Just got the email - they've chartered the Queen Mary 2 for a transatlantic, May 29 - June 4, NYC to Southampton, but it's expensive - starts at $1595 pp
10 day med cruise, HAL Westerdam, 9-19 Aug 2007 from $1395
7 day Alaska, HAL Amsterdam, 7-14 Sep 2007 from $995
7 day Carib, Royal Clipper (Sail ship) 18-25 Mar 2007 from $1795
7 day carib 25 Feb-4 Mar, Caribbean Princess from $995
Offered to past cruisers on staggered basis through 21 March 2006, then presumably general public.
Yes, I don't mean to sound like a cheapskate but RSVP adds on about $700-800 to the regular cruise prices for a 7 day voyage. I realize they have other activities and have to make a profit but to the tune of a $100 a day (or more)?
The Caribbean Princess Cruise Feb 24-March 4th for RSVP is $1995 per person for Cabin with Balcony Category BD. The same cruise one week prior is $1154 for the same cabin category.
Well, now we know why RSVP now offer so many and varied cruises. It goes without saying that RSVP do not pay the going rate per person when they charter the entire chip, so their mark-up is even that much more.
We don't mind paying additional for exclusivity but, as they say, no one is better at ripping off the gay community than the gay community.
True, RSVP does have added costs (entertainers, equipment for disco, gifts, trinkets, etc.), but I think they're too high, and they don't price each category in an equitable way. Cheaper cabins may be $100 or $200 above normal, but suites can be $2000-$4000 above normal. Higher categories always sell out first, so it's what the market will bear.
Additionally, and to be fair, one must remember that RSVP charters and pays for the whole ship upfront before selling to pax and takes responsibility - they got severely burned a few years ago when they chartered one of the Renaissance cruise ships, sold out, then R went bankrupt, refusing to refund any of RSVPs up-front money - RSVP refunded all the money paid by their customers and took a huge loss - nearly bankrupted them. They could have told us "Too bad - not our fault" but they took the high road.