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TheRealBabushka

Member since 21 Apr 2012

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Cheaper cruise fares.

Are cruise fares ex-USA cheaper than cruises sold ex-AU?

Does it work the same way where AU based customers are ripped off due to "demand and supply"?

wilsoni Banned

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Quite often the fares are cheaper as an AU or NZ pax. Sign up on the Celebrity Cruises NZ site and you'll see an example. Seems to apply to all Celebrity sailings, not just those to/from down under. Cunard is another. And there is sometimes a double benefit, paying in a weaker currency such as NZ. Hint - you may encounter geo-blocking (definitely will with Cunard), so use Hola.org or a VPN to make it look like your computer is located in NZ or AU or wherever.

TheRealBabushka

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thanks wilsoni!

When you say "as an AU or NZ pax", do you mean departing from Australian or NZ ports? Or are the cheaper fares applicable on any voyage as long as purchased from the AU or NZ mirror sites of these cruising companies?

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As far as I can see, any voyage purchased on the mirror sites. Also, Expedia sells cruises but only on its US site - defeat the geoblocking to get a comparison price.

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Correction - Expedia has cruises on the AU and US sites but not the NZ site.

TheRealBabushka

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Thank you wilsoni!

vfm

Member since 26 Jul 2015

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TRB, you may or may not be interested in this article about aussies being ripped off regarding cruise prices, http://www.cruisecritic.com.au/news/news.cfm?ID=3847

I've used VTG before, but they definitiely won't book HAL cruises for aussies (tried earlier this year), however, some US-based agencies will. GIven the current aussie forex rate, the savings aren't as good as before though.

TheRealBabushka

Member since 21 Apr 2012

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Interesting article vfm. Thank you!

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