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#61
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Originally posted by AppyAmmer
Of course, i didnt think as it was just a general question about cruising as my wife adn I are starting to question its value. Its Celebrity Silhouette, 13 nights, consiege class. As I say, it was more a general question about value with cruising
You could save a lot of money buy going to for a less expensive room instead.
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#63
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If the question is about cruising in general...... a repositioning cruise can be as cheap as $ 800 for 13-15 days.
My husband and I just booked a world cruise for 2020.112 nights for about $17,000 each. That includes 15 excursions and beer and wine at lunch and dinner.
We'll get to many ports that we would not go to otherwise; Tahiti, South America, japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Oman, Petra, etc.
Yes, I realize we'll see very little of these ports, but we probably would never go to otherwise.(Easter Island, a stop at Pitcairn Island).

We never go deluxe class on any vacation so it's hard for me to compare. "Concierge" service to me is when my husband gets me my second cup of coffee in the morning
#64
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Originally posted by LynnTTT
If the question is about cruising in general...... a repositioning cruise can be as cheap as $ 800 for 13-15 days.
My husband and I just booked a world cruise for 2020.112 nights for about $17,000 each. That includes 15 excursions and beer and wine at lunch and dinner.
We'll get to many ports that we would not go to otherwise; Tahiti, South America, japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Oman, Petra, etc.
Yes, I realize we'll see very little of these ports, but we probably would never go to otherwise.(Easter Island, a stop at Pitcairn Island).

We never go deluxe class on any vacation so it's hard for me to compare. "Concierge" service to me is when my husband gets me my second cup of coffee in the morning
Wow, 112 nights! That's amazing!!

1) How will they manage 112 different shows? Is there a show every night?

2) What about the other gameshows and entertainment for 112 days? Will it be different every evening?

3) How many countries? How many visas? Which countries need advance visas? How many blank pages are required in your passport for visas?

I have great difficulty convincing my wife to come for even a 29 night cruise I booked at an incredible price. She says a 7-10 night cruise is ideal. She even found a 14 night cruise to be too long and tiresome. Even boring. I really envy you!

Pardon me for all the questions and thanks again for for the information!
#65
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Originally posted by drsel
Wow, 112 nights! That's amazing!!

1) How will they manage 112 different shows? Is there a show every night?

2) What about the other gameshows and entertainment for 112 days? Will it be different every evening?

3) How many countries? How many visas? Which countries need advance visas? How many blank pages are required in your passport for visas?

I have great difficulty convincing my wife to come for even a 29 night cruise I booked at an incredible price. She says a 7-10 night cruise is ideal. She even found a 14 night cruise to be too long and tiresome. Even boring. I really envy you!

Pardon me for all the questions and thanks again for for the information!
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There will not be totally different shows every night and many will be the same singers doing a different routine. I expect entertainers will come on board and leave at different ports. There will be something every night though.
I think we'll need several visas. The ship will take care of some on board, but we may need to purchase some ahead of time. The company has already warned us about that and we'll work on it closer the the sail date.

I do expect we'll find some of it boring. But I get bored at home sometimes too. And even though we live in an "over 55" community near the beach with lots to do, I think I'll be very happy being bored in the South Pacific heading for Tahiti after leaving four days in Australia!
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If I am paying for so many nights, I would definitely like to see a show every night, cos I paid for it. (Just like we expect gourmet food every day)
Long cruises are not discounted, in fact they are disproportionately more expensive.
If an inside cabin in a 7 night cruise is $500, an inside cabin in a 112 night cruise is MUCH MORE than $8000 (16 times). Do the math.
Pardon me, but I think that a world cruise is certainly NOT value for money.
They are ridiculously overpriced, cos the cruise lines know that only rich retirees can afford so much time and money.
You will get fed up with the same food and daily activities for 112 days.
Also the numerous visas required are a nuisance. (Please don't take it personally, it's just my opinion!)
#67
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Originally posted by drsel
If I am paying for so many nights, I would definitely like to see a show every night, cos I paid for it. (Just like we expect gourmet food every day)
Long cruises are not discounted, in fact they are disproportionately more expensive.
If an inside cabin in a 7 night cruise is $500, an inside cabin in a 112 night cruise is MUCH MORE than $8000 (16 times). Do the math.
Pardon me, but I think that a world cruise is certainly NOT value for money.
They are ridiculously overpriced, cos the cruise lines know that only rich retirees can afford so much time and money.
You will get fed up with the same food and daily activities for 112 days.
Also the numerous visas required are a nuisance. (Please don't take it personally, it's just my opinion!)
I don't know if we will every do a world cruise, but I would expect it to be very different than a 7 night cruise. I can't imagine wanting to go to shows every night (or the logistics of different sets). I would think I would relish a few days to just decompress after intensive ports. I expect good banquet level food, but certainly not gourmet food included in the cost of a mainstream line. I think that lines doing world cruises would likely have better food, but would not look for "gourmet" each day (nor would my stomach likely handle it). Menu items repeat on 7 days, and those that don't pax often complain that they can only get it one night. I suspect there would be plenty of variety to not be fed up with the food. Knowing that the menu repeats probably leads to less waste from people ordering multiple dishes since they know they can try the item later.

I suspect some of the added cost of longer cruise is the lack of pax turnover, which likely leads to less on-board revenue. It makes sense that gambling, alcohol sales, and gift shop purchases would be down.
#68
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Originally posted by AppyAmmer
As the title asks, are we getting value?



My wife and I have booked our first cruise which is going to cost us 5200 pounds. It is also slightly out of season so we could face the potential of only seeing the maximum of 5-7 days of sun of the two weeks. While my wife hates flying it is not out of the question for us to do a short haul flight but it would be literally impossible for us to see as many countries as we could cruising. With the extras that we need to pay out for the cruise as well we are looking at least 6500 pounds for the holiday, at conservative estimates.



In comparison I am a big Disney World fan and have priced up a holiday for 2 weeks on International Drive for only 3500 flying premium economy including theme park tickets, meaning even if we spent 2500 pounds on extras it would cost the same. Also in comparison we could go to Italy for 2 weeks in a 5 star hotel to Lake Garda with premium flights in September for 2500 pounds.



Of course with this cruise the 1300 pound 'extras' has to pay for parking at Southampton, hotel stay overnight, exursions, more expensive drinks, tips, gifts, any meals off ship at port and any non main dining options on ship. So really we could be looking at least 6500 for this holiday all in.



So back to the original question, are we getting value for money when compared to other holidays?


If you are a grasping, penny-pinching Scrooge, a cruise is not for you because you pay all the facilities whether or not you use them. Swimming in the wave-pool at 3.00am because you paid for it is no fun and may spoil your holiday.

I recommend a holiday to Cambodia or North Korea where foreign currency is highly prized. You can haggle for cheap taxis and sleep in very humble accommodation for just $2 per night.


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#69
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Joined May 2018
One thing that is perhaps being undervalued about being on a cruise is the convenience and security of it. A cruise is a prepackaged vacation that comes with the guarantee of quality offered by the giant cruise company. You get a nice selection of dining, entertainment and accommodations without having to research it yourself. In general, cruise ships seem to be able to deliver on expectations or people would not return.

A cruise also offers you safe access to exotic ports that many people might not feel comfortable travelling on their own as they feel they lack the knowledge and experience.

So I think the value of a cruise goes beyond its constituent parts and "how much would this cost if I had to buy it on land?" It encompasses the feeling of being well taken care of.

After all, not everybody is looking for danger, adventure and challenge in their travels, and not everybody enjoys spending days and days researching to stitch together the 101 elements that go into creating the perfect vacation. Some people just want mindless relaxation and ease. Nothing wrong with that on a vacation, is there?
#70
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Joined Dec 2014
Have you seen reduction in cruise fares in any cruise line?

Are there any budget cruises or cruise lines? Bahamas Paradise? Any other?
#71
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Joined Oct 2014
Originally posted by drsel
Have you seen reduction in cruise fares in any cruise line?

Are there any budget cruises or cruise lines? Bahamas Paradise? Any other?
I've seen prices go down on a number of occasions. That's why we keep a constant eye on scheduled cruises right up to the final payment date. Recently was able to make a change on a cruise we were scheduled to take that netted us $1000 of OBC.

Tom
#72
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Joined Dec 2014
Originally posted by Pierlesscruisers
I've seen prices go down on a number of occasions. That's why we keep a constant eye on scheduled cruises right up to the final payment date. Recently was able to make a change on a cruise we were scheduled to take that netted us $1000 of OBC.

Tom
Wow, which cruise had a price crashes of $1000?
#73
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Sure, many cruises go down in price, sometimes a lot. We saved $500 each on a South America cruise last year--went from $1799 to $1299 on a balcony cabin, 14 day cruise. We didn't lose any OBC or perks either. You just have to monitor the prices; this reduction was actually mentioned on our roll call and lasted only one day. Quite a few people took advantage of this. We just contacted our TA and he got the reduction. We thought the original price was a decent deal for an Around the Horn cruise, so this was a big bonus.

Prices also go up; we find a price we are ok with and then watch to see what happens. We don't book planning on prices going down. Getting a great price sometimes means being quite flexible.

There are a few 'bargain' cruise lines that mostly do very short trips to places like the Bahamas, but most of the major cruise lines still can have decent to great prices at times.
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#74
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Originally posted by Pierlesscruisers
I've seen prices go down on a number of occasions. That's why we keep a constant eye on scheduled cruises right up to the final payment date.
Tom
Same here
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#75
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Demand drives the pricing for all cruises and if there is a high demand will drive prices up, if a lack of demand, prices will drop,. This is most likely to happen on cruises that are one way or on cruises that have the same itineraries over and over again, or cruises that are scheduled when the weather is likely to be worse (off peak or shoulder seasons).
#76
Charlotte
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Originally posted by SRF
My basic thing is, if I want to do it, and enjoy it, and can afford it, FINE.

If I don't want to do it, I don't. If I don't enjoy it, I don't do it. And if I can't afford it, I don't do it.

I do not worry about "value." As if I want, enjoy, and can afford it, it is valuable to ME.

We did two weeks in Orlando over Xmas/New Years. It was expensive. But we enjoyed it. We just did a week driving around Sicily, great fun, cheaper than Orlando, but we still value the experience.
Christmas and New Years are among the most expensive times to cruise. In general, criusing is a great value over a one vacation. To compare, determine what you would spend on a land vacation - cost of a moderate hotel including taxes, fees, and parking as applicable; cost of meals (don't forget to add cost of tips, which is generally far more than the ship's autotips), transportation costs to the various restaurants, attractions, etc.; admission to daily entertainment (movie tickets, etc). I guarantee this costs are considerably more than the same number of days on a cruise most times of the year. (To be fair, be sure to the taxes and fees , not just the base fare and autotips, and parking as applicable). Cruise at an off-peak time and you will save considerably more compared to most land vacations in the off season.
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#77
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Originally posted by simplelife
Christmas and New Years are among the most expensive times to cruise. In general, criusing is a great value over a one vacation. To compare, determine what you would spend on a land vacation - cost of a moderate hotel including taxes, fees, and parking as applicable; cost of meals (don't forget to add cost of tips, which is generally far more than the ship's autotips), transportation costs to the various restaurants, attractions, etc.; admission to daily entertainment (movie tickets, etc). I guarantee this costs are considerably more than the same number of days on a cruise most times of the year. (To be fair, be sure to the taxes and fees , not just the base fare and autotips, and parking as applicable). Cruise at an off-peak time and you will save considerably more compared to most land vacations in the off season.
Land vacations in Thailand and India are the best value
#78
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Originally posted by drsel
If I am paying for so many nights, I would definitely like to see a show every night, cos I paid for it. (Just like we expect gourmet food every day)
Long cruises are not discounted, in fact they are disproportionately more expensive.
If an inside cabin in a 7 night cruise is $500, an inside cabin in a 112 night cruise is MUCH MORE than $8000 (16 times). Do the math.
Pardon me, but I think that a world cruise is certainly NOT value for money.
They are ridiculously overpriced, cos the cruise lines know that only rich retirees can afford so much time and money.
You will get fed up with the same food and daily activities for 112 days.
Also the numerous visas required are a nuisance. (Please don't take it personally, it's just my opinion!)


Can say that we did a half world cruise - Southampton to Sydney - 47 nights - and certainly did not get bored. Varied acts came and went and we had some amazing ports of call. Would certainly do it again, or even a world cruise if we could afford it, and we only needed Estas and Etas. A world cruise is certainly worth doing and not just by rich retirees - everyone spends their money how they see fit and 'value for money' is very subjective.


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#79
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Originally posted by Dorset Cruiser
Can say that we did a half world cruise - Southampton to Sydney - 47 nights - and certainly did not get bored. Varied acts came and went and we had some amazing ports of call. Would certainly do it again, or even a world cruise if we could afford it, and we only needed Estas and Etas. A world cruise is certainly worth doing and not just by rich retirees - everyone spends their money how they see fit and 'value for money' is very subjective.


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Yes, a world cruise is wonderful, but very rarely (if at all ) available at under $70 per person per day (for the most economical cabin).
While there are quite a few 7-15 day cruises available for under $70 per person per day. These are really value for money, the focal point of this thread "Is cruising value for money"
How much did each of you pay for your 47 night cruise?
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Back to the OP, I just don't think they are comparable. Different experience on each. Even an all-inclusive resort vs. cruising is different. I've done them all and each has it's rewards and flaws.

I absolutely love sea air. So that is a huge benefit for a cruise. My wife and I have a basic balcony booked for this January on Celebrity and I can't wait. Disney = $$$. And if you want to penny pinch, you will really limit your fun.

*sidebar* We were at a bar at Universal and a guy walked in and asked for a glass of water. He then went to pull out his wallet and the bartender looked at him, laughed and yelled: "Hey, this isn't Disney, we don't F^&*% charge for water here."