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are most people wealthy on world cruises or do you all way get working class people to :confused:

 

Since I have tended to cruise on luxury lines, yes, there is a fair amount of wealth. But most are middle class people who, as Go-Bucks said, have worked hard and saved well. And perhaps been lucky, as I believe we are, very lucky.

 

When I think of the people booking the largest suites on these cruises, the mind boggles, so yes, they would be wealthy! I can see that the top three suites for our cruise in 2021 are already waitlisted. Top price for the Masters Suite is over $200K per person.

 

My mother doing her freighter trip in about 1972 was definitely not wealthy. Her trip was a retirement present to herself, after she'd been through a lot, and had sold the family home.

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2020 WC now available for Elites on Princess and looks to be selling! I drooled over all the options. But now looks like 2021 may be a pipe-dream, too, due to work. So setting my sights on 2022. But watching this thread! With all you other WC dreamers.

 

 

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You all are singing my song! I"m always dreaming of a world cruise. We were blessed to be on the Princess 2018 earlier this year and had one amazing adventure after another. Can't wait to go again, but doubt we'll ever see a sale price like we got on that trip. All told, we spent less than the tricked out new pick-up my DH had his eye on. (Bless the man, he was willing to pass on the truck for our WC.)

 

So I'm prowling the websites, looking at itineraries and prices, thinking that 2021 is probably when we can manage another expedition. But  I was thinking 2020 when I stumbled across the Princess sale, so we'll keep our options open.

 

Several people have talked about how all inclusive fares are a better deal than they may initially seem. Our problem with that is that we are not drinkers. Because of that I'm not sure it would be a savings for us. That said, the Regent itineraries are calling to me.

 

We're taking the 21 day QM2 to Norway out of NYC next summer partly to get a feel for the ship to see if we'd enjoy a longer voyage on such a formal ship. The Pacific Princess had 3 or 4 formal nights per segment, but men weren't required to wear jackets every evening.   

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Be sure to check prices on Cunard the summer before a WV.  There have been a couple of years when they reduce prices in some categories.

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Aquadesiac: We sound very similar (only I haven't done a WC yet, as you have on Princess, I"m envious). I think you are brilliant to take a 21 day on Cunard to test the waters. Like you, the all inclusive alcohol is not a huge draw for us. I can easily do without drinking and rarely drink at home. Problem is, when it's included on a cruise I DO tend to throw back a couple (or half dozen), and I'm not sure unlimited alcohol is a good recipe for me on a WC ;-). DH is strictly a beer drinker so again, the AI package isn't necessary. We are more interested in unlimited internet (or cost effective internet) over unlimited alcohol. The Cunard prices look appealing. I am VERY interested to know how you like the Cunard experience. We are also hesitant with Cunard due to the formality.

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5 hours ago, BermudaBound2014 said:

Aquadesiac: We sound very similar (only I haven't done a WC yet, as you have on Princess, I"m envious). I think you are brilliant to take a 21 day on Cunard to test the waters. Like you, the all inclusive alcohol is not a huge draw for us. I can easily do without drinking and rarely drink at home. Problem is, when it's included on a cruise I DO tend to throw back a couple (or half dozen), and I'm not sure unlimited alcohol is a good recipe for me on a WC ;-). DH is strictly a beer drinker so again, the AI package isn't necessary. We are more interested in unlimited internet (or cost effective internet) over unlimited alcohol. The Cunard prices look appealing. I am VERY interested to know how you like the Cunard experience. We are also hesitant with Cunard due to the formality.

If looking for unlimited and free internet check out Viking Ocean. They are also very informal - elegant casual every evening with no formal nights.

 

I also recall reading that Oceania is introducing free internet. 

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Thanks for the tip, Scrapnana. I wonder if we're already booked if we can take advantage of a reduction in fare... Probably have to give up any perks we'd get for booking early. 

 

BermudaBound20, my trepidation about Cunard is the sense that I may not be cut from fine enough cloth for the line. It seems to be the only line that is serious as a heart attack about their dress code and judging from some of the roll call threads I've lurked on, it's ruthlessly enforced. It's easy enough for men to follow  the code--wear a jacket & tie, pack a tux--but what constitutes formal wear for women seems to be open to interpretation and contains a lot of gray area. I want to respect the vessel's rules, but fret that my fashion sense will be woefully wanting. I guess we'll see next summer... 

 

Heidi13, I think you're right. Oceania does offer free wifi, but as with any floating system, it's spotty. Since I blog on our trips, a reliable wifi connection is important to me. Since we're early risers, I found pre-6AM to be the quickest on the Pacific Princess.  

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We did the QM2 this summer as a "trial" for a possible world cruise and had a ball. We DO like to dress up, and there were tuxes and gowns, etc. but it never felt stuffy or judgey to us--though we followed to rules. By contrast, we just got off the Disney cruise and on "dressy" night the guy at the next table had on a baseball cap and a Patriot's T shirt. I like to think I don't care what other people wear, but I guess I did in that case.

 

There's always the King's Court for nights when you just don't feel like dressing up--we liked that very much.

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9 hours ago, Aquadesiac said:

Heidi13, I think you're right. Oceania does offer free wifi, but as with any floating system, it's spotty. Since I blog on our trips, a reliable wifi connection is important to me. Since we're early risers, I found pre-6AM to be the quickest on the Pacific Princess.  

I also blogged daily from a Sun Princess WC with minimal issues. Our Elite status provided sufficient free wifi time.

 

Our next WC is on Viking, who provide unlimited wifi. I followed 3 or 4 blogs from their first WC and no issues were reported with wifi.

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11 hours ago, Aquadesiac said:

Thanks for the tip, Scrapnana. I wonder if we're already booked if we can take advantage of a reduction in fare... Probably have to give up any perks we'd get for booking early. 

 

BermudaBound20, my trepidation about Cunard is the sense that I may not be cut from fine enough cloth for the line. It seems to be the only line that is serious as a heart attack about their dress code and judging from some of the roll call threads I've lurked on, it's ruthlessly enforced. It's easy enough for men to follow  the code--wear a jacket & tie, pack a tux--but what constitutes formal wear for women seems to be open to interpretation and contains a lot of gray area. I want to respect the vessel's rules, but fret that my fashion sense will be woefully wanting. I guess we'll see next summer... 

 

Heidi13, I think you're right. Oceania does offer free wifi, but as with any floating system, it's spotty. Since I blog on our trips, a reliable wifi connection is important to me. Since we're early risers, I found pre-6AM to be the quickest on the Pacific Princess.  

Usually, the fine print on those sales say "new bookings only" but I suppose you could cancel and rebook.

 

Actually, it is not real hard for women either.  Get a "little black dress" - change it around with jewelry, scarves, jackets, etc.  Another one of my "go tos" is black dress pants.  Add a couple of blingy tops and you can change the look - get a plain top and you can add the same accessories as the LBD.  Formal on Cunard does not mean you have to wear a long gown although you will see many do so.

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On 11/13/2018 at 8:06 AM, BermudaBound2014 said:

Aquadesiac: We sound very similar (only I haven't done a WC yet, as you have on Princess, I"m envious). I think you are brilliant to take a 21 day on Cunard to test the waters. Like you, the all inclusive alcohol is not a huge draw for us. I can easily do without drinking and rarely drink at home. Problem is, when it's included on a cruise I DO tend to throw back a couple (or half dozen), and I'm not sure unlimited alcohol is a good recipe for me on a WC ;-). DH is strictly a beer drinker so again, the AI package isn't necessary. We are more interested in unlimited internet (or cost effective internet) over unlimited alcohol. The Cunard prices look appealing. I am VERY interested to know how you like the Cunard experience. We are also hesitant with Cunard due to the formality.

 

I'll be on the Oceania world cruise in January 2019...it's nearly all-inclusive but does not include alcohol, which is one reason I liked it. I don't drink alcohol so don't want to pay extra to subsidize others' drinking. But I wanted perks that other cruiselines don't offer,  such as:

-First class r/t airfare

-Prepaid gratuities 

-Onboard medical care 

-Unlimited internet 

-Unlimited laundry

-5 shoreside events 

-Complete visa package 

-Luggage delivery service round trip

-1 night pre cruise luxury hotel stay

-Roundtrip transfers

-Choice of 36 excursions, $3,600 OBC or alcohol package per person

-Automatic jump up to the Gold loyalty level which gives you the benefits BEFORE the cruise...and include $250pp OBC, $230pp spa credit, custom fee waivers for air flights, $1,000pp OBC for gratuities since they're already included and discounts on other things

-All amenities are included, no matter what category of room you have

 

If you compare the Oceania cruise fare to other world cruise fares then you need to include the value of the included amenities to get an apples-to-apples comparison. I found that cheaper fares didn't include most of these amenities so you'd still have to pay for them later anyway.

 

I also like the no-formal-night policy, casual dress, great food and service (lobster in all venues day and night, freshly made), and a small ship that can go to more ports. I had no problem with internet speed on my last Oceania cruise.

 

Whichever line you choose, have a great adventure! I'm so excited to start mine in just 11 weeks.  🌞

Edited by Go-Bucks!

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Thanks, Go Bucks! I will re-check Oceania with your thoughts in mind. Before our WC on Princess, I binge-read Erin Erkun's TwoToTravel blog. They were in an aft-facing balcony cabin for their WC on Oceania and her photos are drool-worthy. She has an artist's eye and a poet's soul. Great reading for anyone considering a grand adventure! 

 

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4 minutes ago, Aquadesiac said:

Thanks, Go Bucks! I will re-check Oceania with your thoughts in mind. Before our WC on Princess, I binge-read Erin Erkun's TwoToTravel blog. They were in an aft-facing balcony cabin for their WC on Oceania and her photos are drool-worthy. She has an artist's eye and a poet's soul. Great reading for anyone considering a grand adventure! 

 

 

Yes, I agree...I read it too and learned alot. We'll be in a Penthouse suite because we wanted a larger room and the added amenities it provides. This world cruise will be a "one-and-done" so we decided to do it well. Hope you find the right one for you.

 

Info on the 2021 Oceania world cruise should be available in January or February with booking in late February or early March....it sells out VERY quickly!

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Man. World cruise planning is fun!  We are testing out Cunard this Feb for a 21-day trip from SF to Sydney on Queen Victoria. Then trying out Oceania on the Regatta in 2020, Papeete to SF for 16 days. DH has a spreadhseet we are slowly developing and filling in for apples to apples comparisons. With 18 cruises on Princess, we know and love that experience. We are going in a second MSC cruise this fall. We liked our first one (in the Yacht Club) immensely. 

 

We DO drink wine but alcohol is not a centerpiece of our cruise experience. Food and flexibility matter a lot. And we like good music.  We like dressing up but could easily enjoy all casual. We generally organize our own shore excursions.  And ship activities can be fun but my perfect cruise day is generally spent on a comfortable lounge with a view of the sea and a book. 

 

Again, so mich fun to dream and research. Thanks, all, for your astute insights!

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