$558.45 per person, senior citizen fare, for a 7 night cruise on the Navigator of the Seas for May 3, 2003, category Q guarantee, cabin assignment category M, inside.
This is a fabulous rate for a new ship in the Voyager class fleet.
Rate included all port charges government fees.
Do we count a third or fourth person rate? My husband and I sail in Sept on Navigator of the Seas Eastern Caribbean for $599.00 including all and my daughter and mother are sailing with us ( inside stateroom) for $199.00 each including all.
Just got Voyager 10/26/03 sailing, cat. N for 574.00 (1st and 2nd), 307.00 (3rd and 4th) with all port charges, taxes. **Agency name deleted** did the booking.
I FINALLY booked today. Thanks so much for everyone's great tips and advice from the boards' biggest lurker!
tHANKS ALL. AFTER PAYING OVER $1500 PER PERSON IN 1998 ON ENCHANTMENT AND $1000 FOR 3RD AND 4TH PERSON EACH, I THOUGHT I GOT A FANTASTIC DEAL ON ADVENTURE LAST YEAR ($800 PP, INTERIOR) AND THEN ON NAVIGATOR THIS YEAR FOR $775 PP, INTERIOR. ENCHANTMENT PRICE INCLUDED OUTSIDE ROOM, JUST WINDOW, NO BALCONY, BUT STILL A BIG DIFFERENCE IN WHAT WE'VE PAID FOR MORE RECENT TRIPS ON LARGER VOYAGER SHIPS. ENCHANTMENT WAS WONDERFUL. THE SERVICE. THE STAFF. THE CRUISE DIRECTOR. THE ACTIVITIES. ALL ABSOLUTELY PLEASING. WELL WORTH THE MONEY, BUT REALIZING WE'RE GOING FOR ALL THE FUN AND ACTIVITY AND TO USE THE ROOM TO SLEEP AND SHOWER, WE'VE BEEN BOOKING INTERIOR AND SPENDING THE SAVINGS ON EXTRAS ON BOARD (MASSAGES, CASINO) OR ON THE ISLANDS. WHEN WE DECIDE WE NEED TO GO FOR RELAXATION, WE'LL GO FOR A ROOM WITH BALCONY. MY DREAM IS TO BOOK THE ROYAL SUITE ONE DAY.
Post 9-11, "RCI" had an onboard special that ran for one week. $50 p.p. per day for an inside, $60 for oceanview or $70 for a balcony IF you were able to cruise within 6 months. We booked an aft-facing category "D" on the "Legend o/t Seas" to Australia/New Zealand and they did not add any garbage fees to up the price. We even backed into an air special for $599 r/t prior to our departure.
You know, reading the messages on pricing I have to make a comment. The cruise lines have been offering huge savings the last several months and Royal Caribbean is no difference, there are still people who are afraid to cruise due to the various different world events. I am happy to see so many of you still out there loving cruising and having a good time!
As a post note I just want to add, that Royal Caribbean ships are a good value even at "normal" pricing.
I would like to know if anyone ever got a great deal on an alaskan cruise. I just paid a fortune for a family of 4 for outside balcony. (4k+) and have been monitoring price. I never see a good deal during summer months. Am I missing something? BTW - this was a 7 day cruise...
The trick to a good price for Alaska is early booking. And, I mean early! When I decided I wanted to book a group cruise and sail Alaska I booked the group as soon as pricing came out, which happened to be 13 months in advance. I also grabbed the air seats for whatever cities I was going to promote the cruise in. To make a long story short, I was able to put people into my group to include air for under $1400.00 per person.
Alaska has continued to be a popular destination and while some destinations had a decline in passengers due to the situations taking place such as war, SARS, etc., Alaska remains fairly strong.
My advise would be:
a) if you are at all flexible, ask your TA to check on the less popular sail dates
b) have your TA watch for notices via the agency fax or by email and grab you a cabin if something special comes along. There have been some pretty good promos going on, but they are for this month.
By the way, Alaska is a fantastic sailing. It is so serene and beautiful. A thrill to see some of the wild life. At one point we looked out of the dining room windows to see what everyone was standing up looking at and there were literally hundreds of dolphins swimming all around the ship. Some were alone, some in pairs, some three or four together. Absolutely incredible. Saw whales, eagles, mountain goats, and more. It is a really great cruising experience.
I'm not sure who you are responding to but as to our $1600.00 for the four of us on an upcoming tour on the Navigator- No we are not related to the Commodore. We booked in advance ( one year at least ) and we only make just over $20,000.00 per year so we have to sail when it is cheapest, not when we desire. We're smack dab in the middle of hurricane season but we figured so what; they'll reroute the trip to save our hides . We don't sail for a destination but to get away from life's stresses.
Really good information on booking alaska. Our averaged out to 1200/pp and I guess for Alaska, that was about right. I figured 5 months was enough advanced notice but I guess I need to do the 1 yr advance purchase attempt on future cruises. My biggest delimma is that I usually have to book when kids are out of school and that usually puts me right in the middle of peak prices. Besides leaving kids at home, does anyone else have any other advice? Outside of being risky, has anyone ever booked at the very last minute a cruise? If so, how would you get documents done and back to you?
Just booked the Serenade of the Seas for the November 8th Souther Carribean Sailing. We got a C Cabin (Superior Ocean View Suite with Balcony) for what came out to be 675.00 per person (4 of us in the cabin) total with tax fees and port charges was $2706.00. We got it through **Agency name deleted** If you know exactly what you want this is a great way to go. They only take reservations and questions via the net no phone calls. All deposits are made by them directly with the cruise line so you are free to call the cruise line to verify reciept of deposit and payment. It was nice to save the extra money. Plus they will credit you if the price goes down before final payment is made and in some cases even after depending on the cruise lines policy.
Just got a quote from **Agency name deleted** (thanks, Cheryl!) for 4 adults (actually, 2 adults, 2 teens) in an inside stateroom on Navigator for the Eastern Caribbean for a total of $2,466 (or $616.50 per person on average), inclusive of ALL port charges, government fees, ticketing fees, ticket mailing fees, and taxes.
Last Thanksgiving we got a ten day Hawaiian Cruise aboard the Infinity from Honolulu (had to fly there) for $500 per person and that included port charges but not taxes. The whole bill for the two of us was $1,036 total (inside cabin.) Spent six days at four islands and four days at sea going to Ensenada.
It was 55+ senior, adult only cruise and the offer came with only two weeks notice.
The airfare to Honolulu was three hundred something per person one way and that was extra.
Great way to see Hawaii.
I reask this question. For last minute cruises that sail within two weeks, how do you get documents back in time? Is this a good way to get a great price without booking 12 months in advance. I am looking forward to my cruise in June but I cannot go through anticipating it for a year again. Too much buildup...
Some cruise lines hold your documents at the port for you and you pick them up at the sailing time. I'm not sure about all of them. Ask each cruise line that you may be considering. They may even ship them overnight air.
I think you also asked once about cruising with kids regarding school time. My daughter is a really good student and her school encourages the kids to keep journals to share once they return from their vacation. No matter where we go on vacation it has almost always been during the school year because that's when my husband can get away. We turn every vacation into a learning experience. She studies in advance about the area we will visit. She learns about the language, the food, the geography, the culture, the religions, the architecture, the currency, you name it . It has widened her acceptance of all things different. She has now traveled as a student ambassador to other nations for extended trips to learn more and often provides stories to our local newspaper about her travel destinations.
Regarding last-minute cruises, I'm not sure it's a given that you'll get a better price than if you'd booked it many months ago.
For example, I requested quotes from cruisequick.com for a cruise in 2 weeks, a cruise in 2 months, and a cruise in 12 months. The best price was on the cruise 12 months from now, next best was 2 months out, worst was 2 weeks out. The difference between the 12 months and 2 months was negligible (around $24 total for a family of 4 in 2 inside staterooms). But the point is still well taken. The conventional wisdom that the closer the cruise, the better the price isn't necessarily true.
The quotes I requested kept all variables the same, except the sail date, so as to be able to compare apples to apples.
Let me be more specific. Vision of the seas, july sailing. 525 pp four people, 2 inside adjoining cabins, midship. Peak season.Just what we needed for our school age kids. We've gotten a lot of good deals on **Agency name deleted**We even booked our hotel pre-cruise and saved over 80.00 off the lowest expedia rate.