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  1. thank you all. i can't drink 15 drinks a day. even if it water! it looks like it is worth it to spend $300 more to get the BSE to have drinks and internet. It is 10 days, I would probably have 2 drinks a day, and internet, so that breaks evenish. Without internet I would just use phone in port and buy internet on sea days.
  2. Ah. OK. Many thanks. Also, if only one has the drink package, how does that work. I can order all the wine I want for dinner, but can't give the glass to my wife?
  3. got it. went online, see that BSE price with drinks/internet/grat is 3k pp , I paid 2700. I only put down a refundable deposit, I guess I should cancel and get it all changed? Or should I call a TA to do this
  4. OK, logged in, checked on packages, not Best Sale Ever promo I see. on sky, in june, doing baltic.
  5. Thanks to everyone who replied so far. More details: Booked the Baltic cruise on Sky Princess. We have only put down the deposit, need to pay in full in 2 more months. We have a balcony stateroom. Have gotten 2 calls in the last few days, btw, they come up as potential spam, but they left a message. I then got this email after the 2nd voicemail they left, so I called back to speak with my Princess cruise specialist. She explained the various drink packages I could purchase, either the total package for around 750 for the cruise, the coffee package for about $23 a day (of no real interest to me, I have just 1 cup with breakfast purely for the caffeine), or just the soda package for about 14 a day. They did not mention a wine only package, what you explained would be of interest to me. I asked about the internet packages, Internet is 75 for one device for the cruise, or 14 a day for 4 devices. Brand new boat, so I guess it is medallion. I guess when I reserved online, the deal they had was an onboard credit we could use of $150 PP. I am assuming they were calling to : 1)get me to pay in full, 2)sell me excursions (but we are already using outside tour companies), 3)upsell the drink and internet package. When I called back, I got right to her. She did not offer a combo package, if I could get internet and wine/beer for 800 a couple, that would be awesome, don't know how to find that, when i login, i don't see that. email I got from the specialist after 2nd voicemail she left is below --------------------------------------------- As your cruise is quickly approaching make the most of your time in port with Princess. By reserving your shore excursions directly with me, we can offer you Best Price Guarantee, Guaranteed Return to Ship, and fun in the sun for everyone. As your Cruise specialist working directly for Princess, I have access to the best shore excursions voted by Cruise Critic with the best supporting detailed information. Whether traveling independently or with a small group I can help assist in planning and reserving your shore excursions. Call me directly to secure your booking as time is running out!
  6. Am on the sky princess for a june cruise and got a call from Princess today to upsell me on the packages. 750 pp for drink package (10 or 11 days). I don't drink much, and for half the days we will be doing excursions. I sometimes have wine or beer with dinner, or maybe a drink at night. What is the cost per drink if not on the package? Same as Internet, I am considering that if I have intl package on my phone, I can just use it on the every other day I am on land? Also I have a shipboard credit which must be used on the boat and she said long lines to use this as everyone rushes to do so? Can you negotiate these prices? Now I am considering that maybe I should have gone with Viking, where this is all inclusive.
  7. Great thread, thanks to the OP. maybe I missed it, but has anyone done a tour from the cruise line? Just wondering how it compares to what seems like lots of TJ or Alla happy people.
  8. Has anyone been to the national museum? I am very interested in seeing viking history.
  9. Thanks for this, I have found this thread with some generalities https://www.cruisecritic.com/articles.cfm?ID=1292 but maybe there is something more you are referring to. This thread is not that detailed in my mind.
  10. Again, thanks for this info. I just did a spreadsheet with 10-12 day cruises. One thing Viking has is that they don't start/end at the same place, which saves some travel. Holland/Celeb/Princess all are RT start/end place. They just vary that place, e.g. Princess you can start in Berlin/St. Pete/Copenhagen. Was actually thinking of doing the start end in St. Pete, and then I can spend as much time pre or post there. Viking has less ports, but more than 1 day in each one, so I guess the question is , do I want to hit more places or get into more depth in a single place. Viking multiple days in Stockholm, Copenhagen and St. Pete, but doesn't hit Oslo or Berlin. I have not looked at Oceania as I believe it would be out of my price range, but I will look before I formally conclude that. I will also look up NCL.
  11. Thanks. I was doing research last evening, and it seems Viking is the only line that has 3 days in St. Pete. I did not look at Crystal/etc. as they are out of my price range. The real question is, is viking worth the extra 2k over Holland/Celebrity/Princess. They are about 5-5.5k for the cruise vs. the others being about 3.5k (for veranda style room). They do include 1 tour a day, but it seems from the above posts, that might not be worth it as I can select my own tours or self guide for many of them? Is 3 days in St. Pete really worth it vs. 2 days in St. Pete?
  12. thanks for this info. great stuff. what about the big boats vs. smaller ones. For instance , viking has 1k people, Holland has 3k. Does this make a difference for getting on and off, amount of people going into the city, etc. Also, you say to book tours on our own outside of the cruise line. I am assuming there are lots of infomative posts in the thread on ports under the baltic topic?
  13. Am considering a Baltic cruise. Lots of options. Looking to find a thread that might have someone's research on what they found the differences between the lines. A primer on Baltic cruising. For instance, difference between Celebrity/Viking/etc./etc./etc cruises. Who is good for what. Who has better excursions. Is it better to go in Jun, July, or Aug? More interested in best things to see and how to do that, vs. great food or cabins. I think of this cruise more like a river cruise. You get on the boat to use a moving hotel, what you see during the day is what makes the cruise. I am sure this info is on here, I just can't find it. Lots of info once I choose a cruise, great info on tours etc. But I need first to choose a line, and a time frame Any help is greatly appreciated.
  14. Use this forum a lot, river cruised, Alaska cruised, Galapagos cruised etc. Now looking at cruise in the Baltic. Maybe I am missing something, but I cannot find anything on this. It is not listed as a destination. Maybe it is too nichey? Anyway, looking for comparisons of various cruises, e.g. Celebrity vs. viking vs. etc. etc. Did a search but finding nothing? Overthinking what to look for? Thanks for any help.
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