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Hello, All!

Been a while since I've been here. Several times in the past, I've done a second "mock-booking" of my existing reservation, to see if I would come up with a lower price to no avail.

With the current 2021 sale going on, I was able to see that booking an available cabin RIGHT NEXT TO MINE was $79 cheaper so I decided to call RCCL. (Not a bunch, but, hey, every bit helps!)

To my surprise, not only was the basic rate $79 cheaper, but, I actually qualified for an additional discount as a resident of MICHIGAN! This has NEVER happened for me. In my experience, those discounts have usually been available for those in the home port state.

At the end of the call, I had a $244 discount off my cruise fare!

If not for finding this blog a few years ago, I wouldn't have known that re-pricing an existing reservation was possible.

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1 hour ago, SPS said:

With the current 2021 sale going on, I was able to see that booking an available cabin RIGHT NEXT TO MINE was $79 cheaper so I decided to call RCCL. (Not a bunch, but, hey, every bit helps!)

It doesn't even have to be a cabin anywhere near yours ... just the same category.  Sometimes it will show that a room in that category isn't available but you still may be able to re-price.  Like you say, every bit helps.  I just re-priced a cruise 2 days in a row.  The first day was a $75 cruise fare reduction. The second day I noticed another $75 discount for something else.  I felt ashamed for calling two days in a row but it was a different person each time so it didn't seem to matter. I don't get many "Iowa" discounts but I watch those "military" discounts very closely.

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That is awesome.  I always track my cruise price once booked.  I actually called RC last month when I saw a price drop that appeared to be lower than my original cost.  Sure enough, I reduced my cruise $750.  That reduction paid for my drink package!  😉   And for those wondering, the call took less than 10 minutes.  

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I literally just received another price alert for my July 2021 cruise 5 minutes after posting above.  I just saved another $600 today with the 13% price drop.  7 minutes on the phone with RC.  FYI, i track my prices with Cruiseline.com and their Shipmate App.

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On 6/13/2020 at 9:36 AM, SPS said:

At the end of the call, I had a $244 discount off my cruise fare!

If not for finding this blog a few years ago, I wouldn't have known that re-pricing an existing reservation was possible.

UPDATE!!!

With the current sale going on as of today (July 9th) I called again to receive another $144 off of our cruise fare.

In just under one month, we have now saved $388! Keep checking those prices!

FYI: I use the price alert feature on the Shipmate app to monitor prices. It sends me an email each time the price changes (up or down).

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34 minutes ago, Pooch said:

Saved $74 today and, thanks to you all, was able to add a military discount a couple of weeks ago that saved another $101.  I do have to say I don’t really understand Royal math.  The military discount is $504 yet my price only dropped $101🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️

There isn't an emoji for my reaction which is "yay?" Glad you saved a little green!

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I keep checking religiously every day but we got the cruise so cheaply to begin with (we accidentally scored a massive senior discount) that it would take something of a miracle for the price to drop below what we're paying. With the current sale, the going rate at the moment is still nearly $700 more!

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1 hour ago, FionaMG said:

 

I keep checking religiously every day but we got the cruise so cheaply to begin with

 

I’ve had this same problem in the past. This is the first cruise I’ve ever been able to reprice at all, let alone twice in a month!

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Hi all!  Price drops have been so rare for me that I only check occasionally now, rather than daily or weekly.  I got lucky with 2 price drops recently.  For an Explorer cruise in April 2020, which was booked in May 2019 in a junior suite, I saved $721 in May of this year, then another $148 in June.  We were also booked on Explorer in a junior suite out of Rome this September.  I moved it to Odyssey in a junior suite out of Rome in September 2021.  The move was done in May, before final payment was due.  Royal had not cancelled the cruise yet.  I repriced it in June and saved $899.  Very excited to save so much on two trips!

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My MEI TA saved us $1800 on our Greek Isle cruise last year by repricing our cruise when the prices dropped, without even being asked! Just sent happy emails telling us of our savings! With the L&S, prices locked in for next year with a final payment date of 7/4/2021, our reservation is still eligible for continued repricing if the price continues to drop. Unlikely, but a guy can wish, right?

Happy Cruising!

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I noticed that yesterday they started a new "Flash Sale" ($300 for most of my cruises) but it negated the C&A balcony discount ($250 on most of my cruises) so about a $50 lower cruise fare.  By the time they diminish it with pricing tricks, it generally didn't give me much more than a $25 discount so I'm not going to bother Michelle for $25.  I also noted a VA resident discount ($600) on one of my December 2020 Oasis cruises but the $606 military discount was negated so I will keep what I have.  VA resident discounts are extremely rare, as far as I can see.

I am an obsessive "checker" so I see all of these little fluctuations and pricing voodoo that generally won't make much of a difference....but I still do it every day.

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