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31 minutes ago, jimzgoldfinch said:

 

If you are booking cruise in Canada would you be paying in CAD $? Therefore no bank fee.

True, no bank fee if booked directly thru Celebrity in $CDN or through local TA.

However, their fares already have the exchange rate factored in.

 

Celebrity actually converts at a little less than prevailing rates. Currently 1.32 vs 1.34.

 

But if you book through a US T/A which many do, the bank fees would apply.

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As a Canadian traveller, have to agree . The pricing for our family (due to the currency exchange situation and the drastic price increases) has almost made it impossible for us to cruise Celebrity. After cancelling an Edge cruise which we already had paid  $600 US towards deposit and needed to use, I had been scouting for a reasonably priced trip for months and came across the Repo on 2 May 2020 SJU-NY. I have this booked as this seriously seemed the best price/ value option. After  this will  have to reconsider any future bookings with Celebrity (this really based on affordability). 

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It's not just Celebrity raising the prices on its cruises. Everyone at the Celebrity pricing point as well as the more expensive lines, "luxury" lines. Yes supply and demand. You name it, they are raising prices. Some to extraordinary levels.  It would not be so bad if the service and quality were also rising on these brands. I'd even settle for service and quality remaining the same, but with  new lines starting up ( Viking Ocean growing and going to be 9 ships), and established lines adding not just new ships but also larger ships to their fleets, the competition to find good people to work on these ships, where there is already huge turnover, is fierce, driving down quality, as good, trained people leave for positions on the line's new ships coming on line, or going to competitors, and their places are filled with far less experienced people. Payrolls have surely gone up, on top of amortizing huge construction costs of the new ships, so not surprising pricing too.

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6 minutes ago, Forecheck said:

 

Ya- Its more than 30 % which further enhances my original point -

I am not sure what point you are trying to make -- Can you clarify for me??

 

Sorry your are not paying 30% more. If the cruise was CAD$13,400 what would you pay if you were paying in US$ - around $10,000 (depending on rate of exchange used by Celebrity)?. It has been suggested the Celeb are using 1.32 as opposed to today's rate of 1.34.

 

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Remember they do need you and me to book, they just need someone to book. They are doing that on most sailings and have raised their profit margins. Perhaps some posters are really voicing their frustration on being priced out of their favorite line. For me, as the prices go to a point where I can move to a luxury line, like Crystal for a bit more, my choice is to try the luxury line. I currently have 2 future cruises on Celebrity and 2 on Crystal. I haven't taken a line other than Celebrity for at least 10 years. I have noticed several long time Celebrity cruisers now posting on the Crystal board. Unless the luxury lines raise prices to widen the price gap I see more Celebrity cruisers switching.

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A direct comparison between Reflection and HAL's latest the Nieuw Statendam... the same route, 1 day apart. Reflection is 1 day less...the ports are mostly the same with a couple of switches...actually prefer HAL's but only slightly.  HAL's price with drinks and one pinnacle grill dinner is $7,700  CDN (they also gave me a casino discount bringing it to $7,000)  Reflection in an 1A which is what I need to match the balcony size on the HAL Cruise is $9726 cdn and includes classic package so I'd have to upgrade and $300 obc.  Pretty much a wash on perks by the time I upgrade and $2,000 cheaper.  Hope they have a loyal following as they're not competing on price. I love Celebrity but not $2,000 worth.  Azamara has a decent sale on right now, they're actually running cheaper than X on some Med. Routes.

Edited by Cruise Junky

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It is crazy!  We booked our January cruise about 18 months prior to sale date.  Just tried a mock booking for a similar cabin and the price has more than doubled and only has 2 perks, where I have 3.

 

That is totally crazy!!!!!!!

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We booked our upcoming cruise this past February. Since then, for the same category (A1) doing a mock booking the cost has risen over $1000 per person with two less perks (and Premium BP instead of Classic BP). At the current rates we will be shopping for a new favorite cruise line.

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X yest increased our Alaska cruise by $500. Today it's $100 cheaper than what we paid for it a month ago. Because there's a sale saving you $400 off your stateroom 😂.

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17 hours ago, Mike981 said:

The majority of travelers gravitate to accommodations that offer complimentary food and beverage.https://www.meetings-conventions.com/News/Business-Travel/Hospitality-Industry-Revenue-Consumer-Spending/

 

As others have said, it's supply and demand. A lot of people are traveling and the travel industry is in a good place.

Is there any actual evidence of supply and demand though vs wishful thinking?  Awful lot of sales and price drops after final payment. Look at the other post where someone just had a massive drop on APEX next year in the med.  

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I understand what you are saying, and it's possible it is all just a big algorithm that maximizes profit by charging the early birds more and then discounting at the end. It would be interesting to see it in action. Remember many people don't have the luxury of booking a couple of months out due to air, so that severely limits the customer base.


On your point, how would one come up the actual evidence beyond articles like I linked? I would love to see it! I don't know if looking at the stock history is a good indicator. I remember what my Grandma told me, "figures don't like, but lairs figure. 😉

 

Since we have seen year on year growth in the travel industry this is driving prices. And people are rightfully a bit raw because of it, that is driving all of these price discussions. It would help when folks discuss what they paid, if they included all pertinent factors. Did your home base have discount, did you receive a military discount, did you book on board and then with a TA and so on. That's all I can think of right now.
 

I feel lucky that we paid what we paid for our trip, but the way it's going we won't be able to afford Celebrity in 2021.

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