Calling all cruisers!

posted 3 years ago in Travel
  • poll: To cruise or not to cruise?
    If you can get it for around $300- go for it! You only have one first anniversary. : (4 votes)
    50 %
    You probably won't be able to get the deal you want. Probably best to forget about it. : (4 votes)
    50 %
    Don't spend the money. Do something else instead. : (0 votes)
    Obligatory other. (Explain!) : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
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    6274 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    you can wait to the last minute for deals, and you might get a great deal or you might get nothing.

    spring break is a more popular time so with supply and demand the price might go up.

    cheapest prices are during hurricane season

     

     

    Post # 4
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    1289 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    @rachelmichelle:  You might get lucky and score a decent last minute deal if you wait depending on the cruise line. I know that Royal Caribbean Cruise Line can have killer deals for Bahama cruises if you wait until the very last minute. But as a general rule hurricane season is almost always going to be a better buy than Spring break or even worse Summer season. No matter how you book $300 out the door is almost impossible after factoring taxes, fees, and gratuity. THEN add any alcoholic beverages, excursions, restaurants with a surcharge, and souveniers. I would say it is more realistic that an advertise cruise of $300 will cost close to $500/$600 after it is all said and done. (And that is being frugal and not super spendy). 

    Whatever you guys decide, I hope you have a BLAST. 

    Post # 5
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    4513 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @missfroggy:  +1

    Gratuity and drinks (even if its not alcohol) can really get you on cruises. You (err most people do anyway) tip the waiters (head waiter and assistant), your room attendant and sometimes the Maitre D. On a 7 night cruise we normally end up spending around $300-350 in tips alone.

    If you are okay with drinking tea and water the whole time then you wouldn’t have to pay anything additional for drinks, but sodas and alcohol can get really expensive. Though you can get a soda card for around $50 a person which allows you unlimited soft drinks for the entirety of the cruise.

    When I’ve shopped in the past cruises seemed to be around $100-200 more during Spring Break. We’ve always needed airfare though so we never really looked for super last minute deals.

    Post # 7
    Member
    10 posts
    Newbee

    I would bank on March cruises actually going UP as it gets closer due to Spring Break. The November ones probably are so cheap because its close but they are going to be cheaper than March no matter what. Nov/Dec are the cheapest months to cruise.

    As someone above said, total cost will be a little bit more than the listed cruise price. We went on a 5-day last month that was, i believe, $329pp and total cost ended up being just under $900. So taxes and port fees were about $100pp. We also ended up spending around $500 on drinks while on the ship. Drinks are not cheap!

    Have fun if you decide to go! We have been on 2 this year and are addicted!

     

    Post # 8
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    9137 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    @rachelmichelle:  I will be honest, November is awful.  The seas are really rough that time of year.  The first last and only time I cruised in November not only was I seasick, half of the ship including the crew was seasick.  When I asked a concierge they admitted that the seas are generally roughest in November.  I am also not a fan of spring break because the ships are packed with drunk college kids on vacation.

    Mid-December (prior to Christmas) is usually pretty cheap and the ship is beautiful because it’s decorated for Christmas.  Plus, there is something about Christmas carols on steel drums that just does it for me.

    Post # 9
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    9137 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    P.S. $250 per person in March is not bad and that price is likely to go up the longer you wait as college kids get their schedules and book rooms.

    I also live in orlando so I cruis eout of the Cape at least once a year.

    Post # 11
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    9137 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    @rachelmichelle:  I will say that a cruise with friends is an amazing experience and while it’s doable now, life will get in the way in the future in the form of kids, a mortgage, etc… for all of you.  I think you might regret not going on this last hurrah of young adulthood with your friends.  I have gone on many cruises but the two most memorable were done with other groups of friends.  Had I missed out I would feel left out when those friends tell the stories we have come to laugh at and cherish.  Aqui fishy, aqui!

    Post # 13
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    51 posts
    Worker bee

    I usually cruise with Royal Caribbean, they are awesome but like some previous posters said, drinks are not included. We are going on a cruise in February, and this time around you had the option to pre-pay your gratuties. We chose to pre-pay them and it was about $120 per person, but we are going on an 8 night cruise. We always tip more on the ship too for the staff that we meet and love. Last minute deals can be great but you also have yo consider the costs of flights to get to and from the cruise port. A lot of cruises leave on a Saturday or Sunday (at least with Royal Caribbean) and those can be some of the most expensive days to fly. We usually fly out a day before we are set to board, because then we don’t have to worry about missing the ship, but that brings in the cost of a night in a hotel. I am sure you could find good last minute deals, but make sure you really read the fine print. Also I know that Royal Caribbean allows you to put down a deposit then make payments on the total balance on your own schedule as long as the total balance is paid 75 days before you set sail. Hope this helps a little bit!

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