Originally Posted by ElizaRose
Thank you all very much!
I had already been checking the departures for Cunard and Norwegian Lines - eastbound crossings in January & April, respectively.
It is interesting (and dismaying) about the taxes and other fees making the actual cost twice or more what is listed! I will need to calculate further and see if this is a feasible alternative to flying - it may not if a single spot at the lowest price will indeed turn out to be much more expensive than listed on the website.
Just my personal opinion, if you want to go in April, there are definitely some ships much better than Norwegian. If you're considering Cunard, which is MUCH better than NCL, then you might want to consider Celebrity, Holland America, or Princess - all of which I consider to be nicer than NCL.
After 43 cruises and several on NCL, at my age (62), I just like better food, better quality, and better service. I know there are many diehard NCL fans who definitely disagree with me, but as I said, just my opinion.
And we all know that opinions are like bellybuttons; everyone has one. And what one person loves, another will hate.
As for single pricing, unfortunately it's a sign of the times. We use to see good specials for singles, but we just don't see them anymore. And the prices on the websites always show the price per person based on double occupancy and do not include taxes or gratuities.
Keep in mind that as I said earlier, NCL charges double the port fees whereas other cruise lines do not. So let your agent know what you're thinking and have them present the total price on a couple of options for you to consider.