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We are considering booking a future cruise on our Mariner cruise next week. Do they have any benefits for booking on board? How much is the deposit? Is it lower for an onboard booking? Is it refundable? We booked this cruise after the final payment date, so I've had no experience in answering these questions.

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Yes the deposit is lower and you do receive a slightly lower fare (depends upon length of cruise, etc.). Set up an appointment when you get onboard with the Cruise Consultant.  He/she will be happy to assist yo and answer all questions with absolutely no pressure.  And, if you book onboard, the booking can be transferred to your TA so you can get benefits from them as well.

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You can also call your TA 30 days before you get on your cruise and book and get the same program as if you're on the ship.

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9 hours ago, ronrick1943 said:

You can also call your TA 30 days before you get on your cruise and book and get the same program as if you're on the ship.

 

And, unless it has changed, up to 30 days afterward.  Of course, if they are still offering the $100 OBC for the current cruise when booking on-board, that won't accrue after the fact.  Might accrue, but I'd check, if booked prior.  No big deal to wait and do it early on-board (more time to use the non-refundable OBC) unless the cruise is selling so fast that you are concerned about waiting.

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54 minutes ago, Portolan said:

 

And, unless it has changed, up to 30 days afterward.  Of course, if they are still offering the $100 OBC for the current cruise when booking on-board, that won't accrue after the fact.  Might accrue, but I'd check, if booked prior.  No big deal to wait and do it early on-board (more time to use the non-refundable OBC) unless the cruise is selling so fast that you are concerned about waiting.

 

Good point!  We would not book a cruise 30 days prior our cruise (unless, as you said, it is selling fast).  Also, the Cruise Consultant is not as busy at the beginning of a cruise so it is easy to get a quick appointment.  

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We prefer booking within the 30 day advance window so that we do not take time from our cruise. And yes, you get the $200 OBC when you book before the cruise (but not after).

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16 minutes ago, BBWC said:

We prefer booking within the 30 day advance window so that we do not take time from our cruise. And yes, you get the $200 OBC when you book before the cruise (but not after).

 

That works when you are familiar with Regent. However, IMHO, it is better to meet with the Cruise Consultant in order to learn all of the "ins and outs" of booking onboard.  He/she will explain paying for a cruise certificate that will go towards cruises in the future (once they have decided which cruise they are interested in, etc.). We have found the Cruise Consultant to be a great source of information and, once you have an appointment, you'll likely spend 15 minutes or less booking your cruise.

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6 minutes ago, BBWC said:

We prefer booking within the 30 day advance window so that we do not take time from our cruise. And yes, you get the $200 OBC when you book before the cruise (but not after).

BBWC - Completely agree!  We did exactly the same thing.  We head to NYC tomorrow to board our Regent cruise on Tuesday (Yes, really excited!).  28 days ago, we called up our TA and booked a future Regent cruise in 2021.  We had already done the "research" well in advance and already knew exactly which future cruise we wanted.  Through our TA, we received the discount from Regent for the future cruise (about $400/PP), we only had to pay a 7.5% deposit (vice the normal 15%), and we received an additional $200 in OBC's to use on our cruise beginning Tuesday (in additional to other OBC's we also have for this cruise).  So we're "Happy Campers!" - - I mean "Happy Cruisers"  😉  We had no desire to spend  any time in a Travel Consultant's office while on the cruise, and wanted the extra OBC's available on our folio from "Day 1" of this cruise on Tuesday, 

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You will get the obc for current cruise if you book during the 30 days preceeding

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Currently double onboard booking discount on just the Voyager and Mariner; trial program.

 

Marc

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I'm sorry Marc, can you clarify? Are you saying you get double the stated booking discount only if you purchase on the Voyager or Mariner or can you still get the double discount within the 30 days before you board those ships? Thanks.

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Also:   Must the future booking be just for Voyager or Mariner — of must one book the future cruise on (or before) a Mariner or Voyager cruise?   (I assume the former.)

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Must book on mariner or voyager for any future regent cruise.  Can be transferred once.  

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