B2B versus Extended Booking

My cruises on the Royal Princess were booked as 3 separate cruises HOWEVER there were several cruisers who were booked as one 14 day cruise for the last 10 day & 4 day portion that counted as one cruise. Everyone was treated the same in terms of options in Ft. Lauderdale at the beginning of the 4 day cruise.  Everyone had to clear customs again in Ft. Lauderdale (which was done by a custom agent who boarded the ship) and everyone was given an In-transit card in case they wanted to disembark.

Many people were upset when they realized that some got credit for more than one cruise while others did not. In our case, we got the free 250 internet minutes for each 10 day cruise and 150 free internet minutes for the 4 day cruise.

It's all in how you booked it!  I met numerous people who jumped on the 4 day cruise at the last minute with a special offer from Princess that was phenomenal!

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Never heard of that. A 14 day cruise is usually just that.  Put it this way, if the menu changed 14 times, it was a 14 day cruise.  If you repeated the menu after 7 days, it was a B2B.  Now, Royal may have a scenario where this 4 days were really just a balancing act. Meaning, they had a 10 day itinerary, but they needed to fill in 4 days to balance out the calendar.  

Prices and incentives, change constantly.  Holiday sales, certain cabin categories, supply and demand.....all can affect pricing. Usually when two people argue over prices, they aren't even booked in the same category.

If you aren't happy with the price you are quoted,  don't book the cruise.

Thanks Debbie. Nice to know how things work. it can help sometimes and can also explain why there is pricing differences between taking 2 cruises B2B and taking 1 longer cruise that encompasses both.

I have run into this when I look at a travel site I use I see a lot of times 10 and 24 day cruises on the same ship departing the same port on the same day.  I guess the perks and pricing depends on how you book it.

PC is doing some funky things with their Caribbean cruises. The Regal books either 7 or 14 day cruises. If you book the 14, the ship returns to Ft. Lauderdale halfway through your cruise to exchange new passengers. When we booked on board last winter, the agent noted that even though it was a 14 day cruise, it counted as 2 separate voyages. We ended up with lots of OBC on each sailing.

The Regal offers 10 and 11 day cruises to the Caribbean as well.

Yes... I've seen them. Clearly they are filling their ships with passengers to have so many options.

The Caribbean has a limited window due to Hurricane system and with the number of cruise lines out there, I think they are smart to offer as many options as possible and yes, fill those ships!

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