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Old 11-08-2008, 08:14 AM
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Now that we're pretty well in a recession, it is obvious that cruise lines are going to pull out all the stops to encourage bookings. lets give them some ideas that we know will work!

I personally think that it would be great for the cruiselines to honor other cruise lines guest status...example - a diamond member of RCL would get VIP benefits on their first Carnival Cruise, a past-guest of another cruise line would get the past guest rates, etc.

My next cruise will be on Carnival because that will be my #10 with that line for VIP status. If RCL had that promotion, I might think differently.

Also, a written price guarantee policy would be encouraging. This would stop the negativity I read in the Celebrity forum. If a lower price is announced on comparable cabins, the difference is refunded with on-board credits, instead of cash refunds.

I also think they should analyze final ship purchase "tabs" and give pricing incentives to those that spend the most onboard. With exception of our last cruise, they could pay me to go and still come out ahead!

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Old 11-08-2008, 10:26 PM
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My next cruise will be on Carnival because that will be my #10 with that line for VIP status. If RCL had that promotion, I might think differently.
What, and no lobster?

Just kidding. I actually think those are great ideas. It would give us die hard loyal folks of a particular cruise line a chance to experience another one at good prices and perks.

A perfect opportunity to win us over. They should call it the "come on over" promotion. This sounds good to me. Often times I would have considered another cruise line, but did not want to be a newbie without perks.

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I think that honoring other cruise line sailing might be counter productive in some cases. I've built up my perks on Princess by sailing numerous times & normally get invited to officers luncheons. On our last cruise we had 41 Elite passengers on board- if they had passengers from RCCL or other lines on board with more cruises that we had, we probably would have been eliminated from the lunch. I'm sure pax in RCCL would be ticked if we showed up & got preferential seating for the shows or got into the Concierge Lounge for drinks when we only have 8 cruises with them.
There are many things that could be offered to past cruisers that wouldn't cost the line anything to improve the experience of being a past guest.
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Old 11-09-2008, 08:31 AM
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I also think they should analyze final ship purchase "tabs" and give pricing incentives to those that spend the most onboard.
I don't think they should analyze final ship purchase tabs because then they might decide that passengers who do not pay ( what they consider ) enough for drinks /excursions / extras would not be suitable passengers & so could be excluded from cruising with them.
A bit far-fetched you may think.....but then how many people would have thought three years ago that America would have voted for Barack Obama for president this year?
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Old 11-09-2008, 08:33 AM
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Old 11-09-2008, 09:26 AM
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Yes, Let's not get side tracked here. I'm sure that was a slip right?
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Old 11-09-2008, 10:59 AM
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No.....my error was that when I first tried to edit, I hit the quote button & didn't notice what I'd done.

I have a lot of respect for tncruiseman but that doesn't mean I'm going to agree with everything he says.I was offering a different point of view on that paticular point and then was trying to to support my views with an example.The only thing I could think of was the example I gave but I am well aware of the no politics discussion rule and this was not an invitation to debate that part any further and most members on here would have understood what I was trying to say without needing to make a political reply.

I apologise if you thought my example broke any rules and lets move forward and continue with tncruisemans post about cruise line perk ideas.

I do like tncruisemans idea about a written price guarantee policy.
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Old 11-09-2008, 11:21 AM
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I see what you are saying, jack2007: the cruise line could take deposits from as many as want to go on a cruise. Let's say a ship holds 2000 but 2500 put down deposits. The line would then analyze the onboard spending habits of all the prospective passengers. Then 90 days prior to sailing, the 2000 biggest spenders would get booking numbers and the other 500 would get refunds of their deposit and a nice letter saying, "better luck next time".

Works for me.
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LMAO! We do have enough big brother in our lfie already but my point was...if they have empty cabins and need bookings, they could send a few freebies out. Basically no more than a casino giving trips away to people that gamble a large amount. Keep the ideas coming...someone may be watching!
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Old 11-09-2008, 07:45 PM
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If they would just include past guest rates for other line's past guests. That could possibly spur some activity. Maybe VIP check-in and some limited perks. Just a thought.

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