Questions You Should Ask On Your Cruise Price
I would appreciate your suggestions on the information I should gather on the pricing terms and conditions of a cruise before booking. Hopefully this list will help other people new to cruising and avoid unwelcome surprises. Till now my list consists of:
1) The terms and conditions of both the cruise line and the travel agent (TA) if you will be using one. These will vary depending on the promotional code of the booking.
2) Make sure you understand the cancelation policy. This varies depending how far away you are from your cruise. You may loose all your deposit.
3) Check if you will be entitled to a free upgrade or onboard credit (OBC) if you find out the price has dropped closer to the cruise date.
4) Check if you will be able to upgrade at the current prices or whether you will be charged at your original promotional code.
5) Consider any charges you may incur for changes to your booking.
6) If you are European and are using an American TA confirm whether that TA can sell all cruise lines to Europeans.
7) Confirm that the price quoted includes all taxes, fees and gratuities. Some TAs will charge you extra for using a credit card rather than a debit card.
8) Use forums such as this to compare pricing and clear difficulties you will be surprised how helpful people can be.
NB: Always get this information in writing.
Just a quick clarification on your post...you mention above that due to the cancellation policy, you may lose part or all of your deposit. It is very important to note that the major cruise lines here in the United States require full payment of the entire cruise fare 60 days before the cruise, and depending on when the cruise is cancelled, you may lose part or all of the TOTAL cruise fare, not just the deposit.
Another way of saying this is within 60 days of your cruise, there is no deposit, since the fare must be paid in full.
Otherwise, welcome to the forums.
In fact, depending on the cruise line and sometimes the time of year that you're sailing, many cruise lines require full payment between 75-90 days prior to sailing. As of final payment date, penalties apply. Cruise lines reserve the right to cancel any booking that is not paid in full by the final payment date.
I ALWAYS check the smoking policy.
Some are much more stringent.I now sail on ones the LIMIT smoking to few,certain areas..NOT IN CABIN OR BALCONY>
Really prefer ones that have room service 24hrs.at no extra cost.Such a luxury.
Find out HOW MANY PASSENGERS,,big difference in wait times and service.Found I prefer the 700 size(seems just right).
Do find exactly WHAT is inc.in price,,,some have(luxury or similar,sure)EVERYTHING inc....even drinks,excursions,tips,you name it. Then others you must PAY FOR everything.So add it up,,whats best for you??
Consider alternative to just OCEAN cruises,,have found river cruises great too(alternate between the 2 now,,see best of both worlds.
Really study member reviews.Look at you tube,etc.Lots of info out there.
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