Why is RCCL controling the pricing of their cruises? I called a travel agent to book a Voyager class ship for Aug 05 and she said they have to charge the same prices as RCCL. She can't discount it in any way or give up some of her commission. Why are they doing this? Their prices for August are soooo high. Any suggestions what other ships to go on?
RCI is restricting travel agents from rebating part of their commissions. Published discount rates are not affected by that, and are still available, from both RCI and travel agents. The travel agents that are RCI's best partners offer even lower discounted rates than regular travel agents.
As far as I can tell, the objective of the rebating policy is to make it much easier for the customer to find the best price available, and also to provide incentive to travel agents to compete with each other on the quality of the service they provide rather than ruthlessly undercutting each other's price without regard to the impact on service.