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I'm considering a cruise on oasis next summer and was trying to figure out the best way to book. I will be on liberty in a few weeks so I could book on ship for an extra discount. My dilemma is currently my TA is offering a lower price then purchasing straight from RCCL. Also I have enough coins in myvegas to get a 10% discount on my next cruise. How can I stack these 3 discounts and get the lowest price possible.

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I would be very skeptical if a TA tells you that their price is lower than Royals.  Royal Caribbean does not permit agents to discount their prices.  The only way that a TA can have a price lower than the published rates is if they (the Agency) have group space on hold that has been negotiated with Royal.  So be very careful when an agent claims to have a lower price than Royal.  Make sure that you are comparing apples to apples.

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Our limited experience is that Next Cruise will charge you the prevailing rate on their (Royal Caribbean's) website which will include the current sale.

They usually offer onboard credit (OBC) based on length of cruise and cabin type and/or a reduced deposit to entice you to book. Sometimes as part of the Next Cruise promo they will also give you maybe 60 days or so to change the ship and/or sail date without penalty (allowing you to apply your deposit and keep the OBC for the new ship/sail date). Always read the fine print and ask questions first! The OBC amount also varies depending on non-refundable vs. refundable deposit.

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50 minutes ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

I would be very skeptical if a TA tells you that their price is lower than Royals.  Royal Caribbean does not permit agents to discount their prices.  The only way that a TA can have a price lower than the published rates is if they (the Agency) have group space on hold that has been negotiated with Royal.  So be very careful when an agent claims to have a lower price than Royal.  Make sure that you are comparing apples to apples.

I think it's a group rate.

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41 minutes ago, JohnK6404 said:

Our limited experience is that Next Cruise will charge you the prevailing rate on their (Royal Caribbean's) website which will include the current sale.

They usually offer onboard credit (OBC) based on length of cruise and cabin type and/or a reduced deposit to entice you to book. Sometimes as part of the Next Cruise promo they will also give you maybe 60 days or so to change the ship and/or sail date without penalty (allowing you to apply your deposit and keep the OBC for the new ship/sail date). Always read the fine print and ask questions first! The OBC amount also varies depending on non-refundable vs. refundable deposit.

I'm looking at 2 interior rooms on a 7 night cruise. Is it really more of a hassle to go thru next cruise?

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@bmatrose  Seems like you have a good relationship with your TA.  You should just ask them if you can stack all three discounts (TA's lower price, myVEGAS discount, & NextCruise certificates)?  Here is a snip from a NextCruise doc which states they are combinable.  I find having to transfer a cert to a TA is somewhat of a PIA, but worth it if you really want that extra discount.  Personally, I stopped doing this awhile ago.

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12 hours ago, bmatrose said:

I booked thru a ta for my upcoming cruise and was able to apply myvegas obc to the booking. Is it different for the % off?

Yes..the OBC is different from booking with the % off. 

When you're booking with the % off you are technically booking through Casino Royale and from there the booking gets transferred to your TA.  

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20 hours ago, bmatrose said:

I booked thru a ta for my upcoming cruise and was able to apply myvegas obc to the booking. Is it different for the % off?

Hmmmm......not sure.  I would carefully read the terms on your MyVegas reward before redeeming.  A Travel Agent must be allowed where online booking companies are not.  Thanks for the info.

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21 hours ago, bmatrose said:

I'm looking at 2 interior rooms on a 7 night cruise. Is it really more of a hassle to go thru next cruise?

Hey there,

If you are using a % off it would have to be booked thru Casino, but a TA can do that for you - not all will, but they can.  Royal will not let you book a group rate and then apply the % off to the booking since it has to go thru Casino.  If you are talking OBC it should not be an issue with the booking at a lower rate.  Royal has figured out all the ways we all try to double and triple dip 🙂

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