Logic change for hotel stays in Expedition integrations - following several requests by customers and cruise operators, we are going to amend the hotel stays logic for integrations that have regular/standard pre/post hotel stays included as part of their itineraries. The aim is to include the pre/post hotel days within the itinerary itself, instead of only providing the cruise days.
We understand that this doesn’t match the logic of the API as it has been since it was first launched more than 6 years ago (ie to make all fields be for the cruise segment itself, with only a few fields indicating pre and post stays.) It was however launched with standard Ocean cruises in mind, which do not often have hotel stays. Expeditions cruise work differently by most often including pre/post hotel nights to make sure guests are able to take in charter flights to the true cruise departure location on the start day of the cruise itself. This means that, at the moment, the API doesn’t reflect the true start/end dates of these packages as it doesn’t include the hotel stays in the itinerary itself, or the departure date field.
This change will also affect the following fields (when applicable):
- starts_on (may change to take into account pre hotel nights)
- starts_at (may change if the hotel stay is not at the same location as the start of the cruise)
- stay_at (will be cleared out)
- hotel_nights (will be cleared out)
- cruise_nights (though the number will no longer reflect only cruise nights, it will reflect the
- number of nights available in the itinerary)
- post_cruise (will be cleared out)
- stay_post (will be cleared out)
- ends_on (may change to take into account post hotel nights)
- ends_at (may change if the hotel stay is not at the same location as the start of the cruise)
Our aim is to release this change by the end of the year. (Concrete date TBC).
We will provide a full list of the integrations that will be affected by this change in the coming weeks, as well as write a more detailed guide on what the changes will be and how it might affect your system.