Originally Posted by Trackypup
When Celebrity charges $999 for a balcony on an 11 day med cruise, I couldn't care less about extra charges. Adding a couple of Specialty Restaurants and drink packages still make this a super cheap vacation. And really? Is the food in Celebrity's main dining room that bad that I'm forced to eat elsewhere, I'm thinking not.
We mainly sail Princess and of our 10 cruises with them, the most recent 2 have had the best food.
I'm in the camp of keep the base prices low and pay for extras. Back in 1997 we took an 11 day Caribbean cruise on RCL for around $2,200 pp, now I can take an 11 day on Celebrity in an S class for $999? No issues whatsoever with the direction the cruiselines are going.
For the first time I like some of your points of view...but IMHO dont agree on some issues.
I checked Celebrity cruises web site...unless I am missing something some off peak Varanda cabins were going for 1300 plus...alot going for 2000 and some going for close to 3000.
I have booked a cruise on Crystal for the end of the year...while it is true that I have not been on a cruise in some time due to deaths in my family and other issues...everything I have read including this site was that though the food is better then most other cruise lines (Other then the high end lines) the food has somewhat declined...which makes me think that though it probaly is pretty good, if you want the standard of years back then you would need to book a specialty restaurant. My issue is that if I had booked a cruise on Celebrity and remember how the food was years back, I would be dissapointed by the somewhat lower standard enforced now.
I even though will pay a higher fare on Crystal, I like the idea that just about everything is included, I guess it is what a person prefers and is willing to pay.