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singjenn September 12th, 2007 04:04 PM

How much does price usually decrease?
 
Hey everyone. I am looking at the Mariner of the Seas for Feb 10-17 out of Port Canaveral.

The price that I found so far is 714. I know usually close to time the price can decrease. How low can a cruise like this go down? When does it usally increase in price?


If you know of some great bargin sites to get this cruise please email me at singjenn on aol.

Thanks!

blueliner September 12th, 2007 04:19 PM

Cruise pricing isn't an exact science, and you're always taking a risk by waiting for a possible price drop. The cruise lines put the best prices out when the cruise 1st goes on sale. Then, they will adjust the prices as it gets closer to the sail date based on what inventory is left and how well it is selling. The cruise lines like to have at least half of their cabin inventory sold about 10 - 12 months prior to the sail date. They do this to give those that booked early the best price and reward them for their early booking. As the sail date gets closer, they may drop the prices of certain catagories if those catagory cabins are not selling at the rate they need to be. The cruise lines like their ships to sail full, an empty cabin makes them no money.

There are 2 potential downfalls to waiting to book and see if prices drop; 1: If the inventory is selling as required by the cruise line, or even at a faster rate, the prices will go up, not down. 2: By waiting, when the cruise line does drop the prices, it will be for the cabins in lower catagories and not the most "desirable" cabins available. The 1 potential upside ofcourse is that you may snag a pretty good deal on a cruise. So, you have to weigh the 2 potential risks versus the 1 big potential upside for you. For your information, the best and most expensive staterooms on a ship are the ones that sell first from a ship's inventory when the sailing 1st goes on sale.

One way of alleviating this, is to book and deposit your cabin as soon as possible, and then if you see the price go down, a good TA will be able to get you the lower price by getting the difference taken off the final payment, or at least get you an onboard credit for the difference.

oceansbobbie September 12th, 2007 06:01 PM

It seems that shopping for a bargain on Royal Caribbean is different than for other lines. Everyone has the same prices. Differences are in onboard credits, etc. and do not seem to amount to a whole lot. Good luck.

subtropic September 13th, 2007 09:47 AM

Once again I will have to weigh in on this one. I have found huge differences in cruise prices at different times. Two out of the last three cruises I was on (all on RCL) I played the dangerous game of "cruise rate chicken". Sometimes (as on the last-Freedom OTS) the price hit a steep increase two weeks before the sailing date. Why? No one knows. The last day possible I checked again and the rate dropped more than 50% and I jumped on it. The next day it was back up. To do this you have to be very very flexible. Again this is not for people who want a bit of order in their lives. Especially in the winter months (and July-Aug) you have to set up your airline flights early on and go from there. We got flights to Ft. Lauderdale which gave us Miami and Ft. L to choose from (Port Canaveral also if need be).

Paigelee September 13th, 2007 10:25 AM

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Originally Posted by subtropic
Once again I will have to weigh in on this one. I have found huge differences in cruise prices at different times. Two out of the last three cruises I was on (all on RCL) I played the dangerous game of "cruise rate chicken". Sometimes (as on the last-Freedom OTS) the price hit a steep increase two weeks before the sailing date. Why? No one knows. The last day possible I checked again and the rate dropped more than 50% and I jumped on it. The next day it was back up. To do this you have to be very very flexible. Again this is not for people who want a bit of order in their lives. Especially in the winter months (and July-Aug) you have to set up your airline flights early on and go from there. We got flights to Ft. Lauderdale which gave us Miami and Ft. L to choose from (Port Canaveral also if need be).

I didn't realize that a cruise from Port Canaveral would be an option if flying into Ft. Lauderdale. Would you rent a car in FLL and drive to PC?

How long of a drive is it?

Secondly, would you park the car and pay for the car rental the entire length of the cruise? I realize that the price of the plane tickets would weigh in on how much sense it would make to do this, but I hadn't thought of this as an option. Flight schedules and fares our my major barrier to cruising, as I'm sure they are for many, and I didn't think of this as another angle when planning. Neither did my TA.

txwildflower2002 September 15th, 2007 11:37 AM

[quote="blueliner"]Cruise pricing isn't an exact science, and you're always taking a risk by waiting for a possible price drop. The cruise lines put the best prices out when the cruise 1st goes on sale. Then, they will adjust the prices as it gets closer to the sail date based on what inventory is left and how well it is selling. The cruise lines like to have at least half of their cabin inventory sold about 10 - 12 months prior to the sail date. They do this to give those that booked early the best price and reward them for their early booking. As the sail date gets closer, they may drop the prices of certain catagories if those catagory cabins are not selling at the rate they need to be. The cruise lines like their ships to sail full, an empty cabin makes them no money.

How far in advance can you book a cruise? I booked on the other day for December of 08. Do you think the original prices had gone up by then? I must say that I am a bit peeved at RCCL, as we tried to book onboard the Rhapsody, but it was next to impossible. I did not want to ruin the vacation I was on by waiting in long lines to book a new one. I wrote them when I returned to see if I could get the OBC if I booked then, with them. It was a NO, so I booked with an online company for $125 OBC and free dinner at portofinos. I lost $100 OBC from the cruise line :( , but I don't know what the prices were onboard. Could they have possiby been higher? Just wondering..................

nstokes7989 September 15th, 2007 03:25 PM

we booked over a year early for our cruise (Freedom, Oct '08)

If you book early and the price of your category goes "on sail" (pun intended) you can call your TA or RCL and they will refund (or subtract from the balance due) the amount they dropped.

If you need to "plan" you need to book a good year in advance.

I would book as early as possible to get the cabin of choice.

txwildflower2002 September 15th, 2007 05:09 PM

Price increase
 
How far in advance can you book a cruise? I booked on the other day for December of 08. Do you think the original prices had gone up by then? I must say that I am a bit peeved at RCCL, as we tried to book onboard the Rhapsody, but it was next to impossible. I did not want to ruin the vacation I was on by waiting in long lines to book a new one. I wrote them when I returned to see if I could get the OBC if I booked then, with them. It was a NO, so I booked with an online company for $125 OBC and free dinner at portofinos. I lost $100 OBC from the cruise line , but I don't know what the prices were onboard. Could they have possiby been higher? Just wondering..................

blueliner September 15th, 2007 09:44 PM

Re: Price increase
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by txwildflower2002
How far in advance can you book a cruise? I booked on the other day for December of 08. Do you think the original prices had gone up by then? I must say that I am a bit peeved at RCCL, as we tried to book onboard the Rhapsody, but it was next to impossible. I did not want to ruin the vacation I was on by waiting in long lines to book a new one. I wrote them when I returned to see if I could get the OBC if I booked then, with them. It was a NO, so I booked with an online company for $125 OBC and free dinner at portofinos. I lost $100 OBC from the cruise line , but I don't know what the prices were onboard. Could they have possiby been higher? Just wondering..................

I doubt it seriously. The cruise line won't start adjusting it's price more than a year in advance, not enough time has passed to see how the ship's inventory is selling. The cruise line does set it's initial price based on what it believes will motivate enough people to book early, and that is based on the ship's selling history, the itinerary and the time of year. That is why you can see hundreds of dollars in difference in prices on the same ship, same itinerary, but different week of the month.

BTW, you can call the future cruise specialist onboard an RCI ship from your cabin, make an appointment to meet with them to book your next cruise and not have to wait in a line.


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