• The TUGBBS forums are completely free and open to the public and exist as the absolute best place for owners to get help and advice about their timeshares for more than 29 years!

    Join Tens of Thousands of other Owners just like you here to get any and all Timeshare questions answered!
  • TUG has a YouTube Channel to produce weekly short informative videos on popular Timeshare topics!

    Come check it out for a chance to win a Free TUG membership (or renewal) just for helping out!

    Read more here
  • TUG has now saved timeshare owners more than $19,000,000 dollars just by finding us in time to rescind a new Timeshare purchase! A truly incredible milestone!

    Read more here: TUG saves owners more than $19 Million dollars
  • Our 2022 Timeshare Survey is now complete and the full results as well as our expert and witty analysis of each question is available here: Here We hope you enjoy reading the results as much as we did!
  • Follow the TUG Member Banner as it travels the world on vacation with Timeshare owners! Also sign up to get the banner sent to you so you can submit a photo of your vacation with the banner to share with TUG! Banner Thread
  • Sign up to get the TUG Newsletter for free! 50,000+ subscribers! Latest resort reviews and the most important topics discussed by owners during the week!
  • Our official "end my sales presentation early" T-shirts are available again! Also come with the option for a free membership extension with purchase to offset the cost!

    Read more Here
  • A few of the most common links here on the forums for newbies and guests!

II Gold membership for cruise exchanges

potchak

TUG Member
Joined
May 30, 2006
Messages
1,198
Reaction score
1
Points
396
Location
Durham, NC
Now I have heard that this isn't a wonderful value, but I would like more information. I would have put this on the exchange board, but didn't seem right to me since I would like info specific to Marriott exchanges.

Has anyone bought the gold membership just to exchange into cruises? What I am trying to figure out is how much a cruise would cost me after the $154 exchange fee through interval. They say it is based on the week used and the cabin type, location, season of the cruise.

So let's say I get a July week at MMC or MSE, what could I expect to pay for a cruise -typical 7 day Caribbean on Princess cruiselines, middle of the way oceanview cabin guarantee in midseason (we don't typically travel in the summer/high seasons)?

Appreciate the help.
 

gmarine

Tug Review Crew: Rookie
TUG Member
Joined
Jun 6, 2005
Messages
4,304
Reaction score
17
Points
423
Over the years with II I've found that discount off the cruise barely equals the amount of the maintenance fees of the week I have offered them. The exact amount you would pay does vary because cruise prices vary greatly depanding on the location, ship and cabin type.

In my experience it has never been worth it.
 

Dave M

TUG Lifetime Member
Joined
Jun 16, 2004
Messages
12,242
Reaction score
11
Points
623
Location
Sun City Hilton Head, SC
I concur. The overwhelming majority of postings on TUG about exchanges for cruises suggest that such exchanges through the major exchange companies are generally not cost effective.
 

iamnotshopgirl

TUG Member
Joined
Jun 9, 2005
Messages
324
Reaction score
0
Points
16
Location
Attleboro, MA
Michelle

I agree with gmarine. I took out my gold membership on a solicitation from II. One of the reasons I took it was because of the crusie exchange offer. I looked into it about two years ago using one of my Aruba 2BR OS weeks and they quoted me a price of about $1600 minus their fees which dropped it below $1500. I get a better discount with Holland America Line as a repeat customer. I sure any other cruise line would offer similar discounts. I also thought at the time that all you had to do was exchange the week up to Interval and you could use it to exchange for cruise at any time. Wrong! Learned the lesson the hard way. I tried to exchange a 2BR that I had on line with them just last week and was informed by them that at the time you decide to send the unit up to Interval you specifically have to say it is for a cruise, give all the information concerning the cruise (date, cruise line) and then they will give you a quote for the week.

Bob

upcomming trips

Sable Palms December 7-14, 2008
Ryndam Holland America Alaska Cruise Tour May 23-June 5, 2009
Surf Club July 3-10, 2009
 

dougp26364

TUG Review Crew: Expert
TUG Member
Joined
Jun 6, 2005
Messages
13,837
Reaction score
2,277
Points
698
Location
Kansas
Resorts Owned
Marriott Grand Chateau
Marriott Shadow Ridge
Marriott Ocean Pointe
Marriott Destination Club Points
Hilton Grand Vacation Club Las Vegas Blvd
Grand Colorado on Peak 8
Spinnaker French Quarter Resort Branson
It's been maybe 5 years ago but I'll post what I remember.

I had a week that wasn't going to be used as we wanted to take a cruise to Alaska. We booked a July week for the cruise in a balcony cabin on Royal Caribben sailing RT inside passage from Vancouver, BC. As for cruise pricing this isn't one of the least expensive inside cabins going to the caribbean in the middle of hurricane season. It's not the most expensive either but you probably get my point.

I paid something like an additional $59 to become a Gold member and the $154 international exchange fee. My discount was equal to that years MF's, which was around $650. So I paid the cruiselines price less $650 plus the exchange fee of $154 plus the Gold membership fee of around $59.

Now for the bad part. I could have purchased my cruise cheaper than what I.I. was charging if I had gone to an online cruise discount TA like Cruisequick or Cruise Compete. In the end, the discount I received would have been the difference between I.I.'s price and the discounted price of an online TA (about $200 for this cabin type and sailing) plus the Gold membership fee plus the international discount fee.

The discount was around $650 - $154 (exchange fee) - $59 (Gold membership fee - $200 (discount off the price I could have recieved by using an online dicount TA = $237 in actual savings off the cruise price. BUT WAIT! I still had to pay my yearly MF or approx $650 for that year. So in essence I was in the hole $413!

My advice would be, if you're REALLY curious what I.I. will do for you now, pay the Gold membership fee, call them and find out what they'll offer. Then go out and price the same cruise and cabin through different outlets and find out if you can get the cruise cheaper than what I.I. will sell it to you. The problem is it's going to cost you the Gold membership fee just to find out and that's a rip-off in my opinion (pay us first and only then will we show you the cards).
 

dougp26364

TUG Review Crew: Expert
TUG Member
Joined
Jun 6, 2005
Messages
13,837
Reaction score
2,277
Points
698
Location
Kansas
Resorts Owned
Marriott Grand Chateau
Marriott Shadow Ridge
Marriott Ocean Pointe
Marriott Destination Club Points
Hilton Grand Vacation Club Las Vegas Blvd
Grand Colorado on Peak 8
Spinnaker French Quarter Resort Branson
Michelle

. I also thought at the time that all you had to do was exchange the week up to Interval and you could use it to exchange for cruise at any time. Wrong! Learned the lesson the hard way. I tried to exchange a 2BR that I had on line with them just last week and was informed by them that at the time you decide to send the unit up to Interval you specifically have to say it is for a cruise, give all the information concerning the cruise (date, cruise line) and then they will give you a quote for the week.

Bob
That's because those weeks don't hit the exchange pool. I.I. rents them out to make up any discount they give you for the cruise. If you've already made the deposit, then it's already in the exchange pool and they can't get it back to rent it out.
 

dioxide45

TUG Review Crew: Expert
TUG Member
Joined
May 20, 2006
Messages
40,002
Reaction score
12,913
Points
1,299
Location
NE Florida
Resorts Owned
Marriott's Grande Vista
Marriott's Harbour Lake
Sheraton Vistana Villages
That's because those weeks don't hit the exchange pool. I.I. rents them out to make up any discount they give you for the cruise. If you've already made the deposit, then it's already in the exchange pool and they can't get it back to rent it out.
And in fact, it may already be exchanged out to another II member. Not just in the exchange pool.
 
Top