11 Replies Latest reply: Dec 7, 2010 10:58 AM by tjcnewyork RSS

Cruise Arranged by Marriott

katsdad Platinum 1 Reviews
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Has anyone made cruise reservations utilizing the points system?  I am looking at an Alaskan cruise that Marriott can arrange

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Location Brand Hotel
Alaska, USA
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    tjcnewyork Platinum
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    Are you referring to Marriott Rewards points or Marriott Vacation Club Destination Points?

    (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

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    deagle Platinum
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    been on couple before and would suggest you first get more

    information on location on the ship and cost before booking with

    points. I don't mind helping if you don't have a travel agent.

    using points is always a good idea's. But get the most out

    of  them.

    (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

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    jerrycoin Alumni Steward Platinum 60 Reviews
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    Katsdad,

     

    Having only been on one cruise the Alaskan cruise was pretty special.  While Marriott did not help me arrange it they played a key role in the enjoyment of the trip.  I stayed going and coming at one of my favorite hotels, The Marriott/Harbor/Pikes  Street Market.

     

    Please enjoy the pictures and have a wonderful trip.

    (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

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    katsdad Platinum 1 Reviews
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    Marriott Vacation Club points

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    katsdad Platinum 1 Reviews
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    I am referring Marriotts new vacation club points.  On the MVCI website they have a cruise of 7 nights listed for 3450 points.  It's not the points so much as how Marriott handled the actual process,

    (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

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    katsdad Platinum 1 Reviews
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    Thanks for the info.  I am curious about the MVCI points usage for a cruise.  MVCI lists a cruise for 3450 pts for 7 nights to Alaska.  Just wondering if their process was satisfactory.

    (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

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    tjcnewyork Platinum
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    After searching Marriott-on-the-Move, TripAdvisor, FlyerTalk and Timeshare Users Group for an answer, it's frustrating to come up empty-handed.  Perhaps the MVCI Destination Points program is too new?

    (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

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    tjcnewyork Platinum
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    Process aside, Destination Club math presents hurdles.   At $9.20 per Destination Point, $31,740 US for 3,450 points for a 7 night cruise got my attention.

     

    What type of accomodations are provided? Are meals included?

    (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

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    tjcnewyork Platinum
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    Thanks for the photos and the kudos about Marriott's contributions to your enjoyment of the trip."Has anyone made cruise reservations utilizing the points system?" may require more probing:

     

    "Access to the Explorer Collection is made available through the Marriott Vacation Club Destinations Exchange Program.. Actual experiences will be provided via contractual arrangements with third party providers and may require the payment of additional fees. Marriott International, Inc., its affiliates, and subsidiaries, make no warranty, express or implied, as to the condition, capacity, performance or any other aspect of the activities, events, or service providers listed herein. No inquiry has been made into the activities or events, or the qualifications or the quality of services offered by the providers. Do not consider this an endorsement of or recommendation for any of the activities, events, or providers.]Footnote #3

    (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

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    buffetteer Platinum
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    I think it probably is too early in the Destination points program for much feedback to be available.  The "cost" factor isn't bad. . .the comment about $31k for the points would be applicable if you were buying a week's cruise every year going forward.  I have been on several cruises and would suggest you first explore all of the options available re:  ships, destinations, etc.  Then, call your MVCI advisor and find out what options are available through the destination points program.  Also find out what "extra fees" might be involved.  If you get a good match at a reasonable cost, go for it!  And have a wonderful time.  By the way, Royal Caribbean is my favorite cruise line.

    (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

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    tjcnewyork Platinum
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    Confidence and trust in the integrity of the Marriott brand motivated me and my wife to purchase Marriott timeshares.  Year after year, week after week, Marriott took full accountability for maintaining resorts to brand standards to ensure delivery of memorable vacation experiences.

     

    From that perspective, the Destination Points program appears to step away.   As the fine print discloses, Marriott contracts 3rd parties to deliver vacation experiences (under the Explorer Collection), but does not endorse the provider or take accountability for the quality of services.

     

    Although Disney is an exception, on the lodging side, Marriott (Hilton, Sheraton and others) rely upon hundreds if not thousands of franchisees to deliver hospitality services worthy to be under a brand umbrella.  While I can see how a cruise line or tour company strikes a parallel to a hotel franchisee, it's unclear (to me) who will be accountable if a Destination Points vacation experience does not meet expectations.  Does the owner recover Destination Points, get a refund or a credit?

     

    If anyone has insight on how this will work or disagrees with the views expressed, do feel free to comment.

    (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

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