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I have 2 adjoining ocean view balconies on the Dec 9th 2018 Allure Sailing with the infamous non-refundable fare. Some close friends want to go with us but can only go the Jan 6th 2019 sailing. RCCL is charging us $100 per cabin (or person?) for a total of $400. The Jan 6th sailing is another $800 more so it's a net loss of $1200. We got the 30% off 3rd and 4th guests deal. I am hesitant to make the change given the $1,200 is just thrown away. Any guesses on whether or not it's worth waiting it out for a better sale to offset the $1,200? My TA said RCCL won't budge on any change fees. Blah.

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I have 2 adjoining ocean view balconies on the Dec 9th 2018 Allure Sailing with the infamous non-refundable fare. Some close friends want to go with us but can only go the Jan 6th 2019 sailing. RCCL is charging us $100 per cabin (or person?) for a total of $400. The Jan 6th sailing is another $800 more so it's a net loss of $1200. We got the 30% off 3rd and 4th guests deal. I am hesitant to make the change given the $1,200 is just thrown away. Any guesses on whether or not it's worth waiting it out for a better sale to offset the $1,200? My TA said RCCL won't budge on any change fees. Blah.

 

It's only thrown away if you really really really want to sail with those close friends.

 

They are not going to "budge". You knew the terms when you booked. $100 of your deposit is NON REFUNDABLE. When you change cruises, they keep $100 per person. Period. The fact that the January 6 cruise is more expensive than the December 9 cruise is happenstance. It could have turned out to be cheaper.

 

Your money; your choice.

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If you switch now, and the price drops on the January 6 sailing, you can get the price drop until final payment date.

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Without discounts (I don't know if you are entitled to a balcony discount), you can get a Central Park balcony for $1955 with $225 OBC. Sounds like a good price to me.

 

($2142 for ocean view balcony)

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Go on the Oasis for the same week for $1906 for a CP balcony; $2091 for an ocean view balcony.

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If you switch now, and the price drops on the January 6 sailing, you can get the price drop until final payment date.

 

Even if booked through the TA? The price I got even before the $175 X 2 OBC was lower than RCCL website.

 

Without discounts (I don't know if you are entitled to a balcony discount), you can get a Central Park balcony for $1955 with $225 OBC. Sounds like a good price to me.

 

($2142 for ocean view balcony)

 

Dec 9 was $175 OBC per cabin. Jan 6th is $225 OBC per cabin but the base rate goes from $1762.70 per cabin to $2141 per cabin.

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Even if booked through the TA? The price I got even before the $175 X 2 OBC was lower than RCCL website.

 

 

 

Dec 9 was $175 OBC per cabin. Jan 6th is $225 OBC per cabin but the base rate goes from $1762.70 per cabin to $2141 per cabin.

It doesn't matter how you booked. If the price drops before final payment date, just have your agent call RC and get the lower price. It's policy.

 

(looks like a net loss of $656 plus $400 = $1056). See? I've already reduced the $1200. Don't you feel better now? And you can save more if you are willing to try a Central Park balcony. There are some nice perks that come with a CP balcony: complimentary lunch for two, bottle of red wine and a learn-to-play lesson at Casino RoyaleSM.

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It doesn't matter how you booked. If the price drops before final payment date, just have your agent call RC and get the lower price. It's policy.

 

(looks like a net loss of $656 plus $400 = $1056). See? I've already reduced the $1200. Don't you feel better now? And you can save more if you are willing to try a Central Park balcony. There are some nice perks that come with a CP balcony: complimentary lunch for two, bottle of red wine and a learn-to-play lesson at Casino RoyaleSM.

 

Hah. Thanks. Wife wants the exterior ocean view. I don't blame her. I'll let her decide but hate throwing it away. I wish I waited a bit.

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Split the difference with your friends? Did they know beforehand the date you were booking and then found out they couldn't go? Anyone who can substitute?

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Cancel the RCCL cruise, lose your $400 deposit and then take your money and go book a ship on another cruiseline. Other ships in the sea !!

 

Jimbo:)

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Cancel the RCCL cruise, lose your $400 deposit and then take your money and go book a ship on another cruiseline. Other ships in the sea !!

 

Jimbo:)

Since the point of cancellation seems to be to cruise with their friends, your suggestion is hardly helpful.

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Book Norweigian Getaway.same sailing date , leaving from same port(Miami).

 

$ 2599.00 for Balcony Deck 10 Category BD

 

$125 OBC, Free travel Insurance, Free Prepaid Gratuties..........Plus Norweigian( Free BoozeUltimate Beverage) and 3 Nights Specialty Dining Package free..also Free Bottle of Wine & Chocolate Covered Strawberries

 

 

un

01/06

Miami, Fl

(Depart 04:00 PM)

 

Mon

01/07

day at sea

 

 

Tue

01/08

Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras

(10:00 AM - 06:00 PM)

 

Wed

01/09

Harvest Caye, Belize

(08:00 AM - 05:00 PM)

 

Thu

01/10

Costa Maya, Mexico

(08:00 AM - 05:00 PM)

 

Fri

01/11

Cozumel, Mexico

(08:00 AM - 05:00 PM)

 

Sat

01/12

day at sea

 

 

Sun

01/13

Miami, Fl

 

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Split the difference with your friends? Did they know beforehand the date you were booking and then found out they couldn't go? Anyone who can substitute?

 

 

They'd better be good friends to ask that...

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Boardwalk balcony cabins get a meal at Johnny Rockets and a soda package.

 

Is the JR meal for all in the cabin or like the CP balcony free lunch for 2 at Giovanni's.

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Is the JR meal for all in the cabin or like the CP balcony free lunch for 2 at Giovanni's.

JR meal is for up to 4 in the stateroom.

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And make sure THEY don't cancel down the road. Then you will really be screwed.

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They'd better be good friends to ask that...

 

I was thinking maybe it was the friends' decision to change the date after they agreed to the original sailing date....

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JR meal is for up to 4 in the stateroom.

 

 

Bob, that is what I thought. When I attended a future cruise seminar, the head of "on board booking" mentioned that the BB promo (JR) was only good for 2 people. After the session was over, I mentioned to her that it was for all, but she insisted on 2 only. Guess even the people that should know are confused with all their promos.:D

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Are your friends aware of how much more this cruise would cost you? It's not so much the deposits but the price difference on the cruise itself. It all depends on what draws you to book a particular date over another. If you are a price-driven cruiser, you should stick with your original plan. If you think the value of sailing with your friends outweighs that, and that's certainly a valid point of view for some, then change your plans. I would caution to consider the friendship, will you feel a little resentful about the money, what if they change their plans and don't sail? A lot can happen in 11 months.

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They'd better be good friends to ask that...

If they were "good friends" they wouldn't be asking OP to spend another $1200 to cruise with them.

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Since the point of cancellation seems to be to cruise with their friends, your suggestion is hardly helpful.

 

Don't see why you are saying that, the point is to find a better deal. If it's not on RCCL, cruise on another cruiseline. No one is forceing them to stay on the same cruiseline.

 

Jimbo:):)

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We love cruising with some very close friends who live 8 hours away. This year we booked a cruise that coincided with our daughter’s spring break so she could be with us. Our friends were going to go with us but she could not get those dates off. She just got back from her cruise and we are about to go on ours. We did a lot of instant messaging while she was cruising [emoji4]. Sometimes things just don’t work out. I would not pay $1,200 to make the change. But that’s just me. Especially, you live near them.

 

 

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Are the friends in the other cabin, or are the two cabins for your family?

 

If the friends committed to this date and changed their mind, they should eat the cost of the change fees.

 

If you booked this cruise for just your family, and later your friends want to add on to your vacation and move it to a different date, then you need to decide if it's worth the extra cost to you.

 

But in NO circumstance is any of this the fault of RCI.

 

And it's not a "net loss of $1200" -- it's not RCI's fault that the week you want to change to costs more, that's just simple supply and demand. If you had booked that week in the first place, it still would have cost you extra.

 

The ONLY actual loss here is the $400 in change fees, which you agreed to in the first place when you booked a non-refundable fare. If you weren't positive that you were going to go on that particular cruise, you shouldn't have booked at the non-refundable fare price.

 

And you certainly shouldn't be calling this a "non-refundable woe" -- you knew when you booked it that it was non-refundable, so this is on YOU, not on RCI.

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I have 2 adjoining ocean view balconies on the Dec 9th 2018 Allure Sailing with the infamous non-refundable fare. Some close friends want to go with us but can only go the Jan 6th 2019 sailing. RCCL is charging us $100 per cabin (or person?) for a total of $400. The Jan 6th sailing is another $800 more so it's a net loss of $1200. We got the 30% off 3rd and 4th guests deal. I am hesitant to make the change given the $1,200 is just thrown away. Any guesses on whether or not it's worth waiting it out for a better sale to offset the $1,200? My TA said RCCL won't budge on any change fees. Blah.

Your friends need to accommodate your plans, not the other way around

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Cancel the RCCL cruise, lose your $400 deposit and then take your money and go book a ship on another cruiseline. Other ships in the sea !!

 

Jimbo:)

 

They didn't say if the $100 was their deposit.

 

The penalty for rebooking on another RCI ship or date is $100pp. If you cancel the cruise and don't rebook within a certain period you lose the ENTIRE deposit for each cabin. Probably $1,800.

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