Do all cruiselines charge more for Holiday sailings? Celebrity seems to be considerably more on New Years than the next week. Is it a flat increase across the boards? Or is everyone different? Is there any chance of me find a deal for New Years?
I'm busy shopping right now for a CruiseMates New Years cruise. From past experiences I've found generally X mas and NYrs cruises tend to be about $300 more per person.
BUT, I've already seen a couple deals that look pretty good. Keep your fingers crossed... but I think we can find some thing reasonable.
ML... the very next week, first week in January, is one of the best weeks of the year to book... considerably below New Years. You pay a huge premium to lift a glass on New Years Eve on a ship loaded with kids. Except for New Years eve, it is exactly the same as any other cruise on the ship. Great savings are offered on the following week... people are all "spent out" over the holidays... lift (air) is still at a bit of a premium... go out for a great dinner at home on NewYears eve, sail the following week and save big bucks... AND... avoid the kids, too. Just my opinion!
Most everyone at CM knows it's very rare for Ernie and I to disagree ..
BUT.. even though there's an additional cost, I think there's something very special about being on a ship New Years Eve. Unlike any other cruises I've done, everyone is out of their cabins, enjoying the festive atmosphere of the ship and the passengers.
And there's a different type of party going on in all the lounges. The energy level onboard I suppose is what attracts me.
Every cruise line will get the highest cost per cabin possible. Celebrity's brochure rates are generally higher than other cruise lines, but their service and food is much better as well. Occupancy is highest during the holidays, so they can get higher rates. It's very similar to airline pricing today.
Otherwise, everything seems to be selling for $599 these days That's because of the enormous number of new ships entering service each year. Supply exceeds demand.
If you're set on Celebrity, bypass their newest vessels, which always sell for the highest prices because they get the highest demand. Zenith, Horizon and the Century-class vessels are just as wonderful.
Kuki and I disagree? Never! What never? Well... hardly ever! (Apologies to W.S. Gilbert)
Yes, the ship(s) are exciting on New Years eve, if partying is your thing it's great. My point was that that's basically the only difference and you pay a hefty premium for the pleasure and there can be lots more kids on board (a problem only if that's bothersome).