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#1
Upstate NY
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Joined Jan 2005
So we are booked on an upcoming cruise and our TA offered to find out about airfare through SB. While he did that we did some research ourselves. He came back with a fare of $2800p.p. in business; our cruise fare was $6200. We thought it was silly to spend 50% more on airfare alone and mentioned that we found coach (on a different airline) for $900p.p. btw-both fares included the SB discounts, so we went with the lower fare. My point is: do your research before "signing on the dotted line".
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#2
CA, USA
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Originally posted by russg140
So we are booked on an upcoming cruise and our TA offered to find out about airfare through SB. While he did that we did some research ourselves. He came back with a fare of $2800p.p. in business; our cruise fare was $6200. We thought it was silly to spend 50% more on airfare alone and mentioned that we found coach (on a different airline) for $900p.p. btw-both fares included the SB discounts, so we went with the lower fare. My point is: do your research before "signing on the dotted line".
Or better yet, have your TA do it for you.
#3
Upstate NY
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Originally posted by wripro
Or better yet, have your TA do it for you.
Our TA is excellent. We weren't sure what "deal" SB would offer with the air discount. I would have loved to travel in business but the cost difference was just too great between coach and business. Sometimes the difference is justifiable, but the outbound flight is an overnight (leaving at 11:30p), so we'll be sleeping most of the time. Will I miss the lie flat bed? Sure. But we're splurging on an amazing hotel our TA found us in Dubai instead. I guess it's just a tradeoff.
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#4
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I think you can change the airfare until it's been paid for. Also the airline can change your flights even after payment. Also if the fare changes before you pay, you will be charged the new fare. So yes research is important including reading the terms and conditions of using cruise air. We too reserved a good flight and price but know that it may change.
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#5
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Joined Feb 2010
Today I learned a valuable lesson with the Seabourn Air Sea department. What I went through was very stressful and frustrating, but had I not followed my instincts I would still be in transit at this very moment for another 6 hours. In reality, was dropped off at my doorstop 4 hours ago.

As part of the Signature Sales Event I was offered free airfare. The flights proposed were the same that I would have booked independently so why not.

Last night at 9:45 I received an urgent message from guest services that my flight home was rebooked due to the continuing strike with Air France. This made no sense to me as the continuing strikes are declared in advance 2 days at a time and then the traffic resumes. When I checked the Air France website, the flight was still scheduled and I was confirmed. I even spoke with the airline and this same information was reiterated.

This all went on until 11h00 pm. This morning just before disembarkation guest services declared that the Air Sea office insisted that our 12h20 flight was indeed cancelled. The flight status page of their website said otherwise.

Once at the airport I decided to go directly to the Air France check in expecting total chaos. Fortunately our original reservation was not cancelled and the story has a happy ending for me. However, I did not see on our flight the two other couples who were dealing with the same situation at Guest Services this morning. I can only imagine what happened to them.

Now had the original message read differently i.e. "we have decided to book you on a different flight home as a back-up solution in the event that the currently reserved flight is cancelled" I would have walked away from this story thinking "what great service". Instead I spent a sleepless stressful night and am wondering what kind of incompetents are running the flight department.
#6
Palm Springs, CA area
490 Posts
Joined Nov 2004
I have a different perspective based on my recent experience with Regent. We, too, were effected by the Air France 'rolling' strike. I recognize that this was a different cruise line, but I think both Seabourn and Regent were actually being proactive. Regent indicated that the airline would not know until the actual date of departure which flights would operate. So they protected us on Delta (an Air France partner). I called my TA from the ship who told me that he had been in contact with the Regent Air department as well as AF and they determined it was in our best interest to be rebooked on Delta than to show up at the airport not knowing whether or not the flight would depart and then be left with no confirmed seats if the flight did not operate. Yes, it was a different routing and a longer journey, but I would trade that for having no seats and then scrambling at the airport for a way home. Our experience was this was proactive rather than incompetent. Just our experience......


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Joined May 2013
Originally posted by russg140
So we are booked on an upcoming cruise and our TA offered to find out about airfare through SB. While he did that we did some research ourselves. He came back with a fare of $2800p.p. in business; our cruise fare was $6200. We thought it was silly to spend 50% more on airfare alone and mentioned that we found coach (on a different airline) for $900p.p. btw-both fares included the SB discounts, so we went with the lower fare. My point is: do your research before "signing on the dotted line".


I’m not sure if I understand your point, so perhaps you can clarify? Naturally economy air will be substantially less than business class air, so it is not an apples to apples comparison. The research that is needed is to compare SB business air to non-SB business air and then also compare economy air with SB and econ air non-SB. That way you can decide if SB air offers good value for both classes of flights. Choosing to fly economy air to save money is a different type of savings.


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France
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Joined Feb 2010
Originally posted by travelingduo
I have a different perspective based on my recent experience with Regent. We, too, were effected by the Air France 'rolling' strike. I recognize that this was a different cruise line, but I think both Seabourn and Regent were actually being proactive. Regent indicated that the airline would not know until the actual date of departure which flights would operate. So they protected us on Delta (an Air France partner). I called my TA from the ship who told me that he had been in contact with the Regent Air department as well as AF and they determined it was in our best interest to be rebooked on Delta than to show up at the airport not knowing whether or not the flight would depart and then be left with no confirmed seats if the flight did not operate. Yes, it was a different routing and a longer journey, but I would trade that for having no seats and then scrambling at the airport for a way home. Our experience was this was proactive rather than incompetent. Just our experience......


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I couldn't agree more...however the way this was all communicated was unclear. I would have felt reassured had they informed me that this was a plan B insurance in the event that the original flight was cancelled. Instead, it was impossible to get any information from them other than false.

Voila - that said, the cruise itself was fabulous, but I will not be using Seabourn Air Sea again on what I hope to be many future cruises with the line.

I will also avoid travelling with Air France whenever possible which is difficult for me due to my location. FYI - their new sister company JOON uses different politics than Air France and does not regularly go on strike. They operate direct from CDG to cruise destinations such as Nice and Barcelona. You'll have to pay for a soda, but at least they are reliable.
#9
Peoria, AZ
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Joined Feb 2013
Originally posted by Sunprince
I’m not sure if I understand your point, so perhaps you can clarify? Naturally economy air will be substantially less than business class air, so it is not an apples to apples comparison. The research that is needed is to compare SB business air to non-SB business air and then also compare economy air with SB and econ air non-SB. That way you can decide if SB air offers good value for both classes of flights. Choosing to fly economy air to save money is a different type of savings.


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We were very pleased with the SB Business Class price, we no longer fly economy just to hard. SB also let us fly in earlier and stay longer at the end of the cruise at no additional charge.
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#10
Toronto, Ottawa Valley ON, and Dunedin FL
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Originally posted by Travelingnonni99
We were very pleased with the SB Business Class price, we no longer fly economy just to hard. SB also let us fly in earlier and stay longer at the end of the cruise at no additional charge.
Are you saying that Seabourn has no deviation fee when you book air through them?
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#11
Peoria, AZ
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Joined Feb 2013
Originally posted by Wendy The Wanderer
Are you saying that Seabourn has no deviation fee when you book air through them?
Our paper work (booked months ago) shows no air deviation price, I do remember that air was on a special, $500 off at the time. We were wondering if the air price was because of the buying power of Carnival Corp. Anyway we were thrilled with Seabourn's pricing at the time. They even told us the flights and airlines at the time we booked! Outstanding job Seabourn!
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#12
Toronto, Ottawa Valley ON, and Dunedin FL
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Originally posted by Travelingnonni99
Our paper work (booked months ago) shows no air deviation price, I do remember that air was on a special, $500 off at the time. We were wondering if the air price was because of the buying power of Carnival Corp. Anyway we were thrilled with Seabourn's pricing at the time. They even told us the flights and airlines at the time we booked! Outstanding job Seabourn!
Thanks, that's good to know for the future. Doing our first Seabourn this September; don't need air for that one since it's "at home", so to speak, but if we book another Seabourn, we will definitely have a look at their air deals.
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#13
Peoria, AZ
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Joined Feb 2013
Originally posted by Wendy The Wanderer
Thanks, that's good to know for the future. Doing our first Seabourn this September; don't need air for that one since it's "at home", so to speak, but if we book another Seabourn, we will definitely have a look at their air deals.
We have never booked air with a cruise line before,
always make our own arrangements, I must admit we were kicking ourselves for never looking before, then again maybe this was just lucky timing I do not know, as this is out first Seabourn cruise. We sail this July, have a wonderful cruise in September.
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#14
Oakland, CA USA
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Joined Jan 2013
I agree to shopping around, and a good energetic TA (who may earn a fee) can help. We are booked on a Quest South America/Antarctica trip this coming fall and were facing the daunting and expensive prospect of flying back to California from BA. Business class fares were crazy-expensive, but the Seabourn Air offer (on American) was quite reasonable. I guess it all depends...
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#15
Near London & South Coast Solent area
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A somewhat strange original post. Business class is more expensive that economy. Err... yes, it is. Well spotted

We always fly business class when cruising if it's a long haul flight and I always book independently as it allows me to be specific with times and ensure the in flight service (fully flat bed) is up to scratch.

Indeed it is the availability of well priced air fares which often dictates when and where we travel.

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