On a 60 Day cruise how is it done

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#1
87 Posts
Joined Jul 2006
My Husband and I are considering taking a 60 day cruise to Asia. It appears that one part of the cruise can be booked for 28 days, and the other for the rest if you do not book the entire 60 days.
There is a slight price difference, but not much.
So, is it better to book 2 legs of the trip with the same cabin, or to book the entire 60 days at one time? Hope this makes sense.If we book as 2 separate trips do we have to go through getting off with our luggage and then back on or can we leave the cabin as it is.
Also, as Elite do you get just one set up if you book the 60 days together or if you book the 28 days plus the rest do you get an extra setup. Just curious.
Thanks to anyone who has done the long cruises either way.
#2
Greenville, SC, USA
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Joined Apr 2000
If you book as one cruise you will be in the cabin for the 60 days. If you book as two cruises, you may not be able to find a cabin available for both legs.

You will get the Elite minibar set up for each leg no matter how booked.

We are on a 49 day cruise booked as one cruise. We get a nice discount, much OBC and pre-paid gratuities. Not sure about your booking.

We were not allowed to us a Future Cruise Deposit. As far as I know we will bet one shareholder and loyalty OMC award. Same for military OBC (we are not eligible for it).

On turnaround day, a lot will depend on whether you will be staying in the same cabin. If so, everything will stay there. Either way, you will not have to take your things off.
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#3
Texas
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Joined Sep 2008
If you book as a B2B (two separate cruises), you do not have to get off with your luggage. At US ports, you may have to go through immigration, but you would do the same if you booked one cruise. It makes no difference.

You will receive the same Elite mini-bars however you book.

It will affect your OBC for military, shareholders, FCD, loyalty, etc. You will receive OBC based on how you book.

Some cabins are only available on the combined itinerary and other cabins are only available for the separate ones. If you want particular cabins, that may affect your choice.

There could also be a difference if prices go down before final payment. Prices may change for one segment but not for the combined one.

If you book with future cruise deposits (FCDs), there is a large difference. For a 28 day cruise or a 32 day cruise, you can use a FCD for the full deposit (one for each person for each cruise so a total of four). You would receive $125 (inside or outside) or $150 (balcony or above) each for each cruise, for a total of $$500 (inside or outside) or $600 (balcony or above). According to the fine print on the bottom of my FCD letter, "FCDs are not applicable to bookings 45 days or longer. For those bookings a 3% cruise fare discount is given and reduced deposit requirements may vary based on booking date." Because of this difference in treatment of FCDs, you may find a larger price difference than first appears.
#4
Florida
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Joined Jan 2008
Also be sure to check the gratuities. On the 60 day cruise they are complimentary. They aren't for the 2 segments.


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#5
New Cumberland,PA, USA
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Joined May 2000
The OP asks a great question which we deal with on a regular basis since we like longer cruises. I have actually spent some amount of time doing overall price comparisons (of 1 long cruise vs multiple segments) and it can take some time. Lately, two of my favorite cruise agencies (we generally use 4 different cruise agencies...to look for the best deals) have agents who have been willing to do the comparisons (sometimes while we are on the phone) and quickly give us their recommendation. This just happened to us 2 weeks ago when comparing a longer Golden Princess cruise versus booking 3 segments (which would equal the longer cruise). It turned out that 1 of the 3 segments was being sold at such high prices....making a single long booking the better deal. But you never know until you actually run the numbers.

As to getting the same cabin with multiple segments, it is usually possible. If not, a cabin change is not always the worst thing..and can sometimes be fun. For example, we did a multi-segment Celebrity cruise where we booked 1 segment in a regular balcony and 1 segment in Aqua Class...giving us slightly different experiences. We have also done another cruise in Europe and then Transatlantic where we booked a regular balcony for the European segment (very port intensive) and a small suite for the TA segment (the larger suite is nice for many sea days).

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#6
Port St. Lucie, Florida
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Joined Nov 2004
Twice we have booked a European cruise b2b with a TA. In both cases, it was better to book the segments separately. We got cheaper prices, more internet minutes, and more OBC from our stock ownership.
Even if you book as one cruise, you have to check whether that continues to make sense. Some deals come along and change the economics.
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#7
League City, TX
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Joined Sep 2005
Originally posted by patrickmoran
Twice we have booked a European cruise b2b with a TA. In both cases, it was better to book the segments separately. We got cheaper prices, more internet minutes, and more OBC from our stock ownership.
Even if you book as one cruise, you have to check whether that continues to make sense. Some deals come along and change the economics.
Not sure if you mean one of the segments is a trans-Atlantic or that you booked using a travel agent.

We did have a b2b that included a trans-Atlantic and was with a travel agent. We saved hundreds of $$$ booking as one cruise instead of two even after taking into consideration lower OBC from several sources (FCC, stockholder, etc.) booking this way.