(Please no naming of TA's)
I would suggest shopping around as here in the UK cruises can be discounted.
Also I would suggest checking if the TA/Cruiseline charges an admin fee or extra cancellation charge on top of those within their normal T&Cs
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Check the prices in the US.What would be a good price for a balcony?
There is one US site(not a TA) that allows TAs to compete for your cruise business and many acept UK customers.
NCL allows direct booking on NCL.com
IN the UK RCI owns a TA so always check prices with them they are often the cheapest.
Research, ships,cabins,itineraries and dates a cruise can be 1/2 price just by changing dates.
Compare prices on costs per day if different length.
A good target price is £50 per person per day for an inside or less on some trips
A small packing tip....with the rules about liquids etc having to go into checked luggage, before you pack any shower gels, toothpaste, shampoo etc....selotape down the lids.Good point - for good measure I also put suncream etc. into plastic sandwich bags an extra precaution which has never been necessary until my last cruise - was I glad I had!!!! All my toilet bag contents would have been coated otherwise as the container had burst in transit!
By doing this simple thing, it should prevent any spillage if the case is crushed during the flight or at the airport.
Nowt worse than unpacking on the ship to find clothes stained with toothpaste or shampoo. Takes a few seconds to selotape the lids securely down
We are going to Egypt in May and the tour operator there (Rameses) wants to be paid in cash at the end of the trip (over $1000). This presents two problems:This is my second attempt to post this...database error message, so could be a double post, not sure.
First, do I get my dollars in advance and take them on board;
and second, what do I do with the cash while we are touring around in Egypt.
I'd echo the advice to check US prices. But before you do, remember that you are sacrificing ABTA and ATOL protection. But you can cancel with full refund of your deposit up to 90 days before you travel - at which point you'll have to pay in full.Be carefull of taking out insurance elewhere many policies have residence retrictions
Sometimes you will find that the prices are better in the US, sometimes in the UK.
US insurance is also far more flexible when considering previous medical conditions.
There are pros and cons of booking on the two sides of the pond. But it is an option to consider.
My TA can book me on anything bar P&O. Don't ask me why!
My own experience is with Cunard, if that is of relevance.