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If I'm going to take the OBC instead of the Beverage package, do I need to call Princess to do the booking or can I book myself on the website? I walked thru booking on line but didn't see any option. Or is it something that you fix once onboard?

 

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We recently booked the Sip and Sail as onboard credit through our travel agent on a cruise we booked before the offer was available.

If you booked with Princess, call them to make your choice.

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If I'm going to take the OBC instead of the Beverage package, do I need to call Princess to do the booking or can I book myself on the website? I walked thru booking on line but didn't see any option. Or is it something that you fix once onboard?

 

Thanks!

 

We just booked a 2017 cruise and simply told the Princess representative that we wanted the OBC in lieu of the beverage package. Easy peezee.

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It is a different promo code in their system and both persons in the cabin must be on the same promo code. That means one person cannot have the aibp and one obc. They both have to have the same choice.

 

 

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You have to tell them. But, would suggest you find a T.A. that can maybe additional perks, discounted fare, plus maybe some additional OBC rather than booking directly through Princess.

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Our travel agent gave us OBC in lieu of the beverage package.it was easy

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If I'm going to take the OBC instead of the Beverage package, do I need to call Princess to do the booking or can I book myself on the website? I walked thru booking on line but didn't see any option. Or is it something that you fix once onboard?

 

Thanks!

 

You can book it online and then call Princess to switch promo codes. You won't be able to change onboard.

 

Before you book, though, think about this: If what you want is the credit, think about waiting for the 3 for Free sale that starts Sept. 1. It looks to me like the free gratuities and OBC in that promo would give you more financial benefit than the Sip & Sale. At least with one of our cruises, it looks like we could get $700 benefit with 3 for Free as opposed to $500 on S&S. This is assuming the basic fare doesn't go up when they change promos.

 

Jim

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You can book it online and then call Princess to switch promo codes. You won't be able to change onboard.

 

Bezfore you book, though, think about this: If what you want is the credit, think about waiting for the 3 for Free sale that starts Sept. 1. It looks to me like the free gratuities and OBC in that promo would give you more financial benefit than the Sip & Sale. At least with one of our cruises, it looks like we could get $700 benefit with 3 for Free as opposed to $500 on S&S. This is assuming the basic fare doesn't go up when they change promos.

 

Jim

 

Jim, I was thinking about that too but am looking to book an April 2017 transatlantic and don't know if that will be included in the 'three for free' promo. So thinking I better book sip and sail as that ends 8/31. Then if my cruise is covered can then switch to the new promo.

 

Thanks for everyone's response. I'll call to book instead of doing it on the website.

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Jim, I was thinking about that too but am looking to book an April 2017 transatlantic and don't know if that will be included in the 'three for free' promo. So thinking I better book sip and sail as that ends 8/31. Then if my cruise is covered can then switch to the new promo.

 

Sharon: Good point. Better to grab it now than find out it's not included in the new sale.

 

Jim

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the 3 for Free sale that starts Sept. 1.

 

Jim

MCC Retired made a typo error when creating the subject for their thread that the new promotion begins on 9/1 because the text they cut & pasted from their source shows a 9/6 starting date.

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Is it likely that the new promo with be restricted to balcony and above?

I've got my eye on an ocean view.

 

 

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More details

 

Free Stateroom Location Upgrade is applicable to voyages and cruise fares advertised in this promotion only, and applies to booking the stateroom location you wish to sail in for the price of the lowest category within that stateroom type during this promotion only. Offer is based on availability in like to like stateroom types (Interior to Interior, Oceanview to Oceanview, Balcony to Balcony). Upgrade offer excludes select categories, including but not limited to premium categories and suites. Offer does not apply to land packages.

†† Free Gratuities are based on the pre-payment by Princess Cruises of the suggested gratuities in the amounts of: $12.95 per guest per day for Interior, Oceanview, and Balcony staterooms, $13.95 per guest per day for Mini-suite and Suite staterooms. This amount is paid on the behalf of the first and second guest in a stateroom only. Free gratuities do not include gratuities added for bar charges, dining room wine accounts or Lotus Spa services. Offer is not transferable, has no cash value and may not be combinable with other select offers or other onboard credit.

‡‡ Free Onboard Spending Money up to $300 Spending Money per stateroom is based on voyage length, stateroom type. For voyage s 6 -9 days, guests will receive $150 per stateroom; voyages 10-12 days, guests will receive $200 per stateroom; voyages 13+ days, guests will receive $ 300 per stateroom. Offer is applicable to first/second-berth guests only. Third/fourth-berth guests are not eligible. Guests with single occupancy will receive the per stateroom credit amount. Spending money may be used on a single voyage only, is not redeemable for cash, cannot be used in the casino and expires at the end of that voyage. Offer is not transferable and may not be combinable with other select offers or other onboard credits. Onboard spending money is quoted in U.S. dollars.

* Fares apply to minimum lead-in categories on a space-available basis at time of booking. Fares for other categories may vary. Fares are per guest, non-air, cruise- or cruisetour-only, based on double occupancy and apply to the first two guests in a stateroom. These fares do not apply to singles or third/fourth-berth guests. Offer is available to residents of the 50 United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Bermuda and the District of Columbia who are 21 years of age or older and receive this offer. Offer has limited space regardless of cabin availability. Fares quoted in U.S. dollars.

Please refer to princess.com/sale for full terms, conditions and definitions that apply to all bookings in this promotion.

Note: For assistance reserving a wheelchair-accessible stateroom, please call 1-800-774-6237.

Offer valid: September 6 - November 16, 2016

Reference promo codes: Q9-

 

Is it likely that the new promo with be restricted to balcony and above?

I've got my eye on an ocean view.

In the original thread (http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2394041) about this upcoming promotion the OP quoted these details. The details about the cabin category upgrade mentions all types of cabins so it appears that unlike the Sip+Sail offer, this 3 for Free will include all types of cabins.

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What is the onboard credit in lieu of the sip and sail? Does it vary depending on the length of the cruise? We will be on a 15 day cruise with the sip and sail promo.

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Retired traveling,

 

6-9 days $150 per guest

 

9-12 $200 per guest

 

13 $250 per guest

 

Both guest must choose the same options, per the website.

 

These amounts were posted on another thread: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2394041&page=3

 

What is the onboard credit in lieu of the sip and sail? Does it vary depending on the length of the cruise? We will be on a 15 day cruise with the sip and sail promo.
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What is the onboard credit in lieu of the sip and sail? Does it vary depending on the length of the cruise? We will be on a 15 day cruise with the sip and sail promo.

 

Yes, it depends on the length of the cruise. It will be $250 per person for your 15 days. :)

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In the original thread (http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2394041) about this upcoming promotion the OP quoted these details. The details about the cabin category upgrade mentions all types of cabins so it appears that unlike the Sip+Sail offer, this 3 for Free will include all types of cabins.

 

While that may be the case I don't actually trust Princess on that. I tried booking a previous promo that had no restrictions listed at all. I was told on the phone that it was for balcony and higher. When I pointed out that the promo listed on the Princess site had no cabin restrictions at all they still refused to honor it. A day later the wording on the web site was changed.

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While that may be the case I don't actually trust Princess on that. I tried booking a previous promo that had no restrictions listed at all. I was told on the phone that it was for balcony and higher. When I pointed out that the promo listed on the Princess site had no cabin restrictions at all they still refused to honor it. A day later the wording on the web site was changed.

 

I completely agree with you and even this promotion's details are contradictory...it shows the amount of credit passengers booking as a single will receive & then elsewhere it says these rates aren't valid for passengers booking as singles. :eek:

 

The list of such contradictory statements is long for Princess who obviously doesn't have staff who are capable of proofreading their statements & only when informed about such inconsistencies does it get corrected. :rolleyes:

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It says the OBC is not combinable. Does that mean I can't get it if I already changed my Sip and Sail drink packages into OBC?

 

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It says the OBC is not combinable. Does that mean I can't get it if I already changed my Sip and Sail drink packages into OBC?

 

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You can't combine both promotions. Pick one.

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You can't combine both promotions. Pick one.

Yep thanks! Momentary brain failure.

 

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Since we would buy the AIBP, it works out best for us to do the "sip" rather than the OBC. :)

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Since we would buy the AIBP, it works out best for us to do the "sip" rather than the OBC. :)

Yes, considering the OBC amounts on Post #15

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Yes, considering the OBC amounts on Post #15

 

Certainly, one has to run the numbers for what works best for them.

I'm getting $500 sailing solo for my 14 day in '18.

That's a lotta' sippin'.:D

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Certainly, one has to run the numbers for what works best for them.

I'm getting $500 sailing solo for my 14 day in '18.

That's a lotta' sippin'.:D

 

No brainier if you solo. No value in two drink packages. $37 for on person a day. $18.50 a day person makes the drink package a better value for most people.

Too bad you can't get a drink package and a $250 OBC.

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