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Old October 31st, 2009, 04:34 PM
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Regarding the price drops from RCI...... I have always used a travel agent and never booked online. Is it better to book online with RCI so it's easier to get a refund or credit if their price drops? Do a lot of you (my fellow cruisemates) book online instead of a TA? My TA never has given me a discount, credit or upgrade. She always has a reason (or excuse) as to why she can't do it. Even when I have a coupon from the C&A book, she's not thrilled about that either. I'm seriously thinking of booking online with RCI next cruise. What does everyone else think and/or do? Thanks.
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Just my opinion, but I always book with a "good" cruise travel agent. May-be time to find a new one??
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You need to find a new TA. A good TA will have no problem using your coupon or getting price reductions if possible.

However, not all TA's can offer gifts. I can only offer token gifts unless there is group space and their are gifts to go with the group. I just can't afford it after the agency takes their share.

I don't understand how some of the agencies especially on-line agencies can offer so much - I don't know where they get the cost from.
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Yep you need a new agent. My agent offers free insurance and an onboard credit and never a problem with coupons or price adjustments.

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Yep you need a new agent. My agent offers free insurance and an onboard credit and never a problem with coupons or price adjustments.

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I'm from NJ originally and my agent is in NJ. I'm either going to find a new one here in FL or book online from RCI. Thanks CQ.
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We used to book with a TA but for our last four cruises I have booked myself online with RCL directly. Never had a problem doing it this way, it is real easy to get the price adjustments when the price goes down. I have always been able to have my questions answered by calling the crown and anchor number and it has been a very easy process to do by myself. We have two cruises currently booked now and they were both done online as well.
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I will know after Monday if I will be finding a new TA or not. The Price has dropped over $400 since I booked and I am going to see if she will be the reduction for me. I had a coupon from the C&A and she didn't have a problem with that and told me to wait for my final payment so she could hear from them to make sure they honored it. She made copies just in case there was some problem. She didn't think there would be but just to be on the safe side she said. So we will see. I will let her know about everyone else getting the lower price and go from there if there is a problem. I learn so much from everyone here. Thanks so much!
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I would NEVER book a cruise without my TA, she allways gets us all the possible discounts, coupons and special deals.

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Called TA and she said she called RC and there were no price deductions. I got on the web site told her what it was showing and it was less than what I was paying. She said she would look into it again and talk to someone about it. She said she would get me the discount if it were there. I see it there. She hasn't gotten back with me yet so I still don't know where I stand. I did get the credit for the coupon. She just got confirmation on that. Will give her a little more time and then call her back. I want the discount!
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Called TA and she said she called RC and there were no price deductions. I got on the web site told her what it was showing and it was less than what I was paying. She said she would look into it again and talk to someone about it. She said she would get me the discount if it were there. I see it there. She hasn't gotten back with me yet so I still don't know where I stand. I did get the credit for the coupon. She just got confirmation on that. Will give her a little more time and then call her back. I want the discount!
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This is part of why I book myself online with Royal. I check all the time on our prices and on any good deals myself since I work at home and am on the computer all day. When I see the prices go down I make a simple phone call to ther Crown and Anchor desk, give them the reservation number and the price is changed right then and there, they will even email a confirmation if you want. No waiting around to see if someone else will have the time to call and if they call before the price changes again. It is just a nice peace of mind to know that I'm watching out for myself and not expecting someone else to do it for me. I'm sure there are some really good TA's out there that do watch out for there clients but I have seen how the prices change and how those price changes don't always last so I wanted to be in charge of the money I was saving myself.
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I got the reduction of over $400! That pays for the airfare. I am a happy camper 8) I will keep on looking to see if there are anymore price drops. This is wonderful!
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I got the reduction of over $400! That pays for the airfare. I am a happy camper 8) I will keep on looking to see if there are anymore price drops. This is wonderful!
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Good for you!! Keep checking for more price drops you never know.


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First the TA is no good but once she comes through I never see the words "good TA". (Not talking about this particular incident but people do that all the time.)
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Old November 5th, 2009, 11:17 AM
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This TA is Good and she will get my business again. I think since I am a novice traveler, she is trying to get me ,1st the cheaper price but the the cabin I want and 2nd, she wants me to have the liberty to experience MTD because of the days @ sea and to be able to spend as much time in the ports that I want. I did this over the phone with her. The first cruise I sat down with her. The nextcruise I will sit down with her. I will know what I want and we both can get a better idea of what I need and the route I want to go. I do remember that I am not her only customer and I don't mind watching for a price drop on my own and letting her know. She did get me the drop but I had to tell her what the web site said. Her first response was "No I didn't Qualify" but luckly she did call back and I got it.
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