RCCL Holidays in July Sale Pro
Kids Sail Free–50% off–Free Gratuities–Buy One-Get One!!!!!! We see these promos all the time, but are they do they really offer any value? We see offers like this almost daily. I tend to ignore them because it seems like there is one every other day, but this time I decided to see if this was a good deal.
I picked a cruise for comparison purposes –the New Years Cruise out of Port Canaveral on December 31, 2015. For simplicity I investigated the price of 2 seniors in the cheapest inside cabin. I clicked on the button “Get Cruising” and it took me to here:
Please know that I am not even considering going on a cruise that costs $650 for four days! I am just using this cruise for comparison!
Clicking on “Learn More” brought me to:
Ahh! Will I really save $216.50 per person? After clicking BOOK NOW I see the port fees and taxes.
Now, they are saying that this is final pricing, but is it? I made a fake booking for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, ages 58 and 59, from Georgia. Here is the absolute final pricing window:
Here I can see the prepaid gratuities of $103.60 per cabin, the taxes and port fees of $159.08 per cabin, and the 50% off the second person applied. However, the 50% off is taken from the full retail price of $866/person, not the $649.50 in the first window! The total price for the cabin is $1561.68 on the RCCL website.
For comparison I searched for this same cruise on Vacations To Go (vacationstogo.com).
Their price per cabin is $599 x 2 = $1198. If we add in the port charges and fees the total cabin price is $1357.08. The Royal Caribbean offer includes prepaid gratuities for two of $103.60, so if we add that to the Vacations To Go price, we would get an all-in price of $1460.68. This is $101 cheaper!
Just to add another data point for comparison, I looked at the price on Travelocity.
Not as cheap as Vacations To Go, but still cheaper than RCCL. Notice that they are including the same discounts of free gratuities, 50% off the second guest, and an undisclosed “credit.”
Here’s a summary of our pricing comparison of the New Years Cruise on Royal Caribbean:
- Royal Caribbean website $1561.68
- Travelocity $1503.08
- Vacations To Go $1460.68
Just as I suspected, there is nothing special about the RCCL promo. This is disappointing because it will make me more hesitant to click through to any of their other promos in the future.