Posted October 9th, 2017, 09:17 AM
Last edited by john watson; October 9th, 2017 at 09:26 AM
I don't see how one couple that are on Select and one on Saver can get a linked booking. That would make it pointless saying you can't choose dining option on a Saver Fare.
When you book on a Select Fare tariff your exact cabin is chosen by you, You can definitely have the cabin if you have specified "no upgrades" but your dining request is just that, a request and however early you booked it still may be denied. This is simply because an extraordinary number of passengers may all have said "second sitting" for example and all gone for the select fare tariff. There is a finite number of places on this and if more passengers have "requested" second than places are available then some will not get this allocation.
If the cruise line has linked bookings, then it seems straight forward to me that the "pair" would have to default to "saver fare status" in terms of priority for being selected for a particular dining style option. In this way I feel it likely that a pair of mixed bookings would be accommodated lower down the rankings and probably be disappointed in the style outcome but they would dine together and I see no reason for this upsetting the status quo on dining when on a saver fare tariff.
It should be realised by all that there are only three options, 1st sitting, 2nd sitting and freedom dining. Everybody will end up with one of them whatever their fare type. This brings in to close scrutiny the benefit of Select Fares. Is it worth it when you could still end up dining how you prefer by chance on a saver fare, and nobody knows your preference as there is no opportunity to request anything? If you do choose "Select" and permit upgrades your cabin might be a higher grade but exactly where you don't want to be located. You are far more likely to get your dining option but may not. There are a lot of hidden problems when booking and most travel agents are not going to see all the implications when booking and advise you accordingly. I remember the days of Easy Jet when you could pay an extra £7 or whatever for "earlier boarding" and I thought to myself, if everybody paid the extra money, the situation simply defaults to how it was in the first place - all boarding together in a herd. Only difference, airline pockets a load of cash.
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