Our business model over the years at the VEGAS VOYAGERS, when quoting a trip price, has been to give a complete, “all in” trip price. Our trip pricing always included all taxes and fees and our bus transportation when promoting our “Bus to the Boat” cruises. There were no additional taxes to add into the price.
Recently, we have even included a beverage package, wifi internet service and all gratuities for the cruise when cruising with PRINCESS CRUISE LINES. Our trips have truly become all inclusive.
And is seems like our “Voyagers” overall like this concept of paying upfront for most of the trip cost. The only aspect of the trip cost not included is trip cancellation insurance which is discretionary and incidental expenses like shore excursions and trips to the spa on board.
And this “all inclusive” concept has become the trend in the cruise industry. Many premium and upscale cruise lines like VIKING for example even include shore excursions in their all inclusive pricing. It is only the mass market (read Carnival and Royal Caribbean) that still do not offer an all inclusive pricing option. Gratuities, drink packages and wifi internet service are still offered on an ala carte basis with these cruise lines and are extra charges above the basic cruise price.
And it seems as though it is a personal preference as to how folks like to pay for their cruise vacations. There are those. Like me, who don’t want to see a big bill at the end of the cruise. As mentioned above, most everything is paid for in advance. However, there are those folks who like to pay as they go and don’t mind a post cruise bill which itemizes all on board spending.
The VEGAS VOYAGERS will continue to offer pricing on as an “all inclusive” price as possible. Since we have been doing it this way since the inception of our travel club, this is how we will continue. Complete upfront pricing as possible is how we will price our trips. And feed back from our trip participants overwhelmingly prefer this pricing. Happy and Healthy New Year to all.