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Old June 30th, 2001, 11:52 PM
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Can anyone enlighten us as to why RCI considers an 18 month old baby a 3rd person in a cabin and charges 3rd person fare.
We can understand charging for older children, but a baby does not eat in the dining room nor incure any significant cost for RCI on a cruise. We were planning a family cruise and RCI asked over $650 for the baby's fare on the Explorer.
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Old July 1st, 2001, 07:34 PM
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It's not just RCI that does this. The cruise lines just look at it as a third or fourth person in the cabin, and charges are set no matter 18 months or 80 years.

They likely look at other revenue lost with an 18 mnth old onboard. No booze sales, excursions, spa treatments etc.

Though every so often on ship's with soft advance sales, many lines offer 3rd and 4th person rates either free, or at a significant discount.

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Old July 1st, 2001, 07:39 PM
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think about this not only does rccl lose all revenue as stated earlier but also ask yourselfes these questions.

will the baby be eating?
useing water?
using sheets, towels?
be taking up a bed?
drinking?
using any activities, ie pool, kids play area?

it is unfair of you to expect a cheaper rate than anyone else so get over it.

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Old July 2nd, 2001, 11:48 AM
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Are you sure you want to take an 18 month old on a cruise with you? It won't be a very relaxing vacation for you, will it?

Like Jim stated....no matter what the age of the 3rd and/or 4th person in a cabin, the cruiselines should charge!

Did you look into Disney cruises? They are geared more toward kids and families!
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Old July 2nd, 2001, 01:14 PM
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We went on Sovereign of the Seas in March with our 6 month old in March '01 and had a great time. Other than not being able to go to the evening shows and the late night disco, we were able to do everything we had done on earlier cruises, including going to the beach and laying by the pool on our day at sea. And I was surprised as to how many children his approx. age were on the ship. We went a 4 day instead of the 7 to make sure he would be fine and he slept like a baby. We even stayed a couple of days after and went to Cape Canaveral and he was fine. I'm sure one of the problems cruise lines have if they went to charging or not charging for certain ages would be people booking a cruise saying they have a 18 month old if the cutoff was 2 yrs. just so they wouldn't have to pay. By the time you would get to the ship, it would be to late for the cruise line to do anything about it. But if you want to pay, going a cruise is a great experience for a child and anyone saying that age should not go on cruise is wrong. Have a great trip.
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Old July 2nd, 2001, 07:22 PM
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Makes sense to me! No matter what the age, there is more to clean when there is another person on board, more to take care of, etc. Perhaps the rate will go down a little by the time you cruise.
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Old July 3rd, 2001, 11:07 PM
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Mny thanks for your input. We overlooked the obvious like clean-up, etc. We're planning to take our children and grand-children on the Explorerfor our 50th anniversary and were surprised at the baby's fare. We're over it now. Thanks again.
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