Travel Agent Question?
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Can you swap it on the ship for something else?
Very often our TA gifts us bottle of wine that we swap for a white one.
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Our travel agent has gifted us with a balcony breakfast on our Royal Princess cruise in November. This is the first time we will be sailing in a suite. We are looking forward to breakfast in Sabatinis and we also can have a full breakfast in our suite.I don't want to seem ungrateful for the gift but I don't think we will use it, would you tell your travel agent or just except the gift and say nothing. Thanks for taking the time to answer.You should let your agent know. They should understand.
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Please Note: It was a gift from our TA, not a perk from Princess.
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Our travel agent has gifted us with a balcony breakfast on our Royal Princess cruise in November. This is the first time we will be sailing in a suite. We are looking forward to breakfast in Sabatinis and we also can have a full breakfast in our suite.I don't want to seem ungrateful for the gift but I don't think we will use it, would you tell your travel agent or just except the gift and say nothing. Thanks for taking the time to answer.The most important thing for a TA (next to making a profit) would be making you happy. That's why they gave you the gift. Ask them if there are options.
Our travel agent has gifted us with a balcony breakfast on our Royal Princess cruise in November. This is the first time we will be sailing in a suite. We are looking forward to breakfast in Sabatinis and we also can have a full breakfast in our suite.I don't want to seem ungrateful for the gift but I don't think we will use it, would you tell your travel agent or just except the gift and say nothing. Thanks for taking the time to answer.The Balcony Breakfast that you were gifted is probably from Princess not your travel agent. We were given the same gift for our November cruise as well and I checked. I don't think Sabatini's is open for breakfast on the day you disembark and neither is Club Class for breakfast. The Balcony Breakfast might be the substitution for that last morning. Once onboard I am going to try to switch it for OBC.
I too was wondering if it was a TA gift or Princess perk. A good TA would know that it is a redundant perk for those already in a full suite. Guess Princess wants you to skip the Suite Breakfast in Sabatini's one morning.
I don't think Sabatini's is open for breakfast on the day you disembark and neither is Club Class for breakfast. The Balcony Breakfast might be the substitution for that last morning.All reports I have read is that Club Class dining is open for breakfast on disembarkation morning, though Sabatini's is not. And while room service hot breakfast is available in full suites on disembarkation morning, I would question whether the special Balcony Breakfast menu is.
Upgrades, Upsellls and Move Over Offers are completely different things.
As are being denied boarding and being disembarked early.
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Lots of people fly in the morning of the cruise and catch crazy early flights home. Why ask us if you can? Just to be harassed by the regulars?
No hotels have free shuttles, free breakfast, free wifi, or free parking. You pay in the rate. And could have found a better deal paying by the piece.
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I think the best idea is to request an upgrade to a Balcony Dinner if you like the concept and just pay the difference on board. If you know your TA really well, I would simply explain the Suite benefit and that the Breakfast is redundant and you appreciate the thought and plan to upgrade it to a Dinner. Or ask them to do it and give them the difference.
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I'm sure your TA knows you have the option of breakfast in Sabatini's. Sabatini's is great for breakfast. Your TA might think you would enjoy a balcony breakfast. Haven't done breakfast but dinner is great.
Both times we checked with passenger services.The first time on the Star they checked into it and called and said we could use it against a specialty dinner which we didn't do because we already had 2 dinners there already. But we got the $45 value as OBC so no loss. Last week on the Emerald I checked with passenger services and they said that we could use it for soft drinks. We already had enough of those since we had two mini bar set-ups so they called back and said we could use it as an offset against a specialty dinner and to let them know after we had dined and they would apply it to our folio. It ended up going to waste as we couldn't fit in one more specialty dinner.
The back of the certificate you get for this also now indicates that it cannot be used for alcohol. Wish they would come up with a different perk since the specialty suite breakfast is already enough and we're not that impressed with what is served for the balcony breakfast!
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I would rather give my clients what they want instead of something they are not going to enjoy. So I usually give them OBC instead of things that I think they want without even asking them. Some clients told me they prefer the coffee card instead, so that's what I am ordering them for their cruises.
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