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jbrooks175 04-06-2005 11:01 AM

I am booking a cruise for next March and so far we have 8 cabins booked. My understanding is that the 16th person will go free. How does that work, do we just disperse the money among all going? Will they send someone a check? just wondering who is designated to be the "free" person since we will all just take a discount per cabin. If we book 16 cabins will we get another to go for free?
Just thought I'd check. Thanks!

Alwaysonvacation 04-06-2005 03:11 PM

When I've been involved in group bookings it is up to the head of the group to decide what happens to the free person. He can either have himself or herself free or disperse the one person discount across all 8 cabins. Example if I get together a group to book and it's say for work, I would probably take advantage of myself going free. If my group were all family I'd spread the discount over all cabins.

Oggy Boy 04-06-2005 05:47 PM

I think that is wise advice. Royal Caribbean has just announced sweeping changes in their group policies that are designed to eliminate the practice of large agencies tying up space a year in advance. It should be interesting to see how this all unfolds.


NancyN 04-18-2005 05:42 AM

As already mentioned - it is up to the "designated" group leader as to who will be assigned the free berth and then just disperse the savings equally amongst the group.

As for your second question - yes, for every 16 guests (based on double occupancy - 3rd and 4th person don't count) you will receive a free berth.


Cruisebride 04-27-2005 04:43 AM

Does anyone have this in writing? I have a group traveling and my TA told me that with 16 passengers booked, we will get a free one hour cocktail reception and with 32 passengers booked, we will get the free berth????

Cruise Specialist 04-27-2005 05:08 AM

All cruiselines pretty much have a 1 for 15 TC (tour conductor credit) which means for every 15 full paying passengers going the 16th gets the free berth. I am sure they explained to you that the free berth is a credit and on the cruise price only, not on port charges and gov. fees and taxes.

Is your group booked on Royal Caribbean or Carnival? The cocktail party on Royal Caribbean usually requires minimum of 50 guests depending on the length of your cruise.

I would advise you to contact your Travel Agent and ask where the other TC is going. If they are keeping it for themselves they should have disclosed that to you at the beginning.

Cruisebride 04-27-2005 05:00 PM

I am travelling with Royal Caribbean and my travel agent stated in the beginning that for 16 passengers booked, we would get the reception and 32 passengers would get us the free berth.

NancyN 04-27-2005 05:30 PM

Hmm, Cruise Bride, I agree with Carol. It is my understanding that a free berth is given for every 16th passenger and the cocktail reception requires 50 gests. It may be that your travel agent has been able to negotiate for a trade and consequently giving up one of the free berths to allow for a cocktail recetion. It is really important that you clarify all these details with the travel agent you are working with.

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