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Bases5
July 18th, 2009, 08:35 AM
If you go through the booking process on line and find the prices. Are these set in stone or do you get a better price if you call. you know Boucher rate vs actually rate.

If those prices are correct why would you cruise this ship'
It more expensive than CCL and NCL, It almost the same price a RCI.
I sailed the Regal because of the ocean liner feel to the ship. This is a ferry boat converted to a cruise ship.
I really want to sail her but at these prices.
I am comparing a 180 sq ft outside on Carnival vs 140 sq ft outside on BC -3 day cruise.
What makes this cruise so compelling I would pay more for a lesser product.

I do like the 2 day cruise option. its a nice little get away.

mattt6511
July 18th, 2009, 10:38 AM
I think the attraction with this ship is it has lower end room like the coach interior rooms thats are i think only about $110 a peson so 220 total plus tax. Also people are booking room through the timeshare thing for even less. At first i agree with you because i found a room on ncl sky for almost the same price and it was a day longer cruise, but i booked this through the timeshare place for dirt cheap. Granted they tried to get me to upgrade the room like crazy but they wanted alot more money and i refused its only a two night cruise i will deal with a closet for a room.

robsvacation
July 20th, 2009, 10:06 AM
I have to say the Regal Empress was not particularly inexpensive on a per diem basis if you booked directly, but between the timeshares, frequent cruiser program and the "free" cruise offers there were lots of people to fill cabins. I think they keep the advertised prices a little high so the people taking the discounted offers feel like they have gotten something worthwhile.

Naturally the economy is forcing the majors to drop prices, and I think the weekend cruises are a definitely little pricy (especially since NCL brings you to a private island and Carnival stays extra late on the port day) but poking around a little bit the lowest price on BCCL is about $100 less than I'm seeing on NCL, RCCL and Carnival. Course you are getting a closet of a room at that point, but still it's a lower price point than the majors can offer.

robsvacation
July 20th, 2009, 11:37 AM
Just for yucks I priced out BCCL, CCL (Imagination), NCL (Sky) and RCCL(Majesty) for weekend cruises on 7/31/09 (for a last minute price comparison) and 9/18/09 (for low season.) I used the BCCL website and Travelocity (I excluded travelocity's booking fee) Disclaimers: all prices are per person double including taxes (but no fuel surcharge.) I've listed the categories used on each ship for each date. I felt the coach insides on BCCL really didn't compare to the majors, so I compared the lowest grade insides on the majors to the regular (not coach) insides on BCCL. Same applies to the outsides. For the suites I compared the top of the line suite on BCCL to the minisuites on CCL and RCCL and a standard balcony on NCL (ok, I'm being a little off with NCL, I admit). On the majors not all categories were available on all cruises, I went with the lowest comparable category available in that case. In a few cases outsides were less than the insides on the majors, that's common due to the crazy way they price things. Here's what I got:

Cabin Type/Categories Used/Price Jul 31th/Price Sept 18

Bahamas Celebration
Inside Bunk,(9/9),$231.00,$161.00
Inside,(5/5),$311.00,$241.00
Outside,(4/4) ,$351.00,$281.00
Suite,(1/1),$571.00,$491.00

Carnival
Inside Bunk,(1A/1A),$321.00,$291.00
Inside,(4A/4B),$386.00,$311.00
Outside,(6A/6A),$391.00,$321.00
Suite,(11/11),$651.00,$551.00

Norwegian
Inside Bunk,None Available,N/A,N/A
Inside,(K/K),$366.00,$326.00
Outside,(G/FF),$396.00,$346.00
Balcony,(BC/BB),$516.00,$446.00

Royal Caribbean
Inside Bunk ,None Available,N/A,N/A
Inside,(K/Q),$428.00,$287.00
Outside,(I/H),$389.00,$327.00
Suite,(JS),N/A,$627.00

BCCL is cheaper so if price was your only consideration BCCL comes out ahead, and if you're willing to deal with the standard coach cabins you'll be lower still.

The majors do offer more on their itineraries (CCL leaves in the wee hours from Nassau on Saturday giving you time to enjoy the nightlife, NCL and RCCL go to their private islands instead of the Sunday at sea.) As for the quality of the cruise I'd have to cruise BCCL to compare, but the majors have bigger ships with a variety of features. Also all the majors leave out of Miami if that is a consideration.

Not making any conclusions based on this, just laying it out there!

Bases5
July 20th, 2009, 03:58 PM
Nice post, thats a lot of work.:)
Did you add the $41 PP on BCCL that Travelocity automatically add's on there web site, plus they are still adding $5 pp per day fuel charge.

The reason I posted this was I looked on Carnivals web site and BCCL

std outside
Nov 27 2009
Carnival $542.00 6A 180 sq ft
BCCL $561.6 outside state room 140 sq ft (I Called)
The coach ones are 110 sq ft:eek:

mdguy99
July 21st, 2009, 12:36 AM
Nice post, thats a lot of work.:)
Did you add the $41 PP on BCCL that Travelocity automatically add's on there web site, plus they are still adding $5 pp per day fuel charge.

The reason I posted this was I looked on Carnivals web site and BCCL

std outside
Nov 27 2009
Carnival $542.00 6A 180 sq ft
BCCL $561.6 outside state room 140 sq ft (I Called)
The coach ones are 110 sq ft:eek:

The $41.80 in taxes are in there, as all all the taxes for the other lines (I basically went to the final page where you enter your credit card number so I knew I was at the final price, Travelocity mis-quotes at first) I left out the fuel surcharges as I wasn't sure about them. Tried to be as apples to apples as I could be.

Admittedly Travelocity isn't the cheapest website but it's the quickest for comparison shopping. I'm sure if you knew the exact cruise you wanted and used one of those CRUISE sites that COMPETE on price and end in DOT COM, you could find an agent willing to beat the Carnival website. ;)

cruiseguy54
July 21st, 2009, 09:00 AM
I don't know about anyone else, but no matter what dates I look at the prices that Celebration Cruise Line are incredibly attractive and have beat NCL, CCL and RCCL everytime, especially on sailings within 45 days.. The Holiday sailings are very well priced as well. In fact the Christmas and New year's sailings are 50% sold already. I've been on the ship and yes the rooms in the lowest categories are smaller, but for just a few dollars more cat 5 and above are a bargain, and the ship looks great and the service was incredible.

Bases5
July 21st, 2009, 09:59 AM
HEY CRUISEGUY

Welcome to cruise critic.

Where are you getting your BCCL rate's. (online)
That is so strange becouse I am not finding the bargin.
Give me a date so I can try.

cruiseguy54
July 21st, 2009, 11:20 PM
Hi Bases5,

Thanks for the welcome. I would say pick any close in date (provided there is availability), any date at 60 days and any at 90 or longer, and I'll do a comparison for you . NCL will almost always have the lowest rate for a major mass market cruise (that being RCCL, CCl, and NCL) and these cruises on Celebration will beat the price ... 99.99% of the time, comparing apples to apples. I don't see much use going out longer as most people are booking fairly close in these days, but we can go out further if you'd like.

Hope your day went well.

Bases5
July 22nd, 2009, 04:15 PM
I just did nov 6 . I guess why would you go on a small ferry when you can go on a actual cruise ship. Cabin are larger on carnival 180 sq ft vs 140 sq fthttp://www.carnival.com/Images/Quick%20Pricing/your_cruise_summary.gif
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Deck:Riviera
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bahama Cabin:

5508

Beds:

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$561.60

cruiseguy54
July 22nd, 2009, 10:57 PM
I'm curious; what prompts you to say it is a ferry? Does size really matter? By the implied definition I think we need to alert Mr Del Rio at Oceania that he is not running a cruise line but a long distance ferry. IMHO that is just silly. I appreciate your zeal for mainstream mass market cruises, but do you recall how Carnival started? ;)

Bases5
July 23rd, 2009, 07:11 AM
It is a ferry, I love going away from main stream, But Value is important allso. I paid more for the Regal due to the fact it was a classis ocean liner not a converted ferry.
http://www.danpassaro.com/p558263465/e2b73ae78

vpcats
July 27th, 2009, 07:42 PM
It is a ferry, I love going away from main stream, But Value is important allso. I paid more for the Regal due to the fact it was a classis ocean liner not a converted ferry.
http://www.danpassaro.com/p558263465/e2b73ae78


Oh I love it. Those are my pics! :D

Sure was a ferry boat. I was at the bottom there checking it out. The space is now used for all kinds of crates and wiring and it's hot as can be. There's even one tiny elevator around the bend. This is the level you come in from when in port (and the one where you get off also).

I'm wondering -- has anybody been on this ship since mid June? Is the Air conditioner working now? That was the worst of the trip. No A/C. Room was like a sauna. Other than that..... I thought the food was pretty good.

vpcats
July 27th, 2009, 07:48 PM
Oh I forgot.... If you check the other cruise lines like RCCL, NCL, Carnival, their prices are very, very low for most sailings (short or long), except for the holiday times. Those are pretty hefty. I can't see myself paying $700 or $800 pp for 3 nights when the same trip is $299 at other times of the year.

Anyway....compared to this Celebration ship.....there's no comparison. Celebration has to give it away for me to ever go back on that ship and even then.... would take convincing.


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Spoarzy
July 27th, 2009, 08:24 PM
We just got the "free cruise" offer....lol Basically you get an inside cabin on the 2 night cruise for juts the taxes of $59 per person based on double. So $118 out the door. This also included $50 match play certificate in the casino. We have 18 months to use it. They did try to up sell us to a multi day vacation with a property tour but I stood firm and got just the 2 day cruise. For the price, it looks like it will be fun. We have sailed many times and no matter what ship we are on, we make the best of it and have a great time. We will most likely add this 2 day sailing to the beginning of another longer cruise out of Fort Lauderdale on a RCCL ship.

cable
July 28th, 2009, 08:45 AM
We just got the "free cruise" offer....lol Basically you get an inside cabin on the 2 night cruise for juts the taxes of $59 per person based on double. So $118 out the door. This also included $50 match play certificate in the casino. We have 18 months to use it. They did try to up sell us to a multi day vacation with a property tour but I stood firm and got just the 2 day cruise. For the price, it looks like it will be fun. We have sailed many times and no matter what ship we are on, we make the best of it and have a great time. We will most likely add this 2 day sailing to the beginning of another longer cruise out of Fort Lauderdale on a RCCL ship.
You will have to visit the Ramada welcome center in Ft. Lauderdale to pick up your vouchers prior to cruising. At the welcome center, you will wait for an indefinite period to speak to someone who will attempt to once again pitch timeshares before they hand over the vouchers.

I will take what vpcats said one step further... I would not go on this ship if they paid ME the $118.00 It's an awful experience. I am a loss to understand the mostly rave reviews posted here. These folks must either not travel much or live somewhere where they are just happy to see water and warm weather. You can do alot better for not much $$ on a mainstream line.

The Regal Empress had similar drawbacks, but at least you had the charm of a classic liner. Bahamas Celebration is just plain cheesy.

cable
July 28th, 2009, 09:06 AM
Edit: I meant to say that I would not go on this ship again if they paid me. I did cruise BC once already. Without exageration, like 80-90% of the passengers are using some type of voucher to go on this cruise. What does that tall you? Nobody in their right mind would call up and book this trip directly with the cruise line at their published rates and in fact, nobody does. Without the timeshare association, Celebration Cruises would be history.

vegasking
July 28th, 2009, 12:18 PM
reply to cable thread i did call cruise line and did get 2 people for 118.00 with no time share. have been on cruise when it was BC and me and the wife at a great time. was not expecting alot and went in knowing that, we had fun and a great time. will be glad to go on BBCL with the same willingness to get what you pay for. 118.00 3 day 2 night is a good little getaway. if you want a big full ship pay big money and go,dont diss people because some cant afford what others can.

cable
July 28th, 2009, 02:58 PM
reply to cable thread i did call cruise line and did get 2 people for 118.00 with no time share. have been on cruise when it was BC and me and the wife at a great time. was not expecting alot and went in knowing that, we had fun and a great time. will be glad to go on BBCL with the same willingness to get what you pay for. 118.00 3 day 2 night is a good little getaway. if you want a big full ship pay big money and go,dont diss people because some cant afford what others can.
There is no way to avoid having to go to the Welcome Center in Ft. Lauderdale to pick up your vouchers and when you arrive, they will try to pressure you into attending a timeshare presentation after the cruise. You can decline and they will still give you the $59pp cruise vouchers, but nonethless, you will have to travel out of your way to the welcome center and you will have to sit around waiting to speak to their salespeople who give out the vouchers (at the end of their pitch). For people who fly in, it is a significant cab fare to/from the welcome center to the cruise port.

I am not dissing anyone or trying to insult their financial situation. I am by no means a wealthy person myself! But I will say that it is well worth it to try to wait and save up a little more $$ and go on a better line/ship. I cruised on Regal Empress three times with Imperial Majesty and I honestly feel that while newer, Bahamas Celebration gives a worse cruise experience.

Spoarzy
July 28th, 2009, 04:55 PM
There is no way to avoid having to go to the Welcome Center in Ft. Lauderdale to pick up your vouchers and when you arrive, they will try to pressure you into attending a timeshare presentation after the cruise. You can decline and they will still give you the $59pp cruise vouchers, but nonethless, you will have to travel out of your way to the welcome center and you will have to sit around waiting to speak to their salespeople who give out the vouchers (at the end of their pitch). For people who fly in, it is a significant cab fare to/from the welcome center to the cruise port.

I am not dissing anyone or trying to insult their financial situation. I am by no means a wealthy person myself! But I will say that it is well worth it to try to wait and save up a little more $$ and go on a better line/ship. I cruised on Regal Empress three times with Imperial Majesty and I honestly feel that while newer, Bahamas Celebration gives a worse cruise experience.

Thanks for your input Cable.

I too have cruise with Imperial Majesty and I did have to go to the Welcome center as it was the same $59 voucher thing. Not a big deal and no one even mentions time share stuff to me when I got the vouchers. Funny how either people hate this or love it. I'm going to go with an open mind and enjoy the 2 nights. Even a crap cruise is better than being at home IMO.

mattt6511
July 28th, 2009, 11:07 PM
For 59 dollars a person you can actually have a decent weekened instead of watching tv at home.. i know the day ferry discovery sun with taxes is about 80 to 90 dollars a person and thats with no room and a smaller older ship.

Spoarzy
July 28th, 2009, 11:20 PM
For 59 dollars a person you can actually have a decent weekened instead of watching tv at home.. i know the day ferry discovery sun with taxes is about 80 to 90 dollars a person and thats with no room and a smaller older ship.

This cruise will be a good time away from home. Thanks for the input Matt!! My fiancÚ and I will most likely add this short cruise to the beginning of a longer cruise with RCCL. We could sail on the Wednesday departure with Celebration Cruise line and pick a 7 night sailing departing on the Saturday or Sunday from FLL or MIA with RCCL. We would also like to try Celebrity as we are honorary Elite Members since we are Diamond with RCCL. Solstice departs from FLL and that would be the class of ship we would like to try. What a difference in the class of ship going from the Bahamas Celebration to Celebrity Solstice eh? lol That would be why I would want to sail on Celebration first... lol

mattt6511
July 28th, 2009, 11:46 PM
Yup thast what im doing, this cruise is my pre cruise to my 8 day one on carnival, instead of me spending a few days in a hotel i decided to do this short cruise, tho i must say im also diamond with royal caribbean im a little scared about carnival, its my first time with them so i hope its oky.
This cruise will be a good time away from home. Thanks for the input Matt!! My fiancÚ and I will most likely add this short cruise to the beginning of a longer cruise with RCCL. We could sail on the Wednesday departure with Celebration Cruise line and pick a 7 night sailing departing on the Saturday or Sunday from FLL or MIA with RCCL. We would also like to try Celebrity as we are honorary Elite Members since we are Diamond with RCCL. Solstice departs from FLL and that would be the class of ship we would like to try. What a difference in the class of ship going from the Bahamas Celebration to Celebrity Solstice eh? lol That would be why I would want to sail on Celebration first... lol

mattt6511
July 28th, 2009, 11:49 PM
Spoarzy i see you are going on enchantment in a month, i went on that not long ago with my ex gf we had a junior suite we had a great time!! I really loved that ship shes really really nice the food and service was amazing, and i love the pooldeck at night with the bridges, shes one of my favorites!! I tend to favor the slightly smaller ships for some reason though i really dont know why i always loved soveirgn and majesty of the seas.....

raysman1
July 29th, 2009, 12:35 AM
Is this cruise any good?

I learned my parents booked this cruise, and from what I have read the reviews have been mixed.

Spoarzy
July 29th, 2009, 01:11 AM
Is this cruise any good?

I learned my parents booked this cruise, and from what I have read the reviews have been mixed.

I would say that this, just like every cruise, is what you make of it. So many people ruin their own vacations by finding little things to not enjoy the time away from home. From what I can see, for the $$, it looks like a fun little cruise.

Spoarzy
July 29th, 2009, 01:15 AM
Yup thast what im doing, this cruise is my pre cruise to my 8 day one on carnival, instead of me spending a few days in a hotel i decided to do this short cruise, tho i must say im also diamond with royal caribbean im a little scared about carnival, its my first time with them so i hope its oky.

Well nothing to be scared of but...... you will be coming back to RCCL IMO. The reason I say that is, RCCL is a bit nicer in many ways. Carnival is good but you will see what I mean. You will have a great time but after it is all done, I would bet you will be booking a cruise with Royal...lol I have sailed with carnival 3 times, all 3 were good, but not RCCL. As I said before, sail with an open mind and you will enjoy it, but do not try to compare it to RCCL or you will be disappointed.

Spoarzy
July 29th, 2009, 01:19 AM
Spoarzy i see you are going on enchantment in a month, i went on that not long ago with my ex gf we had a junior suite we had a great time!! I really loved that ship shes really really nice the food and service was amazing, and i love the pooldeck at night with the bridges, shes one of my favorites!! I tend to favor the slightly smaller ships for some reason though i really dont know why i always loved soveirgn and majesty of the seas.....

Enchantment is one of my small ship favs as well!! I sailed on her last year and loved it. Thus we could not pass up the chance to sail on her again this year when she went on sale for $260 CDN for the 5 night sailing. It is an inside cabin but I will survive with out the balcony for the great price we got..lol I like the small ships but I love the big ships!!!!! My fiancÚ and I are getting married on Oasis next year and we can not have thought of a better way to get married. :D

cable
July 29th, 2009, 07:16 AM
For 59 dollars a person you can actually have a decent weekened instead of watching tv at home..
Not exactly. They are only doing 3-day cruises (Fri-Mon) on all weekends and the cost to upgrade to the 3 day is $99pp. That's $99pp in addition to the initial $59pp. And if you have to take a taxi to/from the welcome center to get the vouchers, that's going to be at least another $50.

Spoarzy
July 29th, 2009, 07:47 AM
Not exactly. They are only doing 3-day cruises (Fri-Mon) on all weekends and the cost to upgrade to the 3 day is $99pp. That's $99pp in addition to the initial $59pp. And if you have to take a taxi to/from the welcome center to get the vouchers, that's going to be at least another $50.

We got it already that you do not like them!! If you read all the post you would see that Matt and I are going to use this cruise mid week before sailing on a weekend departure with another line. Matt used "weekend" as a slip up and you jumped all over it. We know that they only offer a 3 night cruise on the weekends and we know that it cost more as I stated "they tried to up sell me like crazy" and again with the welcome center? Have you ever thought of renting a car? I have rented an economy car for less than $24 for the day including all taxes. To get to the welcome center is not that bad but you are determined to make it out to be the end of the world so it seems....lol Anyways again thanks, we got it, you do not like Celebration Cruise Line....lol

cable
July 29th, 2009, 07:57 AM
If you think I'm bashing Celebration, well.... whatever. I thought I was simply stating a fact that you are going to pay more, alot more, to sail on a weekend. I don't know how long you have been familiar with Celebration or their predecessor Imperial Majesty, but until very recently (like March 2009) they used to sail every other day on a 2-night cruise regardless of weekdays/weekends. Some cruisers may not be aware of the change in itinerary and the subsequent increase in cost.

mattt6511
July 29th, 2009, 08:59 AM
Lol well i live in florida so i dont have to get a taxi im driving down there and im spending the night at the ramada which is where you pick up the tickets, i do agree wtih cable tho i really wish it was regal empress still just because i loved the fact that she was a real cruise ship, a real ocean liner.. Im pretty upset because now i dont know any other cruise lines around where i can get that same cruising experience again though. Lol yes they did try to upsell me on the weekened sailing over and over and try to get me to upgrademy cabin they were almost mad at me for picking the basic 59 dollars a person sailing!!!

Spoarzy
July 29th, 2009, 05:32 PM
Lol well i live in florida so i dont have to get a taxi im driving down there and im spending the night at the ramada which is where you pick up the tickets, i do agree wtih cable tho i really wish it was regal empress still just because i loved the fact that she was a real cruise ship, a real ocean liner.. Im pretty upset because now i dont know any other cruise lines around where i can get that same cruising experience again though. Lol yes they did try to upsell me on the weekened sailing over and over and try to get me to upgrademy cabin they were almost mad at me for picking the basic 59 dollars a person sailing!!!


That was the same attitude they gave me when I declined everything but the $59 inside cabin...lol Oh well, it is what it is, a nice little get-a-way. Regal Empress was nice but I'm not one for nostalgia. I like newer amenities which Celebration seems to offer.

vpcats
July 29th, 2009, 08:24 PM
Guys, guys, guys.........The Bahamas Celebration is not hell. You can deal with it all actually. Two days or two nights can go by pretty quickly BUT, BUT, BUT, if you have an interior room and no A/C, it is a sauna! It is miserably hot, hot, hot! Not a drop of air coming in. You leave your room door open and still no air from the hallways.

Nobody has yet answered me if they know if the A/C has been replaced and is FULLY functional throughout the whole ship.

I don't care if you're from the Northern Slope in Alaska and don't mind a little bit of warm weather once in a while, but NO AIR CIRCULATION in your interior room means you can't breathe!

When I did my cruise June 12th - 15th, people went to sleep on the upper deck by the aquarium type pool. There are only so many lounge chairs and regular chairs there though. If you were half drunk and just passed out on the floor........well, I hope you didn't get trampled!

Oh and does your $59 include tips and fuel surcharges?

I do hope you enjoy your trip. I learned my lesson. Cheap comes out expensive!

vpcats
July 29th, 2009, 08:48 PM
One other thing I forgot (sorry)....

Take your Febreeze spray can. The furniture/upholstery is old and it stinks.

cruiseguy54
July 30th, 2009, 10:44 AM
I am constantly stunned by the comments I read on these boards, about this and all cruise lines I read about. I was a veteran of the cruise industry, having worked for three major cruise lines and as an American Express travel agent for a grand total of 13 years before using that sales experience to move to a very lucrative career in the financial industry. I personally sold over 8000 cruises to individual parties and am more than familiar with all the mainstream mass market lines as well as the luxury brands from Oceania to Regent Seven Seas.
I would make just a couple of observations on this particular line. It is the most extraordinary value in cruising today.. I've checked their least expensive staterooms vs RCCl, CCl etc and I don't know where I am going to find a 2 night cruise with a stateroom and all meals and entertainment from just $99pp on a two night cruise and a 3 night from $119 pp this fall. If you want an incredible deal check out the price of a cat 3 suite at 253 sq ft at just 265pp for a 3 night and 205pp for a two night trip.
I haven't met any one that I know in the travel industry who doesn't agree that the pricing is very, very good.
Yes, it is a converted ferry, and the Regent Seven Seas Navigator is a former russian ship, (some say spy vessel and some say icebreaker) that was converted to a cruise ship. The reason I mention that is because it is what you've done with the conversion that matters and having been on this ship and IMHO they have done an excellent job. I neither found it to be old furniture nor did it smell old. In fact it looked fantastic.
I have been on every deck on that ship that is open to the public and I never found exposed wires and storage in areas open to the public.
The food was more than adequete, the Cove restaurant was not yet operational and they tended to overcook the meats at the buffett for my taste, but then I like mine med rare to rare.
The a/c was a problem at first but has been fixed and is fully functional.
I found the size of the fitness room to be very small, but then I was also the only one in there every time I went.
The ship does not charge fuel charges if you are booking with the cruise line directly, only those who are buying through the timeshare promotion marketing companies will pay that and at $59pp that is not, I believe an unreasonable charge. I guess everything cant be free..
Tips like most cruise lines are $10 per day per person and will be added to the final bill onboard. If you object to tipping a crew that is working 16 hours a day 7 days a week, well I don't know what to think about that.
A final note, there are always going to be charges whether it is for drinks onboard to getting to the ship that are not included with every cruise line. My advice, move up to the cat 5 cabins at 140 sq ft or take advantage of the incredible suite rates right now, relax and give this ship a chance to work out the kinks, which are minimal to nonexistant now. Remember, Carnival's first ship ran aground leaving Miami and they had to take money from the casino once they were in the Bahamas to pay for fuel to get back. ;)

Spoarzy
July 30th, 2009, 05:16 PM
I am constantly stunned by the comments I read on these boards, about this and all cruise lines I read about. I was a veteran of the cruise industry, having worked for three major cruise lines and as an American Express travel agent for a grand total of 13 years before using that sales experience to move to a very lucrative career in the financial industry. I personally sold over 8000 cruises to individual parties and am more than familiar with all the mainstream mass market lines as well as the luxury brands from Oceania to Regent Seven Seas.
I would make just a couple of observations on this particular line. It is the most extraordinary value in cruising today.. I've checked their least expensive staterooms vs RCCl, CCl etc and I don't know where I am going to find a 2 night cruise with a stateroom and all meals and entertainment from just $99pp on a two night cruise and a 3 night from $119 pp this fall. If you want an incredible deal check out the price of a cat 3 suite at 253 sq ft at just 265pp for a 3 night and 205pp for a two night trip.
I haven't met any one that I know in the travel industry who doesn't agree that the pricing is very, very good.
Yes, it is a converted ferry, and the Regent Seven Seas Navigator is a former russian ship, (some say spy vessel and some say icebreaker) that was converted to a cruise ship. The reason I mention that is because it is what you've done with the conversion that matters and having been on this ship and IMHO they have done an excellent job. I neither found it to be old furniture nor did it smell old. In fact it looked fantastic.
I have been on every deck on that ship that is open to the public and I never found exposed wires and storage in areas open to the public.
The food was more than adequete, the Cove restaurant was not yet operational and they tended to overcook the meats at the buffett for my taste, but then I like mine med rare to rare.
The a/c was a problem at first but has been fixed and is fully functional.
I found the size of the fitness room to be very small, but then I was also the only one in there every time I went.
The ship does not charge fuel charges if you are booking with the cruise line directly, only those who are buying through the timeshare promotion marketing companies will pay that and at $59pp that is not, I believe an unreasonable charge. I guess everything cant be free..
Tips like most cruise lines are $10 per day per person and will be added to the final bill onboard. If you object to tipping a crew that is working 16 hours a day 7 days a week, well I don't know what to think about that.
A final note, there are always going to be charges whether it is for drinks onboard to getting to the ship that are not included with every cruise line. My advice, move up to the cat 5 cabins at 140 sq ft or take advantage of the incredible suite rates right now, relax and give this ship a chance to work out the kinks, which are minimal to nonexistant now. Remember, Carnival's first ship ran aground leaving Miami and they had to take money from the casino once they were in the Bahamas to pay for fuel to get back. ;)

Thanks for your review!! You said everything I was thinking while reading the above posts...lol