This summer we sailed the Breeze in the Mediterranean and loved it. We especially love Venice and have been planning on returning for a few days.
Last night I was looking at cruises. Which is normal for me and I found the 18 day transatlantic from Miami to Venice on February 4, 2013. It is one heck of a deal. You can do a balcony for about $1600/two people and an inside for about $1100.
Here are the drawbacks:
This is the "last" cruise of the Carnival Destiny. It is going to the shipyard to be converted into the Funship 2.0 Carnival Sunshine. I'm worried that there will be construction underway during the voyage, staff will be at the end of their contracts and service may be a bit lacking.
Airfare is a bit high: Open jaw from MSP-MIA-VCE-MSP is currently going for around $1650/pp. I'm not sure what the price of cruiseline air is or if it is even offered.
The ports are Malaga, Barcelona, Livorno (Florence), Civatavechhia (Rome), Venice. It's 18 days so there will "a lot" of sea days.
The question I have is: If you have the time and the money would you take this cruise? Even if it may not be "perfect".
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Mike, I would take that cruise in a heartbeat for that price if I could. I came across that awhile ago and I thought I was hallucinating. I did post the cruise in the specials area. However that may not be current price. Italy has always been a dream of mine and to do it on a cruise would just be the icing on the cake for me.
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The price of the airfare is what has stopped us from similar cruises. Throw in your concerns about it being Destiny's last cruise before renovation and I'd probably pass on it. But that's just me. After all, how bad can that many days on a cruise ship really be? A bad day cruising always beats a good day working.
Is there anything on a cruise after the renovation? Maybe the return trip will be similar.
I booked that cruise simply for a way to get to Europe. We are doing a vacation over there and realized it was cheaper to cruise over than to fly. We booked a state room for 499 but im debating on upgrading to a balcony for an additional 400 PP. Ive never crossed a sea on a cruise ship so hopefully its not toooooo rough of seas and to boring. Hope to see you there!
I would only book the cruise knowing that there will be construction going on during that time and you are ok with that.....
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We have booked a balcony through Vacations to go for $2200 incl. taxes. We missed the first go but it reopened for 1 day.
With respect to contruction, we were on Princess earlier this year and our carpet was replaced during the cruise.
I am wondering if the weather will be warm as it is early for a crossing.
I am looking forward to doing not much for 10 days. As for the crew, their salary is peanuts - they live off their tips. This is a long voyage - they will want good tips and the service should be excellent.
I am more concerned about line ups if they filled the boat.