From: Charles on 8 Jun 2010 19:17
In article <e4wPn.36805$rU6.18228(a)newsfe10.iad>, Ohioguy
> If you've been on a cruise line before, do you get lower rates? I
> noticed several of the websites asking this, and my wife has been on
> Carnival before. However, that was back in 2001, and she doesn't know
> the passenger # or whatever they are asking.
Yes, they usually have past passenger rates. They should be able to
find her record if you call Carnival.
From: Frank from Deeeetroit on 9 Jun 2010 22:00
On Jun 6, 11:43 am, Tom K <tkani...(a)optonline.net> wrote:
> On 6/6/10 10:52 AM, Frank from Deeeetroit wrote:
> > Do it your self and call the cruise line, you will
> > receive the best service at the least cost. Spend your money on the
> > ship and on shore excursions.
> > <snip>
> > Frank
> Cruise lines do not give you the "least cost" if you book with them.
> All the cruise lines do is give you the same price as a travel agent
> would get you, and they keep the commission that would have been paid to
> a travel agent. But what you lose is having someone look out for
> getting you possible upgrades and who will keep an eye out for price
> reductions (what's the chance that the cruise line will call you and say
> that there has been a price reduction and you're getting a lower cost?).
Please read my posts before you reply.
Buy your cruise from the the website that offers you the lowest
price. One you make the purchase, call your cruise line and ask about
shore excursions, up-grades, etc. The cruise line does not care who
sells a cabin, their objective is to sail a full boat.
Once you have a cruise line reservation, you have established the
relationship with the cruise line. Then, they will work with you,
They call us all of the time asking us for bookings and they do not
care who we book with, they just want our business and to sail a fuul
boat. Next time you fly, ask the next passenger how much they paid
for their flight? No one pays the same price for a flight, as long as
the air lines has a full flight.
Trust me, this is the real deal.
From: Ari on 10 Jun 2010 17:02
On Mon, 07 Jun 2010 22:12:39 -0500, Rosalie B. wrote:
> No - they want your money with the least possible effort and time on
> their part. They don't care whether you are on the ship or not.
Not a chance this is right. The lines look well past your simple
booking to what they can sell you at much higher profit margins.
They want and need you *on the ship*.
Ari's Fun Times!
Motto: Run, rabbit, Run!
From: Ari on 10 Jun 2010 17:06
On Wed, 9 Jun 2010 19:00:02 -0700 (PDT), Frank from Deeeetroit wrote:
> Buy your cruise from the the website that offers you the lowest
> price. One you make the purchase, call your cruise line and ask about
> shore excursions, up-grades, etc. The cruise line does not care who
> sells a cabin, their objective is to sail a full boat.
They care, but they have no choice. TA's aren't fully going away
anytime soon. they are, for now, needed.
But the final goal is to fill the boat. If not, then the TAs would be
put out of business much like the old agent's were in filling airline
Whether you use a TA or not is mainly a matter of ability. Few
actually have the ability to deal with the cruise lines, with proper
room selection, excursions independently booked, etc. Proof is right
here on this forum where experienced cruisers have been forced
upgraded (to rooms they don't want) and assorted other cruise
Btw, TAs for the greatest part aren't that damn smart, don't track
your cruise details and don't do what ppl are claiming they do here on
Ari's Fun Times!
Motto: Run, rabbit, Run!
From: peter on 10 Jun 2010 18:02
X-no-archive: yes On 6/10/10 11:02 PM, in article
87d26uFdlgU1(a)mid.individual.net, "Ari" <AriSilverstein(a)yahoo.com> wrote:
> On Mon, 07 Jun 2010 22:12:39 -0500, Rosalie B. wrote:
>> No - they want your money with the least possible effort and time on
>> their part. They don't care whether you are on the ship or not.
> Not a chance this is right. The lines look well past your simple
> booking to what they can sell you at much higher profit margins.
For both CCL and RCL onboard revenue is a substantial part of total sales.
Why does Rosalie think they don't care about that?
> They want and need you *on the ship*.