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35 minutes ago, challis said:

i thought i got a good deal,and i am savvy to bag   a 8 night princess 5 dec cruise

 

$1200 balcony p/p. 2 weeks ago.$150 per night

 

.today same cabin is $981at OZ website.  $123  per night.if you ring princess ,

I remain in jealous awe of those living on the eastern side of this great country.  So many cheap and interesting cruises are available out to Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne but, it you're over in the west you can only dream of such options.  By the time you add you airfares, airport parking and at least one night's accommodation into the economic mix, you're no longer looking at a cheap trip.  Good for all that can take advantage of such special offers though.

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Rang TA who promptly added $100 OBC to account.

Considering I booked balcony GTY I am happy.

The TA could have said no.and I would have understood.so a win.win_______

 

Until some one tells us they got a better deal..

 

 😂😃😄😁😊😅😂😂😂!!!

 

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1 hour ago, Bubbeh said:

I remain in jealous awe of those living on the eastern side of this great country.  So many cheap and interesting cruises are available out to Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne but, it you're over in the west you can only dream of such options.  By the time you add you airfares, airport parking and at least one night's accommodation into the economic mix, you're no longer looking at a cheap trip.  Good for all that can take advantage of such special offers though.

Certainly makes it more difficult.

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47 minutes ago, challis said:

Rang TA who promptly added $100 OBC to account.

Considering I booked balcony GTY I am happy.

The TA could have said no.and I would have understood.so a win.win_______

 

Until some one tells us they got a better deal..

 

 😂😃😄😁😊😅😂😂😂!!!

 

Great work, I am glad the TA was accommodating.

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Princess is having a summer sale so it might pay to check bookings. 

My cruise to New Zealand from Melbourne (Golden Princess 10/01/20 BF balcony twin) dropped 600 dollars. Cancellation fee was $190 so I rang princess, re -booked and saved 400 dollars. This is the second time I have done this. Originally in April, the fare was 6180 dollars and now I paid 4200 dollars, so overall saving nearly 1800 dollars (minus the 200 dollar penalty).

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44 minutes ago, MicCanberra said:

Certainly makes it more difficult.

We are extremely lucky, we only live 30 minutes by car from the OPT, friends drop us off and pick us up

OR we could catch the train directly to Circular.Quay

👏🏻🍀🍾🥂🎉🌴🚢🐸🍷☀️🦋🐙🐬

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52 minutes ago, andlep said:

Princess is having a summer sale so it might pay to check bookings. 

My cruise to New Zealand from Melbourne (Golden Princess 10/01/20 BF balcony twin) dropped 600 dollars. Cancellation fee was $190 so I rang princess, re -booked and saved 400 dollars. This is the second time I have done this. Originally in April, the fare was 6180 dollars and now I paid 4200 dollars, so overall saving nearly 1800 dollars (minus the 200 dollar penalty).

Great bargain hunting, sometimes it pays to renegotiate.

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1 hour ago, andlep said:

Princess is having a summer sale so it might pay to check bookings. 

My cruise to New Zealand from Melbourne (Golden Princess 10/01/20 BF balcony twin) dropped 600 dollars. Cancellation fee was $190 so I rang princess, re -booked and saved 400 dollars. This is the second time I have done this. Originally in April, the fare was 6180 dollars and now I paid 4200 dollars, so overall saving nearly 1800 dollars (minus the 200 dollar penalty).

I think it also works well to book early. I booked this cruise one year ago and $4000 was what I paid for a BD cabin on Caribe deck, with $400 OBC an ultimate balcony breakfast, and dinner at a speciality restaurant for 2 nights. I've watched the prices all year and they've never gone lower. 

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38 minutes ago, trishh said:

I think it also works well to book early. I booked this cruise one year ago and $4000 was what I paid for a BD cabin on Caribe deck, with $400 OBC an ultimate balcony breakfast, and dinner at a speciality restaurant for 2 nights. I've watched the prices all year and they've never gone lower. 

Some cruises have special prices closer to sailing, but not most.

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2 minutes ago, MicCanberra said:

I wouldn't pay extra for concierge but am willing to have it when cheaper than Balcony.

That was really my point, $600 less than a balcony. The only time I have sailed concierge was because we paid slightly less for what, for us, was a better location.

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2 minutes ago, MicCanberra said:

If you are trying to get to a certain status then the extra points would help.

I found it useful being Diamond on the Voyager of the Seas. The Diamond Lounge was a lot better than the café and we could easily get a seat in there.

 

Also boarding was a lot easier.

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28 minutes ago, bvm49 said:

We always ordered a plate of prawns and salmon every afternoon!

Brian 

Unfortunately the once I ordered prawns they were delivered so early there was no way I would eat them. The ice was melted and The prawns warm to the touch.

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9 minutes ago, GUT2407 said:

Unfortunately the once I ordered prawns they were delivered so early there was no way I would eat them. The ice was melted and The prawns warm to the touch.

Too risky. You would then have to get rid of them fairly promptly, either via room service or your room steward.

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1 minute ago, Aus Traveller said:

Too risky. You would then have to get rid of them fairly promptly, either via room service or your room steward.

That’s why I never ordered them again, they were ordered for 4:00 and when we went back to our cabin about 2:30 already there and seemed to have been out for a fair time, no way I was eating them, or ordering them again, usually just got a plate of dried fruit and nuts, nibbles on the balcony while getting ready for dinner.

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Talking of canapes, the Princess canapes are not fit for a dog, awful things, Elites can get them delivered complimentary on Formal evenings, tried them once, Yuk.  We do 2nd sitting dinner on Princess, so for pre dinner snacks with a vino I bring some cheese and stuff back from the buffet at lunch and put them in ye olde cabin fridge.

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26 minutes ago, GUT2407 said:

Unfortunately the once I ordered prawns they were delivered so early there was no way I would eat them. The ice was melted and The prawns warm to the touch.

Salmonella poisoning disaster then.

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6 minutes ago, NSWP said:

Talking of canapes, the Princess canapes are not fit for a dog, awful things, Elites can get them delivered complimentary on Formal evenings, tried them once, Yuk.  We do 2nd sitting dinner on Princess, so for pre dinner snacks with a vino I bring some cheese and stuff back from the buffet at lunch and put them in ye olde cabin fridge.

I take a couple of plastic containers with lids to keep the cheese and salami in the fridge. Although some cabin fridges are not too good. Sometimes we refer to them as the cool box. An ice bucket full of ice helps a bit.

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