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    Laval, QC, Canada
    joined Jun 2012
    post 1/3
    cruiser #10011
    Bogus RCCL BOGOHO sale.... Sounds fishy

    RCCL has a BOGO 1/2 off sale going on. But sounds like just another marketing gimmick to me..

    Let's take the cruise I'm interested in: http://www.cruisefish.net/finder.md?id_cruise=31773

     

    Inside Category N or Q, doesn't matter, they're both priced at C$2009 in CF. This is correct, as it comes up to C$4018 on the RCCL website. However, (see attached image) RCCL claims that the cost is usually C$2679 pp and that the second person gets a discount of C$1340. 

     

    Really? I don't think so. Would an inside really cost $148/day?

     

    I'm a bit skeptical...

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    Shoreview, MN, United States
    joined Jul 2014
    post 1/3
    cruiser #25102
    Re: Bogus RCCL BOGOHO sale.... Sounds fishy

    I booked an Alaskan cruise using the RCCL BOGOHO sale.  Worked for me just fine, and I'm happy with the price - Cat D1 Superior Ocean View w Balcony for $4212.68 for two people.  I'm not an expert though, so I hope you're not going to tell me I got hosed.  

    Maryville, TN, United States
    joined May 2010
    post 20/26
    cruiser #455
    Re: Bogus RCCL BOGOHO sale.... Sounds fishy

    What month are you going in?

    Shoreview, MN, United States
    joined Jul 2014
    post 2/3
    cruiser #25102
    Re: Bogus RCCL BOGOHO sale.... Sounds fishy

    June 2015. 

    Maryville, TN, United States
    joined May 2010
    post 21/26
    cruiser #455
    Re: Bogus RCCL BOGOHO sale.... Sounds fishy

    Thanks, I'm thinking about rccl, that's what I usually cruise on, but also thinking about Princess b/c of Glacier Bay, there is a website called cruisecritic.com that give you all kinds of forums, discussions, etc. Rccl has it's on forum, but if you found cruisefish, I'm sure you already know about cruisecritic :)

    OH, United States
    joined Jul 2010
    post 15/20
    cruiser #2739
    Re: Bogus RCCL BOGOHO sale.... Sounds fishy

    This is some creative accounting/marketing ploy.  I've checked at least 4 different cruises for next year (none of them at peak time or season) and the prices are astronomical.  I'm not bookding anything with RC right now.  I will either wait until they get their act together or I will just pick the week I want, buy and airline ticket and do a last minute booking.  We have done this before twice and did quite well with it.

     

     


    Yzguy

    Shoreview, MN, United States
    joined Jul 2014
    post 3/3
    cruiser #25102
    Re: Bogus RCCL BOGOHO sale.... Sounds fishy

    On August 01, 2014 at 05:42 PM, rccl wrote:

     

    Thanks, I'm thinking about rccl, that's what I usually cruise on, but also thinking about Princess b/c of Glacier Bay, there is a website called cruisecritic.com that give you all kinds of forums, discussions, etc. Rccl has it's on forum, but if you found cruisefish, I'm sure you already know about cruisecritic :)

     

    Yep, I'm familiar with those sites and frequent them.  We've been on a bunch of different lines over the years and were seriously considering Disney for the Alaskan cruise.  We have friends that live in Hoonah (Icy Strait Point) and want to see them, so chose RCCL as they go to that port and Disney doesn't.  On Tuesdays, ISP gets two cruise ships (Two Ship Tuesday) and we didn't want one of those lines - poor little Hoonah gets a LOT of folks on Tuesday.  Great for the economy but not so great for crowds.

    My frustration is that, after booking the cruise portion, we decided we would do a post cruise land tour and I spent some time looking at all the RCCL options.  By the time I was ready to pull the trigger, the prices had gone up.  From what I've read on CC and elsewhere, RCCL doesn't discount the land portion ever and if I booked the whole cruisetour I would lose my BOGOHO price.  So my $4212 seven day cruise would go to $8091 for the ten night cruisetour.  That's just adding 3 nights and transportation.  Excursions and meals are mostly on your own.  Ummm, no.  So now I'm looking at booking the transportation, hotels and excursions myself.  Absolutely doable and probably less expensive overall, especially with an Alaskan native friend.  Its just frustrating.

    joined Jul 2014
    post 1/1
    cruiser #24491
    Re: Bogus RCCL BOGOHO sale.... Sounds fishy

    I booked during the BOGOHO sale in June for a July 2015 cruise to europe on the Allure. For a B1 Aft the price was $3066 double occupancy. Now with this new sale we thought we could bring our 2 grandkids along but what RCCL did wass raise the price for the 1st two people to cover the cost of guests 3 and 4 which are"free". It's a racket!! I'm so put off by their pricing model that we are probably going to cancel on RCCL and swtich to NCL epic for the same cruise. 

    joined Sep 2010
    post 5/5
    cruiser #3948
    Re: Bogus RCCL BOGOHO sale.... Sounds fishy

    It's fishy. The prices are so inflated!  I'm waiting until the sale ends to book. 

    love to cruise
    AZ, United States
    joined Aug 2013
    post 1/1
    cruiser #17449
    Re: Bogus RCCL BOGOHO sale.... Sounds fishy

    I noticed the same. The prices did not look discounted to me either.  

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    Port St. Lucie, FL, United States
    joined Aug 2012
    post 3/3
    cruiser #10833
    Re: Bogus RCCL BOGOHO sale.... Sounds fishy

    It depends. For cheap staterooms it may be true. For big ones with - as AquaTheater, Presidential suite, Royal Family suite - is great.

    My agency specialize on Oasis class ships and we are exteremly busy during this promotion. For next summer practically no inventory to sell already in family staterooms and suites.

    Another news to low end guests - prices on Roayl Caribbean is up due to very good marketing compaign for the newst ship - Quantum of the Seas. Demand for their products is so great that it goes slowly to upper middle class product. 

    Next summer will be expesive on Oasis if the Seas due to Allure of the Seas relocaiton to Europe.

    So, if price is a main motivator for you to take a cruise - take Carnival and MSC, you can go for $299 for a week per person )taxes are additional.)


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