Post # 1
FI and I were so excited – we picked Europe as our honeymoon, and since we love cruises and it’s convenient (not having to pack/unpack multiple times but visit lots of cities), we wanted to take the Carnival European cruise that we saw on their website. However, Carnival just recently announced they will not be cruising to Europe in 2014. Ugh.
So now we’re back to the drawing board. We would really love to do a cruise around Europe, but our budget is at most $4,000 with cruise + airfare (although we’d like to do it for less than that).
Now we are considering other options, especially because we have a credit for Carnival that we got on our last cruise where we paid $100, and can receive a room credit for up to $250 (I believe) for a 8+ day cruise. If we use another cruise line, we’ll just get a refund of our $100 that we paid.
Or we could maybe do another destination on Carnival – like Hawaii or Alaska (we don’t want to do Caribbean because we want the honeymoon to be somewhere we probably won’t be able to go for awhile, whereas since the Caribbean cruises are reasonable we could probably go on one of those again in the next couple of years and just went there last year).
Has anyone gone on a cruise in Europe? Advice, thoughts? Or to Hawaii or Alaska? The thing that’s appealing for the Hawaii or Alaska cruises is airfare cost will be less than Europe, and depending on the departure port, maybe much less (ie. Seattle rather than having to fly into London or Spain).
Post # 3
i just came back from a cruise to alaska. alaska is gorgeous. we went with holland america. we did the inside passage because it was our first time cruising ever so we decided to go with a smoother route.
one of my bf’s friends on the other hand went on a cruise to hawaii. the seas were rough so i think he was a little bit out of it for a day or two ;D
i’ve been to hawaii, though and if i have to compare– i honestly had more fun in hawaii. but maybe that’s because there’s more freedom in DIY-ing a trip. but you can’t really go wrong with either destination. 🙂
Post # 4
A cruise to Alaska is supposed to be Frickin’ AMAZING
BUT it has a reputation of attracting an older / retired crowd… if you can see past that you’ll still have an INCREDIBLE TIME
Alaska requires one to be truly fit and adventurous… so you’ll be able to do things that the older folks cannot
Carnival… is also the parent company of several other cruise lines, I’d call up their Customer Service reps to see if the “Onboard Cruise Passages Certificate” that you bought is transferable to one of their other Cruise Lines as well.. may be.
Carnival owns… Princess & Holland America, BOTH lines that will cruising in Europe in 2014
And don’t be shy… be sure and tell the rep it is your Honeymoon… and you are disappointed that Carnival has pulled out of Europe for 2014
Hope this helps,
PS… With all the recent incidents on cruise ships under the Carnival umbrella, cruise ships are taking a hit (especially this Co.) so chances are good IMO that someone is going to listen to you / give you a break.
Otherwise, you will probably see bargain popping up in the near future, as ships go wanting of passengers in the months to come, so Cruise Lines start offering Sales, Deals, Promos, Bonus Items etc.
And if you haven’t you might want to join Carnival’s Cruising Loyalty Program… and also Cruise Critic so you can hear about things as they come up.
Post # 5
I found this site that helps you compare prices.. do not know if it helps http://www.seascanner.com/reisen.php?reederei=&schiff=&dauer=&datum_von=114&x=8&y=11&gebiet=1&land=&ka=&datum_bis=214
some cruises offer an all inclusive (including drinks) esp in the low season and this is great because the weather is not that bad in winter in some parts of europe esp the southern parts
Post # 6
Why don’t you look into Royal Caribbean or another cruise line? RC does Europe all the time and have been having multiple sales on their websites.