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    Best Deal on a Cruise Ship and Airfare

    What sites (links please) do you go to find the best deal on a Cruise Ship and Airfare? Any insider tips to save more, any way to get free Promo codes that give additional savings?

    In the past I have used Expedia, Travelocity (same company with different marketing angles I think), Hotwire, and the Cruise Lines directly.


    Also, where do you go for the best deals for Las Vegas Hotels and Airfare? Anyway to get around the ridiculous ever increasing resort fees they charge, for nothing that is needed or used? Most now charge $35 plus a night for resort fees plus a steep tax. A few months ago I read the Government is looking into the resort fee gouge and may put a stop to it. Doubt that will happen, until we all stop going and they need to beg us back to Vegas.
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    CruiseCompete for cruises and kayak.com for travel.

    For Las Vegas, smartervegas.com .. almost no way around the resort fees. I'm going there next month.
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    Quote Originally Posted by steve149 View Post
    I'm going there next month.
    Yikes! I may walk past you. Surely you will have a shirt on that says DJChat Groupie!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockingdj View Post
    Yikes! I may walk past you. Surely you will have a shirt on that says DJChat Groupie!
    Don't call me Surely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by steve149 View Post
    Don't call me Surely.
    Are you going for work or for play (hee hee)?
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    For guilty pleasure this trip .. I was there earlier this year for work. Wife wanted to visit friends in Colorado so I said OK if we could tag on a few days in the warmth. I don't gamble very much, but I love the restaurants, the shows and the people watching.
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    Quote Originally Posted by steve149 View Post
    For guilty pleasure this trip .. I was there earlier this year for work. Wife wanted to visit friends in Colorado so I said OK if we could tag on a few days in the warmth. I don't gamble very much, but I love the restaurants, the shows and the people watching.
    Yes, I love the nightclubs and eateries too! Need a fun break before the Holiday Party season kicks in.

    Win big and have a great time! Oh, the Casinos charge for parking too, even if your a hotel guest. What's next, toilet paper usage fee?
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    A resort my wife and I went to last summer, in Destin FL, charged us a resort fee. We booked the resort online through a third party site. Discounted price was pretty reasonable, we thought. When I asked about the resort fee, the hotel registration clerk said if we had booked directly through the resort, we would not be charged resort fees, and others, since that is all included in the price. Maybe others do the same?

    Also, just this year, we realized the value in using reputable travel agents for booking vacations and airfare.
    A friend of ours who just started the travel agent business, helped a couple who had booked a cruise, with what they thought was a great price. Our friend contacted the cruise line, as the travel agent, and was able to get them an additional $186 refunded...PLUS a $50 on board credit. While this may not seem like much, that is still $236 back in your pocket.
    Another value in travel agents? A group of our friends went to Cabo San Lucas this summer to an all-inclusive resort. One of the sons got into trouble with the law there and was arrested. We all have heard about the corrupt Mexican police, and this was no different.
    Put yourself in their situation... what would you have done if your child or someone you were travelling with got put in a Mexican jail? US Embassy is no help at all.

    Well our travel agent friend contacted her parent company office and informed them of what happened. The parent company, who heavily books with all-inclusive Mexican resorts and cruises internationally, contacted the resort--at Midnight--and used their connections. Our friend called the clients and instructed them that a local man would be picking them up in a white van. This man, was known by the resorts, as someone they could rely on to help visitors. During the middle of the night, this man met the parents at the resort, gave them some instructions, and drove them to the Mexican jail. When all was said and done, the parents paid the police officers about $450 in cash, and they released the son with no charges. Our friend, the agent, was informed by the parent company that any tourist working alone would not have been able to get a US tourist out of the Mexican jail for less than several thousand dollars, and in the meantime, that person is left to fend for themselves in the jail. Because the travel company does so much business with the resorts and cruise lines, it is their best interest to use each others' connections to resolve situations as quickly as possible to avoid bad publicity.
    The travel agents can also help if cruise passengers get left behind on an island. They are like a lifeline back to the US, when something bad happens.

    If you want, PM me and I can put you in contact with my friend, and she can see what great deals she can get for the cruise AND airfare!!

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    PM on its way.

    With Las Vegas the resort fee is included no matter how or whom you book with. I've booked through travel agents and booked direct with the hotels, each time upon check out they take it out of my credit card. Average is $38 per night now, and I use nothing of what they say it is for. More profit is what is really about.

    I wonder if any Las Vegas hotels on the main strip don't charge it? One started, then another, and now they all followed and do it.

    Also, now many airlines charge a baggage fee, even for carry-ons, or putting something in the bin. Beware of Spirit Airlines. They have low rates, sometimes, until you realize there's a fee for any carry on.

    Soon there will be a $5 toilet use fee.
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    BTW Wedj.com is bringing back the WeDJ cruise in January. Should be fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sid Vanderpool View Post
    BTW Wedj.com is bringing back the WeDJ cruise in January. Should be fun.
    Unfortunately, January is a busy month of events for many of us. The ship should let the DJs here rotate and take over the disco (DJ the nights)
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    VacationsToGo.com gave my wife and I a great deal with Royal Caribbean sailing around Greece, Croatia and Italy last year. They are an American company and though we're based in New Zealand it wasn't a problem. We have traveled widely but that was our first cruise ever and since then we are both sold on cruises. The entertainment, food , off-shore excursions and service on-board was outstanding. Cruises are now seen to be the ""in-thing"" from all accounts that I've read recently.

    Cant wait for our next one

    Here is their link: http://www.vacationstogo.com/?source...SAAEgItF_D_BwE

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve149 View Post
    For guilty pleasure this trip .. I was there earlier this year for work. Wife wanted to visit friends in Colorado so I said OK if we could tag on a few days in the warmth. I don't gamble very much, but I love the restaurants, the shows and the people watching.
    Are you still going to Vegas? Any worries after what just happened? This could hurt Vegas for a while?
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    Yup, www.vacationstogo.com is the best place to shop for cruises; no question about it! Even if you don't book through them, nobody has a better, easier to use, database.
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    I travel more than most. Resort fees are pretty much standard at all the major hotels these days. The exception is usually the business level flags (e.g. Holiday Inn Express vs Holiday Inn, Hampton Inn vs Hilton, etc). The business hotels usually include breakfast and WiFi too. However, don't expect restaurants, casinos, large bars, etc. The exorbitant hotel taxes are unavoidable. Every city that is popular with tourists tries to get their hand into the tourist wallets. It is a way of raising taxes without impacting the local voters directly.

    I am personally a big fan of Hotels.com (part of Expedia). I get a free night stay for every 10 nights. I don't have to remain loyal to a brand. I just book where it is convenient stay. Also, if there is a screw-up with your reservation, they place you somewhere nearby and better than what you booked. This has happened twice with me. One time I got really lucky as the "resort" I had booked turned out to be a nightmare. Some of my friends were staying there for the same convention and felt stuck because there were almost no rooms available nearby.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockingdj View Post
    Are you still going to Vegas? Any worries after what just happened? This could hurt Vegas for a while?
    I'm still going ... worries?? maybe .. but there is no safe place from nutjobs anymore, so one needs to be vigilant.
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    These events don't faze me. A few years ago, I had a business trip to Israel when Hamas was lobbing missiles into Tel Aviv. I still went. I actually saw the Iron Dome system do an intercept over Tel Aviv. My customers were more concerned than me. I told them, "You're safe, nothing interesting ever happens to me."
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    We use vacations to go for cruises too.
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    And for Las Vegas trips who do you use? Wonder if Mandalay Bay is open for business yet? Santana will be back in November for a series of dates. I'm surprised he has not spoken out yet.
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    Hey Sid, is that confirmed about the wedj cruise? I've been on a couple and would love to go again, is there any info online yet?

    Thanks,
    Buddy

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