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Old March 8th, 2006, 08:30 PM
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Booked the Crown Princess from a TA. Because the total Cruise price for 2 came to saving $220 and does not include the $50.00 ship board credit from TA.

My question is this For the exact cruise/stateroom/date everything the same:
On Princess Gov't Taxes and Fees $183.56
TA Tax / Fees $541.56
a big difference of $358.00

Princess quote for 2 was $2,798 + $183.56 (Taxes and Fees) total $2,981.56
TA quote for 2 was $2,196 + $541.56 (Taxes and Fees) $2,737.56

Why do you think the TA charges "more" for the Taxes and Fees?
Are they allowed to do this?
Could it be that the "Non-commissionable fare" formerly known as port charges and Gov't fees and taxes are combined?

I know I am still ahead with the savings of $270.00 booking with the TA, but I should think that the Taxes and Fees are a set price.

What do you think?

Will a Cruise Ship refund when a ship misses ports of call ? ? ?

One cruise line, Royal Caribbean/Celebrity separates the fees as non-commissionable cruise fares on the invoice to travel agents and had sent a letter to travel agents instructing them to avoid using the term port charges if speaking with customers. Passengers are unable to receive refunds if their ship completely misses a port of call. Cruise lines simply buried the fees in phony tax charges.
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We just got back from the Island Princess. We could not go into Kaui because of the weather. The ship credited the Nawiliwili port fees on our room tab.
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If the taxes and fees are listed at Princess as stated, you should ask your travel agent why the difference?

If the total price to you is less, it really doesn't make sense how the TA could price the cruise THAT much lower to be cheaper even with the higher fees. It does sound like there's some confusion.

Port charges and taxes would NEVER be over $500 unless it was a VERY long cruise. From prices you're stating, the one you're booking is not

The best thing, as I said, would be to ask your TA directly.
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Hi sandytoes,

I think the difference may be port fees. Are you sure the Princess price included them?

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Port charges and taxes would NEVER be over $500 unless it was a VERY long cruise. From prices you're stating, the one you're booking is not.
We're taking a ten day cruise, five ports, and our taxes, port fees, etc. came to $552.92 ($209.00 pp port fees, $67.46 gov't. taxes pp) for two people.

Does that sound excessive to you? I may have to check with my TA, too!
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We're taking a ten day cruise, five ports, and our taxes, port fees, etc. came to $552.92 ($209.00 pp port fees, $67.46 gov't. taxes pp) for two people.

Nope, that's a 10 day cruise and seems pretty close to standard
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Thanks for all the input.

TA quoting "cruise fare" + higher "taxes and fees" caused confusion from a price comparison point of view, but doing so also mis-defines what is actually being paid for. The TA should adopt the cruise line method of quoting (cruise fare + taxes and fees). This way we can compare apples to oranges.

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Princess has and probably will continue to refund "port fees" when ports are missed.
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Hi sandytoes,

I saw that you got more answers elsewhere! It was confusing, but I think I get it now ! It would be better if everyone would first quote the full price, then break it down.

Have a great cruise!

(Thanks, Kuki!)
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