Pricing on Azamara
One set of prices I see shows that a balcony cabin is only $50 more than a the cheapest inside cabin:
August 11 Jouney
inside $1599, oceanview: $1649; balcony $1649
But the Quest has Europe and Asia cruises scheduled for next winter with 24 days for as low as $2699, and 14-day cruises as low as $2299.
24 days Nov 22,
2008 Athens (Lavrion), Greece Azamara Quest $2,699
18 days Dec 16,
2008 Singapore Azamara / Azamara Quest
Jan 3, 2009 Hong Kong, China Azamara / Azamara Quest $2,299
14 days Jan 17,
2009 Singapore Azamara / Azamara Quest $2,299 14 days Jan 31,
2009 Hong Kong, China Azamara / Azamara Quest $2,399
14 days Feb 14,
We priced Journey and Insignia for Feb, 2008 a few months ago for South America and they were about the same .Although some So AM cruises prices in Nov., Dec and March have dropped, Jan and Feb, 2008 remain high. O has sold out a number of catagories while Journey has not.
Those Oceania cruises in South America sold out almost immediately - within a few days of them becoming available. I haven't seen the Azamara itineraries yet, but it would be nice to compare them. I wouldn't count on any cancellations on Oceania.
Here are the current pricing from Azamara for my 11/29/07 cruise. I booked a 2A balcony cabin. The cruiseline airfare from Minneapolis was just over $600.
Cat 2A $2249.00
Cat 1A $2348.00
Cat SV $2549.00
Cat 4 $2059.00
Cat 5 $2029.00
Cat 6 $1999.00
There are approximately $240 in additional taxes per stateroom added but these prices beat Oceana by about $1,000 for a 12 day cruise. You also have to throw in a $110 pp, Brazil visa. It will be more if you use a visa service.
The pricing was a major reason we booked. Also, I feel that by November the major bugs will be worked out and things better be working well or they do have a problem. We are not reliant on Azamara's shore excursions so that won't be an issue but if one looks good, such as Iguacu Falls, we'll do it.
I REALLY want to see what they've done to the ship. LOL
My sister and I are also sailing on Azamara Journey 11/29 out of Sao Paulo. I too have been watching the boards for new reviews of the ship now that they are over their settling-in phase. Hope they are well on track by November... we look forward to the adventure and hope to make your acquaintance on board.
Mike, now that you are home, I would interested in learning about what your total cost came to including tips and beverages and internet service. Also, do all balcony cabins inlcude a mini fridge?
Sorry this got lost in my after cruise "stuff" and then missed on my "read" list.
The overall cost of my cruise was effected with a last minute price reduction that we were able to act upon, even after final payment was made.
Here are the "majority" of our cruise costs. I won't include the costs we incurred in celebrating with our family in Sao Paulo or the cost of souvenirs.
Balcony Cabin (2 people) $2700
Air fare: $785 per person
Total Onboard expenses: $740, including gratuity and gift shop purchases. We also had $120 in pre-ordered bar set up. That was just two bottles of liquor and we ended up receiving four. They told us to just keep them. (Want a bottle of scotch?)
Pre-cruise excursion to Iguacu Falls (on our own, 3 people, with 3 nights at Mercure International Hotel) $1650. This includes activities at the falls: Helicopter, Macuco River Boat and Power Plant. It also included 3 days of car rental and a taxi to Paraguay.
Car Rental in Itajai: $79. Meals were approximately $75 for two days.
Private guide and driver for two days in Rio: $385 (I've had better guides. Tipped the driver but not the guide. The guide owned the business) Dinners in Rio: $150. We bought for four people in Rio.
Less than $20 for taxis and $50 for admission to cemeteries and churches in Montevideo and Buenos Aires. We spent $90+ for dinner in Argentina.
Taxi from Santos to Rio: $125. We had family take us to the ship. I imagine the cost would have been about the same from Sao Paulo to the ship.
The total "cruise" cost was:
$2700 Cruise: Balcony Cabin
$1570 Air (Economy from Minneapolis) Cruise air was $600
$ 740 Onboard Expenses
$ 120 In-Cabin Bar setup. It's expensive but beats schlepping.
$ 125 Transfer from ship to Sao Paulo
Iguacu from Sao Paulo: 3 people for 3 days: $1650
Car Rental in Itajai: $79
Food in Itajai: $75 (approx.)
Food in Argentina: $90
Food in other places:$80
Other Food $305
Total "Excursion" costs $2304
Total Cost of Cruise and Excursions: $7559 for two. Sometimes more people on shore.
$3779 per person or, $314.92 pp/pd, isn't too bad for a twelve day cruise and a lot of "stuff".
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