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Old July 22nd, 2003, 02:38 PM
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Default Booking onboard - What are the benefits?

Can anyone tell me what the advantage is of booking onboard? Do you have to pick a specific sailing date or is it a 'phantom' sailing date like with Princess?

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Old July 22nd, 2003, 07:47 PM
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Default Re: Booking onboard - What are the benefits?

Cruise lines will typically give you a shipboard credit for booking on board. Last I heard, Celebrity was still giving $100/cabin. I haven't booked on board an RCCL ship yet.
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Old July 22nd, 2003, 08:19 PM
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Ladyjag - you have to book a specific cruise to get a shipboard credit, but if you change your mind you can transfer the credit to another RCI cruise. The amount of the credit depends upon the length of the cruise - $100 for 7 days $200 for 10 days or longer. I wish they would let you book phantom cruises like Princess - I think the deposit was only $100 per person on Princess, and on RCI it's the regular deposit, like $250 pp for 7 days and $450 pp for 10 days or longer. Still love RCI over Princess, so I guess I'll have to live with their policies.
Follow your comments on another board. What ship are you thinking of booking?
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Old July 22nd, 2003, 08:58 PM
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Default Re: Re: Booking onboard - What are the benefits?

Ritag - They charge the full deposit amount with RCI when you book onboard? If so, the only benefit is getting the shipboard credit then, right? Thanks for the help! :o)
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Old July 23rd, 2003, 11:47 AM
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Ya pays me now, or ya pays me later. I'll take the shipboard credit.
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Old July 23rd, 2003, 03:50 PM
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Ladyjag - yes, the only benefit is the shipboard credit ! :o)
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Old July 23rd, 2003, 05:22 PM
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Default Re: Re: Booking onboard - What are the benefits?

So, for a 7 night cruise, the shipboard credit would be $100 total for the cabin or is that $100 per person? Thanks!
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Old July 24th, 2003, 12:45 PM
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Hi Bobbie;

It's per cabin. Which cruise are you thinking of?
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Old July 24th, 2003, 01:15 PM
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Default Re: Booking onboard - What are the benefits?

But what are the prices like? Pre-cruise brochure prices or lower? My TA always gets something lower & even lower when they go down. Can you transfer the booking to your own TA or are you then on your own?
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Old July 24th, 2003, 01:33 PM
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They are RCCL's prices, but transfer it to your TA (just give your TA the booking #) and you will get the TA's pricing.

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Old July 24th, 2003, 04:54 PM
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That's not that great of a deal then. I like Princess' booking system - you can book a "phantom" cruise (don't have to pick a date), you get the $100 per cabin credit AND, you only have to put a $100 pp deposit down. Too bad RCI isn't doing the same thing.

Tracey - We're considering:

1.) VOS out of NY for 9 nights
2.) Mariner (you know about this one!)
3.) Caribbean Princess out of FLL for 7 nights

I want to make a decision so we can book on our next RCI cruise when we're onboard in 3 weeks or when we're on our next Princess cruise in March.
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Old July 24th, 2003, 05:45 PM
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I believe that Princess is no longer accepting "general" bookings onboard either.

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