Tom here at Ahoy Vintage Cruises. When considering joining us on a vintage cruise, many people wonder about the reservation/booking protocol and payment schedule. It’s very quick and easy to join us on any of these wonderful Vintage Voyages. Here’s a quick overview about how it all works. (Also be sure to check out our FAQ.)
First, select your sailing/orchestra. Each crossing will have its own distinct charm so you can browse each of these pages to learn more about each unique week of events –
- Alex Mendham & His Orchestra – April 24, 2022
- Dandy Wellington & His Band – October 18, 2022
- The Glenn Miller Orchestra – April 23, 2023
Once you’ve decided which crossing appeals to you, you can visit the Book Now page. There is a very short form to fill in and when submitted, comes to me. Please remember to include the legal first and last name of all the passengers in your cabin.
I will then reply with two emails. The first will have all of the details of your selected voyage. The second will be a cabin quote. I personally choose the best cabin of the type you requested and place it on a courtesy hold.
Your cabin will be held for 72 hours so that you have time to think it over, ask questions, and make a pressure free decision. If you aren’t ready to commit, the courtesy option simply expires. If you do want to proceed, then you need only to provide Ahoy Vintage Cruises with a credit/debit card for the small refundable deposit.
me, Tom, in the middle!The deposit is usually 25% of the fare, but sometimes there is a special for a half deposit. This is a fully refundable deposit (FOR ANY REASON) 121 days or more before the sail date. For cancellations at 120 days or less, the deposit is forfeited.
Approximately 45 days after the initial deposit, a second deposit is requested. This covers the cost of the private events. The orchestras have to be flown to London, put up in hotels, need staterooms on the ship, and of course paid for their services. The event fees varies with each private event. This is also why all bookings must be made through Ahoy Vintage Cruises to attend these events. If you book elsewhere, the fee is not collected and you won’t be able to attend the dances and parties.
Not much happens until the final payment. It is due at 121 days prior to sailing. Ahoy Vintage Cruises will send out a notice 2 weeks before it’s due as a reminder. Just like the deposit, Ahoy Vintage Cruises will take care of your final payment upon your authorization. We don’t do anything “automatically”….we always ask first.
Booking in 6 Easy Steps:
- Send A Request
- Review the Cabin on Hold
- Make the Deposit
- Make the 2nd Deposit
- Make the Final Payment
- Pack Your Bags and Go!
As a final note….The QM2 is very popular to the point they added 36 new cabins during her last refit (and 10 extra kennels). And because of the Covid there is a pent up demand for travel. Because of that QM2 is filling up fast. So if you aren’t quite sure….go ahead and book.
I’ll be on QM2 in December and will do an “Everything You Need To Know” video upon my return. I will make sure you are fully prepared long before you step out of your door on the way to the airport.
I am always available for a chat at 214-761-1968 (Dallas Time) or shoot me an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to hearing from you and do hope you can join us.
I’m at my desk waiting for your call!
Shell Oil Junior, reporting for Ahoy Vintage Cruises.