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sgc1107 12-01-2012 01:51 AM

Booking help
 
I know booking onboard has great benefits so we're doing so in December. I read somewhere that there's a way to put in a request (I know the exact cruise I want to book) without standing in the huge line at the booking desk. How and where do I do this?

MsGrandma 12-01-2012 06:42 AM

When I was on the Magic last year they had little forms you could fill out at the booking desk to request a quote for the cruise you wanted. I did that and then later that night had the response on my fish hook on the cabin door. I has some questions so I did go back up to desk to talk to them but I think there was an option to call to leave your deposit info so you would not have actually had to go back in person.

cruisecrasher 12-01-2012 07:17 AM

One step further-our form had a box to tick if you wanted to charge the deposit to your shipboard account.

kcashner 12-01-2012 09:41 AM

Either complete the form that you can get at the desk (they will send a quote back to your room), or if you KNOW what you want to book, write it up in a letter in advance. This saves you needing to mess with the form.

THey will need the names, birthdates, addresses of all guests, cabin category (and requested number if there is one), date of cruise, and whether you want them to charge it to your credit card on file. In addition, don't forget the name and phone number of your TA if you use one. With the big agencies, they won't need the phone number, but it can be helpful with a smaller, local agency.

racingfandj 12-01-2012 10:36 AM

Sorry to hijack, but was searching for some OBB information too. If we book a "dummy date", and then move it later, do they take the 10% off the date we move it to?

My accountant mind is oscillating back and forth on why this is a good idea or not for them or us. :)

kcashner 12-01-2012 10:43 AM

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Originally Posted by racingfandj (Post 46828731)
Sorry to hijack, but was searching for some OBB information too. If we book a "dummy date", and then move it later, do they take the 10% off the date we move it to?

My accountant mind is oscillating back and forth on why this is a good idea or not for them or us. :)

Yes, the benefits of the discount on the cruise fare and the onboard credit travel with the booking to the new date. There is no downside to booking on board other than you tie up the deposit money. You can always cancel before the penalty date and get all your money back.

The question, with all the great discounts that have been available recently is whether you can get as good or better a deal. We found that our onboard booking on a day 1 reservation was just a smidge better than the *GT offer for the same date; for someone who didn't have a day one booking, the *GT would have been better. Of course, there is no way to know whether such offers will continue to be available.

And for the accountant in you--the 10% is only off the cruise fare portion of the ticket. The taxes, government fees, etc. are still charged at full price. So the exact discount depends on the category booked, but typically ranges for 7-9% of the total ticket price.

sgc1107 12-01-2012 02:57 PM

Great!! Where is the OBB desk on the fantasy located?

sgc1107 12-03-2012 01:29 PM

Anyone know?

kcashner 12-03-2012 02:47 PM

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Originally Posted by sgc1107 (Post 46830135)
Great!! Where is the OBB desk on the fantasy located?

Fantasy:Deck 4 midship, starboard side. On the Magic and Wonder, it is deck 4 midship, port side. On our Fantasy cruise, they actually had 2 desks. Part of the time there was one agent; at other times both desks were functioning.

sgc1107 12-03-2012 05:44 PM

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Originally Posted by kcashner

Fantasy:Deck 4 midship, starboard side. On the Magic and Wonder, it is deck 4 midship, port side. On our Fantasy cruise, they actually had 2 desks. Part of the time there was one agent; at other times both desks were functioning.

Thanks!!! 26 days left!!

racingfandj 12-03-2012 11:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kcashner (Post 46828773)
Yes, the benefits of the discount on the cruise fare and the onboard credit travel with the booking to the new date. There is no downside to booking on board other than you tie up the deposit money. You can always cancel before the penalty date and get all your money back.

The question, with all the great discounts that have been available recently is whether you can get as good or better a deal. We found that our onboard booking on a day 1 reservation was just a smidge better than the *GT offer for the same date; for someone who didn't have a day one booking, the *GT would have been better. Of course, there is no way to know whether such offers will continue to be available.

And for the accountant in you--the 10% is only off the cruise fare portion of the ticket. The taxes, government fees, etc. are still charged at full price. So the exact discount depends on the category booked, but typically ranges for 7-9% of the total ticket price.


Thanks for the info! Next summer will be our 3rd cruise in 12 months, so will probably do a dummy booking and spread the next one out a little longer. :rolleyes1

smile750 12-03-2012 11:13 PM

If it matters at all, I never found there to be a line at the future cruise booking desk. I was on the Fantasy back in August and walked by several times without seeing anyone waiting. I finally decided to go and book a dummy date the day before the end of the cruise and sure enough there was one person sitting down with the agent. I took a stroll around and came back 5 minutes later to an empty desk. He knew just what to do (booking my dummy date), looked up my current reservation which was booked by my TA and transferred the new ressie to her immediately. By the time I got off the ship, my TA had emailed me thanking me for booking again.

It's really quite simple and easy.

sgc1107 12-03-2012 11:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by smile750
If it matters at all, I never found there to be a line at the future cruise booking desk. I was on the Fantasy back in August and walked by several times without seeing anyone waiting. I finally decided to go and book a dummy date the day before the end of the cruise and sure enough there was one person sitting down with the agent. I took a stroll around and came back 5 minutes later to an empty desk. He knew just what to do (booking my dummy date), looked up my current reservation which was booked by my TA and transferred the new ressie to her immediately. By the time I got off the ship, my TA had emailed me thanking me for booking again.

It's really quite simple and easy.

Great!! Thanks!!

sgc1107 12-03-2012 11:57 PM

However I may not be that lucky!! It's the NYE cruise so it will be packed! :-)


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