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#1 merocket59

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    Posted 04 February 2009 - 08:25 PM

    Where are you ladies staying before the cruise? I was thinking about blocking a group of rooms but my cousins got a great deal from 1800 hotels.com on a really nice hotel and to be honest I want to do the same thing since it is a better deal than the group rates I have found at lower quality hotels. Am I being selfish wanting to ask people to go through 1 800 hotels and not blocking a group of rooms or am I being nice and saving them money?? I need some outside perspective please.

    #2 Cattie

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      Posted 05 February 2009 - 06:54 PM

      I would just have them book through the 1800 site. I'm sure everyone will understand you have enough going on trying to coordinate the whole cruise and wedding.

      #3 Reese78

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        Posted 21 February 2009 - 08:30 PM

        One of the inserts of our invitations was accomodations. We just listed a few hotels and let everyone know which one we were staying at. I wasnt sure if we were going to have enough people to do a block and if that would affect the price when the time comes to stay. I also said to check the website for more info and on there I included the same hotels from the invitations with a little more detail including the price. I also said to try your favorite travel site to get the best deal.

        We chose to use the same hotel that we always use when traveling. We also were against the block for the same reason Cattie stated; we already have enough on our plates.

        #4 merocket59

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          Posted 21 February 2009 - 10:38 PM

          Thanks ladies, now I don't feel bad.

          #5 Banana11

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            Posted 22 February 2009 - 08:30 AM

            Just be careful because sometimes with the 1800 websites you get the lowest quality room. Some of my guests would have been totally fine with that, other's not so much. Just depends on their financial situation I guess! Anyway, we stayed at the Deauville Beach Resort in Miami and it was pretty nice. I organized it through the group department at the hotel, got a pretty good rate, and also was guaranteed our guests would have the nicer renovated rooms.

            #6 Tamster808

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              Posted 22 February 2009 - 02:26 PM

              I just got a block of rooms. It was easier to communicate. If they feel the need to look for a better deal they will.
              Don't stress yourself out.

              #7 Prettyhazardous

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                Posted 02 March 2009 - 04:49 PM

                Well I am not doing a room because we are not actually getting married until day 3 of our cruise. However I did just get us group rates on AirTran airways which is what we always fly for the 2 hr trip to fl. My immediate family isn't very picky but some of the other's who are going are. So I only needed 10 persons for the group deal and I have that with my immediate family so it should work out fine. We will mainly be flying in the morning of as we normally do unless there is a weather concern bc then we can fly in the day before and with the group program we're using we can change the the flight itinerary once. So that'll be perfect as well. We also get 10% off the lowest published prices at the time of booking. Is anyone else doing this?

                #8 merocket59

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                  Posted 04 March 2009 - 12:54 PM

                  I didn't even know you could do group flight booking, that is a good idea but lots of my guests are coming from different areas and on different days so I don't think it would work out for me. I've decided to suggest if they want to use 1 800 hotels it is a good deal (hopefully the rooms aren't crummy, it is a nice hotel so even the not so nice ones may be fine) and if they want to book there they can but I'll also give a few other suggestions for hotels in the same area. Thanks for the feedback!

                  #9 Prettyhazardous

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                    Posted 05 March 2009 - 01:41 AM

                    Ok but (please dont think I'm trying to sell you on this I just like to pass along good deals) you have the ability to fly in from any airport but you'll have to fly into one of a certain amt of airports like we're doing fll and miami. Also they give you 3 days before the event and 3 days after the event to fly in. So if ppl are coming in early or staying late it helps. IE our cruise is 11.7-11.15 but we can fly anytime from 11.4-11.18.

                    #10 merocket59

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                      Posted 05 March 2009 - 01:27 PM

                      Wow that is great, I'll have to look into that, I don't know why I have never heard of it? I must be hiding under a rock over here

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