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Old 07-06-2017, 09:04 AM   #41
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Today the price is $1299

Of course for a TA, where there is nothing but water to see, is a balcony all that nice ?

I've never had a balcony.


The thing I like about balconies is having the door open for fresh air at night.

However, I did just book an inside cabin for a 13 day Rome to Puerto Rico since it was only $601 (per person including all taxes and fees).
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Old 07-06-2017, 09:14 AM   #42
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The thing I like about balconies is having the door open for fresh air at night.

However, I did just book an inside cabin for a 13 day Rome to Puerto Rico since it was only $601 (per person including all taxes and fees).
Did you watch the price on your cruise for a while? It's 122 days from now and already deeply discounted! Wow!

Are you into UK p oli tics? Do you know who Sir Tony Brenton is?
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No just was trying to get home from a Europe trip and saw this deal. No idea about sir T.
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A couple Fall westbound transatlantics we're (loosely) monitoring, both from Civitavecchia, are the Westerdam and the Jewel of the Seas.........travel is dependent upon the health of DW's parents, so would not be booked far in advance, (and if price/availability aren't suitable, would not be booked at all).
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Carnival has a 6-day from Charleston SC to Bermuda in September-- it would be our first Cruise and it would be to the Island of our Honeymoon those many years ago.

1-- best to go thru Carnival website directly ?? Not a Travel Agency ??
How close to sailing day should you wait to book it ??
Any Discounts for Carnival Shareholders ?? (DW has holdings -- I'll check into this.) Go ahead and book it now. Wait and you might be out of luck. Look online for Ann Kent at Avoya Travel--a fabulous cruise specialist.

2-- Best Cabin Locations are exterior, near the center of the ship ?? Interior Cabins is not preferred on a 6 day cruise ?? Too far fore or aft is a no go ?? We don't care much about inside/outside. We prefer to be close to the elevators that take us to the pool--or dinner. It all comes down to price.

3-- Jacket for Dinner on the ship ?? Just one night or all Dinners ?? Ships dining is getting more informal all the time. I usually wear business casual nights and take 1 dress shirt and a sport coat--for my wife.

Never been on a Cruise before, these are my Novice questions. You better get moving, as cruises are the best bargain in travel. That's even more important in places like Scandinavia/Baltics.
I cannot get my wife to quit trolling for inexpensive cruises. I'm tired of Mexico and been to the Caribbean so many times. Done St. Petersburg and also the Greece/Turkey cruises. She just comes up with bargains too good to believe--and turn down. 4/2017 13 day cruise to Europe was $40 each per day--all inclusive.
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We are taking a cruise from Boston to 2 ports in Maine and then to Nova Scotia. I am really looking forward to it in Sept. BM, where is your wife finding all these deals?
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I cannot get my wife to quit trolling for inexpensive cruises. I'm tired of Mexico and been to the Caribbean so many times. Done St. Petersburg and also the Greece/Turkey cruises. She just comes up with bargains too good to believe--and turn down. 4/2017 13 day cruise to Europe was $40 each per day--all inclusive.
I have only been on a couple of cruises.... but for that I would go just to go sailing... I will eat more than that!!!

But, it is always the 'extras' that add up... DW wants more wine than we can bring... and will get a drink or two... OR, spend big money for unlimited drinks!!! Plus tips etc..... and it adds up...
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We are taking a cruise from Boston to 2 ports in Maine and then to Nova Scotia. I am really looking forward to it in Sept. BM, where is your wife finding all these deals?
You can use VacationsToGo.com and select transatlantic under "cruise regions"
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I cannot get my wife to quit trolling for inexpensive cruises. I'm tired of Mexico and been to the Caribbean so many times. Done St. Petersburg and also the Greece/Turkey cruises. She just comes up with bargains too good to believe--and turn down. 4/2017 13 day cruise to Europe was $40 each per day--all inclusive.
I like to do that with unsold event tickets. If we didn't have a pet we usually take with us on trips, I would probably do the same thing for cruises or longer vacations.
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Today the price is $1299

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Today it is $1,499

Interesting how it pops up and down..
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MSC is bringing their brand new ship from the Med around 12/1 for the winter season--located out of Miami. MSC's only got one other ship operating in the Caribbean out of Miami.

They're also bringing another ship from the Med to be based in Martinique, and I assume it's intended for European cruisers.

But check out their 7 and 8 day sailings out of Miami for December off weeks. Ridiculously cheap.
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Today it is $1,499

Interesting how it pops up and down..
It does seem erratic in the shorter term, in the longer term, it's downward. One issue was my error, quoting the cheapest room vs a balcony, but here are the balcony quotes from VTG that I pasted and saved:

6/5: $1,731
6/25: $1,562
6/27: $1,634
7/1: $1,562
7/10: $1,465 (60 days out)
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We always book a balcony cabin, usually balcony gty. We have found our sweet spot for pricing to be from final payment date (anywhere from 60-75 days out depending on cruise line/itinerary) to 45/50 days out.

We have done a few between 3 and 14 days out as well. We sometimes buy them when we are in the middle or at the end of an independent land trip. If we are easy reach of a departure port we often scan for late booking offers.
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One day I hope to be like you, hehe! I have always had the return trip booked before leaving home. If there were several options, and I was going to spend long enough traveling, I could see waiting.

Was the sweet spot because you just wanted to lock in a specific room, or was it that the price was done falling?

On a ship like the Regal with all outside rooms having balconies, I figure it's unlikely that I'll get stuck on an inside or be forced to select a more expensive room, like a mini suite. But if that happens, I'm ok with it.
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Sweet spot for us is price. As long as we get a balcony we are happy. We would also consider an oceanview if the pricing was extremely attractive. If we snag a cruise while doing a land trip it is fine, also fine if we do not. Our plans are generally very flexible.

We have found on the last few that the price difference between balcany and oceanview has been minimal.

I cannot sleep in an inside cabin. Shame, because that is where the absolute best offers are.

We usually do either open jaw flights or one ways. Some recent air pricing for us has been incredibly attractive. Recently booked an open jaw. Fly to Singapore in Jan, fly home from Manila in March. The rest is TBD apart from knowing that most of our time will be spent in Thailand and Philippines. We will book hotels etc for our first three or four days, then do it on the fly based on where we decide to go. We have a general idea but it is always subject to change.

We switched to this mode of travel, and away from a complete schedule prior to departure (as in pre retirement) when we started doing one ways and open jaws. It works for us but it is not for everyone. It is completely counter to our pre retirement work/life habits but I have to say that we have adjusted easily and completely.
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Sweet spot for us is price. As long as we get a balcony we are happy. We would also consider an oceanview if the pricing was extremely attractive. If we snag a cruise while doing a land trip it is fine, also fine if we do not. Our plans are generally very flexible.

We have found on the last few that the price difference between balcany and oceanview has been minimal.

I cannot sleep in an inside cabin. Shame, because that is where the absolute best offers are.

We usually do either open jaw flights or one ways. Some recent air pricing for us has been incredibly attractive. Recently booked an open jaw. Fly to Singapore in Jan, fly home from Manila in March. The rest is TBD apart from knowing that most of our time will be spent in Thailand and Philippines. We will book hotels etc for our first three or four days, then do it on the fly based on where we decide to go. We have a general idea but it is always subject to change.

We switched to this mode of travel, and away from a complete schedule prior to departure (as in pre retirement) when we started doing one ways and open jaws. It works for us but it is not for everyone. It is completely counter to our pre retirement work/life habits but I have to say that we have adjusted easily and completely.


Cool. I would like to transition to this flexible way of traveling. Have you ever not been able to stay in an area because all accommodations were booked? Any other tips/advice about adjusting to a more flexible travel style?
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I don't like inside cabins either. It's like being in a cave and you lose all track of time. But it's really good to stick the kids in one. You just have to wake them up or they will sleep to noon. On many cruises, those cabins go real fast. Great bargain, but not for us. We stick with balconys these days. When we were young, we just did ocean view, sometimes with a restricted view, but most had large windows, not portholes. Can't imagine what that was like.
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I don't like inside cabins either. It's like being in a cave and you lose all track of time. But it's really good to stick the kids in one. You just have to wake them up or they will sleep to noon. On many cruises, those cabins go real fast. Great bargain, but not for us. We stick with balconys these days. When we were young, we just did ocean view, sometimes with a restricted view, but most had large windows, not portholes. Can't imagine what that was like.
We are going to try a balcony next Spring, previously we had inside and porthole. I like the inside as it's dark, easy to sleep.
Once we get up, we are out of the room all day, so I fear our balcony will not be used much..
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While we've 'splurged' for the occasional oceanview/porthole cabin we've never had a balcony..........come to think of it I don't even know if any of the ships we sail on even have/had them......I do know that practically all, if not all, the vessels we'd vehemently shun have them though.
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We do either oceanview or inside depending on the price. WE are only in our room to sleep or shower.
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