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posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
632 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Nookie123:  So I went about 4 years ago on a 7 day mediteranean cruise on Royal to France and Italy.  i know that the excursions do get costly and also keep in mind.  Alot of the cities that you go to – are not near the port so there is almost always some transportation needed – usually about an hour – this was the case to Florence and Rome.  Also – you can look on their websites to see the different excursions and the costs.

Post # 4
1147 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Nookie123:  When DH & I cruise domestically we book excursions on our own but when we are in a foreign country where there might be language barriers we book through the cruise line. Booking though the cruise line can be a bit pricey but as long as you are on a cruise sponsored excursion the boat won’t leave without you. (If you were to book outside of the cruise line & then your tour group was running late the ship could/would potentially leave w/out you.) RC and Celebrity should both have the list of excurions they offer along with the pricing so you can get an idea on what you might be spending. 

Post # 5
871 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@Nookie123:  on royals website you can go to ports of call and then click on the cities you are interested in and look at the excursions they offer and what they cost. This was really helpful for us when deciding what itenerary to choose for our honeymoon! 

Post # 7
1147 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Nookie123:  I was just doing some googling on the subject and found a website called “Shore Excursion Group” – it was reccomended by a cruise blogger as a great company to use to book excursions outside of the cruise line. It might be worth taking a look at. 

Post # 9
10219 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Mr TTR & I cruise with Celebrity… and we LOVE them.

As you may already know (or not) they are part of the Royal Caribbean Group… just their middle of the road in regards to pricing (Azamara Club is their Luxury Line).

Celebrity tends to attract those who are 40 to 70 years old… and mostly couples.  There are usually quite a few Honeymooners aboard (so some younger folks than the norm… but people who are looking for that “modern luxury” feel).

Whereas Royal Caribbean has waaaaay more families aboard… that is their target audience… just like it is for Norweigan.

I haven’t done a Med Cruise yet, but I can tell you how we ballpark our costs when we cruise with Celebrity.

When you book your cruise, you’ll see the Graphic that shows all the Categories, and the lowest pricing in each Category.  This is also the BEFORE TAXES Cost.

So lets pretend you are looking at an Concierge Cabin that on that Graphic Page is listed STARTING at $ 1500 per person.  On top of that you might pay say $ 200 in taxes.

If you look at this same Graphic… it will perhaps list an Inside Cabin STARTING at $ 1000 per person.

So in my Guesstimate of expenses… I do this… Look at the lowest price in the Graphic ($ 1000) then look at the one for the Category you’ve chosen ($ 1500).  One will represent the Minimum you will spend on extras for 2 of you combined… the other the Maximum.

Or what I some time refer to as the “invisible person” in your cabin.

Now this isn’t scientific by any means… it is just 2 people Myself & Mr TTR who like to cruise and have a good time.

The Extras for us include generally… Mandatory Grats – (2) Premium Booze Packages – 1 or 2 Nights in the Specialty Restaurants – 1 trip to the Hair Salon – and 1 visit to the Spa – 1 Bag of Laundry to the Drycleaners – (2) Wine Tasting Workshops – Ship Booked Excursions to all the Ports of Call – a Souvenir Photo Package from the Ship Photographers – $ 10 or $ 20 a night in the Casino – and a few Ship Souvenirs to bring back home.

Now as you can see I have a lot on my list.  As I said there is a range here in regards to pricing… this would reflect top end.

Some of these can be saved on tho if you are Captains Club Member (coupons)… or sometimes there are other specials when you book (ie Book and We’ll Pay the Grats… or Book and Enjoy a Complimentary Booze Package etc)

As well, you can skip others probably entirely if you plan accordingly… Our Drycleaning Bill is because Mr TTR chooses to pack only one shirt for his Suit / Tuxedo… to save on luggage space… he then sends it out to be cleaned so he can wear it for the next formal night.  I enjoy my visit to the Hair Salon on the Captain’s Formal Night… lol, but by the second formal night late in the cruise… I am far more casual about how I look.

Shore Excursions thru the ship are more expensive than doing them on your own (like 2x the price).  But they are usually quite good… and of course you are guranteed not to miss the ship.  Which can be a BIG Deal in some Ports of Call.  We do some Ports on our own and some by Ship Excursion… I opt for Ship Excursions particularly so in Countries / Ports of Call not deemed quite so safe for tourists.  OR if language is going to be a major barrier.

Anyhow that is a very rough idea.  You really have to go on your first cruise and see what kind of money you spend (we for example don’t spend money on the Internet on the Ship… it is far too costly.  We either forget about the Internet while on vacation, or we find Free Wi-Fi when we are in port… of course the downside to that means you are sitting down and sending emails… instead of using your time productively in country).

If you have any other Questions just ask…

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PS… The Port in Italy that is nearest to Rome… is still far from Rome.  Do a Ship based Excursion here for safety sake… OR Make Rome the start of or end of your cruise.


Post # 11
10219 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Hi @Nookie123:  Re – Celebrity Formal Nights

Actually, the Formal Nights are a blast (altho to be sure we’ve only ever done Caribbean Cruises with Celebrity).  Women tend to wear a gown, cocktail dress, or something fairly dressy.  The main requirement for a man is a jacket… altho the website says Dark Business Suit / Tux.  (Mr TTR owns a tux so that is what he brings).  If you don’t have a suit, they’ll usually give the guy “some stand by jacket” they have around… ick !!  So well worth it to bring a jacket.  You can also make arrangements usually thru the cruise line to rent a tux onboard that will be brought to your Stateroom the day you arrive onboard.

The ONLY formal requirements those nights are for the Main Dining Room and the Theatre (well at least on the first formal night when it is the Show hosted by the Captain).  Everywhere else on the ship is the usual Smart Casual / Casual.  So yes you could go to the International Buffet, or one of the Speciality Restaurants (extra cost).

Personally, we wouldn’t miss the Formal Nights for the world… so much fun.  The whole ship takes on a party atmosphere (lol, mini New Years Eve… kind of thing).  The Bars have special drinks, the Dining Room special eats, the Ship Photographers take formal pics… you might even get to have your formal taken with the Captain !!

All in such an incredible souvenier / memory.  As I say one of our favourite elements of cruising with Celebrity.

I can give you more info, but I’d need to know what ship (balcony).

And the Beverage Packages are complicated to explain (so I’ll draft out a reply for you).

Hope this helps, talk to you soon…


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