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For Brochure Shoppers, It Pays to Dig Deeper

The other day we were at the Auto Club and, being attuned to all things cruising, a brochure about Cunard cruises caught our eyes. As brochures in general become more extinct, or so it seems, we decided to take it home and do some price comparisons.

Here's what we found…

We chose a cruise at random cruise. It  happened to be on the Queen Elizabeth, next October, from Rome to VenicePearls of the Adriatic it's called, a 7-day itinerary with stops in three Eastern Mediterranean ports.

In the brochure, these were the prices for the respected calibre of stateroom:

Cunard brochureQueens Suite — $3,849
Princess Suite — $2,849
Club Balcony — $2,299
Balcony — $1,499
Oceanview — $1,399
Inside — $999

On the Cunard website, these are the current prices:

Queens Suite — $3,299
Princess Suite — $2,299
Club Balcony — $2,299
Balcony — $999
Oceanview — $999
Inside — $999

As you can see, the bottom three categories are all $999. For a balcony, that's a $500 saving over the brochure price. As you can also see, none of the prices have gone up since the brochure was printed, so it's safe to assume that the printed ones are the starting fares…subject to change.

Why do cruise lines even print brochures in this age of digital technology? Because there are still people who don't go online as much as most of us…or maybe at all.

Celebrity Constellation
5 nights
March 17, 2014
Fort Lauderdale (return): CozumelKey West
Inside: $399
Cost per day: $79
www.celebritycruises.com 

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