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GCBC reservation #60943
07/07/2015 09:32 PM
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My wife and I are planning a trip to SXM next May. We can be flexible on date but prefer first week in May. We have decided we would like to stay at GCBC. Does anyone have experiece on how fast GCBC fills up, I.e. Do we need to book now. We prefer to wait until around Sept. Or Oct. to book just so we are certain we can travel then. It is just the two of us and we want an ocean view, not on bottom floor if at all possible. Any other reservation tips will be appreciated as this will be our first trip there.

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Re: GCBC reservation [Re: encpirate] #60944
07/07/2015 09:58 PM
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First week of May is the owners' meeting. Book soon!

Also, book directly with the GCBC rather than through a third party.

Re: GCBC reservation [Re: 4Driver4] #60945
07/08/2015 03:33 AM
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Why book direct with GCBC rather than a third party? Just curious, is it cheaper, or more likely to be available?

Re: GCBC reservation [Re: markis] #60946
07/08/2015 05:49 AM
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Usually same price to you, but reduces odds of a screw up by eliminating the middleman in the communication chain. When I have read stories of people who have had problems with their reservations, it's almost always third party bookers.

Re: GCBC reservation [Re: markis] #60947
07/08/2015 07:32 AM
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markis said:
Why book direct with GCBC rather than a third party? Just curious, is it cheaper, or more likely to be available?


It has been posted here that third party bookings there get "dumped" over those making them directly. One recently was made through Jet Blue Vacations and the couple ended up elsewhere not even in GC. May rates are down anyway so if that's where you want to stay, I say book direct.

Re: GCBC reservation [Re: RonDon] #60948
07/08/2015 07:44 AM
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I've sent you a private message about our experience look for the blinking envelope near your name.

Re: GCBC reservation [Re: markis] #60949
07/08/2015 08:10 AM
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markis said:
Why book direct with GCBC rather than a third party? Just curious, is it cheaper, or more likely to be available?


I would also agree with booking directly through the resort for the reasons already offered but also you are then able to receive any 'extra' incentives they may have going on at the time.

When we booked directly through them last year, not only were we able to be wait-listed for the up-graded suite we wanted which was not available to us at the time we made our original booking but we also received a bottle of wine in our suite along with a generous reward coupon for their on-site gift shop and all for the same price as the various booking sites we looked into. <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/handshake.gif" alt="" /> <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/handshake.gif" alt="" />


Respectfully,

pat



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Re: GCBC reservation [Re: pat] #60950
07/08/2015 09:14 AM
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I agree Pat, it is always better to book directly even with airlines. Nothing is gained booking through a consolidator and often much is lost.



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Re: GCBC reservation [Re: encpirate] #60951
07/08/2015 10:53 AM
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Why would GCBC rent to a Pirate?

Re: GCBC reservation [Re: charlieh] #60952
07/08/2015 09:07 PM
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Because Pirates from eastern NC are special and we will drink plenty of rum.

Re: GCBC reservation [Re: encpirate] #60953
07/08/2015 09:47 PM
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Because Pirates from eastern NC are special and we will drink plenty of rum.


LOL - a little bit of an inside joke. My Mother was a Pirate from her ECTC days in the 1930s. I'm more interested in a certain part of the foot.

Our 1st Carib trip was to SXM in 1987 when it took 4 flights from Raleigh to get there. During that visit GCBC was our favorite part of the island. Having a cute, topless French waitress taking drink orders on the beach was (needless to say) a unique experience for yours truly, and one that I didn't mind at all.

I fell head over heels in love with Martinique Agricole Rhum and still love it today. In fact, I have a sip of Ti Punch almost every night here at home.

Best of luck on your GCBC trip. Over the years May was our normal month for island visits. Could sort of keep your island tan during the summer and much less crowded (and cheaper).

Re: GCBC reservation [Re: charlieh] #60954
07/09/2015 07:30 AM
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Have a great trip. You'll love GCBC. Can't wait to get there in March!

Re: GCBC reservation [Re: encpirate] #60955
07/09/2015 12:56 PM
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We have stayed at GCBC for the last 6 times we have been on the island...we just love it there. When we went in May we booked a vacation package thru JetBlue with reservations at GCBC. We had no problems what so every doing thru them. In the past we always booked directly thru GCBC but JetBlue had a fantastic offer we could not refuse...although some people have not had good experience doing this thru an airline or third party...we had no problem. Either way how you book you will enjoy GCBC. We hope to be back next year!


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