Posted August 20th, 2012, 12:51 PM
Well, you made me look. I have kept records since we sailed in our first minisuite in 2004 of what each of our cruises have cost (cruise fare only, no insurance, no excursions, etc).
We have paid as little as $140/person/night for an AB mini (Alaska 2009, transatlantic 2011). Things like Hawaii (2004) and New England (2008) have ranged around $180 to $190. (Incidentally, I have sailed on the QM2 in a sheltered balcony - 2005, 2007, 2011 - for that kind of money, also).
More recent trips have been more expensive but to pricier locales , with the Eastern Med closer to $250 and the Baltic over $300. Interestingly, I have an S4 (PH Suite) booked to Hawaii in 2013 for less per night than it cost to do the Baltic trip.
On the Princess trips, I have generally caught some price drops but the Baltics never went down. It was a trip that we really wanted to take.
So, I guess that I don't set a number but go with what is comfortable at the time while hoping for price breaks and accepting that some areas are just going to cost more. And, in the case of the S4, it is a very special occasion and I am going wild.
But, I still do insist on a mini-suite because most of our cruises are 12-15 days and we spend time in our cabin and coexist better with more space.