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What an amusing thread.

 

It seems quite a few people didn't catch the part about the OP wanting to pay less than Celebrity and are looking for entertainment and partying.

 

Quite a few of the lines mentioned have much of either. None of the luxury lines are going to fit either. Viking has no Casinos, for many people a big part of entertainment. Oceania & Azamara are both going to be too expensive, as well as anything above them.

 

Some of the recommendations are spot on though.

What has what the OP asked about have anything to do with what we post???? Wow man, you ruin all the fun of us getting to post our pet subjects over and over on various threads. I bet you bring a breathalyzer to parties........party killer! Or is it, Thread Cutter!

 

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MSC Yacht Club. Just cancelled a cruise in a sky suite which would have cost me $8,000+ with the single supplement. Booked a YC suite with NO single supplement for less than $2,000. No contest. MSC Yacht Club has the ship within a ship concept which Celebrity doesn't yet. So, for example, no need to fight for a chair by the pool. Yacht Club has a private pool. Oh, and MSC matched my Celebrity status with their highest status.

 

Really? Do you mind sharing which week that single yc price is for? Balcony?

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I'm not stupid. I'm in a Yacht Club suite. Would not book MSC unless I were in the Yacht Club, ships are too large.

Never implied you were stupid! So lighten up a bit! There are some large cabins that TA's have booked clients into & they were disappointed they didn't come with the perks they thought they would get. So blame some stupid TA's OK?

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What an amusing thread.

 

It seems quite a few people didn't catch the part about the OP wanting to pay less than Celebrity and are looking for entertainment and partying.

 

Quite a few of the lines mentioned have much of either. None of the luxury lines are going to fit either. Viking has no Casinos, for many people a big part of entertainment. Oceania & Azamara are both going to be too expensive, as well as anything above them.

 

Some of the recommendations are spot on though.

Not sure you even read the original post. Nothing on it about celebrity price point, either. They were just asking about other lines to get info. on.

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Really? Do you mind sharing which week that single yc price is for? Balcony?

 

A Yacht Club suite has a balcony. The waived single supplement was only available for a very limited time. The cruise is in November 2019. The Yacht Club is sold out for that cruise.

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Never implied you were stupid! So lighten up a bit! There are some large cabins that TA's have booked clients into & they were disappointed they didn't come with the perks they thought they would get. So blame some stupid TA's OK?

 

I'm not into blaming and I don't work with stupid travel agents.

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Not sure you even read the original post. Nothing on it about celebrity price point, either. They were just asking about other lines to get info. on.

 

No, but their next post does. Perhaps people should read the whole thread before hitting post.

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I don’t know whether you have looked, but 7 nights in a basic infinite balcony on Edge in Europe in the summer I saw running at $3800 plus taxes (all pp rates quoted) :eek:. An Icon Suite is only $28,000pp plus taxes. So, comparing it to the above, 10 nights in the Yacht Club is a steal ;p. 7 nights on Infinity in a Concierge cabin is $2500pp plus taxes :o - again, the prices are :loudcry: (eye watering) or in our case: not worth it!

 

$28K per person for a suite???

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To answer the previous poster about crowds in the YC. There are none. More than enough space in the Top Sail Lounge and pool area. The restaurant is anytime dining, and is never crowded. Except for shows, you really never have to leave the YC.

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We were on Seaside in the YC week of July 7.

 

Prime kid season, right.? On most cruise ships, but not in the YC on MSC. Not crowded at all.:D

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$28K per person for a suite???

 

 

 

Yes, for 7 nights on Edge in an Iconic Suite pp. Prices currently for suites and Aqua pp:

 

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Yes, for 7 nights on Edge in an Iconic Suite pp. Prices currently for suites and Aqua pp:

 

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I can almost understand the Iconic suite pricing. The thing is huge and there's nothing like it at sea at present. It's pretty unique. It's easier for me to get my head around that as opposed to the £630 + taxes per person per night for an S1!!!!

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I can almost understand the Iconic suite pricing. The thing is huge and there's nothing like it at sea at present. It's pretty unique. It's easier for me to get my head around that as opposed to the £630 + taxes per person per night for an S1!!!!

 

 

I know. My original post was actually saying how much a Concierge cabin was for 7 nights - $100 less than the Aqua prices quoted above :eek:! And the taxes have to be added on to that too!

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I can almost understand the Iconic suite pricing. The thing is huge and there's nothing like it at sea at present. It's pretty unique. It's easier for me to get my head around that as opposed to the £630 + taxes per person per night for an S1!!!!

 

These used to be around £3,500 a week or £6,000 for two weeks per cabin. While currency devaluation will have an impact that is around 10%. What has happened is that if you book onboard you get all 4 "perks" which you had to pay extra for - Drinks $1074, gratuities $250 On board spend $300 and internet at $199 each. Over $2000 or £1,500 a week. That is what has boosted the costs of the S suites. Quite how the RS has got to where it is now I have not got a clue as the extras are mostly covered by the 4 perks other than the free specialities.

 

We have just booked the YC for 9 nights next October to give it a try. Cost £1,988 per person, Gratuities £81pp. Some difference. Our view is that, at that price it is worth a try. We may just like it after what will have been 20 cruises in a row on Celebrity.

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I know. My original post was actually saying how much a Concierge cabin was for 7 nights - $100 less than the Aqua prices quoted above :eek:! And the taxes have to be added on to that too!

 

I'd deffo pay $100 a week more for AQ. Just so you have the added flexibility of dining in Blu if nothing else.

 

The Edge sky suite is priced at almost exactly three times what we paid for an Eclipse sky suite. Admittedly that was in the Caribbean where it's way cheaper to cruise, but would it be three times better?

 

Am I the only person thinking that Edge pricing is crazy and that the itineraries lack a lot of imagination right now?

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I'd deffo pay $100 a week more for AQ. Just so you have the added flexibility of dining in Blu if nothing else.

 

The Edge sky suite is priced at almost exactly three times what we paid for an Eclipse sky suite. Admittedly that was in the Caribbean where it's way cheaper to cruise, but would it be three times better?

 

Am I the only person thinking that Edge pricing is crazy and that the itineraries lack a lot of imagination right now?

 

We’re thinking exactly the same which is why our family is considering a 13 night cruise on Princess in a balcony during the peak summer season for less than 7 nights on X on one of those ‘lack of imagination’ itineraries ;). The YC is also now on my radar having read quite a few recent threads. I’m interested to hear what Linda (HappyCruiser) thinks after her sailing :confused:.

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To answer the previous poster about crowds in the YC. There are none. More than enough space in the Top Sail Lounge and pool area. The restaurant is anytime dining, and is never crowded. Except for shows, you really never have to leave the YC.

 

We were on Seaside in the YC week of July 7.

 

Prime kid season, right.? On most cruise ships, but not in the YC on MSC. Not crowded at all.:D

 

I agree 100%. We were onboard the Seaside YC the last week of March (Spring Break time) and there was never a crowd anywhere in the Yacht Club zone. Very relaxing and calm experience. Not sure I would do MSC in an non-YC cabin?

Beautiful ship, but very crowded in most areas. (Similar to NCL's newer, larger ships)

 

Enjoy!

Kel:D

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I can almost understand the Iconic suite pricing. The thing is huge and there's nothing like it at sea at present. It's pretty unique. It's easier for me to get my head around that as opposed to the £630 + taxes per person per night for an S1!!!!

 

The Iconic Suite is sold out for that cruise, so I guess Celebrity was correct about the demand for that particular Suite :o

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The Iconic Suite is sold out for that cruise, so I guess Celebrity was correct about the demand for that particular Suite :o

 

It’s been coming on and off though (was available yesterday), so possibly not definitely sold ;). Additionally, it’s way before final payment so it may be a totally different picture 90 days out to what’s apparently reserved at this stage ;).

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It’s been coming on and off though (was available yesterday), so possibly not definitely sold ;). Additionally, it’s way before final payment so it may be a totally different picture 90 days out to what’s apparently reserved at this stage ;).

 

So true! :D

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To answer the previous poster about crowds in the YC. There are none. More than enough space in the Top Sail Lounge and pool area. The restaurant is anytime dining, and is never crowded. Except for shows, you really never have to leave the YC.
Thank you for this... Very good to know.

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Hi - My wife and I have only ever cruised on Celebrity and in the Med. We are looking to do Caribbean this Winter and are exploring alternative lines.

 

I’m looking for some steer (and potentially steer-clear) on alternative options and ships. We enjoy our food, drink, entertainment and partying. Would appreciate if anyone can share any pointers, especially avid Celebrity cruisers who have “jumped ship”?

 

Thanks in advance

 

Jonathan

 

First cruise in the Caribbean!

I envy you.

 

"Jumped ship"?

The smart way to cruise is to jump ships all the time. This is how we cruise.

If we are on Celebrity today, we'll be on HAL next time. Tomorrow we'll be on Viking. The day after tomorrow - on Carnival.....

Variety is the spice of life.

 

My best suggestions for you as if you were my friend.

 

General approach

 

Leave all stereotypes on land.

There are no luxury, nor premium, no mass market "cruise lines". These labels mean nothing really.

Every ship has its unique value that depends on its design and amenities.

Can we rate a "mass market" cruise ship higher than a "luxury" cruise ship?

100 times yes. It depends on the ship, not the label.

"You get what you pay for" is another mantra that should be left home as soon as you are going to set sail in the Caribbean.

 

One week or two weeks?

I suggest a 10-11 day cruise, not less. A perfect option will be 2x 7-day cruises on different ships.

To cross the pond for a 7-day cruise? Just to recover from jet lag, and go home?

Your cruise will end before you realize where you are...

 

Itinerary?

Eastern & Bahamas vs South vs Western?

 

What is the single most important thing that makes Caribbean cruisise different from the Mediterranean? What will you never see in the Mediterranean?

 

Private islands!

The Estern & Bahamas is the first choice as most private islands are the Bahamas actually.

Cons: the only concern is ... winter in the Bahamas. The temperature may be (may be not) less than optimal for the best experience on a paradise island...

 

So the rule of thumb: the itinerary must include a private island.

 

 

What ship?

You'll double your chances to pick the right ship if you choose 2x7-day cruises.

We do it often. The experience is just fantastic. You'll enjoy the sparkling and the most entertaining floating city (let's say Allure of the Seas, Harmony of the Seas) and then find yourself on the most comfortable and spacious ship at sea (Nieuw Amsterdam)...

 

What cabin?

Note that an inside cabin on ship A may bring you better cruising experience than a suite on ship B!

 

Your best opportunities in the Caribbean (Jan - Feb 2019)

 

1. With the note of the winter in the Bahamas, an outstandint relaxing tour if the resort islands (including industry's best private paradise island Half Moon Cay, most spectacular views in the Caribbean & famoud Magens beach on St.Thomas, exotic San Juan, Grand Cayman....) on the luxury (true luxury, not "brochure luxury") resort ship Nieuw Amsterdam (exceptional value for money - best value in cruising today):

 

14 Days Caribbean-Eastern

Holland America Line • ms Nieuw Amsterdam

Fort Lauderdale, Grand Turk, San Juan, St. Thomas/Charlotte Amalie, Half Moon Cay, Fort Lauderdale, Half Moon Cay, Ocho Rios, Cayman/George Town, Cozumel, Fort Lauderdale

1 departure date: Jan 6 2019

 

2. "One stone kills two birds"

 

Harmony of the Seas (Western) + Nieuw Amsterdam (Eastern)

Jan 27 - Feb 10, 2019

 

7 Days Caribbean-Western

Royal Caribbean Int. • Harmony of the Seas

Fort Lauderdale, Labadi/Labadee, Falmouth/Jamaica, Cozumel, Fort Lauderdale

2 departure dates: Jan 27 2019

 

7 Days Caribbean-Eastern

Holland America Line • ms Nieuw Amsterdam

Fort Lauderdale, Grand Turk, San Juan, St. Thomas/Charlotte Amalie, Half Moon Cay, Fort Lauderdale

1 departure date: Feb 3 2019

 

3. Nieuw Amsterdam (Eastern) + Norwegian Getaway (Western)

Driving time From Fort Lauderdale to Miami is 40 minutes. You'll enjoy two spectacular sailaways!

 

7 Days Caribbean-Eastern

Holland America Line • ms Nieuw Amsterdam

Fort Lauderdale, Grand Turk, San Juan, St. Thomas/Charlotte Amalie, Half Moon Cay, Fort Lauderdale

1 departure date: Feb 3 2019

7 Days Caribbean-Western

Norwegian Cruise Line • Norwegian Getaway

Miami, Roatan, Harvest Caye, Costa Maya, Cozumel, Miami

4 departure dates: Jan 6, 13, 20, 27 2019

 

4. Combinations with MSC Seaside.

Notes: the only way to cruise is in the Yacht Club, otherwise forget it.

MSC Seaside sails on Saturdays, so there will be one day break if you combine it with Nieuw Amsterdam / Getaway / Harmony OTS

 

7 Days Caribbean-Eastern

MSC Cruises • MSC Seaside

Miami, San Juan, St. Thomas/Charlotte Amalie, Philipsburg, Nassau, Miami

 

5. Of course I cannot miss this most exotic itinerary in the Caribbean on a very good ship (included: spa, some beverages, gratuities). Food: excellent .

TUI - Germany-based RCI subsidary. Crew speaks perfect English. Embarkation port: La Romana (Dominican Republic). My guess, you in the UK can get an amazing price that will include air + transfer.

 

14 Days Caribbean-Southern

TUI Cruises • Mein Schiff 5

La Romana - Fort de France (Martinique) - Bridgetown (Barbados) - Pointe-a Pitre (Guadelupe) - Roseau (Dominica) - Port Castries (St. Lucia) - Grenada - Bonaire - Willemstad (Curacao) - Oranjestad (Aruba) - La Romana

2 departure dates: Jan 5, 2019 - lowest price!!

 

 

Shorter cruises:

11 Days Caribbean-Eastern

Holland America Line • ms Koningsdam

Fort Lauderdale, Philipsburg, Castries, Soufriere Bay, Bridgetown, Fort-de-France, Mount Pelee, Basseterre, St. Thomas/Charlotte Amalie, Half Moon Cay, Fort Lauderdale

1 departure date: Feb 13 2019

 

 

This concludes your options.

Yes.

It may seem like endless opportunities fill the Caribbean cruise map.

But as the dust settles, you'll see that just four ships are worth the overseas trip;

Nieuw Amsterdam - Holland america's best ship

Harmony of the Seas - the most attracting Roayl Caribbean ship for the first timers (with the Allure - a near sister ship as an alternative)

Mein Schiff 5 - not the top best ship in TUI Cruises fleet, but it's worth a mass.

Norwegian Getaway - NCL's best ship for the Caribbean cruises. You don't have to pay for Haven (expensive gimmick) to have a great cruise on this ship. Just pick the right cabin (large balconies located forward - either regular balcony or a mini-suit).

 

In addition:

MSC Seaside (Yacht Club only - not to be confused with the YC on older ships!)

Koningsdam (due to the superb itinerary)

 

Don't look at anything further. Don't waste your time.

 

Possible distractions to skip:

Viking - a beautiful small ship, nice like a toy. Cons: terribly overpriced, other ships do the same or better itinerary.

Oceania - you are in your 30s, so add another 30, and you'll be ready to board one of those boutique nursing homes at sea (being not resort ships, Oceania small old ships are acceptable in the Mediterranean, but not in the Caribbean). Oceania Riviera - the flag ship is OK (itinerary?) but the prices are crazy, itineraries not unique, many other ship do the job better (except the food of course).

"Luxury cruise lines" - you already know how to read this. We cruise on cruise ships, not on glossy brochures....

 

Think big, cruise wisely.

Have a fantastic cruise vacation!

Edited by ronbe65

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We’re thinking exactly the same which is why our family is considering a 13 night cruise on Princess in a balcony during the peak summer season for less than 7 nights on X on one of those ‘lack of imagination’ itineraries ;). The YC is also now on my radar having read quite a few recent threads. I’m interested to hear what Linda (HappyCruiser) thinks after her sailing :confused:.

 

Sadly, my cruise is not until next November. So it will be a while. Mafig recently cruised in Yacht Club. Perhaps she will share her experience.

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