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Old 11-02-2007, 02:24 AM
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i'm new to cruising and i'm from australia, i get emails from v2g with their specials, i have browsed the web sites here at home but their prices are cheaper (once you convert the price to aussie $$$ its still cheaper )

how is the best way to pay for any cruises as they dont have a secured site (if they took paypal it'd be great ) someone said they would ring australia and get c/c details but do they,
has anyone from australia booked thru them
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Old 11-02-2007, 07:08 AM
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We have never used them. However, this is what I do.

I find out what the VTG price is and then I call my PVP directly at Carnival and he matches or beats their price.

Remember their price does not include gov't taxes which (as best as I can remember) is about $22 a person.

I have only done this with Carnival, but I am sure that any major cruise line would do that also.

Just an idea...
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Old 11-02-2007, 10:48 AM
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bkmw,

First, welcome to Cruise-Chat. The reason the company you're referring to does not take PayPal or other online payment servicing is that they have personalized service with an agent on the other end of the phone to take your payment, give you details and a confirmation number, etc. They don't take payments online.

There should be an international toll free phone number on the emails you recieve. Simply call them or drop them an email and see if you're happy with the price and service they provide. If so, just be sure you write down the name and extension of who you talk to. That person will be your agent and contact and will be familliar with your booking details for future calls or emails.

LHP, that advice works only if the promo codes are open to both Carnival and VTG. If the price reflected is block space purchased by VTG or other companies, it is closed to Carnival agents. They simply cannot do a match. Most of the time there are 20+ promo codes on any given sailing. Some are limited, most are not and anyone can provide the price you're looking for once they find that code. Some military (on base rates) promos and block space works a little different.

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Old 11-04-2007, 11:54 AM
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LHP, that advice works only if the promo codes are open to both Carnival and VTG. If the price reflected is block space purchased by VTG or other companies, it is closed to Carnival agents. They simply cannot do a match. Most of the time there are 20+ promo codes on any given sailing. Some are limited, most are not and anyone can provide the price you're looking for once they find that code. Some military (on base rates) promos and block space works a little different.

Cheers, Neil
Well...lucky for me that 30+ cruises later, it has always worked!! Maybe I need to hit the casino after all with those kinds of odds.
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Old 11-04-2007, 02:11 PM
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LHP, have you gone by the published pricing on the screen when you pull up a FD#? Ever see the little blurb in red below that pricing that says click here for special rates? Those are group rates that have to be emailed, they cannot be published. I randomly picked one, it's #17802. There are over a thousand sailings each year with these rates. These are typically gone if you're a last minute shopper but by booking early they frequently have better categories at lower cost.

These certainly don't apply to every sailing and I believe for a long time you qualified for Interline rates which are an even better value than block space most of the time. For most clients these type of promotions will provide rates they could not get anywhere near these prices and they don't begin at 1A for inside, they begin at 4A, so no bunkbeds. No 7A obstructed view balconies bought in blocks, they start at 8A.

I'm not trying to be confrontational but there are legitimate times when the cruiselines do not and cannot iffer lower rates than many outside agencies with the buying power to purchase thens of thousands of cabins in bulk and sell them to the public as individually booked cabins.

I've seen on several posts that you use the resources of these sites but have never tried one. I also notice from your cruise history that once you find something you like, you stick with it. Nothing wrong with that but what's right for one is not always best for all. If you ever decide to try such an organization you might find you'd be pleased. Sounds like you have found a very good PVP. Very happy to know that and any other choice may not be as good for your needs. How will you know if Carnival is the best fit if you never sail RCI or Princess? Same with the booking process.

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Old 11-04-2007, 06:53 PM
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We have used vacation2go - from Canada. There is a toll free number that puts you through to an agent who you deal with to book the cruise. You use your credit card for payment, either a deposit or the full price depending on how many days until the cruise They will e-mail you confirmation, usually within a couple of hours. The agent will keep in touch by e-mail. I don't know how they deal with problems, because we haven't had any for them to solve, but they are very reliable.
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We have used Vacations To Go 4 times without problems. Their agents have been very helpful and kept in touch. On one of the cruises I had to cancel do to a medical problem and they helped us transfer my cruise to our daughter in a matter of minutes without any charge or hassle.

I find their website very east to use and great for price comparisons and finding cruises for specific dates. Although you can use their web site for that reason and then book with the cruise line or a local travel agency I wanted to show my support for them.
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