's free about it?

And these websites that advertise 'save up to 82% off last minute cruises, when that is just downright false advertising. First, cruise lines no longer offer great rates on last minute cruises, plus the 82% figure is based on brochure rates. Nobody, not even the cruise line charges the brochure rate anymore. Plus, almost none of the cruise lines even put rates in the brochures. So, all of that is nothing more than a scam to make you believe you're going to get a better rate with them than with anyone else, when in fact, it's just not true.

The best thing to do is book as early as possible. If the rates go down, your agent can get you the reduction. If the rates go up, then you're protected against any rate increases. Plus, if you wait, a cabin that you want may no longer be available. This is especially important if you need something other than a simple double cabin, such as a triple or quad cabin, connecting cabins, or a suite, as these tend to sell out quicker than others.

And lastly, if you book early, then you can plan accordingly and don't have to wait to take care of your arrangements. Besides, if you have to fly, waiting to see if the cruise fare goes down could result in higher airfare.

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Old January 28th, 2017, 11:03 PM
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Thank you to those who have responded. I had no idea that you could request an adjustment from a cruise consultant/cruise booking agent if the price goes down! Is this standard in the industry? Can any cruise booking agent achieve this? I assume that before I book I should clarify that the booking agent can guarantee a price adjustment if the price drops. However, the onus is on the customer to find these price reductions. With cruise pricing as complicated as it is, I think that most people outside of the industry will have difficulty ascertaining if the stateroom category one has booked has indeed had a price decrease.

We are presently in FL and will be so until the end of Feb. We are within 3.5 hours of Miami, and slightly shorter drive to Ft. Lauderdale. We have thought about extending our warm weather time if my husband's health allows for it. I have not "pulled the trigger" on this because my husband's health is not great. So, I was thinking of waiting another week or two to book one of several (Celebrity) cruises that appeal to us. If we do book, I will certainly immediately take out trip insurance that covers pre-existing conditions.

TY again for your responses.
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Your agent cannot 'guarantee' they can get the lower price. Sometimes the special has a caveat that it's for 'new bookings only'. It really depends on the special and the cruise line. So, while most of the time they can get the reduction, there are the relatively few situations where they can't. One such situation is after final payment has been made. Should the price drop, they may be able to get you an upgrade or onboard credit, they cannot get you a refund to your credit card. There are no definitives that meet every situation.

Also, it's always a good idea to watch the prices. Look at the cruise line's website and see if any specials are being offered and never hesitate to ask your agent to check the prices for you. Some agents don't or can't watch all the specials for all their clients - it just becomes very overwhelming at times, since specials are offered all the time and may or may not apply to your cruise.

As for travel insurance, make sure you get one that includes pre-existing conditions prior to making your final payment. Some do, some don't. And the travel insurance offered by the cruise line may or may not be the best for you, given your specific situation. Never assume anything when it comes to what the travel insurance will or will not cover. Again, your agent can be very helpful in this area.

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