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Old January 22nd, 2013, 07:19 PM
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Default We're hoping to get a blow out rate on Ruby Princess June 5

I noticed last year that last minute the rates were down to $699 for this 12 day Mediterranean cruise. We are hoping to get the same rate this year. It looks like the cruise is not very full, but I guess it's usually after the 75 days before date that they blow out the rates. Anyone have experience with this cruise price blowout, or a similar one?
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Old January 22nd, 2013, 08:26 PM
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Last year people were scared off from Med crusing because of the Costa Concordia disaster. I know it for a fact because we booked our Celebrity Solstice cruise in January and we booked oceanview to save money. Two weeks after that happened we moved up into an obstructed balcony-and every 2 weeks or so we continued to upgrade as prices kept dropping-Celebrity's policy will not allow you to get the cheaper price but you can upgrade for the same money-we ended up in a skysuite.

However, I would not count on that happening again. It would take another disaster for prices to go that low. Still, I know prices often go down and get better when a cruise is not selling-I would just not count on it being $699. Think about it -a 12 day cruise for $699? That hardly happens even in the Caribbean.
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What is the going rate for the cruise now?? As soon as you see a price that sounds good, I would book it and then hope for an upgrade?? Yes, I agree, that $699 price is going to be very difficult to match again, almost too good to be true.
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Put in a deposit for the current sailing and check once in awhile to see if it goes down. Just be aware of the cancel date so you can back out if you decide the rate isn't good enough. Most travel agents will do this for you but I would ask just to make sure as they prefer to upgrade you and keep the price otherwise they make less commission on the cheaper price.
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I wholeheartedly agree with all the great information and advice you've already been given.

Between the problem with the Costa Concordia and the problems in Athens and Cairo, it scared alot of people away and that drove prices down. Unless something dramatic happens, I can almost guarantee you will not see prices anywhere near that rate this year.

It's best to book the ship, date, and itinerary you want with your agent and then keep your eyes open for any specials that may occur. For example, Celebrity is offering some great rates and amenities right now through January 27th. But if the rates don't come down, then you can make a decision before the final payment due date if you want to go or not. You definitely do not want to be making airline reservations less than 60 days prior to sailing - the rates would be sky high, so to speak.

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I wholeheartedly agree with all the great information and advice you've already been given.

Between the problem with the Costa Concordia and the problems in Athens and Cairo, it scared alot of people away and that drove prices down. Unless something dramatic happens, I can almost guarantee you will not see prices anywhere near that rate this year.

It's best to book the ship, date, and itinerary you want with your agent and then keep your eyes open for any specials that may occur. For example, Celebrity is offering some great rates and amenities right now through January 27th. But if the rates don't come down, then you can make a decision before the final payment due date if you want to go or not. You definitely do not want to be making airline reservations less than 60 days prior to sailing - the rates would be sky high, so to speak.

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I had been watching prices for a couple of years as we had almost went in fall 2010 and then we hoped for 2011. I had expensve dental work-implants to replace pulled teeth and then our daughter had surgery and we helped her out as her insurance did not cover well. Because I had been checking prices for the previous couple of years I felt $1600 a person for a 12 day in an oceanview was as good as we would get-I only held out hope for a possible upgrade to a balcony. The Concordia disaster changed all that. We still had the expensive airfare though going in June, but it was well worth it for thsi cruise, having a skysuite was just an unexpected bonus.

Now we picked a cruise from Barcelona to mainly Italy (as I was leary of Egypt and Turkey) which was what we wanted-Venice, Rome and Pompeii, the other ports were just bonuses for us and we really liked our stay in Barcelona too. We found that the ship leaving from Barcelona did all the Italy ports we wanted whereas if we left from Rome we would not had got all of them. In the end it worked out well for us.
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You really don't have to be too concerned about the problems in Cairo. The press blows everything out of proportion. The protest area is relatively confined to a small area and the tourist sites, hotels, and museum areas are unaffected by it all. Clients of ours who have been there say they were glad they went because they were treated royally. Personally, I would not hesitate to go - just have to stay within the tourist areas and it's fine.

We were in Athens when they were having problems and it, too, was confined to a certain area. The press made it seem like the whole city was under siege and that couldn't be further from the truth. We were glad we went, had a great time, and our cab driver just made sure to take us around the affected area and we had no problems whatsoever.

Our next big trip we would love to go to Cairo and Jordan, then take a river cruise down the Nile. If we had the money, we would do it right now without hesitation.

On another note, if you want to see Turkey, you really ought to see Croatia - it truly is a wonderful place to visit and Dubrovnik was absolutely an undiscovered jewel. Split was amazing and a very historic place.

We spent 14 nights doing a cruise in the area and it was incredible. There are some awesome places to visit.

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You really don't have to be too concerned about the problems in Cairo. The press blows everything out of proportion. The protest area is relatively confined to a small area and the tourist sites, hotels, and museum areas are unaffected by it all. Clients of ours who have been there say they were glad they went because they were treated royally. Personally, I would not hesitate to go - just have to stay within the tourist areas and it's fine.

We were in Athens when they were having problems and it, too, was confined to a certain area. The press made it seem like the whole city was under siege and that couldn't be further from the truth. We were glad we went, had a great time, and our cab driver just made sure to take us around the affected area and we had no problems whatsoever.

Our next big trip we would love to go to Cairo and Jordan, then take a river cruise down the Nile. If we had the money, we would do it right now without hesitation.

On another note, if you want to see Turkey, you really ought to see Croatia - it truly is a wonderful place to visit and Dubrovnik was absolutely an undiscovered jewel. Split was amazing and a very historic place.

We spent 14 nights doing a cruise in the area and it was incredible. There are some awesome places to visit.

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Our cruise went to Split and Kotor besides the ports in Italy. We enjoyed it but it was way too hot on the adriatic side of the sea in June-including Venice. Rome and Pisa were not as bad.

I would like to go to Greece but nope no Egypt for me. However our next European trip will be a Baltic-hubby wants to go there and that will be cooler for sure I guess. I am game-although I do want to go back to Venice and see more of the coast aorund Naples and Sorrento. That would be a land trip. I also want to go back to England and Ireland and see Scotland.
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