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?
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?
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.