i can only imagine that Port taxes and fees are charged differently for US citizens versus non-citizens?? At least for the major lines (CCL RCCL, NCCL are my experience, their online prices are the same as if you called one of their specialists. Have you tried calling the cruise line directly? I don't see as to why it makes any difference to them if you are a citizen or not. Maybe you have to originate from the states? Can a US resident (i.e. US travel agent) book/purchase the cruise for you? We can get you US travel agents phone numbers I'm sure. All worth looking into to save soem money...
It is a bit worrying as one US TA has just told me US TA's are prohibited from selling Princess cruises (among others) to non-US residents, yet another US TA is saying they can book it for us. I am sure it must have something to do with over charging or trying to, but where do we stand if it all goes wrong if we go ahead?
This particular TA looks reputable on the web but how do you know?
Valid questions. All of this points to the difference between value and price. What good is the money you save if the site you book with doesn't provide the service you need, or - worse, if something does go wrong with your booking?
Has your questions found any answers yet? I am looking to book a Princess Cruise and can save nearly £500 per person by booking on a website called vactionstogo.com. Has anybody used these before and they say they can book the ticket and it will be ok. Any more thoughts?
Yes it was actually Vacations To Go that alerted me to the fact that we couldn't buy a Princess cruise from them whilst living in the UK. Alan was very sure that he couldn't do this for us and asked for the agent who had said they could sell us a Princess cruise. Apparently it is someting laid down by various cruise lines, probably to keep the cost up for us Brits! If you have looked on their US website for your quote you will find when you ring them you will get the same response. We actually ended up booking through a UK agent for our Princess cruise, and then booked an RCCL cruise through VTG, they were really helpful. Hope this helps.
I have also come across similar thing in Australia. I got various quotes from different wholesalers and there was significant difference in price on one of them. I was a bit dubious and started asking questions, the other wholesalers said that there are some travel people out there(without mentioning names) that have offices in the states and this is where the price came from(which I since found out they are not able to do) We are the ones who missed out on the better deal, but best to be safe than sorry.
I don't know anything about buying a cruise from UK, but do know about vacationstogo - I have personally bought 2 cruises from them and my sister and her husband have bought many cruises from them - very reputable company, I would not worry about doing business with them.