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Alexandra April 8th, 2005 08:42 AM

What to expect on a longer cruise?
My fiance and I are considering taking eiter the 93 day or 108 day world cruise on Radisson for our honeymoon. Neither of us have ever taken a cruise longer than 26 days, and were wondering what toe xpect on such a long voyage? Also, if anyone could reccommend which would be the best suites for us? We'd like to have a decent amount of space since we'll be living on board for so long. I was considering a Grand Suite on the Voyager because I love the Jacuzzi (at least thats what I think it is) next to the window on the voyager, or the seven seas suite on the mariner, any suggestions or comments would be greatly appreciated?
Also, are we going to feel terribly out of place, age wise? We're both in our 20's. However we're both educated professionals (laweyer & psychologist), and I think we're (usually) pretty mature for our age, and are definitly looking for a more refined experience (with no towel animals, preferably) :).
I've never been on a radisson cruise before (only disney, norweigan, princess, carnival (never again), and rccl), and we were thinking about taking a short radisson cruise before the wedding, so we'd be eligable for that 5% savings on the longer cruise (which would add up to a pretty good sum). Is the a good idea? A bad idea?
Thanks so much!-Alex

winner April 8th, 2005 05:29 PM

Re: What to expect on a longer cruise?
If you are considering such a long cruise on a line you have not sailed, I think it would be very wise to take a shorter cruise on that line first.

As you noted, there is an added bonus of an on-board discount, and, if you pay with an AMEX platinum card, other extra goodies. You might also look for a TA affiliated with Virtuoso, which adds their own amenities (cocktails, a complimentary shore excursion).

Take a 7-day Radisson cruise to experience it and book your honeymoon on-board.

Just my advice

A J Theodore April 11th, 2005 01:38 PM

Re: What to expect on a longer cruise?
Yes. The short cruise is a good idea. Not just for the discount, but for something far more important -- to see whether you actually like the ship, its atmosphere, activities, food, the personnel, etc. No one cruise line is right for everyone and there is nothing worse than three months of being on the wrong ship at these prices.

More to the point, whether this is the right ship and right line for your honeymoon (and congratulations!) is very much a personal matter based on what each cruise line offers and what it is you specifically want from a cruise. A few thoughts based on your post:

First, a short cruise will not give an accurate flavor of a longer cruise for at least two reasons. First, there will be far fewer port days and you will have to entertain youselves on board rather than exploring onshore. Ships are very different on the days that they are in port compared to sea days. Therefore, before booking a world cruise, be VERY careful to review the activities and amenities offered by the line to see if they are to your liking - including lecturers, musical programs, entertainers, etc. Obvious example, don't expect any rap music on board; do expect a fair amount of big band.

Second, the passenger profile on a world cruise is very different fromt he short cruises. You will be among the youngest (if not the very youngest) passengers on the ship. I would estimate the average age at about 60 for most of Radisson's cruises. It is easily above 75-80 on the world cruise. (The longer the itinerary, the older the average passenger.) Radisson's passengers are generally well-heeled business people, mid to late career professionals, and retired persons. This profile will be reflected in the types of shows and performances put on, the lecturers and the subjects of their lectures, the music played in the lounges and for dancing, etc. To the extent that you want to participate in shipboard activities, make sure that you find out the activities that the ship offers and whether there are activities of interest to you. The activities, lecturers, shopping, etc., on Radisson will reflect the likes and wants of this clientele, not generally of the younger generations.

Keep in mind that, especially on world cruises, Radisson really does not market itself to younger passengers or to honeymooners. A world cruise does not provide a cruise experience geared toward honeymooners. I am told that there is now a honeymoon package available for $300.

From your comment about "refined experience," I assume you mean things like food, entertainment, and shopping. Radisson's onboard shops are more high end than the mass market ships and the prices are high end as well. Radisson's food is better than the mass-market lines with a decent variety on the menu. While it is usually well-prepared, in my several recent Radisson cruises, I have experienced too many lapses in preparation for a luxury line (yolks cooked solid in eggs benedict, 25 minute wait for service, etc.). The free wine with dinner does not make up for these deficiencies. I was not impressed with Voyager's specialty restaurant Signatures on my last cruise (a segment of a world cruise). If you are gourmands or are looking to treat yourselves to a really first-class dining exprience, you should look into Crystal, Seabourn, and Silversea. The food on each is definitely superior to Radisson's - and this is particularly true as between Radisson's and Crystal's specialty restaurants. (There are some specials on Crystal that bring its prices fairly well into competition with Radisson.)

Select your cabin on the basis of the amount of time you plan to spend in it and your own personal need for space. Nothing worse than paying for the most expensive cabin on the ship and then using it only to sleep. Prabably, you would need at least the minimum penthouse because of space considerations and the amount you would take with you. On Voyager, by the way, do not get a cabin aft of midships, even though some people say it is enough to be forward of the laundry rooms. Voyager has had a definite vibrarion problem in the aft prt of the ship (and I am told it is worse at higher trans-oceanic speeds on the world cruise) and I have not heard that it has been fixed.

Finally, be sure to consider your own personal wants and needs. Several rather obvious examples: (1) If you like wine with dinner, Radisson provides wines (included in the cruise price) that are quite good. f you do not like to get dressed up for dinner or for the evening and if you do not like, at least, "country club casual" for the daytime on a world cruise, then do not even consider Radisson.

Hope that some of this will be of help to you.

PapaBill June 30th, 2005 04:37 PM

Re: Re: What to expect on a longer cruise?
To AJ Theodore, I hope you don't mind this comment. Your response was one of the most complete and informative responses I have ever seen posted here.

A J Theodore July 5th, 2005 05:25 PM

Re: What to expect on a longer cruise?
PapaBill --
Thank you for your very kind words.

bridget1 July 6th, 2005 09:15 PM

Re: What to expect on a longer cruise?
I loved reading your very complete and realistic response. Thank you.

SandraW July 9th, 2005 06:33 PM

Re: What to expect on a longer cruise?
A J Theodore:

I just happen to be cruising the boards and this thread caught my eye.

My husband and I are planning a longer cruise for our 30th anniversary.. Your comments are not only priceless, but most likely saved us some disappointment!

We were planning just to book on either Radisson or Crystal because of their reputation as a Premium line, without ever having cruise with them.

I am so glad that I stopped to read your comments. Thank you!!

BTW: Per your suggestion...we are going to try a shorter cruise FIRST!

Dan Smith August 17th, 2005 02:10 PM

Re: What to expect on a longer cruise?
I have been cruising a long time and think thet you wiill find that 20's on the Raddison will put you in the age of her younger crew......

I first went when I was 55 and found I was the youngest aboard.......ok.
However there was good interaction with others of all ages. Its how you present yourself that is the key. The lectures are outstanding and your fellow passengers are very educated and travled..... fun to talk with and non pretentious.

Having been on crystal.... I find the food on Radisson to be much better... I say this as a foodie..... also the relaxed professional demeanor of the is like your sailing with friends...... Crystal, I found ,nickel and dimed you every day.....unlike Radisson. Almost everything is included . The Variety of the food in all 4 Restauraunts is better I think..... others have only 2....

Radisson has better shore excursions and bigger, nicer cabins..... largest at sea in any cat. Huge walkin closets and Baths.......and that is the standard cabin... which is 33% bigger than a Crystal penthouse........

The Mariner is the best ship of the fleet....... in my experience..... a class act.
Oh.... they have a strict dress code. even on deck after 6 requires Jacket and slacks.
Most dress well 24-7... you will enjoy the adult.... no kid atmosphere. I do


JerryJones March 4th, 2011 04:08 AM

Whatever you spend as the base price for an common cruise will be about how much you will spend during the cruise including drinks, shore cruise, souveniers, salon, spa treatments, perk, and possibly casino.
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