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I've noticed several discussions regarding increasing prices within the cruise industry, partuclarly RCI. I've been part of that discussion. But I discovered something today that might help others justify their expenses, or decission to cruise.

My wife & I are are taking the family (6) this summer for a week on MOS to the Caribbean, for approx $6000, a cost of about $165 p/person, p/day.

Today, I looked at just the two of us taking a few days next week in the Bahamas, thought we could use a late winter break. I was astounded to find that a flight, (from Maryland), and 4 nights in a hotel was $3500. That comes to $437 p/person, p/day...and does not include food, entertainment, etc...which the cruise does include.

It really makes it hard to argue against a cruise vacation

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cruises are MOST DEFINITELY the cheapest way to go!!

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Priced out Cancun and Disney both would cost me more money then a cruise!
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I agree, cruise prices are definitely on the rise but still a much better value than land vacations and 10 times more relaxing IMO.

Just yesterday I was discussing the fares I paid on the MOS in Dec 2004 (830 pp) and Mar 2006 (860 pp) for a balcony. My mother and sister departed yesterday and paid $1140 pp for a D3. Huge jump over this same time two years ago but still can't beat it in the end.

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There is tremendous value in a cruise. Destinations, food and entertainment all contribute. No phone, fax or email for a week is as they say "priceless"
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If you can cruise off season the rates are cheap. I'm restricted now to cruising summer or spring break where the rates are the highest.


My Liberty cruise for a week in the summer is $1099.

and here are some Liberty rates for the fall!

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Ports of Call: Miami, Florida | San Juan, Puerto Rico | Philipsburg, St. Maarten | Labadee, Haiti

September 13 649 USD
September 27 649 USD
October 11 699 USD
October 25 699 USD


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This is my reply on aother forum, but it makes sense for this topic as well:

On average I book no more than 2 months in advance, I guess my vacationing is border line spur of the moment . =) However, I am actually planning one for October, but its expensive, so I need to save the $$$ ... which I probably will book 2 months before as well! The price usually goes down towards the last few months though which is great!

I went on an 11 night caribbean over Christmas- 12 days for ONLY $599 per person!! WOW! it might as well been freeee lol You cannot beat that! I actually stalked the pricing, I watched it daily... it dropped little by little, finally when I knew there were just a few rooms left- I booked it!!!
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I agree. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE CRUISING, don't get me wrong, it's my favorite vacation.......obviously, i go on one a year at least. But, I'm trying to save money here lately, so I thought "maybe going somewhere like disney or the beach would be cheaper this year" - nope, cruise is still such a good bargain. You just can't pass it up. And, it's a great time. I couldn't pay thousands to go to disney when i could be having fun for less on a cruise :-) We decided to go earlier this year (may vs. july) and saved a couple hundred. You can save a lot by going in sept. :-)

And, evidently, STAY AWAY FROM THE PHOTO GALLERY to have a somewhat frugal vacation. :-)
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Unfortunetly after my bar bill is included, a cruise vacation is about equal to an all inclusive land vacation. (Although I have 5 x more fun on a cruise)
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I agree completely...... cruising is the best value for your money...... plus all the intangiles....no phones, unpacking just once, the sea air, the relaxation, etc. Plus, since I'm diabetic, my bar bills are negligible !
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especially with inlaws along.... things will keep them busy, and they can't call easily and find you; and it's not like they'll get lost or starve
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You can find some great prices in September, but we all know the weather in the Caribbean can be a little "iffy". We did the Western Carribean once in Sept. but didn't get to go to Grand Cayman. With 10-12 ft. waves, the tender boats couldn't be safely used, so we ended up with an extra day at sea. Yeah, a disappointment, be we still had fun.
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I've noticed several discussions regarding increasing prices within the cruise industry, partuclarly RCI. I've been part of that discussion. But I discovered something today that might help others justify their expenses, or decission to cruise.

My wife & I are are taking the family (6) this summer for a week on MOS to the Caribbean, for approx $6000, a cost of about $165 p/person, p/day.

Today, I looked at just the two of us taking a few days next week in the Bahamas, thought we could use a late winter break. I was astounded to find that a flight, (from Maryland), and 4 nights in a hotel was $3500. That comes to $437 p/person, p/day...and does not include food, entertainment, etc...which the cruise does include.

It really makes it hard to argue against a cruise vacation

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Very true. Also, if the economy isn't doing so hot the next few months and ships aren't filling up, I would guess there may be some great deals to be had!
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I think going to a resort (all inclusive) for a week, is MUCH cheaper than a cruise. No doubt about it.
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This message is for "Animal Rights" - how do you "stalk the pricing" and watch it daily to reduce in price. That would be something I would like to try since I plan on doing many more cruises in the future. Thank you.
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Me, too, TheDeb, me, too.
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I think going to a resort (all inclusive) for a week, is MUCH cheaper than a cruise. No doubt about it.
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Yeah, I'm sure you can find an AI cheap, but in my exprience so is the food and service. Like a poster above, we took the Southern Caribbean for 12 days for $599. You cannot beat that. I personally would be bored to tears sitting in one spot for a week now. When you include thousands of miles of travel, seeing new and interesting ports in a variety of countries, excellent food and service, a cruise wins hands down. The 'MUCH cheaper' you state might apply if it included air fare. The overall cost of a cruise varies with your proximity to a port. Although we are thousands of miles from most ports, I wouldn't trade cruising for AI anytime. The heavy drinkers and big spenders on board ship spend much more. That is why a cruise is cheap for us. We are essentially non-drinkers. I don't want to pay for everyone else's free drinks at an AI either.
Perhaps you need to check out more on-line cruise travel agencies for better prices. I watch carefully for the best deal available.
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I think going to a resort (all inclusive) for a week, is MUCH cheaper than a cruise. No doubt about it.
This may be true... but let's look at this from another perspective.
My cruise is taking me from Miami to San Juan then to St Thomas
then off to St Maarten and finally back to Miami over 8 days.
The base cost of this cruise comes out to $618.
I don't have to outline everything that comes with that on a cruise.

Buying airline tickets to the same destinations over the course of
8 days on American Airlines comes to a cost of $735 and the only thing
THAT comes with is gambling (on lost luggage!).

I agree that nothing compares to a cruise vacation especially if cost
is a determining factor.
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You can still book way in advance. If prices go up, yours don't. If prices go down (you have to watch them), your fare is discounted. Many people on other boards I am on watch them all the time, there are all sorta special savings on RCCL's website - I think the coupons change the 1st of every month. All you do it print them, fax them, or call your TA - and your price is dropped. RCCL rarely if ever applies deals only to new bookings.


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This is my reply on aother forum, but it makes sense for this topic as well:

On average I book no more than 2 months in advance, I guess my vacationing is border line spur of the moment . =) However, I am actually planning one for October, but its expensive, so I need to save the $$$ ... which I probably will book 2 months before as well! The price usually goes down towards the last few months though which is great!

I went on an 11 night caribbean over Christmas- 12 days for ONLY $599 per person!! WOW! it might as well been freeee lol You cannot beat that! I actually stalked the pricing, I watched it daily... it dropped little by little, finally when I knew there were just a few rooms left- I booked it!!!
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