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Flights

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Yes you can book "cruise only" and then your flights and transfers independently. It might be worth while to compare the cost of each before you commit.

Brian

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Always best to compare the two and work out which will be best for you not only from a financial point of view but also from peace of mind. For example if you're looking to do a fly cruise with P&O, you will be no better off purchasing flights separately as these are package holidays and therefore are a standard cost no matter what. You may find that from time to time it can be more cost effective to do your own flights and book on a cruise only basis but when doing this, it's important to note that you are responsible for all transport details including transfers to and from the port. When booking with a cruise line this will be included and it becomes their responsibility to look after you, which can be particularly relaxing, especially when you're booking a holiday and not wanting to incur high stress levels.

 

This is not to say I recommend avoiding booking cruise only as I don't. It's always best to weigh up the pros and cons of both then take it from there but to answer your question, yes you can book your own flights, you do not have to book the cruise lines' own package. 

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you can book your flights independently but you have to sort your own transfers and you always have the worrying thought of if the flight is delays or miss the flight you don't have the protection.I would always book as a package smile.png

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I was just looking at a cruise only deal and wondered if anyone has ever booked a flight to coincide with one of these deals but used Bolsover to make the arrangements. Do Bolsover book flights separately or leave that up to the individual?

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Hi Scribeswtr, if you're booking cruise only then you would need to arrange your own flights as Bolsover cannot book them separately for you. I know because I enquired about this a little while ago for a Med cruise departing from Venice where I booked my own flights. This was a few years ago but I recently had a conversation with a work colleague who also flew to Venice for a fly cruise and arranged her own flights. She tried to do her flights with Bolsover but was informed they do not book flights separately as they are a cruise specialist.

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We always book flights separately because we like to spend time sightseeing before and/or after our cruise.  When we are visiting a new city or country it seems such a shame to fly in and go straight to the ship without exploring the area.  We wouldn't fly in on the day of the cruise, so given the additional cost of a hotel for one or more nights this is rarely a cheaper option, but it extends our holiday and suits us.

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Hi Scribeswtr, if you're booking cruise only then you would need to arrange your own flights as Bolsover cannot book them separately for you. I know because I enquired about this a little while ago for a Med cruise departing from Venice where I booked my own flights. This was a few years ago but I recently had a conversation with a work colleague who also flew to Venice for a fly cruise and arranged her own flights. She tried to do her flights with Bolsover but was informed they do not book flights separately as they are a cruise specialist.

Thanks for that SammySun  It would seem to make a late deal on 'cruise only' a lot more complicated and fraught with problems.  

 

I can see the benefit of booking flights separately in order to take in some of the embarkation port before sailing but think that a late deal booked through Bolsover may not be the best option if they cannot also offer flight bookings.  I think under those circumstances, I would consider going to a travel agent who could do the whole booking as presumably the deal would be open to any travel agent to book if available.

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My advice would be to weigh up your options. If it's a late cruise deal you're looking at but on a cruise only basis then perhaps check to see if you can get the flights you want before booking the cruise. I have regularly booked with Bolsover so often use them as I like their service and feel very secure when I book. If looking at cruise only, I do my research beforehand and work out best flight options. In the past I've used netflights and the flight centre from time to time.

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