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Old July 18th, 2009, 08:35 AM
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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.
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Old July 18th, 2009, 10:38 AM
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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.
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Old July 20th, 2009, 10:06 AM
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Default IM/Regal was the same

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.

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Old July 20th, 2009, 11:37 AM
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Default Not Sure about the Price comparison

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!
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Old July 20th, 2009, 03:58 PM
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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

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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
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Old July 21st, 2009, 12:36 AM
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Default Yup, the $41.80 is there.

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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
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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
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.

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Old July 21st, 2009, 09:00 AM
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Smile They really do have great prices

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.
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Old July 21st, 2009, 09:59 AM
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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.
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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.
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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 ft

3 days to Bahamas Depart From: Miami, FL Ship: Carnival Imagination Departure Information
Sail Date:Nov.06.2009 Air From:None Promo Code:PPB
Stateroom Details Stateroom:R69
Deck:Riviera
Category:6B
Vacation Total Cruise Rate $498.00 Gov't Fees & Taxes$85.62 Total Amount$583.62





bahama Cabin:

5508

Beds:

Double

Total:

$561.60
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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?
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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.
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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!

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.
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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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