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Hi there!  I am new to this forum.  My husband and I are on the Anthem of the Seas in February 2020.  We are currently booked in Royal Grand Suite.  How do I go about checking if the price has dropped since our original booking.  There are no rooms in category left, so I am unable to do a "mock"  booking.   How would you suggest I "keep an eye" on the price? 

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2 hours ago, Kim66 said:

Hi there!  I am new to this forum.  My husband and I are on the Anthem of the Seas in February 2020.  We are currently booked in Royal Grand Suite.  How do I go about checking if the price has dropped since our original booking.  There are no rooms in category left, so I am unable to do a "mock"  booking.   How would you suggest I "keep an eye" on the price? 

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I login each day and capture the different room types (the general per guest cost not including taxes and fees as those don’t change often) and load it into a spreadsheet. That way even when a particular room type isn’t available you can track the trends with the thought that if the room above and the room below went down so did mine. 

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@Andrew72681 and @TheHobbys  so, I need you both to be my new best friends or low cost advisers 😂🤣. I cannot lie, I have been hoping that @Lovetocruise2002 would take me up on that offer for some time now (after all, there are no 2 friends more compatible than a Scorpio and a Cancer 🤗🙃🙂

Come on, I can make you laugh (just don’t require circus tricks, I am just past the age those are workable!)

Lynn 🧜🏼‍♀️

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2 hours ago, Andrew72681 said:

I login each day and capture the different room types (the general per guest cost not including taxes and fees as those don’t change often) and load it into a spreadsheet. That way even when a particular room type isn’t available you can track the trends with the thought that if the room above and the room below went down so did mine. 

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Lol...glad to hear I'm not the only one who does this.  I have these crazy spreadsheets that tracks prices often of all rooms (and I currently have 5 cruises booked 😁)

But if room is sold out as in OP not sure you can get a price drop.

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30 minutes ago, WannaCruise said:

Lol...glad to hear I'm not the only one who does this.  I have these crazy spreadsheets that tracks prices often of all rooms (and I currently have 5 cruises booked 😁)

But if room is sold out as in OP not sure you can get a price drop.

You can. @Lovetocruise2002 is a pro at it. 

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1 hour ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

Ok, those spreadsheets are crazy!  I have a file with a bunch of screenshots that I title and date.  I'm not a spreadsheet girl.  That's Hubby's department.

I hate excel but learned to live with it. My wife is the accountant so she should be keeping the spreadsheets. But she hasn’t planned a vacation in the 17 years we’ve been together. 

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1 hour ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

Ok, those spreadsheets are crazy!  I have a file with a bunch of screenshots that I title and date.  I'm not a spreadsheet girl.  That's Hubby's department.

If I had screenshots how would I be able to show a graph to my wife that proves booking ~600 days out was the smart move 😛

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6 minutes ago, Andrew72681 said:

But she hasn’t planned a vacation in the 17 years we’ve been together. 

Lol. Hubby has not planned a vacation in the 21 years that we have been together. I am the mastermind behind it all. #homegenie

4 minutes ago, Andrew72681 said:

If I had screenshots how would I be able to show a graph to my wife that proves booking ~600 days out was the smart move 😛

I just show hubby the price we got it for and then mention it to him when the price jumps sky high. Over time I have his complete trust in vacation planning...😉

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I wonder if (hope!) someone can explain this to me: A balcony stateroom on my cruise is listed on the RC website as costing "from $500." I select the cruise, the place on the ship (amidships), the deck (8), and the cabin (class 2D) and lo and behold, the price before the subtraction of BOGO and the addition of taxes and fees comes out to $1650! Then the BOGO is subtracted and the taxes added and the cost is $1215 for 2 people.

So how can I monitor the prices if "$500" really means $1215? Do I need to go through the whole selection every time I want to check the price? Or just look at the $500 to see if it goes up or down? And what pushes the price from $500 pp to $1650?

Thank you in advance, I hope someone will respond. I'm totally new at this.

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4 minutes ago, tiny blonde said:

I wonder if (hope!) someone can explain this to me: A balcony stateroom on my cruise is listed on the RC website as costing "from $500." I select the cruise, the place on the ship (amidships), the deck (8), and the cabin (class 2D) and lo and behold, the price before the subtraction of BOGO and the addition of taxes and fees comes out to $1650! Then the BOGO is subtracted and the taxes added and the cost is $1215 for 2 people.

So how can I monitor the prices if "$500" really means $1215? Do I need to go through the whole selection every time I want to check the price? Or just look at the $500 to see if it goes up or down? And what pushes the price from $500 pp to $1650?

Thank you in advance, I hope someone will respond. I'm totally new at this.

You should always compare the same method , the 500 $ is per person after the BOGO  considering you are booking at leas two people (they calculate already the discount in the price they show you) minus Taxes and fees .

So in your case I guess its (500*2) + 215 taxes and fees (which really depends on the ports , some ports will take more taxes than other) , so looking on 500 price is Ok to check for changes.

If you have more than two people in the room and if you adding children under 12 you might want to compare the final number as sometimes you have discounts for third and fourth person in the room (most of the times 30%) and kids sells free.

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4 hours ago, tiny blonde said:

I wonder if (hope!) someone can explain this to me: A balcony stateroom on my cruise is listed on the RC website as costing "from $500." I select the cruise, the place on the ship (amidships), the deck (8), and the cabin (class 2D) and lo and behold, the price before the subtraction of BOGO and the addition of taxes and fees comes out to $1650! Then the BOGO is subtracted and the taxes added and the cost is $1215 for 2 people.

So how can I monitor the prices if "$500" really means $1215? Do I need to go through the whole selection every time I want to check the price? Or just look at the $500 to see if it goes up or down? And what pushes the price from $500 pp to $1650?

Thank you in advance, I hope someone will respond. I'm totally new at this.

The "from $500" is likely for the lowest category of balcony - a 2D (mid ship) is going to be the most expensive balcony usually (I've been booking 2Ds so I get where you're coming from).

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I too do the daily price check, but I have this google doc to help speed up the process. I took the URL from right after you select the ship and sail date, you you go to pick cabin and people numbers and threw them all in the same document along with the original price I booked at/any new adjustments since. Though I do recommend checking in incognito mode to avoid the emails from Royal of “HEY DID YOU WANT TO COMPLETE THAT BOOKING?! :D”

 

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1 hour ago, tiny260 said:

The problem I've seen with Cruise Fish, is that it is not always update to the day.

But you can find something on the page and then go look at the pricing on Royal.

 

True - and they don’t necessarily send you emails either ☹️ I emailed about that, got silence in return.

I haven’t spent a ton of time with their charts, but the two time that it seemed to go down by their numbers RCL (via an independent agent) said otherwise (in one case no change and in the other actually an increase). If anyone has more experience with their data, how do you “translate” it when comparing it to numbers at RCL?

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