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Old 02-15-2013, 04:20 AM   #1
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Question Another Onboard Booking Question

I'm hoping to "reshop" my booking onboard and am grateful for all the information I've gleaned from this board.

If when I'm onboard, the category I have already booked is no longer available for booking, can I still "reshop"? And, if I can, how is the price worked out?
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Old 02-15-2013, 08:58 AM   #2
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bumping.....interested in the answer to this.
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Old 02-15-2013, 09:26 AM   #3
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Basically, re-shopping is making a new booking so the on-board booking will be based on cabin availability and pricing at that time. You'll book at the current prices and can only choose from available cabins. So, if your cabin category isn't available, you'd select from those that are.

What I'm not sure about is whether you could go back to your original cabin category and specific room when the 2 reservations are reconciled. That is, when your original reservation is cancelled, it would likely, but not guaranteed, free up that cabin so that you could then switch back to it. But pricing would be the pricing that was in place while you did your OBB.

Regarding the reconciliation of the 2 reservations - I've experienced one thing and read somewhat differently here. I booked through a TA, so I had to wait until my cruise was over and then my TA cancelled my original reservation, and then switched the new one to my original cabin. But note that my original cabin category WAS available for my OBB and the price hadn't gone up. So, my OBB was for the same category but just a different specific cabin.

I've read that sometimes the OBB agent can do the reconciliation if you didn't go through a TA, and even sometimes when you did. My experience was with booking through a TA that it had to be reconciled after the cruise.

Something else I encountered was that Main Dining was no longer available when I re-shopped onboard and made a new reservation. So my new reservation had 2nd dining and my original one had main dining. My original one was cancelled but I couldn't switch to main dining because that goes by a wait-list and I thought that since I had it originally, I could still keep it. Just something else to be aware of it the cruise has filled up considerably since your original booking. Again, this goes along with you can only book from options that are available at the time of your onboard booking. For me, Main Dining was no longer available so I couldn't get it.
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We were told that no, if the same stateroom was not available then you couldn't reshop your reservation onboard.
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Old 02-15-2013, 02:24 PM   #5
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Thank you for the information.

I'll just have to hope that the category remains available for another 10 days. I would like to keep the stateroom we've chosen but I may do a bit of research on other staterooms in case it works out cheaper for us to change categories.
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How about this?

I've got the last cabin in the category I want on hold and am trying to decide whether to book it or not. I sail in a little over 2 weeks. Ideally, I'd book this one, then when I get onboard, reshop it. I'd be willing to make a new reservation in a different category, even if it cost a little more deposit, then cancel the one I have, then move my new reservation to my existing room. But you're saying they may not do that for me since that category might not be available at the time of the new booking?

Also, I'm thinking after I get it all taken care of, I could request a transfer to a TA, since the whole thing would be under 30 days from even my initial booking today.

Do I have flawed logic somewhere? This is my 4th cruise, but I've never known to book onboard and don't understand reshoping very well, even after reading a bunch of posts on it. Thanks for the help.
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