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Old May 17th, 2004, 05:33 PM
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Default Cost of a cruise

A family group of 14 are going on the Golden Princess in a few weeks. To make a long story short, our TA was not the best by far, and after several complaints, she has offered us $30 above cost on our next cruise. Not having the greatest faith in her honesty, I wondered if there was a way we could find out just exactly what is an "at cost" cruise. I know it would depend on where you were going, etc. but is there a general percentage off that a TA would receive as opposed to one of his/her clients?

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Old May 18th, 2004, 12:36 PM
Laira C.
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Default Re: Cost of a cruise

There is no real "at cost" price for cruises that I'm aware of. If I were you, I would want to find a new agent. If you are with a large firm you can request someone else by talking to a manager. Otherwise, find out the agency's cancellation policy. If they don't have a cancellation fee, go ahead and get a new agency to book your cruise. You should do a search of different online agencies to get a good feel for what your cabin should cost. Most of these are reliable and if you pay by credit card there is no fear of mishandling. Enjoy your vacation!
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Old May 18th, 2004, 02:20 PM
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Usually, the price Princess sets is the cost. Commission is then paid to the agent. Commissions generally range from 10-16%. Most cruise specialists offer much of their commission back in the form of commission.

Say Princess's price was $1000. Next, suppose your agent is in the 10% range. This means for each passenger, you agent is earning $100 commission. If your agent is saying he/she will only keep $30 of their commission, then your fare for the cruise would be $930. You are getting $70 of the agent's commission back in the form of a reduced fare. If your agent is in the 16% range and is keeping only $30 commission, then your fare would be $870, giving you $130 of the agent's $160 commission back in a lower fare.

It really all depends on what your agent's percentage is. An agent should never charge more than Princess is charging.

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Old May 18th, 2004, 02:22 PM
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Sorry - Also to add to the above formula, if Princess's fare is $1000 and your agent wants to charge you $30, go to another agent.

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