Frequently Asked Questions

Here's a common situation: A travel agency has blocked group space for a family get-together. The agency is holding 16 cabins but the family will only be booking 12.  The agency will be happy to sell you a cabin at the discounted group rate and give you all of the other amenities the cruise line is tossing in -- maybe a $100 shipboard credit, reduced airfare, or chocolates in your cabin.

Perhaps that same agency is booking a golf cruise with its local country club. They're holding 40 cabins but will only be using 30 for the golfers. The ship and sailing date are exactly what you're looking for but when you check their web site their prices are much higher than what you can get directly from the cruise line and you're not interested in any of the golf activities.. What's going on?

Most likely the agency's advertised price includes all sorts of extras such as greens fees, tournament prizes, and transportation to the various courses. Ask the agency if you can book one of their cabins without any of the golf extras and see if you can lock in all of the other benefits of the group -- reduced fares, shipboard credits or other amenities. That agency should be more than happy to sell you a cabin but you won't find out until you ask.

Does booking into an existing group change my cruise experience? Not if you don't want it to. Unless you choose to participate in any organized group activities no one will know you're part of that group. It's simply a way to lock in some great values.

 

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