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Norwegian Cruise Line Ends Business Relations With Ytb

Norwegian Cruise Line Ends Business Relations With Ytb

NCL Terminates Relations With YTB

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) has terminated their business relationship with the online travel agency YTB (Your Travel Biz). The two companies have quit doing business together, as of January 20, 2009. It has been reported that Norwegian Cruise Line quit taking any more new bookings from this company full of controversy. Although, NCL will continue to service existing YTB reservations, and pay commissions due on bookings prior to the recent announcement.

Earlier this year Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) also stopped accepting reservations from independent agents affiliated with the travel company Joystar. You may have heard that Joystar is also considering filing Chapter 11. Travel agents, and others have filed a petition for involuntary bankruptcy against Joystar.

It is unclear how a travel company in the business of booking a variety of travel for a client can continue to function without the support of some of the major travel suppliers in the travel industry. Companies that have previously terminated their business with YTB are Royal Caribbean (another huge Cruise Line), Celebrity, Azamara, Perrillo, IATAN, (just to name a few). And now they have to add Norwegian Cruise Line to the list of suppliers refusing YTB service.

YTB is considered to be a “card mill” by many in the travel industry. YTB also faces a lawsuit later this year through the state of California, for accusations of an MLM performing as a pyramid scheme. The origional intent by Attorney General Edmund Brown Jr. was to shut down the company’s unlawful operation before more people were hurt by this scam.

Other aligations have also been made against YTB, and will all be addressed during this September trial. The state of California is seeking $10 million in restitution for the California residents who bought into the business, and another $15 million in cival penalties.

Since the lawsuit was first presented, YTB has reported some changes in their business plan and stratagies. But will it be a case of “too little too late”? We will all be watching the outcome of this case. One has to wonder why it had to come to this in the first place?…

Finding the Cheapest Cruise Vacation Packages

Finding the Cheapest Cruise Vacation Packages

Hey, I understand.  In these economic times, most people don’t cruise-shop for the most extravagant cruise, the one that hits the most ports, or the one with the biggest liners. They go for the one that offers good quality at the lowest prices. And no one can blame the public for this. So who offers the best overall prices?

As recently as the early 1990s, Premier Cruise Line offered some of the most reasonable cruise prices available. They’d specialized in purchasing older ocean liners and converting them into cruise ships, primarily around the tropics. Premier began transporting scads of people to Disney World and was raking in money like autumn leaves. Disney even allowed them to bring Mickey and Goofy on board as guests to charm the families. But then, alas, Disney initiated its own cruise line and yanked the cartoon characters. Then, to make things worse for Premier, Carnival, Norwegian Cruise Lines, and Royal Caribbean began a massive building program of new liners. They grew so large that they could undercut almost any discount cruises Premier put out there. The company finally folded in September of 2000.

There’s one small cruise line left and, at the time of this writing, it still offers the lowest priced package, all things considered. It is the Imperial Majesty Line with its two ships: the Regal Empress and the Ocean Breeze. The prices start at $39 per person per day in the lowest category cabin, and the two-day cruise starts at $45 per day. The ships sail primarily to the Bahamas.

A travel expert claimed recently that of the large cruise lines, the least expensive cruises are offered by Carnival, Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL), and Royal Caribbean. Of course, a few lines such as Celebrity and Princess occasionally compete with a lower priced package, and Costa is a property of Carnival.

Another situation in which any large cruise line can offer rock-bottom rates is on repositioning cruises. This means that when a liner must be repositioned to a different part of the world, the trip for vacationers is offered at a huge discount. A repositioning cruise such as a trans-Atlantic voyage can cost as little as $32 per person per day.

But, aside from situations like that, Carnival, NCL, and Royal Caribbean usually offer the lowest prices. The briefer cruises are often on older ships but you get some incredible deals. And don’t imagine that just because a ship is older, it is shabby or inferior. In many cases, passengers are not even aware that their liner has been in service longer than others. Carnival and NCL now offer three-day cruises for $56 per person per day, and you can get a four-night cruise for about $52 per day. If you do a 7-10 day Mexico or Caribbean cruise, your rate will probably be the lowest of all. However, as the economy improves, expect that rates may go up a bit.

I’m not about to try to compare the overall quality of the …