The FedEx guy showed up while I was on the phone with my mom. He brought me wine and a very stylish leather portfolio containing cruise documents. I looked through it yesterday and noticed that the discount SeaDream used to give people who book onboard appears to have been rescinded. Now, it looks like you have to book a specific cruise, pay a 25% deposit and get 5% off.
In the past, you could get that deal, or you could do an “open booking”, pay $2500, and get 15% off. We’ve done two open bookings. Both times, I was under the heavy influence of champagne and a good time. This time, we might not do it. There are other cruise lines I want to try, especially since I have a tendency to throw up on SeaDream (small ship + rough waters= seasickness). I would probably pick another ship that causes me to puke, but SeaDream is also more expensive than other lines…
So we’ll see. Of course, if I end up having as much fun as I usually do, I might want to book anyway. The bad thing is that next year, my husband will be leaving his job and adjusting to life as a civilian. We may not have the money to go on vacation, so I want to make this one count. And if I can manage one for the fall, I want to make that one count too.
I do like the portfolio. It smells great.
I posted about the discount issue on Cruise Critic yesterday and people were kind of upset. This implied new policy may end up backfiring.