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Old July 1st, 2014, 09:17 PM
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My wife and I booked a cruise on Celebritys Solstice for this coming April. I always like to look at the web sites to see what the price for this cruise is doing.Today I notice that Celebrity is offering a drink package if you book this cruise at this time.So I called my T.A( An independently owned and operated T.A service) is see if we could get this free promotion.The answer I got was that we would have to rebook the cruise to recieve this promotion and that if would cost $1600.00 more to book at this time.Does this sound right or am I getting my chain yanked?
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Old July 1st, 2014, 09:39 PM
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No, that is correct. They will re-price the cruise to todays rate.
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Yep, always love these specials. If you booked before them, you are usually paying a better rate than waiting until the special is offered, even with the 'perks' they're offering. (You really don't think they're going to give you something for nothing, do you? Almost always, they will raise the rate when offering a special in order to pay for the special.)

Had a client call me the other day and asked about a special being offered whereby they could get $100 onboard credit. Had to tell them that yes, they could get the special, but it would cost them $200 more to get it. Or they could simply give me the $200 and I'll give them $100 onboard credit. Needless to say, they chose to keep what they have.

If you don't believe what your TA is telling you, simply look on the Celebrity website and see what the going rates are and you'll find out for yourself, but they're definitely telling you like it is.

Best advice is to watch the rates after the special expires and see if they come down. If so, then get it and if not, you got the best deal.

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We always go by the rule "once you book, do not look".

Invariably the lines will push promotions to boost sales, either as the travel date, or financial quarter (when they have to report their figures) gets close.

We now either, wait until the last minute if it is a cruise/voyage we are looking at, but can equally live if we miss it, or the grades/prices are too high, or, if we really want to be on board, make the booking and avoid any eye contact on promotions that come out afterwards.

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Thanks guys we have only booked a couple of cruises before this one and was not sure how that worked.I am just happy we booked when we did saved us some $$ Everyone have a nice day
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Thanks guys we have only booked a couple of cruises before this one and was not sure how that worked.I am just happy we booked when we did saved us some $$ Everyone have a nice day

You have plenty of time until April, it is quite possible the price will come down and the drink package will be included, be patient but don't stop looking. I do it all the time, start out with an inside cabin and work my way up.
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Definitely don't stop looking. We were able to get the drink package and free gratuities added to our booking for Spain next year. Luckily our price hadn't gone up.
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Definitely don't stop looking. We were able to get the drink package and free gratuities added to our booking for Spain next year. Luckily our price hadn't gone up.
I look at the prices every day just for the heck of it.The T.A told me the reason we got such a good rate compared to what the cruise line is charging is because the company bought a block of cabins. What we recieved was a 252p/p discount on a balcony room. At the time we booked the rate was 1969.08p/p.We also recieved $100 O.B.C and free shore excursion value of $75.00. The last time I looked balconys were going for( if I remember right and thats a big maybe) arond $2300.0.So the price might not get low enoughto recieve any perks .I dont know if we got a good deal or not and I guess it doesnt really matter it is what it is and were happy and thats what matters.They must be having trouble filling the balcony rooms beacause the last I looked it cost more to book an inside room than a balconyWell time to wonder off to the old salt mine for another day of fun Every one have a nice day and weekend take care
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I look at the prices every day just for the heck of it.The T.A told me the reason we got such a good rate compared to what the cruise line is charging is because the company bought a block of cabins. What we recieved was a 252p/p discount on a balcony room. At the time we booked the rate was 1969.08p/p.We also recieved $100 O.B.C and free shore excursion value of $75.00. The last time I looked balconys were going for( if I remember right and thats a big maybe) arond $2300.0.So the price might not get low enoughto recieve any perks .I dont know if we got a good deal or not and I guess it doesnt really matter it is what it is and were happy and thats what matters.They must be having trouble filling the balcony rooms beacause the last I looked it cost more to book an inside room than a balconyWell time to wonder off to the old salt mine for another day of fun Every one have a nice day and weekend take care

If you are checking, make sure you check for cabins of a higher category such as Concierge or Aqua. They may be cheaper now but as you get closer to final payment funny things can happen. Very often those cabins are cheaper than a simple veranda cabin. Be proactive it may pay off.


A few years ago I went from an inside to Aqua Class for $100pp over the inside cabin. My cruise to Alaska in August also saw us going from inside to AQ and getting drink package, free gratuities and OBC for a very minimal amount. Additionally, got an extra 25 Captains Club points over the regular ones I got for the cruise.


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Yup, that is how it works. They will price it at the current rate
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