Tuesday, June 29, 2004

7-night CRUISE for $369? Turns out to be about $1100
Some details:
Service charge is (can be)automatically applied to your shipboard account. $10 per guest per day, ...
... not included, such as alcoholic beverages and soft drinks,
...Government taxes and fees are also not included.
... The current on board is 110 volts AC.
.... $3.95 per e-mail transmission, Terminal usage time $0.75 per minute
.... All suitcases are collected the night before we return to our home port, so be sure to bring an overnight bag.
.... U.S. and Canadian citizens must provide PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP and PROOF OF IDENTITY for boarding NCL cruises. PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP consists of one of the following:
Passport (preferred), (or ) Original or state certified copy of a birth certificate (photocopies are not accepted) .. and IDENTITY Valid driver's license that includes a photograph http://www.ncl.com/more/cruise_docs.htm
.... What about Shore Excursions? =DEAD LINK
... Port fee $218 - "Prices do not include taxes and port charges."
... Total > 1007 each, including air to Vancouver (+transportation to and from ship.)
... I checked Dockage and Passenger fees at San Fran, combined per passenger = $10-15.00
.... Class action lawsuits have been filed in the state courts of
California, Florida, and Washington State against seven cruise lines over allegedly over-charging port charges. The cruise lines named in the suit are Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Kloster Cruise Ltd. doing business as Norwegian Cruise Line, Holland America , Princess and Renaissance.
The suits allege that "port charges" increase the fares advertised by at least $100 to $150 per person and that the cruise lines have led the public to believe that "port charges" are costs charged to the cruise lines by governmental authorities - Ray LIGHTHOUSE TRAVEL 800-719-9917 or 805-566-3905
.. They do NOT pay commissions on port charges. There is one cruise line (Rennaissance) that charges $295 for port charges http://groups.google.com/groups?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&safe=off&threadm=4llnss%24iq4%40ocean.silcom.com&rnum=7&prev=/groups%3Fq%3D%2520%2522port%2520charges%2522%2520cruise%26num%3D100%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D%26ie%3DUTF-8%26safe%3Doff%26sa%3DN%26tab%3Dwg

Saturday, June 26, 2004

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