From: Tom K on
On 6/8/10 9:45 AM, Ohioguy wrote:
>> I don't think you're seeing price jumps but simply the addition of
>> taxes and fees.
>
> Ah, ok. Maybe due to the differences in the way the various websites
> were set up, I didn't understand the jump in prices. Some websites made
> it clear that the increase per person was taxes, and other websites
> simply came up with a new number, and didn't say anything at all about
> taxes and fees. Another website I checked out had the alarming statement
> "additional taxes and fees may come to $400 or more per person", which
> was sort of scary for me.
>
>
>> CRUISE RATE $1,138.00
>> Gov't Fees & Taxes $141.44
>> Total Amount $1,279.44
>
> Is a 13% tax about what I should expect to be added on?
>
> Thanks!

It's really just a number that the cruise lines have calculated to avoid
paying commission on. Of the total fare, the higher the taxes and other
fees, the less the commissionable other part.

--Tom
From: John Sisker on
"Sue Mullen" <kjmullen(a)comcast.net> wrote in message
news:877122Fai1U1(a)mid.individual.net...
>
>
> Ohioguy wrote:
>>> I don't think you're seeing price jumps but simply the addition of
>>> taxes and fees.
>>
>> Ah, ok. Maybe due to the differences in the way the various websites
>> were set up, I didn't understand the jump in prices. Some websites made
>> it clear that the increase per person was taxes, and other websites
>> simply came up with a new number, and didn't say anything at all about
>> taxes and fees. Another website I checked out had the alarming statement
>> "additional taxes and fees may come to $400 or more per person", which
>> was sort of scary for me.
>
> This is why you are better off using a travel agent who will tell you the
> total cost, not give you a low ball price and then, oops add the taxes and
> fees. If you can't find a good travel agent near you, there are many good
> and trusted TAs that post here. As has been said before, the only TA that
> posts here that I would not use is John S.
>
> sue



Interesting, and another reason why you need a good travel agent. For
example, ships are capacity controlled. As the sailing date nears and more
people book, the price will go up. However, other factors do apply. For
example, our price now shows $649 pp, plus $71 pp for taxes and fees.
However, for seniors, it would be $404 pp, plus $68 pp for taxes and fees.
There seems to be more one-upmanship and finger pointing on this newsgroup
than actual constructive help and advice - mostly just personal opinions.
Yet, do be careful about who you book with... some get bent out of shape if
it's now with those they shill for.

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From: peter on
X-no-archive: yes On 6/8/10 4:58 PM, in article
6gms06pksn7gvbphp2kv2i23t03gfk4dhm(a)4ax.com, "Rosalie B."
<gmbeasley(a)mindspring.com> wrote:

> peter <peters25(a)stockton.com> wrote:
>
>> X-no-archive: yes On 6/8/10 3:45 PM, in article
>> pQrPn.124272$gv4.15087(a)newsfe09.iad, "Ohioguy" <none(a)none.net> wrote:
>>
>>>> I don't think you're seeing price jumps but simply the addition of
>>>> taxes and fees.
>>>
>>> Ah, ok. Maybe due to the differences in the way the various websites
>>> were set up, I didn't understand the jump in prices. Some websites made
>>> it clear that the increase per person was taxes, and other websites
>>> simply came up with a new number, and didn't say anything at all about
>>> taxes and fees. Another website I checked out had the alarming
>>> statement "additional taxes and fees may come to $400 or more per
>>> person", which was sort of scary for me.
>>>
>>>
>>>> CRUISE RATE $1,138.00
>>>> Gov't Fees & Taxes $141.44
>>>> Total Amount $1,279.44
>>>
>>> Is a 13% tax about what I should expect to be added on?
>>
>> No. Taxes include (semi-)governmental port charges and (undefined) other
>> fees and depend on individual ports visited, time spent there and other
>> things that none of the travel agents posting here could explain to you
>> (except that they know they're not commissionable). If you really want to
>> know the exact amount: call the cruise line. BTW: the cruise contract will
>> tell you the amounts may be adjusted later on. I've had adjustments both
>> ways.
>>
> Any travel agent can explain the fees - talk to one of them on the
> phone. They have 800 numbers for these kinds of questions. Just pay
> attention to where they are in relation to what time zone you are in.
>
OMG! George Leper has an 800 number that you can call to give Ohioguy a
specification of taxes, port charges and fees for each port visited? Too bad
that Leper is on the record stating that he doesn't think cruising is for
Ohioguy.

From: Ari on
On Tue, 8 Jun 2010 09:23:32 -0700, John Sisker wrote:

> There seems to be more one-upmanship and finger pointing on this newsgroup
> than actual constructive help and advice - mostly just personal opinions.
> Yet, do be careful about who you book with... some get bent out of shape if
> it's now with those they shill for.

Ah but who shills for you?

No one?

lol
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From: Ohioguy on
> example, ships are capacity controlled. As the sailing date nears and
> more people book, the price will go up.

Is this always the case? I've hears that some of the best deals are
last minute things when the cruise wants to avoid having empty rooms.

If that is true, I guess that is mostly because the cost of labor on
the ships is subsidized by the guests?