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Old January 20th, 2004, 01:54 PM
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I love to peruse the internet looking at pricing from different web sites but hate to go through all the motions to find a cruise I like and THEN be told to register with the site, or fill out the email form to receive a quote later. Don't you?

I feel if an agency is too paranoid to put their prices on the web page for their competition to see then they aren't going to be that competitive anyway so I move on to another site. I mean if any business is scared of it's competition then it's not a business for me.

That's why I usually stick with the 3 dot.coms I've found.

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Old January 20th, 2004, 02:27 PM
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Okay Thomas - fork 'em over! The names of the 3 dot com's that is....email me off the boards, please....

Yes, I'm busy pricing for the next cruise, although my current TA went up a notch in my book by calling me to see how the cruise went. And she didn't even ask if I was planning another cruise. Yes, I like to be pampered a bit.

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Old January 21st, 2004, 11:04 AM
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I think I can post them here Dorothy since they are, or have been, advertisers. *******.com, *******.com, ********.com

When we cruisin' again?

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Nope Thomas, doesn't matter if they are or were advertisers or not, no advertising of commercial websites allowed on the boards <G> Tell her in e-mail please
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Old January 21st, 2004, 12:14 PM
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Default Re: Gripe about online agencies.

I agree with you Thomas... although I've noticed that several months ago the pricing engine used by several sites disappeared... and I can understand that it would be too labor-intensive for a small business to continually update changing cruise prices for hundreds of different cruises.
I still prefer to see a price right up front, though. Especially when I'm only dreaming and don't plan to purchase.

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Old February 7th, 2004, 12:34 AM
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Thomas

Thanks for the new Cruise search web sights

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Old February 7th, 2004, 08:47 AM
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I think one of the problems is that some of the cruises have change their policies regarding prices for past cruisers. With Princess, a regular cruise TA cannot give you an actual quote that will hold up without getting information from you, such as your Captain's Circle number or your full name and zip code. This has been a big pain in the butt for TAs. Sites such as Orbitz or Travelocity offer the prices available for first time cruisers that Princess releases. When a regular cruise TA calls Princess to get an individual's pricing, they must supply the personal info and then Princess quotes them a rate. What's goofy is that a group of people, with the same cruising history may get different rates. The rates are per cabin, of course. In my group, we have two identical cabins...equal cruising history (actually our cabin is better as both occupants have three previous Princess cruises under ur belts, whereas one of the occupants in the other cabin has only two) and my fare is a bit higher than the other cabin's fare. No one can figure out how Princess is arriving at these figures and why in a group reserving identical cabins, they would give such different prices. I know it's driving my TA nuts!

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Old February 8th, 2004, 10:25 PM
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Since I am searching for cruise prices, I am also annoyed by this, Thomas. I also resent having to fill out a form that requires my phone number. If the site won't accept my request without my phone I just make one up!!

dorothy (who is having such FUN cruise shopping!!)

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