Posted June 20th, 2011, 01:07 PM
I take issue with these blanket statements about 200 percent addons or even HAL at 150 percent. Most HAL single prices on web sites quote 140 percent except for balconies. Often see X solos at 150 on the Tuesday Specials. I once got 30 percent supplement on Celebrity. Trick is to go in off or shoulder season on a cruise where they have only one to sell, not the same old 7N Caribbean. Look at Transatlantics or seasonal repositionings, It helps to be a past passenger too or late booking.. Contact several agencies also.
Zoncom, I agree that when you are looking for a trip, that the off season or shoulder seasons are the best time for bargains. As far as the 200%, some lines don't vary off of them, while some do. HAL is a good one for smaller supplements and so is Celebrity. But sometimes the 200% on NCL or RCI is still cheaper than the 150% on the others. I did see a great price on the TA on the Rotterdam in November from Rome to FLL, and the air supplement was not bad either for this trip. The point I was trying to make is you don't need to focus on whether its a 200% fare or 150%, you have to look at the total price, including air, if you are trying to find a bargain. I figure the cheaper I can find the trips, the more I can go on. I still look for an itinerary I want, and then look at all of the lines to see which line has the best bargain for the total package with the ports I want to see. I don't worry about the supplement % so much as the total price. I usually book short term, 1 to 2 months out, so I have found some great bargains that way. Happy Sailing.