Thursday, September 06, 2018

Just another three-hour tour.

Apparently, the sea-faring adventurers at Rebel Media are putting together another voyage of the damned, chartering an entire luxury rowboat to putter around Europe next year. I will simply shrug my shoulders over this, except to point out the eyebrow-raising price structure.

If you book with Rebel Media, the cruise alone will cost you $3590 (USD), which most emphatically does not include airfare:

Curiously, if you wanted exactly the same cruise but generic, you would pay significantly less:

In other words, there is almost a $1700 (USD) markup for exactly the same outing, solely for the pleasure of hanging with ... I'll just leave it at that.

AFTERSNARK: Actually, it's worth noting what appears to be a truly onerous deposit/cancellation clause. First, if you put down a deposit of $1000 (USD) and have to cancel for some reason, you are not getting that $1000 back. Period.

Note also that it appears that the entire fee must be paid in full by Dec 10, 2018, which is (coincidentally) about 180 days before the cruise, after which, if you change your mind or have to cancel, you get nothing back. Zip. Nada. Squat.

Worse, the wording seems to suggest that, even if Rebel Media cancels the cruise, you are still not entitled to a refund. I could be wrong, but that's just the way I'm reading it.

I recommend travel insurance.

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