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njmoms
April 22nd, 2004, 08:56 PM
Has anyone exchanged a timeshare week for a cruise through Interval International? We are thinking of trying to exchange our week for a Disney cruise. Does anyone know about how much you can save versus booking through a TA or on-line?

Thanks.

serene56
April 23rd, 2004, 09:25 AM
I didnt know that people can own a timeshare for a cruise. How does that work.

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skylock
April 23rd, 2004, 09:36 PM
The one time I checked on it, I was not happy with the rate. I do not remember the details, but know I did not take it. I am thinking it was going to be a discount of a couple hundred dollars. I would call interval and see.

Post back when you find out.

judyh

VaCruzers
April 25th, 2004, 06:18 AM
we own a timeshare (not a cruise timeshare, but can exchange for a cruise) through RCI (Resort Condominiums Intl.). I have attempted to exchange for a cruise several times & each time I could just book a cruise from almost any travel agent or the cruise line itself for less than the amount I would be charged for the exchange. It just makes no sense to pay more than you could book the cruise for PLUS give up your timeshare week. I hope you have better luck with Interval International. I would like to hear how it goes.

danblinn
April 26th, 2004, 03:14 AM
I don't know anything about RCI exchanges. But, I can tell you that Disney Vacation Club owners can exchange for Disney cruises. We are doing that this summer, in fact.

One way to work this out would be to arrange a direct exchange w/ a DVC owner to swap your timeshare in exchange for them to book a cruise for you. I think, though, that this would be a very tough exchange to make. You would need something that would trade very, very well, and you might have to throw some cash or even two weeks into it to make that type of exchange.

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Sue's Mom
May 5th, 2004, 02:10 PM
We are DVC owners (points system, rather than weekly). It is financially better for us to "rent out" our points and pay cash for a HAL Alaska cruise, which is one cruise option for DVC members, than it is to use the points to book the same cruise. We would still have to pay the exchange fees, which I think are $100. I have not looked into the Disney Cruise Line exchange.

luv2cruise450
May 9th, 2004, 07:48 AM
I agree with VACruiser...when we bought our timeshares back in 1988...exchanging for a cruise was not a selling point since they didn't have anything like that set up yet...we bought the timshare 'cause we really enjoyed 'our' resort. But recently a friend who 'attended' a timshare presentation was told that this was one of the 'benefits' of exchanging...they called me and asked me if I booked many of my cruises this way. I told them that with having to bank a resort week (my maintenance fees are $400.+ a year for each week) , exhange fees PLUS an additional payment (p/p) for the cruise (which are not that great peicewise)...it always turned out to be way more than I could just go book the cruise for thru a cruise agency. I think that the salesagent didn't give them a complete concept of how this would work. So I told them not to base buying the timeshare and membership in RCI on that...but on the premise that they really enjoyed the resort and the concept of timeshare. P.S...they did buy a week...but not based on using it to exchange for a week of cruising.
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bravemom
May 19th, 2004, 12:42 AM
i'm a disney vacation club owner and have used our timeshare to do a 7 day disney cruise as well as book our upcoming alaska cruise. i know alot of dvc members don't feel that the trade off is worthwhile, but when i look at what i would have paid for both of the cruises and recall that i've only paid $95.00 out of pocket each (excluding of course air fare...) we have already seen our initial investment back. so i would say "yes"-if you could trade out for a cruise go for it.

choozin' cruzin'
May 27th, 2004, 06:26 PM
What I found out through RCI (Resorts Condominium International) when I tried to exchange is that there are only certain cruises you could "trade" for. Of course the one we were interested in wasn't one of them. http://messages.cruisecritic.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

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charleskatz@comcast.net
December 28th, 2007, 07:51 PM
don't waste your points nor your week on a cruise, use them at the beginning
of the cruise or at the end for a hotel partner useage, the timeshare cruise
credit is based on a full brochure price,which in the real world does not exist.
troll thru every travel/cruise wesite until you find the ship/accomidation/date
you want and then check the price several times.
book as far ahead as possible with what you feel is the absolute minimum
acceptable accomidations,and then let them give you an upgrade.

canadian cruisehounds
January 1st, 2008, 06:07 PM
We purchased a timeshare years ago and don't use it much. We have recently exchanged a week of our exchange through RCI for a 1 week southern caribbean cruise. It is easy to do; however, it is not always a bargain. What we did was look at Vacations-to-go websites and other discount cruise websites and then see how much our Timeshare was worth...if you are lucky, you will save between $400 to $600 per cabin but you have to really do your research. A lot of the time you can get the cruise cheaper if you just book it through your travel agent or online. Good luck .

Momeof3
January 6th, 2008, 01:14 PM
Being an II owner myself. It would also depend if you are in Club Navigo or not. I know you can use your gold points to put toward a cruise. You can contact club navigo at 877 628 4463 or 407 856 7190 M-F 8:30am - 7pm or clubnavigo.com

If you are not in Club Navigo I dont know how it would work. Had to check my book for this info.

Momeof3
January 6th, 2008, 01:23 PM
Just checked Club Navigo website and the Navigo Cruise is not up yet. It still says coming soon.

thisguy74
May 15th, 2008, 03:24 AM
RUN AWAY! My wife and I have checked into this type of exchange and looked into multiple trip iteneraries and not once was using a timeshare exchange a good deal. In fact, more often than not, the extra charges per day for the cruise ended up being more than booking the cruise on your own through a travel agent plus you lose all those points. This is through RCI that we have checked.

mike91911
May 15th, 2008, 09:40 AM
I looked for months before I booked my cruise. I could not find a cruise through RCI that was cheaper. Not even close. I agree with a previous poster, use it as a pre cruise or post cruise vacation.

Morgsmom
May 16th, 2008, 01:45 PM
Ex hubby owns an RCI timeshare (which he regrets deeply) and passes on the cruise ship offers to me -- I always tell him that I can book the same cruise directly and pay LESS than exchange and other RCI fees and not have him turn in his week. As another poster said, if it is with RCI RUN AWAY!!!

cruiselover57
May 30th, 2008, 07:41 PM
Ex hubby owns an RCI timeshare (which he regrets deeply) and passes on the cruise ship offers to me -- I always tell him that I can book the same cruise directly and pay LESS than exchange and other RCI fees and not have him turn in his week. As another poster said, if it is with RCI RUN AWAY!!!

Very true! Everytime I get "roped" into attending one of those timeshare presentations (and only because of the free gift they're giving), I ask about cruises. Most turn their heads and don't even want to discuss it so I say "then WHY do you even advertise for a cruise?" Makes no sense does it? Of course I go into the presentation (like everyone else does) letting them THINK I'm interested but after hearing their so-called presentation, I say "nope, NOT a good deal" and they look at me like I'm the crazy one for NOT taking advantage of a "life-time" vacation ownership package! LOL One time I said "for what you're charging me in yearly maintenance fees, a family of 4 can go on a 7-day cruise to Mexico." They didn't like hearing that at all! Gee, I wonder why?

Here's to ALL who know the best value of a vacation is definitely and always will be a cruise IMO!

Laurie

smoothdancer
May 31st, 2008, 10:32 AM
I love our timeshare. Often while on a cruise we make a Island stop and decide we would enjoy a weeks vacation there. We exchange our timeshare for the Island and always have a great vacation at a great resort.

But you have to use the timeshare for as it was intended. To exchange for a cruise to me is just a waste of money. The deal is no deal at all, and even with the exchange you can find a better crusie deal on any intenet site... The two just dont work together well.

misty57
May 31st, 2008, 10:06 PM
We got roped into a timeshare in Curacao several years ago while on a cruise. Not only is the cruise exchange not a good deal, but with the exchange company membership fees and the maintanance fees which by the way inceased by 7% this year, one person could take a 7 day cruise. I can't believe we fell for the sales pitch.... I think our drinks were spiked!:D We have decided to donate our timeshare to the Red Cross... tax write off and a refund of this year's maintanance fee could help pay for next year's cruise!

suezyq50
June 1st, 2008, 12:32 PM
We love our timeshare. Bought it "used" through a local realtor at more than half the price than buying at the resort itself. We than use RCI for exchanges. No way will I exchange my timeshare week for a cruise. Not worth the money.

Bubba037798
May 11th, 2009, 05:12 PM
I have found the RCI cruise exchanges rarely give you the value of your week, based on exchange and maint. fees. :mad: That being said, have done an RCI cruise exchange, but for purely personal reasons.

We have found that the II cruise exchanges give you a better exchange rate, based on your timeshare week. We prefer II for cruise exchanges.

Love the flexibility of timeshares. RCI points can also give you some options that are better than II (such as airfare) or short stays.:)

Ed

Some1
May 13th, 2009, 01:05 AM
My husband and I almost got sucked into this kind of thing last year while we were in Vegas...glad we didn't give in!

TnMDougherty
May 28th, 2009, 09:18 AM
I did one exchange through RCI; I just stumbled across a deal on a ship they were trying to fill up that met my plans. I think I saved about $400 over 2 cabins. I tried to do one through II, but first they said I had to upgrade my membership (?) by $50 before they could even quote me a price! I passed on that opportunity. Generally speaking, it is not worth the hassle of looking for that one deal.

jshz
August 3rd, 2009, 01:13 AM
I think it all depends on the "value" of your timeshare. I exchanged my II timeshare for a cruise that I will be taking in 3 weeks. I received a $500 credit (after the exchange fee was taken out) for the cabin. The cost of the cabin was the same as was advertised on the cruiseline website. All in all, I'm pretty pleased with it. :)

we're sailing away....
August 8th, 2009, 04:04 PM
the best way is to rent your week and us a TA/ group rate

bluwes
August 10th, 2009, 03:51 PM
I am suprised at some of the comments on this thread which go back several years. We have owned a timeshare in europe for a number of years which we enjoyed, and have exchanged everywhere from Australia, to Thailand and Vegas. Back in 2000 we were asked if we wanted to buy another week on the same resort and we would recieve a free cruise. Well we were celebrating our silver wedding that year and we considering a cruise anyway.
We went ahead and bought the week and took the cruise with International Cruise Exchange. Since then we have used that week to take 7 cruises and always got a cheaper rate than we could have got anywhere.

So we have always been happy with our cruise exchange experience.

However this year I.C.E seem to have been taken over by a company called Platinum Rewards, who gave us 10,000 points to join, but didnt require us to exchange our week. We booked on the Carnival Dreams first cruise out of Civitavecchia this September. There was a small saving but nothing like we have had in the past. We wont be using them again

Like other timeshare owners on this thread from now on we will exchange for a week pre or postcruise instead of just flying in 2 days before and leaving for home straight after, and use a TA or book via the internet

we're sailing away....
August 19th, 2009, 05:39 PM
I am suprised at some of the comments on this thread which go back several years. We have owned a timeshare in europe for a number of years which we enjoyed, and have exchanged everywhere from Australia, to Thailand and Vegas. Back in 2000 we were asked if we wanted to buy another week on the same resort and we would recieve a free cruise. Well we were celebrating our silver wedding that year and we considering a cruise anyway.
We went ahead and bought the week and took the cruise with International Cruise Exchange. Since then we have used that week to take 7 cruises and always got a cheaper rate than we could have got anywhere.

So we have always been happy with our cruise exchange experience.

However this year I.C.E seem to have been taken over by a company called Platinum Rewards, who gave us 10,000 points to join, but didnt require us to exchange our week. We booked on the Carnival Dreams first cruise out of Civitavecchia this September. There was a small saving but nothing like we have had in the past. We wont be using them again

Like other timeshare owners on this thread from now on we will exchange for a week pre or postcruise instead of just flying in 2 days before and leaving for home straight after, and use a TA or book via the internet

Your lucky

SAD
August 26th, 2009, 09:41 PM
My husband and I are owners of a timeshare in Key West and have been members of II for about 11 years. As I am a cruise freak I have checked into exchanging our week in Key West for a cruise and have found it to be no deal at all. I thought that maybe I was missing something but I don't think so. Our maint. fees are close to $1300/year so I don't feel as though trading our week for a cruise in which I still have to pay so much for is a deal at all. I will take my week in beautiful Key West and then shop for cruise deals when ever I can.

wickedwitchofthewest
August 28th, 2009, 08:36 PM
I have exchanged my timeshare week for a cruise several times and each time the cost has been less than that quoted for the cruise alone.
maybe tho this might be because us non us customers can't seem to get the same cut price deals that the americans get. So my advice compare and go with the best ones.

travlnblueberries
August 29th, 2009, 03:59 PM
We went to a time share that offered you to exchange for a cruise. When I told the lady at the presentation I could cruise for a lot cheaper than they would exchange for, she wanted me to give her the details as to where I purchase my cruises from...lol
Needless to say, we didn't sign the dotted line!

we're sailing away....
August 30th, 2009, 03:59 PM
One thought for you all rent your time share on TUG

CapeCodCruiser
September 9th, 2009, 12:52 PM
We own 2 Marriott weeks - the two times I checked into cruise exchange through II I found I could book the cruise myself for less than the "addition cost". But with Marriott points you can trad 145,000 points for a $1000 cruise certificate through cruises only - good on any cruise.

babebutters
September 15th, 2009, 01:16 PM
We own with both RCI and II. In both cases, we have found that exchanging is not worth it. BUT, we have found that exchanging throug the timeshare company can be worth it....

Our RCI timeshare is Wyndham. We own lots of points and this year ended up with about 300K unused. I just booked a 7 day cruise out of Miami (january 2) on the Carnival Liberty for myself and two kids (hubby has to work) for all our remaining points and about $600 out of pocket for port fees, taxes and insurance.

Our II timeshare is Marriott. As another commenter mentioned, if you trade your week for points (can only do that if you buy from Marriott, not on open market) you can exchange for a $1000 cruise cert from Cruises Only for abou 145K points. I used it for a cruise this year. Cruises Only was wonderful; they have a special Marriott desk, as I remember.

Best,
Kathryn

CapeCodCruiser
September 15th, 2009, 08:28 PM
Our II timeshare is Marriott. As another commenter mentioned, if you trade your week for points (can only do that if you buy from Marriott, not on open market) you can exchange for a $1000 cruise cert from Cruises Only for abou 145K points. I used it for a cruise this year. Cruises Only was wonderful; they have a special Marriott desk, as I remember.

Best,
Kathryn

I booked my upcoming cruise through the Marriott desk at Cruises Only - they have been wonderful - even got a price drop for me after I booked. When the agent at CO couldn't get it to show up on her system she put me on hold and called CCL and had them do it from their end.

ninnie
October 23rd, 2009, 05:25 PM
Thanks for the info and advice in this thread!

It helps with ideas for future vacations.

I think booking a cruise seperately and then using the timeshare for an extra week added onto your vacation is the best value!

:)