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.
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.
Also, someone stated that
Princess has and probably will continue to refund "port fees" when ports are missed.