Would you pay extra for luxury accommodations and amenities on a mainstream ship?

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Poll: Would you pay a premium for luxury accommodations and amenities on a mainstream ship?
Poll Results
Would you pay a premium for luxury accommodations and amenities on a mainstream ship?

Yes, I'd definitely pay extra
38
21.47%

No, if I want a luxury cruise I'll go on a luxury line
87
49.15%

No, it's simply too expensive for our budget
28
15.82%

I might consider it
24
13.56%

Voters: 177.  You may not vote on this poll.

#1
NJ
862 Posts
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A relatively new concept in cruising is the inclusion of dedicated areas onboard big ships that offer a luxury-style cruise amidst the wider ranging features and amenities of a big ship -- such as NCL's Courtyard and MSC's Yacht Club. Does it appeal, and would you pay for the experience? Vote in our poll and be sure to post your opinion too!
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#2
Gainesville, Florida
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Joined Mar 2000
I pick my cruise line for what they offer in genreal. If I want a luxury experience I'll book a luxury line.

When I'm outside of my stateroom why would I want to exclude myself from the general population and all the regular venues?
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#3
Church Point AKA Cajun Country
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Originally posted by Char
I pick my cruise line for what they offer in genreal. If I want a luxury experience I'll book a luxury line.

When I'm outside of my stateroom why would I want to exclude myself from the general population and all the regular venues?
Good point. I have to agree with you on this one.
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Michigan/Ontario border
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I like Holland America deluxe suites. Not like NCL or MSC - the only restricted access area is the Neptune Lounge, with concierge. There are other perks like free laundry/dry cleaning. We've had dinner served course by course on our balcony. Great beds, great cabins, lots of space for 3.

I find the service on HAL (even in inside cabins) to be excellent, and at the suite level it's both excellent and very personal.

So far, this has been the best fit for my family. Less expensive than 6*, more options for 1 week cruises than the 6* lines, but better than other mass market experiences.
#5
80,809 Posts
Joined Aug 2000
We always sail in a Deluxe Suite on HAL ships and pay a premium to do so. We have sailed a great many times in those suites and it is worth every bit of it for us.

We don't wish to sail Seabourn, Crystal, Silversea.......

We wish to sail HAL but to do so comfortably and with extra amenities.
So, we buy them.

Choices....... it's all about choices.

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#6
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I like Holland America deluxe suites. Not like NCL or MSC - the only restricted access area is the Neptune Lounge, with concierge. There are other perks like free laundry/dry cleaning. We've had dinner served course by course on our balcony. Great beds, great cabins, lots of space for 3.

I find the service on HAL (even in inside cabins) to be excellent, and at the suite level it's both excellent and very personal.

So far, this has been the best fit for my family. Less expensive than 6*, more options for 1 week cruises than the 6* lines, but better than other mass market experiences.
We were posting at the same time, Fannish, but obviously agree about HAL.
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#7
NJ
7,226 Posts
Joined Jan 2004
One of the best tips about cruising I ever heard I read on here . . . upgrde your ship / cruiseline not your cabin.
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#8
Texas
3,764 Posts
Joined Oct 2007
I was upgraded to a suite on Princess and I have sailed in an obstucted view on Crystal and THERE'S NO COMPARISON! Outside of the suite on Princess the experience is no different than for someone in an inside cabin. Outside of the obstucted on Crystal the experience is no different than someone in the largest suite.
#9
Ormond Beach, FL; USA
537 Posts
Joined Sep 2001
I think that a lot of people are willing to pay something extra to enjoy these touches. Celebrity's Concierge Class is one example. We tried it once, and the little touches like hors d'ouvres and fresh flowers delivered daily to our cabin were OK, but quite frankly, we got sick of the Room Steward knocking on our cabin door. It wasn't worth the extra cost for us, but I'm sure that it is for many others.
#10
3,972 Posts
Joined Jun 2004
I wouldn't be willing to pay for the most expensive suite on a ship, but we usually book a suite for its additional space and balcony.

In my opinion, having a private balcony changes the overall cruise experience so I won't take a cruise without one.

On the other hand, I wouldn't be willing to pay extra for an identical cabin just for additional amenities. For example, Celebrity's Solstice has identical cabins for its balcony, Aqua Class, and Concierge Class Cabins. Therefore, if I book a cruise on Solstice it will be either a standard balcony cabin or a sky suite.
#11
Moon Township, Pa
23,124 Posts
Joined Oct 2000
Sorry, but I just don't think you can take a mass market ship and turn it into a Seabourn or Crystal experience. Once you step outside your little "luxury" area, you're still on a mass market ship with their mass market food and service. So unless you include private dining in their extra cost alternate dining room every night, you're still getting nothing more than a mass market cruise with a couple of extra things that you're paying for.
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Originally posted by kitty9
Sorry, but I just don't think you can take a mass market ship and turn it into a Seabourn or Crystal experience. Once you step outside your little "luxury" area, you're still on a mass market ship with their mass market food and service. So unless you include private dining in their extra cost alternate dining room every night, you're still getting nothing more than a mass market cruise with a couple of extra things that you're paying for.

The point is there are some of us who want comfort and space and extra amenities and are willing to pay for them.

But NOT ALL OF US who can afford and book high priced suites WANT a Crystal or Seabourn experience. We do NOT.

We want to sail HAL and that is why we have 58 cruises with them. If we wanted Crystal, we would be booking them. The prices we pay are definitely high enough to pay for a nice level cabin on Crystal if that is what we want.

Why is it hard to understand that not everyone who books a pricey cabin on HAL would want to spend that money on a different cruise line? We get the service/cruise experience WE want. We get the experience WE want right where we are.
When staying in land hotels, we stay at The Ritz, Four Seasons and the like. In Rome, we 'stop' at The Hassler. We understand superb service, finest experience.

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Sail7seas - No need to get upset. Kitty9 was giving her opinion which answered the question. I read what you had to say and you also answered the question, in fact you said choices its all about choices. So why get upset if someone disagrees with your opinion.

Personally, my experience on HAL has been less than perfect. It turned me off to booking a luxury cabin on any mainstream cruise line. The service on other mainstream cruise lines has been better, but that was not the question. Because of my experience with HAL I answered the question that I would not book a luxury cabin on a mainstream cruise line. FYI, I have a cruise booked on HAL later this year because of the itinerary but not in a luxury cabin, so we don't have to get into a HAL conversation. No one is questioning the fact that you have been more than happy with your experiences.
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Originally posted by EGG
Sail7seas - No need to get upset. Kitty9 was giving her opinion which answered the question. I read what you had to say and you also answered the question, in fact you said choices its all about choices. So why get upset if someone disagrees with your opinion.
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If you think I sound upset, it is because I am tired of someone telling those of us who spend the higher end sums for the largest cabins, we should be booking a higher end cruise line.

If we wanted to, we would.

It insults us as it sounds as though we would not be able to figure out for ourselves there are more luxurious cruise lines which offer a very 'priviledged' experience. I have been invited to Silversea and have experienced it. Not for us. Crystal is ABSOLUTELY not to our taste. Seabourn I have not experienced but have no desire to now......maybe at some future time.

The experience we get on HAL is fantastic..... It is the best we would get anywhere for that which WE want.

It tires me to repeatedly 'defend' our choice for booking the most costly cabins on what some call a less than deluxe cruise line.

Beats me why I haven't stopped posting to these threads about this subject.

Time I did just that.




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#15
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Joined Jul 2001
We always book the SA Delux suites on HAL.

We love their larger suites -- and all the extra amenities that come with them.

This is our preference.
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#16
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Originally posted by kitty9
Sorry, but I just don't think you can take a mass market ship and turn it into a Seabourn or Crystal experience. Once you step outside your little "luxury" area, you're still on a mass market ship with their mass market food and service. So unless you include private dining in their extra cost alternate dining room every night, you're still getting nothing more than a mass market cruise with a couple of extra things that you're paying for.
Just for your edification -- at one time Delux suite passengers on HAL did not have to pay to have dinner in the Marco Polo or Odyssey Restaurants now called the Pinnacle Grill.

Sure wish HAL would go back to that for we Delux passengers.
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#17
14,192 Posts
Joined Jan 2003
I like having the option to pay for the little extras - as long as it doesn't mean that there is a corresponding drop in the standard level of service to create an artificial differential. In other words, don't make it like the airlines where you have a choice of cattle class, oops, I mean coach, and first class.

There are times we want the extras, and times that we are fine with what is standard. It's good to have a choice. Occasionally we want the extras that come with a suite, but often find them unavailable. If I could get something similar in cabin categories below the suites, we probably would jump on board.
#18
Rockaway, NJ
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Joined Feb 2004
Sail7seas - thanks for the explanation. I just hate when people criticize each other. Sometimes I don't feel like not posting anymore when someone slam an answer which I feel is harmless and I am trying to be helpful. In this case, I never look at boards regarding luxury cabins so I did not realize this is a much discussed topic.

Obviously we all enjoy cruising and we are generous enough to share our time and our opinions with each other.

Happy cruising!
#19
The Big Easy
18,299 Posts
Joined Oct 2006
Originally posted by sail7seas
Beats me why I haven't stopped posting to these threads about this subject.

Time I did just that.
Good idea. kitty9's post wasn't even directed at you.
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#20
Sandy Springs, GA
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Originally posted by kitty9
Sorry, but I just don't think you can take a mass market ship and turn it into a Seabourn or Crystal experience. Once you step outside your little "luxury" area, you're still on a mass market ship with their mass market food and service. So unless you include private dining in their extra cost alternate dining room every night, you're still getting nothing more than a mass market cruise with a couple of extra things that you're paying for.
My sentiments exactly.
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