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Matt Karp March 1st, 2005 03:41 PM

back-to-back cruising ?
Has anyone booked back to back cruises? We are considering the Enchantment member cruise and the week after for next January - different ports and it will cost less than a 10-nighter! Any advice? Did you have to leave the ship? Did you get off to do laundry? Is there any discount pricing for this? Thanks.

CruzCrazy March 2nd, 2005 09:21 PM

Re: back-to-back cruising ?
I'm doing a back to back in December on the Jewel.

You don't have to leave the ship unless you want to . You will have to get a new sea pass card, but there should be instructions on what you will have to do. I was told you don't have to actually get off the ship, but a representative will take you to get your new sea pass card with a new picture. You don't have to wait on line again.

I assume you may have to settle your sea pass bill and start all over again for the second part.

They treat each cruise as a separate cruise. I did not get a discount for booking two cruises at once.

The only difference is you can book the same room and only have to pack and unpack once.

RCL doesn't have any self laundry on board, but they do have a laundry service for a fee. I don't know of any place at the Ft. Lauderdale port where there's a laundry facility. You would have to take a taxi into Ft. Lauderdale to do that. It would be cheaper to do it on RCL.

I'm looking forward to my first back to back. Too bad our friends will not be joining us as well.

Sparky March 3rd, 2005 10:50 AM

Re: back-to-back cruising ?
They escort you off the ship to check in on the pier for your second leg. They do take you to the head of the line though.

Josie March 3rd, 2005 02:50 PM

Re: Re: back-to-back cruising ?
we did a back to back 2 years ago - didn't have to get off unless we wanted to. We didn't really enjoy it that much - all the dinner menus and all the shows were the same for both weeks. I'd prefer a 10-12 day cruise myself. You really got no "recognition" for the back to back in terms of pricing, gifts, parties, etc.

CA Cruiser March 3rd, 2005 03:10 PM

Re: back-to-back cruising ?
Josie, that's what we were worried about doing a back to back on the same ship but different itineraries. We were entertaining the idea of back to back cruising but changing ships sailing from the same port. We'd have to pack then unpack and do some laundry. Or even change ports that are close by, ie Port Canaveral and Ft Lauderdale. Maybe even Saturday to Saturday, change ships then Sunday to Sunday. Make sense? Has anyone done this?

Josie March 4th, 2005 07:20 AM

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that sounds like a great plan to me. You could even go Sat to Sat and switch ships for another Sat to Sat so you wouldn't have to go to a hotel for a night.

In my mind, there's really no benefit to back to back except for the packing situation, but I'd prefer a 12 day over a back to back.

rkamen March 4th, 2005 09:21 AM

Re: back-to-back cruising ?
I have never done a back-to-back, but have spoken to quite a few folks that have.

It is true that if you stay on the same ship - you will get the same dining room menu's and the same shows for the second week. What some people do is pace themsleves, so they do some shows and some alternate dining during week 1, and then do other shows andother dining routines the 2nd week.

Personally, if I ever did a back-to-back, I'd change ships in either the same port, or one close by and start all over again. It is more of a pain - but I think staying on the same ship and reliving the same food and entertainment would be boring.

Best of all - book a cruise longer than a week - say anything from 10 to 14 days long. That way you stay on one ship, and all the ameneties onbaord are geared for the longer period of time. That is what we do. Never book just a 7 day cruise. Too much packing and traveling, and the trip goes too fast. We always do 10 days or longer.

Just my opinion.

Matt Karp March 4th, 2005 06:24 PM

Re: back-to-back cruising ?
Great tips everyone! For the past few years, we've wanted to try a C & A member cruise. Next January, the member cruise is on Enchantment of the Seas, which I'd really like to check out after it gets strechted. It's a five night cruise, which is too short, so I thought a back-to-back would work well. The itineraries change from week to week, so there will be some variety in the ports. Also, other members of the family will be coming along for the first leg, so the second week we'll be on our own.

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