Post # 1
I’ve been looking online for good deals for April 2012 for 4 or 5 days to the bahamas or something (really anywhere but mexico) for a honeymoon, preferably closer to the actual date (the 21st), and I saw that expedia has all kinds of affordable cruises but all on ‘refurbished ships’.
So my questions are:
Have any of you bees gone on a cruise on a refurbished ship? The price is ridiculously affordable but I’m wondering if that’s because of the quality of the ship itself, and
Does anybody have a better suggestion for where to look for affordable cruises? So far I’ve checked out Royal Caribbean and expedia for ideas and we have a few months, I’m wondering if I should wait til I’m back home (i’m deployed right now) and talk to a travel agent or if going at it on my own is a good idea.
What do you guys think?
Post # 3
we are going on a cruise for our honeymoon as well, the best websites are cruises-n-more.com, crucon.com, or go on cruisecompete.com and enter the dates u like and other details and travel agencied send u their best offer and u pick what ofeer u like best. good luck
Post # 4
We are going on a cruise for our honeymoon as well, but we kinda cheated to get it. It’s a 3 day 2 night cruise to the bahamas. Airfare included. All we had to do was sit through a few hours of a time share pitch. We only have to pay for the taxes and gradituity’s. It’s kinda awesome! Good luck!
Post # 5
As a travel agent I will say this. If you are looking for anything less than 7 nights, the ship will be older with any line out there. The newer ships are in the 7 night or more market because they are just that, new and they want to maximize the income they will receive.
I have not looked to see what the itineraries are for your time frame next year, however I can say that 3 or 4 nights to Bahamas I would look at NCL Sky out of Miami or Carnival Destiny also out of Miami. They are both awesome ships. I have sailed on the Sky 3 times now (3 and 4 nights), and sailing on the Destiny tomorrow (5 nights).
Also, I would suggest NOT going with Expedia if you are new to cruise planning. I am not saying this because I am a travel agent, I am saying this from personal and professional experience. Expedia agents will only book what you ask them for, they are not professionals by way of having the extensive training that you need when planning your honeymoon. They are actually limited to the times of their calls, and the extent of help they can/will give due to the fact they do not have the knowledge beyone what is on their computer screen.
Expedia agents work in a call center (think the movie Outsourced). They hire who they can get, and say what they think you want them to say. They will promise the moon to get that reservation because if they do not get a certain number of bookings they will no longer have a job. I am not a disgruntled ex-employee, I actually left them to return to school (college). I started in August 2005 as a customer service agent, and retired in 2006 as a manager. I was actually manager as of November 2005. I did have travel agent experience from travel agent school, and a prior position with Carnival.
Walk into your local travel agency, they will provide a cruise brochure for you, tell them when you want to sail, where you do and do not want to go. What your interests are and they will help you. They are the professionals and guess what, it doesn’t cost you anymore to use them than it does to book online. Cruise lines have set rates, and agencies can lose their license to sell them if they undercut. This makes it a level playing field and helps out the little guy (local agency). The only way that an online agency will be able to charge a lower price is if they actually have group space on the particular cruise you are looking for, which is something that you would not know because they will not tell you that.
Something that you should think about as well when you do talk to someone about your trip, be sure that should the price drop before your final payment is due they will get the rate lowered (without charge). Many online agencies will not do that for you.
Post # 6
I would get a travel agent as well. We did and they will answer your questions that you may have.
I have not been on a refurbished ship, but I was on an older on about four years ago and it was smaller, but I liked it. I didn’t notice any problems.
If you are looking at a cruise, maybe you should look at the itinerary as a deciding factor. There are different things to do in the Caribbean, so look at the itineraries that you can afford and see what kind of excursions or what they are known for and see if it coincides with what you want to do on your honeymoon.
Post # 7
i’ve only been on old ships because I’m a cheapo… LOL. They’re not bad at all. I book using a reverse cruise auction. First figure out what ship you want and when, then use a reverse auction site to give you the best price for whatever state room your looking for.
Works awesome! And you get to compare a bunch of prices side by side and get the best deal
Post # 8
Thank you all for the input, I posted this before I went to sleep and just managed to get back and see if there were any responses. Very good information from all of you!
My biggest concern with talking to a travel agent is that I won’t be home until christmastime, and I fear waiting until 4 months before might turn out with not only less options but worse options. I’d consider a 7 day but it’ll all depend on pricing. I’m not looking for much more than about $5-600/person, and I have been told especially for a honeymoon I should get a room with ocean view which comes a little more expensive. I will try to get my FH to look into it for me, but lately I’ve been asking a lot of him and he’s been so overwhelmed that a lot of the things I ask of him don’t get done or he doesn’t know the right questions to ask.
Post # 9
I went on a refurbished ship and a regular one, I couldn’t tell the difference. Look at the company in charge of the ship. If its a good company they will make sure you can’t tell the difference. I went on Carnival both times. They took care of us and the waitstaff was 1st class both times. We paid about $400 dollars for 5 nights per each person to the Bahamas on the refurbished ship. It was a great price, we got the cheapest room with a Queen bed….why get an expensive room?!?!?!…your hardly ever in it! Its up to you if you want an ocean view room, but we spent the extra money we would have spent on parasailing, snokling, etc… We only slept in our room so upgrading would have been a waist of money for us…I was given this advice before we booked out trip and I was glad someone told me that.
So my final advice look at the company who owns the ship…if they are good they will take care of you and make sure the ship looks nice.
Post # 10
Where a ocean view or balcony might be nice, if you want to save money, i would go for the inside room. I have been on two cruises, each with an inside room, because it saves money. You are also going to run into a little bit pricier because you will be going in April when there could be spring break trips there.You need to do what is right for you and Fiance, though. And just know that there are other ways to save money. You don’t need to buy all the pictures they take of you, because that is a ton of money. You don’t have to go on an excursion while at port. Check out cruise critic as you will find a lot of information there as to what to do while in port.
Post # 11
Check vacationstogo.com (I have used them in the past to get good deals), but always check the cruise line’s website, too… I used Vacations to Go as a tool to narrow down and find what we were looking for and then I found out that the cruise line was having a special where if you booked online by a certain date, they’d bump you up to the next category of stateroom. With the complimentary upgrade, the price ended up being the same as what Vacations to Go listed on their website, but we also got a $90 on board credit for booking directly!
Post # 12
I have been on 6 cruises in my life, on new and sort of new ships.
I was going to second some ideas already listed on here:
1) vactionstogo.com is an AMZING SITE that lets you search everything and they often have the cheapest prices
2) We are going on an inside cabin so we can afford to do more in the actual ports of call. You don’t actually spend a lot of time in your room. Given the one time we splurged and got a balcony I spent a LOT of time in my room, well kinda. But in the oceanview…not so much. It isn’t worth the added cost to future hubby or me.
3) We went on Norwegian Sky and hated it, the service is far sub-par compared to Carnival. Those are the only two lines still in operation that I have been on. Food was not that tasty, service was horrible and the ship was not as nice as the Carnival ones.