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I don't get it, every time you think there may be a better sale out there, Royal finds a way to not make it any special of a sale.

Booked clients with a BOGO 25% off and heard about the 30% off each coming in October, so I was looking to get my clients in at a better price but when I checked they raised the price of the cruise while giving the larger discount and it would actually cost more instead of less.  And these cruises are more than a year away and clients were recently booked in the last 30 days.

Very embarrassing and frustrating.

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31 minutes ago, VinceC said:

I don't get it, every time you think there may be a better sale out there, Royal finds a way to not make it any special of a sale.

Yup..Royal math at its finest.  You are preaching to the choir here.  All I can do is book when I am comfortable with the bottom line price and then hope I can luck into a price drop at some point before final payment.  

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This made me chuckle..I just did a mock booking and repriced a 2020 sailing to Alaska that I have.  It's about $500 cheaper on this sale iteration.  I just got a price drop last week as well and this drops it even more.

I think I'm about to drive my TA crazy here.

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This is a well known fact with Royal...surprised you weren't aware of this..

 

There never really is a sale...and a "better" offer can be worse than a "worse" offer with them.....it never ends with them.......

 

This applies to not only the cruise fare..but drink packages....excursions etc..

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3 minutes ago, SpeedNoodles said:

I checked each room categories of all 6 sailings that I'm currently booked on, and all of the prices went down since yesterday on each one with the 30% off sail.  So it just depends, I guess.

you must have a lot of rebooking and saving to do!!!..lucky you

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Just now, monctonguy said:

you must have a lot of rebooking and saving to do!!!..lucky you

Ha, no, actually none at all.  While the price went down this sale from the prior sale (so from Sunday to Monday), all of the prices are still higher than my original booking price.  I've never had a sailing go below what I booked it as yet.

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The only time I've saved any significant money (more than $50) over the original booking is when I booked my first cruise, which was inside of a year from sail date / well after the itineraries were announced. That time my TA saved me a ton of money when the WAVE Sale came out about two months after we'd booked.

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5 hours ago, GlassSlipper said:

I just saved $1200 on our booking.  I was surprised.  The cruise fare did not change, but the discounts were increased.  We had BOGO 50% plus a $300 credit.  So after you take away the credit, we saved $900.

Same here.  Base Price the same but the KSF savings is a bit more than last week (meaning savings for us...I'll take it).

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Call me crazy, but if I book a cruise and then a week, month or year later the prices are all higher that makes me feel good that I got a deal.

If price was constantly going up and down like a Kmart blue light special, it would make knowing when to book feel impossible. So by booking early, we get best price.  From a client/agent standpoint, I think that's a great feeling.

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1 hour ago, Matt said:

Call me crazy, but if I book a cruise and then a week, month or year later the prices are all higher that makes me feel good that I got a deal.

If price was constantly going up and down like a Kmart blue light special, it would make knowing when to book feel impossible. So by booking early, we get best price.  From a client/agent standpoint, I think that's a great feeling.

I agree. My Oasis sailing dropped a a couple hunderd bucks, but I booked so early that I know the price I paid is nearly as low as it will be. There are six of us in a ATS2BR for less than 2k a person. I think thats a great deal for a star class cruise. Any incremental price drops are icing on the cake for me at this point.

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Mine went up too.  Symphony next May. Originally booked it March. April BOGO brought it down a smidge. I called Monday (last day of BOGO sale) just to see if anything dropped. Nope, went up $117 per person. Called this morning on the 30% off each and the total fare is still $100 more. 

 

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57 minutes ago, emsff02 said:

I agree. My Oasis sailing dropped a a couple hunderd bucks, but I booked so early that I know the price I paid is nearly as low as it will be.

 

I booked thru a TA (same one as my first cruise, it rolled over to the same guy since I booked on board) with his 'group pricing' 14 months in advance. I thought there would opportunities to get a better price but I am thinking that may not happen and I don't need to watch the sales obsessively? When I asked him about it he said unless there's a major world economy event the price will not go down from what I paid but just want to get a 2nd opinion on that. I am happy with the price I paid, but of course wouldn't mind saving on a sale but won't continue to mock book all the time if this makes sense. From what I gather: it's possible I got the best price that I will see?

 

Thanks for letting my random questions slide in on occasion

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11 minutes ago, PRebecca said:

 

 

I booked thru a TA (same one as my first cruise, it rolled over to the same guy since I booked on board) with his 'group pricing' 14 months in advance. I thought there would opportunities to get a better price but I am thinking that may not happen and I don't need to watch the sales obsessively? When I asked him about it he said unless there's a major world economy event the price will not go down from what I paid but just want to get a 2nd opinion on that. I am happy with the price I paid, but of course wouldn't mind saving on a sale but won't continue to mock book all the time if this makes sense. From what I gather: it's possible I got the best price that I will see?

 

Thanks for letting my random questions slide in on occasion

🙂

You are correct. As @Matt and others will attest, booking as far as in advance as possible will usually yield the best results for a lower price. ( I booked Oasis almost 2 years in advance) Cruises are priced based on demand, as the ship starts filling up, supply is lower, demand becomes higher and prices will go up. I would still watch sales etc, but you don’t necessarily need to obsess over them. Sign up for their emails because they will alert you to sales and it’s not a lot of effort to call them to see if you qualify for a better rate. It’s also beneficial to occasionally make up mock bookings to see if there is a general drop in price separate for the sales too.

I have repriced my Oasis cruise twice now and knocked  about $600 off. 
 

Over all though, if as you said, you are happy with the price you paid, then you can also sit back, relax and wait for embarkation day and not worry about it.

 Happy Cruising!!

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I think what's sticking in my craw is that the TA said I will not find a better price, and his invoice is broken down a little different than the Royal invoice he also gave me so it's just not sitting right in my head. 

 

I'm sure it's fine, thanks for the advice, now I'm off to watch drink package prices and over think excursions 🙂

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14 minutes ago, PRebecca said:

I think what's sticking in my craw is that the TA said I will not find a better price, and his invoice is broken down a little different than the Royal invoice he also gave me so it's just not sitting right in my head. 

 

I'm sure it's fine, thanks for the advice, now I'm off to watch drink package prices and over think excursions 🙂

That would drive me nuts too. Sounds like he may not be providing the best service. The nice thing is that you don’t have to stick with them. I’ve done cruises doing all the work myself, and now have two booked with Michele at MEI. They support this site, and she has been easy to work with so far. Something to think about for the next ones!

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1 hour ago, PRebecca said:

From what I gather: it's possible I got the best price that I will see?

It's possible, but you will never know if you don't check...especially if your TA states it's going to be the lowest price you will see.  That means he's probably not checking.

The important thing is to make sure you are making and apples-to-apples comparison when doing the mock pricing..same stateroom category, deck, fwd/mid/aft location, refundable/nonrefundable, gratuities included, etc. to get that bottom line number to compare.  Also keep in mind that the port fees/taxes (which should be separated out on all invoices) will typically stay locked in at the original booking price.  I have seen the port fees vary by a bit (not a huge amount).

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