b8b Posted August 1, 2013 #1 Share Posted August 1, 2013 Hi All, Just cruised the Baltics last month on NCL after almost 10 years of not cruising, first time for our children - they loved it! I wasn't as impressed with the food or ship, so hoping to try RCI, Princess or Celebrity next time. I found what seems to be a really good deal, though the itinerary only has 3 destinations (two I've been to, unfortunately), but the price seems right so I was about to book March 15th sailing of RCI Serenade of the Seas. I received a confirmed quote for the two staterooms I need: 1. Oceanview Stateroom Guarantee #GTY (Y) $489 + taxes of $70.73, total for two = $1,119.46 2. Balcony Stateroom Guarantee #GTY (X)+ taxes of $70.73, total for two = $1,479.46 USD Includes these benefits: 1. Oceanview = $ 100 Onboard Spending Credit + Dinner for Two in the Specialty Restaurant (A $ 60 Value) 2. Balcony = Pre-Paid Gratuities* (or equivalent Shipboard Credit) + Dinner for Two in the Specialty Restaurant (A $ 60 Value) + A Complimentary Spa Treatment (A $ 100 Value) Total is just below $2,600. However, when we went to book, they couldn't get a dining time so I would have to prepay gratuities myself ($500 deposit, pay in full in November), seems kind of like bait and switch (bummer!); thus I couldn't use the respective prepaid gratuities and cabin credit for paying the gratuities (as Royal Carribean allows), but would instead end up with $100 and $168 in onboard credit, which I would prefer to put towards the gratuities to keep my overall costs down ($2668 out of pocket including gratuities paid by credit vs. $2936 and $268 in onboard credit, which I might not use). I was trying to figure out a way to book this through another agency to match or beat this or at least not be forced to pre-pay gratuities (I had never even heard of this). What do I do? Am I better off just booking it? Trying to keep the one week for a family of four affordable. Also open to another cruise during the same week (March 15) on RCI, NCL, Celebrity or Princess with same/similar value. Thanks in advance for any and all feedback and advice! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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