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Old 08-11-2008, 02:57 PM
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When one books a cruise and reviews the advertised rate on RC's web site -- does this include port charges and taxes or can we expect these charges to be itemized separately? Who provides the final total -- the travel agent?

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Old 08-11-2008, 03:24 PM
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It usually includes the port charges in the advertised fare but not the government taxes, and fuel supplement. If you book with a Travel Agent she will give you the total with everything. She can break it down for you if you like. Most of the time if you are looking at an internet site you would have to go through most of a booking procedure to get to where they give you the total.
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Old 08-11-2008, 04:36 PM
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Thanks for your response. A bit confusing -- RC gave me a stateroom price and taxes and stated there were no longer port charges. On the cruise contract there was a stateroom price that was substantailly higher. Do I assume the higher price (by $438) is the correct charge for the stateroom and port charges (that no longer exist)? Perhaps it had something to do with booking the cruise over a year ago and billing statements are different now? We had no fuel supplement charges.
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Old 08-11-2008, 05:12 PM
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Port charges most certainly haven't gone away. What the deal is, is that in most cases port charges are now rolled into the per person cost for the cruise. This has a lot of history, most of it involving legal cases in Florida, and the major cruise lines agreed to include port charges in the quoted price per person, but this would not include other fees and taxes. I have no way of knowing your specific situation without seeing the invoice. I can say with a high degree of confidence that you are not being ripped off and whatever is on your final price is valid.

This may be another example of why it is best to use an agent instead of booking on-line. An agent can explain each line item.

Changes can happen to a booking price, often without any control by the cruise line. Alaska for instance has tacked a fee on each passenger by law. RCI and the other lines have no choice but to pass this cost on to the consumers.
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