I hate it when you see advertised in the paper "Cruise to the Exotic Western Caribbean for $249 for 7 glorious nights" or something similar when you know darn well you can't cruise for that price. When you add in the port charges and taxes, tips, and parking it is double that price.
Just tell me what it will cost to get on the damn ship. Period!
I agree, Thomas. I think that's why you see a lot more "unclassy" people who try to bring whole kegs onboard and mysteriously don't show up on the last night in the dining room. If the advertised price were the ACTUAL price, it might cut out a few of these people (they wouldn't get the notion they could afford it in the first place.)
Edited to add: I'm not bashing poor people, I'm just saying that the unrealistically low prices make cruises appeal to certain cheapskates who therefore stiff the staff and try to get away with as much as possible. Cheapskates can be in any tax bracket.
Land Cruise, Britain and Belgium
Post Edited (04-18-03 08:52)
Now posting as MichelleP.
Someone could advertise a cruise for $50. and someone would reply, thinking they were going to get a bargain. They normally get something alright and it isn't a bargain.
I think most people don't notice those little asterisks, stars, etc that denote something at the bottom of the page somewhere that usually say something like " offer capacity controlled--bottom catagory--certain dates only, etc ".
I think that is the problem with a lot of advertisements. For example: We went to buy our son a truck for a graduation present. The sale said 16,988 by the time they added all the other crap like sales tax, destination fee, tag fee, title fee, paper work fee, undercarriage protection fee from salt. (I live in Ga. we get snow once every 5 years for 2 minutes) wind blowing in from the north fee, the damn truck was over 22,000. Needless to say it is still sitting on the lot and my son does not have his graduation present.. I told him he better start picking up some aluminum cans if he wanted that truck. HaHa
Instead of looking at all these bs ads & low ball claims find yourself a reputable
cruise consultant (like myself) & put them to work.
I was a consumer myself only 6 months ago so I know both sides.
Believe me we are not making a lot on a cruise booking but reputable agents
will find you the best deals & tell you exactly what it costs.These lowball ads
are a waste of eveyones time. Almost as bad as bs travel ads are the consumer
sites where people are looking for a cruise worth 1000 dollars & offering to pay
250.00. The shenanigans go both ways. Just find a good agent & stick with them
Problem is Reece, the ads spark the attention of the consumer to initiate that thought of a cruise vacation which drives him to pick up the phone and call a cruise consultant. So you are the beneficiary of these BS ads even though you may not have been the company who placed the ad. If one advertises a cruise for $300, a person ought to be able to drop $300 on the counter and receive tickets for the cruise. Period.
I read on several posts on several other threads, and on several boards that there was a class action suit some time ago requiring cruise lines to price their cruises NOT including taxes and port charges. Can't vouch for the truth of this, just something I read.
My wife has a theory that as prices for some of these "bare cruises" go down and prices for so-called "extras" go up, we will eventually see "free" cruises. where the line will make ALL their revenues of the extra charge items from it's captive market! She meant it as a joke of course, but as I thought about it, I can see the trend going that way with some lines. It's been a while since we have cruised a line that hasn't been nearly all inclusive, and have been a little out of touch with onboard prices for "extras". But we were in port in Bermuda last April and another "less inclusive" ship was in port. We spoke and made friends with some guests from the other ship, and were surprised to learn that their price for a simple rum coke was $7.88 (including the 15% tip), which was WAY over what we had paid on a similar line just a little over two years ago.
In the State of Florida one MUST include the price of these other charges and give the final and total price, (less tax only), or they could be subjected to fine and or imprisonment under our State Laws. I like that! <VBG>