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Old 09-06-2008, 10:19 AM
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Yes, some agents accept partial payments in between the initial deposit and final payment date. This happens most often in my limited experience with people that pay with cash or check. I've never dealt with a TA that charges extra for the service. I paid for my first cruise this way with tip money. Looking back, I bet I drove my TA nuts making payments. She sent a bottle of wine to me on the cruise. I don't know if it was a Bon Voyage gift, or a good riddance gift.

I have a special bank account set up for FunShip Pay to accept partial cash or check payments. No need to send an agency check. This sounds like a topic for HBTAC.

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Now to decide if I want to make monthly payments to my agent for a cruise, or for a used Honda Civic for my son. Hmmm.

Getting back on the original question - I'll bet my slightly used Casio calculator watch that it was a Carnival quick quote and not a final price.
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I remember those calculator watches.

Oh Lawd! I wouldn't want to be faced with that. My nephew has been asking for my 95 Grand Am. I keep telling him to ask his mom first. He keeps skewing her responses in his favor. Those teenagers can be sneaky. I'm going to make him swear a pledge before I give him the keys.

I guess we should get back to the topic. 10 lashes of wet noodles to me for thread drift.

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I encourage payments along the way. It's a lot less intimidating to budget it into monthly payments than be faced with a huge final payment that sneaks up on you.

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Maybe I should start sending in monthly payments for that $5000 inside cabin on the Oasis. Let's see, that was in June 2010, so minus the deposit and looking at the final due date that means 19 monthly payments of $224.
What cruise is that?
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Gary, I'm pretty sure Dave is talking about RCI's Oasis of the Seas. Look here.

Sandy, That is a good idea. Living in a service oriented type area, I have some that pay with their tips. I've never encouraged it before. This may lower my "drop-out" rate with them. Thanks.

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Old 09-07-2008, 07:47 AM
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Dave -Best you start making those monthly payments for your $5000 OASIS cruise now! It doesn't hurt as much when you do it that way. Many years ago I did that type of a layaway with my TA and got to fly on the Concorde! It was, indeed, a once in a lifetime experience-and well worth it!

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Old 09-07-2008, 08:37 AM
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Sandy, That is a good idea. Living in a service oriented type area, I have some that pay with their tips. I've never encouraged it before. This may lower my "drop-out" rate with them. Thanks.
Dwayne, the little extra jolt the passengers need are the receipts they get from their travel agent after each payment is made, where they can see their balance due go down, down, down with each payment. It's thrilling, and will definitely cut down on the attrition rate when final payment is due.

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