$99 for all-inclusive three-day cruise for two

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  1. Kalboz
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    http://www.bloomspot.com/new-york/big-deal-getaways-bahamas/
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    Offer Details

    • Does not expire.
    • Limit one per person.
    • Must be 18 or older to purchase. Valid photo ID required.
    • Includes all meals and on-board entertainment, except for alcoholic beverages.
    • Cruise departs from Port of Palm Beach, Florida and arrives in Nassau, Bahamas.
    • $50 reservation fee to be charged upon booking.
    • $59 per person tax and cruise fee collected when reservations are finalized.
    • May add up to two additional passengers for full price at the time of booking.
    • Accommodations are for entry level cabin, upgrade to ocean view cabins available for additional surcharge.
    • Cannot be used with other offers.
    • See here for specific cruise lines, terms, and conditions.
    • Purchasers will receive a mail-in reservation form, to be filled out with reservation request and contact information and submitted for final confirmation.
    • 60-day advance reservations preferred, may reserve earlier if available.
    • Refunds allowed up to 24 hours after close of bloomspot sale.
     
  2. milchap
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    Great deal.
     
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    I thought that Celebration only does 2-night trips to Grand Bahama Island. Is the link incorrectly offering Nassau?

    "3-day cruise" = 2 nights.
     
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    I'm puzzled by the $99 in the thread title. Isn't it $50 reservation fee (per person?) plus $59 per person or either $168 or $218 total ($84 or $109 per person), depending on whether the reservation fee is per person?
     
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    The old bait and switch... "as low as" but rebranded. :)

    They lure you in and say $99 and if you don't read the fine print you end up paying twice as much. Not terribly bad, and relatively cheap for an entry-level cabin on a 2 night cruise, but I agree that it's deceitful since that's not your overall out of pocket cost.

    Then again, airlines have been doing this for years... fares as low as $29 -- but they're not from your city, they're one way and don't include taxes. :)
     
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    Agree, depending on the quality of course, $218 for two nights in a minimal double room and full board doesn't sound bad, although you would also need to pay airfare or whatever for the return to Florida as this is a one way cruise. There might be additional taxes, port fees, service charges, etc.
     
  7. SC Flier
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    It's $99 paid now
    + $50 reservation fee when booked
    + $59 taxes/fees per person
    = $267 total for 2 people

    As with most cruises, alcohol and soft drinks are additional. Excursions are also additional -- including the option to spend the day at the Our Lucaya hotel beach ($35/person or $49 with buffet lunch).

    And as stated in the T&Cs, the cruise leaves from Palm Beach, FL, despite the link at the top for the NY audience.

    Groupon had this same cruise offered earlier in the year for $299 all-in, though perhaps with a better room type.

    I suspect that they'll offer to upsell to a higher room category or offer to add a couple more nights to stay on the island at the former Westin or Sheraton Grand Bahama.

    Regardless, it's a budget cruise line.
     
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    I don't think that this is a one-way cruise. I think that Bloomspot's summary of the offer is just incorrect.
     
  9. BurBunny
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    This is not what I classify as a cruise, unless cruise means "it floats and there are meals included." Essentially the booze/gambling cruises from South Florida.

    Can get true cruises from Carnival or NCL for similar pricing during off-peak seasons.
     
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    I grew up going on short cruises to the Bahamas, there are plenty of cheap offers out there. This is a good deal, but if you miss this one, just keep looking, the next similar offer is only a few days away. The boats used to go to Freeport, the fact that they now go to Nassau is a big step up (lots more to do, and no need to take a cab, shopping and food are close to the port ... assuming they dock in the main cruise port in Nassau) ..... Take it for a fun weekend getaway, and consider it a sample of some of the things on a real cruise, but don't expect what the big lines offer.
     
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    Probably the fact that fees can be anything.
     
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    Also realize, the whole time you are on the boat there are almost unlimited opportunities to spend your money.
     
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