Jump to content
FManke

Discount Cruise Option Dicussion

Recommended Posts

 RCCL, among other cruise lines seem to be going the route of making cruising less inclusive in some ways, charging extra for things that were once included such as drinks and all dining options. I know this is a way to entice people who may not normally cruise with a lower price point and allow RCCL, to make more profit. 

Would anyone be willing to book a cruise at a reduced rate if say, the only option you had for meals was the WJ?

What about no housekeeping during your cruise?

Anything else you'd be willing to live without for a discount?

Maybe they could offer a limited number of cabins at a reduced price point with limited inclusions?

Just a conversation starter. I'm curious to here others opinions.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Walt Disney World has started offering gift cards for waiving housekeeping. It only applies at certain resorts and has to be for the set minimum days. I don't know all the details since I have not stayed at a resort that offers it, but I know people are jumping on it. I could see something like this on a ship being an option. One caveat is that even if you waive housekeeping, they will still do a daily room check for security purposes. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 minute ago, wstephensi said:

Ssh!  If RCI sees this we will all be paying to get our linen changed and fresh towels.  Today's discounts are tomorrow's up charges.  🤫

Don't fool yourself. I wouldn't be surprised if they haven't already run the numbers on this.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

No, there is no possible way I would book that at all.  I would rather go on one vacation per year with my bathroom being cleaned daily than go on a cruise with no housekeeping.  Honestly, I would absolutely positively never even book on a cruise that offered this kind of option...cruise ships are known to be petri dishes.  I don't want to be in a cabin where the last passenger stayed in for a week and the only time housekeeping showed up was the a.m. of the day I was boarding.

Funny thing is I do pick up after myself for our cabin attendant....all the towels are placed in a pile on the floor,  I make my bed, but they still re-make it usually, and all of our garbage is placed in one area.   

I don't really believe there is anything left to cut and I bet most cruise lines have already to see via market research what cruisers want now.  If you look at Virgin, they millennials want cruises where nobody under 18 can be on the ship.  Look at Viking River demographics and are marketing towards everything is included, alcohol, excursions, airfare, etc., but you will be paying a lot for that voyage.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Just now, FManke said:

Don't fool yourself. I wouldn't be surprised if they haven't already run the numbers on this.

Many hotels have done this.  I want to say when we stayed at Courtyard by Marriot in the Inner Harbor (Baltimore), they left a note and stated that if you forewarned them by a certain hour the day before that you did not want to have the room cleaned, they would discount the cost, by I think it was 15 or 20 bucks.  However, they did note that you could only do this every other day, so it is not like you can stay in the room for a week without it being cleaned.  

Again, how many of you can wash your hands at home after a cruise without singing washy washy?  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
8 minutes ago, kadmgs said:

Walt Disney World has started offering gift cards for waiving housekeeping. It only applies at certain resorts and has to be for the set minimum days. I don't know all the details since I have not stayed at a resort that offers it, but I know people are jumping on it. I could see something like this on a ship being an option. One caveat is that even if you waive housekeeping, they will still do a daily room check for security purposes. 

I bet you those are for the ones like hotels that have kitchenettes also in them.  We stayed at the Key Largo which was by Downtown Disney.  It was more like a 2 bedroom 2 bath condo.  We had a full kitchen, including a dishwasher, living room, dining room etc.  Thus, I can see people taking them up on the offer.  I believe they also have something like this at Frontier too.  

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Marriott offers it and its for 3 consecutive days being the longest with point for rewards.  I don't/won't  participate for the simple reason of it employs a person.

As for WJ... i like having options.  Don't remove my options where to eat..it has eroded over the course of time.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
3 minutes ago, Pima1988 said:

Many hotels have done this.  I want to say when we stayed at Courtyard by Marriot in the Inner Harbor (Baltimore), they left a note and stated that if you forewarned them by a certain hour the day before that you did not want to have the room cleaned, they would discount the cost, by I think it was 15 or 20 bucks.  However, they did note that you could only do this every other day, so it is not like you can stay in the room for a week without it being cleaned.  

Again, how many of you can wash your hands at home after a cruise without singing washy washy?  

Ok, so for you , leave out the housekeeping portion. What about only being able to eat in the WJ? Current discussions, have left me with the opinion that many people prefer it to the MDR any ways.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Just now, mworkman said:

Marriott offers it and its for 3 consecutive days being the longest with point for rewards.  I don't/won't  participate for the simple reason of it employs a person.

I don't want to for another reason....I do this at home everyday of every week for the entire year.  I want a vacation,.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 minute ago, mworkman said:

Marriott offers it and its for 3 consecutive days being the longest with point for rewards.  I don't/won't  participate for the simple reason of it employs a person.

True, but then why don't they charge more for the cruises, employ more people and service would be even better?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 minute ago, FManke said:

True, but then why don't they charge more for the cruises, employ more people and service would be even better?

i'm sure over the course of time if this becomes an option, it will require less employee's and more work for the ones currently working on-board. They work long hours enough already.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

@FManke,

I would only do that if it was a 3 or 4 night cruise and a heavy port itinerary where I know I wouldn't be eating 3 meals everyday in the WJ.  Think about how on boarding day everybody kvetches about how crowded the WJ is, now imagine that for every day of your cruise.  

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It's just a discussion of what people want and what they don't want,

I'm happy with the ways things are now.

I'm just curious about what others have to say.

Some people vacation at the Motel 6 and some stay at The Four Seasons.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Just now, Pima1988 said:

@FManke,

I would only do that if it was a 3 or 4 night cruise and a heavy port itinerary where I know I wouldn't be eating 3 meals everyday in the WJ.  Think about how on boarding day everybody kvetches about how crowded the WJ is, now imagine that for every day of your cruise.  

 

People wouldn't be forced into it. it would be an option that you choose. Hopefully you would know what you would be getting yourself into.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This  is true.   However, in that same vein, realize these hotels have a target demographic market and part of that is a price point aspect.  Many people love Carnival, but many find them to be the cheap cruise line.  Now, if RCCL does not want to go head to head with them and lower their image they will stay away from it.  Look at a big flop impo for RCCL.  I think they were trying to take a bite out of Disney Cruises with them having Pixar characters on the ship.  They have decided not to continue with the program.    

If you ask most TA's how they would describe RCL to NCL to Carnival.  RCL they would say is 4 star, NCL is 3 and Carnival is 2.  I have never been on Carnival, many of my family members have cruised Carnival, but only 1x.  After that they swore they would never go back on their ships, hence, why I have never been on Carnival.  They rotate between NCL, RCL and Princess, mainly because all of them sail out of NJ/NY. 

Honestly, depending on how will Virgin does,  to me that is something I could see them aiming for from a marketing aspect.  They can overhaul Majesty or Enchantment to make it a hip ship.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

No to any of the discussion, we need multiple dinning venues, we need house keeping.

I agree with @Pima1988 rating system, it's been awhile since I've been on Princess but would rank them a 3.5-4.0. I don't think I would go back to NCL unless I was in the Haven.

Looking forward to trying Celebrity in the future.

I think the matrix of measuring staff to cruiser ratio is a good measurement of what cruise lines and cruisers should measure. If RCCL starts to change that ratio I would be forced to look at other cruise lines. Some of the smaller boutique cruise lines stay full because of a higher staff to cruiser ratio, IMO.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
46 minutes ago, mook1525 said:

I would book a cruise at a reduced rate if my dining option is WJ + at least 1 other venue.

Yeah, but that is what it is now.  Think about it this way.  You go interior, do not beverages because you are happy with water, coffee and lemonade.  You don't buy Voom because you want to go unplugged.  Your only dining option would be WJ and the MDR included in your sailing.    I just basically gave you the bare bones cruise that they offer now.

So, except for no housekeeping how could they reduce the bottom rate even lower? 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Doesn't MSC already offer some of this ?  Don't they have an option that only includes buffet meals ?  I'm not sure about the housekeeping part but I think MSC's lowest level of stateroom does not have main dining room service.  I could be wrong.  I cancelled both of the MSC cruises I booked...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If I had to go on a vacation where all I could eat was the Windjammer, I would not go.  I don't like buffets at home, let alone while on vacation.  I do all the cooking and cleaning at home, so when I go on vacation, I want someone else to do that.  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Even with no added incentive I often opt out of housekeeping every other day in a hotel.   I just don’t make that much mess.  I don’t have daily housekeeping at home and don’t need it in a hotel.   I also reuse towels because it is a small way to help the environment.    As to windjammer only, no thank you.   I enjoy sit down meals.  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I agree about the housekeeping thing.  I work a lot when I am in hotels and very often I just ask for clean towels and skip the rest.  I'm with JennyB about the buffets though.  I am not a buffet fan to begin with and if that's all I had, I would not go.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I don't mind the WJ for breakfast or lunch, but dinner I want to sit down and relax with a glass of wine.  Dinner taking 90 mins has never been an issue for me.  On this cruise we are traveling with my SIL, she is anti-buffet, so every meal will be in the MDR or specialty restaurants.  She is like you @WAAAYTOOO if I told her buffet only it would be a no go for her. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...

×
×
  • Create New...