Tips To Tell If a Cruise is Worth The Price
Experienced travelers know the saying, “It’s not how much it costs to get on a cruise ship, it’s how much it costs to get off.” If you’re a traveler who shops by price only you might get sticker shock when you look at cruises on one of Seven Sea’s ships.
As an example, I can book you on a Seven Seas cruise from Stockholm to Copenhagen in a deluxe veranda suite, for an early September departure, from $6499 per person. That’s for 7 nights, visiting Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg (overnight), Tallinn, Berlin, and Copenhagen. If you’re not picky about where you’re going, it won’t be hard to find a 7 night cruise in Europe for less fare.
BUT – comparing the advertised price of a 7 night cruise across cruise lines is like comparing apples to asparagus. Inexperienced travelers soon find out that basing their decision on advertised pricing alone can cost them a lot of money – especially when it’s time to get off the ship.
The Seven Seas cruise I quoted above includes far more than many cruise lines include in their pricing. Take a look at the inclusions for this sailing.
- Free roundtrip air
- Free shore excursions – as many as you want to take
- Free unlimited wifi
- Free speciality restaurants
- Free unlimited beverages including wines and spirits
- Free open bars and lounges on board ship
- Free replenishment of stateroom mini-bars
- Free transfers between airport and your ship
- Free pre-paid gratuities
If you have cruised before you know that most cruise lines charge for wifi, shore excursions, drinks, speciality restaurants, and mini-bars. Some cruise lines include your air fare, but watch out that it’s not on routes with long connection times and not much seat selection.
Those are the hard-care costs that are easy to put on a spreadsheet. But there are more subtle differences, too, that can make a huge difference in how much you enjoy your cruise. For instance, this Seven Seas cruise overnights in St. Petersburg, because one half day there is not nearly enough time to see even a small portion of it. So you’ll stay longer in that port, won’t be as rushed, and will get to see more of what you traveled to see.
It’s true that many of a cruise ship’s differentiating factors are subjective – you might like the decor and design of one ship’s lounges or spa over another. The subtle differences that make or break how you feel about your cruise are things like the size of the lounge compared to the number of travelers on the ship – is it so crowded that you can’t easily get seated? Is the spa beautiful but 90% booked up before you ever get on board because it’s too small for the size of ship you’re on?
I don’t know about you, but when I travel I want things to be easy and seamless. I want drinks and snacks without worrying about how much I’m adding to my bill when I leave the ship. I want to pick my shore excursions based on what excites me to do, not how much it costs. I want to use wifi to add pictures to Instagram without counting the minutes I’ve used.
Bill and I are experienced travelers – we’ve been on large ships, river cruises, and small ships. We’ve traveled to 21 countries, some of them multiple times. We know that it’s the little hassles that start breaking down your patience and changing your feelings about your trip. Given that, I look at the cruise outlined above and know that it’s a fair deal. When I’m on the ship I can do exactly what I want to do and not worry about a big additional bill when it’s time to disembark. If that’s attractive to you call or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll find a luxury cruise for you that’s a fair deal and will give you the experiences you want rather than worrying about every nickel and dime you spend all week.
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