It’s a good question, one which we’re pretty sure will have a varying answer depending on the cruise you are looking for and what you as the passenger values most when booking a cruise. The truth to it is that there really isn’t a right answer to this question, it’s all down to perception and the individual but we thought why not take a little bit of time to just look at it a bit closer and maybe help decide if your on the fence.
Vantage Fares offer a lot of peace of mind; they give you the passenger the opportunity to have everything laid out in front of you, a sense of clarity and comfort along with control. Vantage Fares provide extremely good value for money and offer the aforementioned characteristics by allowing passengers to decide themselves their cabin number, dining and benefit of choice from on board credit, free parking or free coach. These benefits have always been popular and rather than the cruise line deciding which one suits you best, you now have the ability to do it yourself, something that’s never been done before. Vantage fares are often also good news for passengers that enjoy excursions. Opting for a Vantage Fare means that guests will receive shore excursion details earlier and will be able to pre book these further in advance of when booking on a Getaway Offer.
By now you may be thinking, I’ve read the Vantage Fare offer part of this blog and I like it, if so great, you sound like someone that likes having the control over their choices and freedom to decide what suits them best. Alternatively you may be thinking hmm what’s the catch? Or I’m not too bothered about those things and having more control, price is the main thing for me. Well, truth be told, it doesn’t matter; the beauty of Vantage vs. Getaway is that you have the liberty to decide. So on that note, let’s take a look at Getaway Fares and what they entail. Getaway Offers provide a clear cut, simple approach to booking a cruise. There is none of the above decisions to make, simply decide the grade of stateroom you wish to travel in and off you go. The price is based on grade rather than a particular stateroom number, meaning all bookings will be made on a guarantee basis. What’s a guarantee basis? This is when your booking guarantee’s you a minimum of the grade of stateroom you have booked, for example a balcony. If a balcony stateroom in the grade you have booked does not become available then you will be given a higher grade at no extra cost to yourself, a no lose situation you might say. Getaway Fares are inevitably always lower than Vantage Fares, this is to offer the cruise at its best possible price based on a no frills offer, just the fare and that’s it. The features of this way of booking your cruise means that you are unable to select your specific cabin number and you will not receive benefits such as the free parking, coach or on board credit. You are presently able to choose your dining arrangements, however, from August onwards this option will be removed and dining will be on request and will not be guaranteed at the time of booking but confirmed closer to the time of departure. This is the bad news but the good news is that the overall fare is lower than that of the Vantage that would provide these options.
The decision between the two is therefore completely up to the individual cruiser, what do you like when booking a cruise? What do you prioritise? Price or choice and benefits? When broken down the two offers run very well together side by side, giving the passenger the chance to decide which offer is best for them. You will notice now that on all of our mailings going forward for P&O Cruises and Cunard Line, any Getaway Fare pieces will also show the Vantage Fare at the side so you are given the full picture and control over making a decision on what’s right for you. This decision has been made to provide greater comfort for you the passenger and make for an overall improved booking process.
We hope this helps with your decision in the future when considering your next cruise.