We are looking at cruising to Alaska next July. Is $1800 per person for a balcony on RCCL outrageous or does that seem average? It's for a Seattle round trip without air. Does anyone know if they offer deals on balconys or should I just bite the bullet and book to ensure I get the cabin I want? Will they give me the better deal if one comes along?
Yes, way costly, but there is a big difference in sailing July and Sept and balcony usage. Key to consider, allowing enough funds for costly excursions, that are a big part of the trip. Why not consider looking at www.cruisecompete.com and see what pricing you come up with???
Seattle sailings are less desirable in the routing since 2 days are outside passage.
First off, the cruise lines charge more for a cruise in July and August. Second, they also charge more to sail out of Seattle. It's all based on supply and demand. I am going on the Rdaiance next week out of Vancouver. July 30th. I just booked two weeks ago. I tried every ship out of Seattle and they were all sold out.
BTW... here's exactly what I paid for 2 people in an Inside cabin by booking the last minute. The Radiance only had about 5 cabins available too.
Airfare from San Diego: $728
RCCL Incurance: $218
Taxes and fees: 142.50
It may seem high, but I cruise a lot and it all evens out. I am on the Sapphire Princess on DeEcember 17th for $550 per person including all fees and taxes.
I booked extended balcony room on the Verandah deck on Carnival Spirit for Alaskan cruise first week in August for $1020 total with gratuties and taxes. We leave out of Vancouver, one way to Ancourage. Stops at Ketichkan, Skagway, Juneau and Sitka. Glacier Cruising thru Prince William Sound, College Fjords, Lynn Canal.
Is the room you're looking at the Suite on RCCL? I looked at them when I booked by cruise in November and the Suites were that much??
I'm glad to see others are paying the same high price we are. I saw your other post on my Seattle question and that is why we picked the Vision too. She's in port over 38 hours! I'm hoping our price comes down a bit. $3600 is a lot of money!
I've resounded myself to the $1800 because Vision has the long stays in ports that we want. Hopefully the food won't be too bad, my husband is a Certified Executive Chef. We looked at Celebrity because of Michael Roux but the Mercury isn't in ports near as long as the Vision. Thanks for everyone's advice!
We just booked a September 06 cruise on the Serenade, inside passage out of Vancouver.... $2,950 for 2 plus $118 for insurance. Like they said, you pay mor to book early, if you can wait until 1 month prior to cruising, and don't care about the cabin, you can save BIG $$$.... personally, I won't do Alaska without a balcony.... does anyone know of a good transfer from Seattle into Vancouver?
Only working to support my free time....
You've got me rethinking...what do you think about Celebrity's round trip out of Vancouver on Infinity? It's about $100 pp more than the Seattle round trip but no open sea. Any other lines that do Vancouver round trip?
When we sailed round trip from Seattle we were in open seas twice. Coming and returning. And we had smooth sailing both ways. One never knows however, you are in the ocean remember. Worst seas we had was heading from Juneau to Hubbard Glacier and then after Hubbard, heading to SItka. This was a Vancouver round trip cruise. It was actually sort of fun........since I didn't get seasick that is.
Be prepared with bonine, wrist bands, ginger ale or whatever can work for you and if you do happen on seas that are rough for you you should be ok.
We are going to book on Celebrity's Infinity. I'm as anal as they come and have spent entirely too much time reading message boards!! We are going with CC to get a cabin on the back of the ship. It's nice to finally make a decision. I do appreciate your opinions. We just need to now get from Seattle to Vancouver...
Simple to transfer Seatac/Vancouver. There will be a cruise contracted bus, Amtrak, Quick Shuttle, one way car rental. You need an overnight, unless you have a very early arrival into Seatac, by 10am I would recommend. Otherwise you are cutting it too close with all the delays possible. Allow 4 hours for the transfer.