No. As posted earlier my sailing is a 7-day Western Caribbean cruise in a cat. S suite on the Zuiderdam. Price listed included cruise fare, taxes, port fees, and insurance. Booked my cruise two months ago (April 04).
I am in an S corner aft suite on the Z for seven (7) days. I booked this in February '05 for a Sep sailing. I guess I just got lucky.
RCCL Enchantment of the Seas 12/2006
Carnival Glory 06/2006
NCL Jewel 01/2006
HAL Zuiderdam 09/2005
NCL Sun 01/2005
RCCL Enchantment of the Seas 09/2004
Carnival Legend 01/2004
NCL Majesty 04/2003
We also have an aft corner for a Sept sailing on the Zuiderdam and took it because of the great prices..............we noticed the aft corner was still available in late May and booked it then. I think we were lucky also, just surfing the cruise sites at the right moment!
We're on the Westerdam, 4th December for a 7 night Eastern Caribbean and we paid $2755.45 for the two of us for an S Suite on the Rotterdam deck, near to the Neptune Lounge. This included all taxes etc and we also got a $100 shipboard credit. We did book in January and the leapt up to for to over $2000 per person before they sold out. We used cruisesonly and hopefully all will run smoothly. At one time the Balcony cabins were $1500 per person, but I notice now they've fallen back down to around $1000. Never sailed HAL before, but when we realised we could have a Suite for the same price as a Concierge Class Cabin on Celebrity, we thought we'd give it a go. The extra space is what we are paying for - the perks of course will be nice.
Here is a summary of charges I just received for the 9/24/05 sailing for "S" class 5186 on the "Z" from Sam's Club Travel. Unfortunately for me I can not travel in September, but I am sure my regular TA would meet or beat this price.
I also would not use the transfers, but could not find a way to delete them on the web site.
Thursday night I booked for 9-24-05 on the Zuiderdam. I got a category S cabin 7050 some thing four just under $2,600 for both of us all taxes and fees included.
This will be our fourth time on the Zuiderdam and about cruise number twenty eight for us. The two perks I enjoy the most are priority tender passes and ordure’s delivered to our balcony during our cocktail hour before dinner. I seem to have a hard time finding a bigger bang for my buck. Over the past twenty years or so prices, adjusted for inflation are down dramatically. The suite perks have not changed much.
My husband & I are going to be on the Zuiderdam Sept. 10, Western Caribbean. Is anyone else going on that particular week? We wanted another SS suite but they were all booked on the Navigation Deck, which is where we wanted to be. We were rather late in deciding to go again this year. We had SS 8058 last year and loved it. We have a VA Deluxe Verandah Outside this time. I know it will be a smaller cabin, but hopefully we won't feel too cramped.
We are going. This will be our first time cuising with Holland America. Heard so many good things about the Zuiderdam and plus we got such a good deal, we couldn't pass it up. I can't wait, we are really looking forward to this cruise. Hope Mother Nature will be kind!
Carnival Imagination July 2001
Grand Princess Sept. 2001 & Sept. 2002
Carnival Victory May 2002
Navigator OTS May & Oct. 2003
Caribbean Princess April 2004 & Sept. 2007
Zuiderdam Sept. 2005
Mariner OTS Oct. 2005 x2
Valor May 2006
Westerdam Oct. 2006
Carnival Glory May 2008
Carnival Libery Sept. 2009
Star Princess Apr. 2010
Liberty OTS Sept. 2010
Ruby Princess Apr. 2011
Carnival Legend Sept. 2011
We just booked (for 2) for October in the S cabin...aft corner...larger deck for $2500, including tax, port charges etc. We went through Vacations to go...we know it is offseason, but hey, I'm happy with the price...
I think some of these great deals are because the ship is sailing during hurricane season. Remember, after this year HAL will no longer be sailing the Caribbean during this time period precisely because a lot of cruises get "jacked around" with. That's probably why some of the great prices.
I'd hate like h*** to tell you what I am paying for an inside cabin on my Hawaii/South Pacific cruise in January (30 days) ... it's about twice (with single supplement) that some of these folks are paying for their S Suites.
Anyone who has sailed in an "S" as many times as DH and I have can positively tell you that HAL does not have Butlers. So, when you say it costs extra for one, it makes me question the accuracy of your post. I think you may be confused when you say there is an extra charge for the Butler.
The only thing that resembles a Butler on HAL is recent addition and ONLY pertains to booking Cabanas at Half Moon Cay. For your day at Half Moon Cay, if your wish, you can pay extra for Butler service.
This has nothing to do with being in a Suite. It for everyone on the ship.
I thought I would include the deal we got for our Oct 22 Suite S- Zuiderdam
$2227.88 Total for 2 people....not too bad....try cruise compete , we were able to get a better deal through that then on the actual website of cruises n more.