What's the REAL cost of a Cruise?

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Jun 4th, 2004, 01:21 PM
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Hi MMSF,

What's your idea of a premium line?
My husband and I are soon to be first-timers on a cruise. We know we want a cruise, but the choice is wide and we are confused.

Any comments and tips would be appreciated.

My husband is 37 and I'm 31, with no kids.
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Jun 5th, 2004, 03:08 AM
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Happytraveling, Go to www.brownandkeenetravel.com and you can see all the pricing for both Radisson and Silverseas. These TAs are very knowlegeable and have actually cruised on all the ships and visited all the ports. They also have an 800 number. 1-800-856-1155.

I like the fact that all the pricing is shown on the website for those of us who are browing without wanting to bother someone quite yet.
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Jun 5th, 2004, 09:54 AM
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The premium lines are Silversea, Seabourn and Radisson. They are all inclusive, except Radisson doesn't include bar drinks. From there it's just your personal preference. They are all good. My favorite is Silversea, though I'm trying Radisson soon with our daughter and her boyfriend who are 30 years old. Radisson is bigger so we think it might offer more things to do to the younger generation. It's cheaper than Silversea and as the parents are paying, it's an important factor. I have friends who swear by Seabourn. It doesn't have real balconey, just French doors that open to fresh breeze, so we haven't tried it yet. Right or wrong my impression is that passengers might be a little younger, I don't know. You can't go wrong with any of those three. IMO Crystal is overpriced for what you get - assigned dining and signing for drinks and wines, etc. I wouldn't consider going on QE2 and QM2. They are too big, a glorified mass market line. I don't care to go ashore with 2-3,000 other passengers. It overwhelms any town you go to.
 
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Jun 6th, 2004, 12:09 AM
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The only fair way to compare is per day prices between cruise lines. Then add expenses that some cruise lines include such as tips, bar drinks, mini-bar, wine, ice cream, cover charge in speciality restaurants in some lines, soft drinks, port charges, etc. But don't include spa, excursions, purchases or gambling. Then you see the real price differences. You can't compare 6 day cruise fare and 10 day, so per day price is the best way to judge.
 
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Jun 6th, 2004, 04:51 PM
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Hi, I guess that what the real costs are depend on how long you will be away and what your itinerary is. We will be doing Antarctica to the Amazon. Besides a healthy amount for the cruise/tour, we must look at maany extras not noted above.
Pre cruise we are going to be in Buenos Aires. Meals are not included for those days. We will be taking a side trip to Iguassu Falls. The cost of this is extra.We must also include airfare into one port and home from another port. Visa for Brazil ($US100.00 ea.)Tipping the hotel staff, tour guides and porters. We will also need special clothing;waterproof pants,gloves and knee high boots.
In addition we will need Yellow Fever shots and probably some others. My head is spinning but I am really looking forward to a special trip. And if you think that this is something, we live in Canada and our dollar doesn't go very far.
Gee, I hope that the car lasts for a long time because I am spending the money on the cruise.
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Jun 6th, 2004, 09:52 PM
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Good for you! Sounds like a great trip. Which one are you going with?
 
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