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5 minutes ago, Flowrider said:

We always book refundable rates on a few different dates. Whichever one or sometimes two end up repricing the lowest are the winners.  

We also commonly convert a refundable rate to non-refundable prior to final payment.

I thought you couldn't book refundable fares for suites? I'd be all over that.

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9 minutes ago, Flowrider said:

We always book refundable rates on a few different dates. Whichever one or sometimes two end up repricing the lowest are the winners.  

We also commonly convert a refundable rate to non-refundable prior to final payment.

Suites, at least for the last 2 years have been NRD.

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16 minutes ago, SpeedNoodles said:

I thought you couldn't book refundable fares for suites? I'd be all over that.

Wouldn’t know about the suites.  We typically book interior rooms or oceanview to save money.  Sorry I totally missed the title about suites! 😂
 

We’re a family of 6 and we take advantage of kids sail free promotion.  What we’ve noticed is that if we start with the rate during the kids sale free promotion we usually pay more vs if we book when it’s expensive(and not on sale) and reprice it.  Overall rates seem to be better that second route.

The kids sale free promotion applies after the first 2 persons are full priced. When we had 4 kids under 12 y/o we would book the ultra spacious oceanview room or ultraspacious interior rooms(6 passenger rooms). Mom and dad were full price and then the 4 kids were free.  Now that 2 kids are older we book two connecting rooms and try and get one kid free in one room and one free in the second room.

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The best price we ever got was the first time we ever did a suite on Explorer in 2015 (5 night trip), right before drydock. 

 

Total cost for 2 adults and 1 child in a grand suite was $2300.

 

No idea why it was that cheap. But I wish I knew.

Since then I haven't found any good way to get a better price. 

 

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Be flexible about when you want to go, and just keep checking availability. You never know when there will be some weird deal. First time we were ever in a GS was because it happened to be priced lower than a JS about 90 days out.

It was all down hill from there...

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4 hours ago, AspiringCruisePlanner said:

Become an airline employee or recruit your parents or kids to become one! Royal offers around a 25% discount on top of the regular 30% discount for all categories, including suites. Cruises within 3 months are often 50% off the price available to the public.

We can't even get first responder discounts.

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6 hours ago, AspiringCruisePlanner said:

Become an airline employee or recruit your parents or kids to become one! Royal offers around a 25% discount on top of the regular 30% discount for all categories, including suites. Cruises within 3 months are often 50% off the price available to the public.

Yup! miss those perks! Discounts for cruises, hotels and tax only flight! Plus jump seat when everything is sold out.

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Be totally flexible. Be able to travel within a couple of weeks or months and have access to great airfares.

I have a website I use to check daily that tracks price changes and can search on categories and since royal changed its way to look for senior discounts and resident discounts, I have another website to look for those. 

There are many times that prices are reduced in error, especially when they are looking at a redeployment. Always look for redeployments.  After redeployment they are trying to fill the ship and priced can be great.

I always book suites and don't plan anything until I see  great deal.

 

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15 hours ago, SpeedNoodles said:

I thought you couldn't book refundable fares for suites? I'd be all over that.

Jr. Suites are still able to be booked with refundable deposits.  I realize Jr. Suites do not have the same perks the other higher prices suites. 

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I did this… booked a balcony room and then watched the prices to later change to a suite guarantee (“WS”) for an additional $600 or so… that ended up getting me a JS. But then I got to RoyalUp bid on all of the other suite categories. And ended up in a Crown Loft Suite for about $6k less than the going rate. 

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