I've already booked & deposited the Noordam 14 day Southern Carribean cruise for next winter. We were more interested in an affordable warm weather 2 week vacation than sailing at any specific time of year. Never sailed the Noordam but have read all the raves & rage about it.
Yesterday, I happen to see that another 14 day carribean sailing has been added on the Rotterdam on the HAL website. I can't find our brochure so I don't remember if it was listed there & we just missed it. The Rotterdam sails FLL-Norfolk VA instead of Tampa-Tampa. As we've been to the carribean before & don't go in for all the duty free shopping or snorkling, the specific ports aren't important. Never sailed the Rotterdam either.
Here's my question. We booked a outside on the Noordam for about $3k including port taxes & fees. Since there weren't any balconies, we didn't see any need for the category A mini suites. Now I see that if we waited until April, we could sail the Rotterdam in a category B mini suite with a balcony for about $1600 more.
I'm trying to compare apples to apples. Is it worth it to post pone the cruise for a few months & take the Rotterdam sailing? We live in Va so that caught my eye even though we'd still have to fly to Ft. Lauderdale to start the cruise. My wife will kill me if I make anymore changes so I've got to be reasonably sure of the benefits before bringing up the subject.