cruisers are talking about price drops on their cruise but on our march 12, 2007 eos cruise our cabin has gone up by a whopping 180.00 dollar per person. why such a large increase? we our staying in a cat k inside cabin on deck 7.
i'm thinking i was wise to be already paid in full. if i wasn't would my price have gone up also just curious.
Prices can change everyday. It's a supply and demand sort of thing. Two days ago the price for an oceanview cabin on the Soverign on the 9/25 sailing was $229, today it's $379. The fewer cabins, the more you have to pay. I like it when the price goes up after I booked a cabin.
It is called yield management. The airlines do the same thing. Once you place a deposit on a cruise they can't raise the cabin price. They can however; raise government taxes and fees. An example of that would be the recent vote by Alaska residents to charge a $50 per person head tax on every Alaska cruiser. It is now going through the formal channels of getting approved. So anyone booked on an Alaska cruise for next summer don't be surprised when the cruise lines come asking for another $50.
Charging $50 a head? What? Are they trying to curb the tourist trade to Alaska? Maybe Wisconsin should charge $50 for the people who come across lake Michigan on the ferry. And to think how illegal aliens cross U.S. boarders for free and end up getting some sort of aid. Go figure...
Oh they want more than that too. They want 1/3 of the casino profits, and want the cruise lines to pay corporate taxes to them. I guess the billions of dollars the cruise lines bring to Alaska in the form of port fees, shore excursions, pre/post tours, employment of Alaskans, and all the money being spent in port by passengers and crew, just isn't enough for them! So far the biggest thing that looks like will go into effect is the $50. The cruise lines are in discussions on how they will handle this. It's not likely they will pull ships out of Alaska, given the popularity of Alaska cruises. But they will have no choice but to pass that $50 on to the passengers. Hey Sonny, that ferry across Lake Michigan is already enough!
I booked our Jan 21,07 cruise in Sept. of last year. Since then I have checked a few times and actually gotten a credit of approx. 420.00. I called my agent this morning and the price for the same cruise was up 105.00 per person.
As long as you have paid your deposit you are locked into the fare. They cannot change it simply because you haven't paid in advance. As a matter of fact I left a small 400.00 balance on mine just in case the price drops again, that way I wouldn't have to hassle with a refund on my card. I would just have a lesser balance. Wishful thinking, I suppose. ; )
FIRST CRUISE-Jan. 20, 2007 Rhapsody of the Seas-RCCL