Full-Service Travel Consultants • Vacation Planning • Honeymoon Specialists • Family Travel • Group Travel

Cruises / Flight Options

Whether we book your flights to connect with your cruise separately or directly with the cruise line, there are four different options.

Please make sure that you fully understand the pros and the cons of each and feel free to call/email us if you have ANY questions.

1) CRUISELINE ISSUES AIRLINE TICKETS

  • + Cruise line is responsible to get you to the port of embarkation in case of airline bankruptcy or strike
  • – Cruise line can not always provide nonstop service or ideal times
  • – Flight information will not be available until 30 days prior to sailing (possibly too late to assign good alternatives and/or seat numbers)

2) PAY AIRLINE DEVIATION FEE AT TIME OF BOOKING ($50-100pp)

  • + You can request a specific airline and/or routing (and nonstop service)
  • + You will know your flight itinerary within 48 hours and can assign your seat numbers at that time
  • + If the cruise line can not honor your request, you will not have to pay the deviation fee
  • – Extra cost
  • – Cruise line can still NOT GUARANTEE nonstop service and reserves the right to change the itinerary if necessary due to strike,bankruptcy or other unforeseen circumstances

3) ISSUE AIRLINE TICKETS SEPARATELY FROM CRUISE RESERVATION

  • + You will know your flight itinerary and seatnumbers in advance
  • + In many instances these tickets are less expensive than the prices the cruise lines negotiated directly with the airlines.
  • – In case of a bankruptcy or a strike, the cruise line is NOT responsible to assist you with alternate flights.
  • – The same applies in case of delays.
  • – You might have to pay separately for transfer to/from the port and luggage handling might not be included.

4) ISSUE AIRLINE TICKETS SEPARATELY AND FLY TO PORT THE NIGHT BEFORE

Same pros and cons as number 3) plus

  • +Lowers the chance of a delay or misconnection
  • – Additional hotel expenses

Excel Travel: “Home of Cruiseaholics Anonymous”

Copyright © 2009 Excel Travel, Inc. All rights reserved. _________45 Atlantic Avenue, Long Branch, NJ 07740 __________ (800-EXCEL-88)

Powered by WordPress | Entries (RSS)