Most Important Question to ask at the Time of Booking

what is the most important question to ask when you book a cruise ?    Give your answers, and then I'll tell you what I realized recently.

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Hint : It's not, " what is the lowest price I can get away with for this cruise ? "

I always ask about the demographics of the passengers, but I'm sure that's not the most important. Could it be the safety of the ports of call?

The most important question you need to ask, at the time of booking is........until what point in time am I eligible to make changes and take advantage of drops in price on my cabin ? As I found out last nite with my Carnival booking, I was only eligible to make changes up to 60 prior to sail date. Fortunately, I got a huge refund on Aug 3rd. But any drop after Aug 12th, I was SOL....I thought I had booked Early Saver, but was driven to a different promotion. One that gave me a low rate to begin with. As it turns out, I am still paying $50 less than the price stated last night, so yes, I did end up with a great deal. But only because of a big drop at the beginning of August. See, at the time of my booking, I asked if I was eligible for price drops, and I was told yes I was. Not a lie, but not the truth either. So, you have to word your questions carefully. Kind of like wishing on a monkey's paw.

I have never had a price drop, but I tend to book only 90 or less days out. I typically book with Vacationstogo and get good prices and customer service. I have used ther trip insurance through them a couple times and also had service and no problems with that.

For the price drops, do you use a booking service or go direct through the cruise lime ?

I have a contact at the cruise line I like, but I trust my TA to get me the best deal they can, and they usually do. I use them for my business travel and they have come trough in a pinch on more than one occasion.

With regards to Carnival, depending how you book, determines who you must contact in order to see if you qualify for any price drops. But, you are responsible for keeping an eye on the prices. With Norwegian, I always check, but each time I call, I have already been credited with the difference.

For us it's "what's around us"? What I mean is what venues are above or below us like lounges, casino or dining areas. I can usually research this online while I'm talking to our cruise agent after he offers us a cabin but sometimes if I'm not near the computer, he can tell us. If I am near my computer, I can pull up the deck plans for the ship, locate the proposed cabin and see what's above and below us. When it comes to my cabin selection, it's all about location, location, location!!

I know its an old post, but this is solid advise. Knowing the price match policy for a cruise line or TA is very important.


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