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#21
Triangle area, NC
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Another benefit of a shorter cruise to test out a ship is that, if the line offers a discount for on-board bookings, you can book the world cruise while on the shorter cruise and get the discount. Some will even let you take the discount if you’ve already booked the world cruise, provided your category isn’t sold out. I’ve done this twice, and it more than paid for the shorter cruise.
#22
Austin, Texas
332 Posts
Joined Mar 2006
Originally posted by Go-Bucks!
My friend and I did alot of research a year ago before booking our 2019 RTW cruise. We checked out all the lines that do world cruises and compared them for itinerary, direction of sailing, ships and types of cabins, ship culture, cost, included amenities, and ratio of port days to sea days.

Itinerary is most important to us, including which ports, direction (we wanted a westerly cruise) and more port days than sea days. 1 or 2 overnights in ports was a plus too.

Cost was also a big factor because we're just middle income retired nurses - not wealthy by any stretch of the imagination. We wanted a balcony (we enjoy spending time there), so we compared similar cabins on the different cruiselines. Along with this comparison, we noted which amenities were offered on each line and what services/amenities we would need for a long cruise. We found that most of the cheapest prices naturally came with fewer amenities (and usually more sea days than port days). So, we came up with an estimated cost of the amenities that we needed and added that on to the price of cruises that didn't include them.

Size of the ship really didn't make a difference to us, but it is nice that small ships can go to more ports. One thing we've grown tired of is formal nights and a formal ship culture. We were able to eliminate several lines based on a desire for a more casual experience. Since we are taking this cruise to see the world, we wanted port days to be at least 50% or more of the total days.

So.....after collecting all this data we chose Oceania. The cost was higher than others, but included amenities that were valuable to us: first class roundtrip airfare, 1-night precruise hotel stay, roundtrip transfers, 36 excursions per person, prepaid gratuities, onboard medical care, unlimited internet, unlimited laundry service, shoreside events in 5 ports, visa package, 8 daily complimentary fitness classes, art studio, all non-alcoholic beverages around the ship and in cabin refrigerator, no charge for specialty restaurants and luggage delivery service. None of these depends on what type of cabin you get. We will travel westerly and have a ratio of 60% port days to 40% sea days. 12 ports have 1 or 2 overnights. Will be gone for 161 days.

We will get quite a bit of OBC too - $3,000 each from our TA, $250pp from Oceania, $230pp spa credit, and I get $250 from owning NCL stock.

Hope that helps others who are also trying to choose a world cruise. No matter what, I'm sure we'll all come home with memories to last a lifetime!
You did EXCELLENT research and it sounds like you had a good TA. May I ask for the TAs contact information? Thanks
#23
South Carolina
680 Posts
Joined Feb 2007
Originally posted by cruise-bunny
You did EXCELLENT research and it sounds like you had a good TA. May I ask for the TAs contact information? Thanks
It's against forum rules to post TA info. And, this forum does not have a PM feature. So you're kinda stuck unless one of you posts an email.....
#24
Albuquerque, NM
7,683 Posts
Joined May 2003
Originally posted by sjde
Any comments about Cunard?
Hi Sue,

After all our research, we booked with Cunard. Dollar for dollar, this seemed like the best option. We had a booking with Oceania, but were placed on "wait list" and after a couple of months, I just cancelled that booking. We love the food on Oceania, but their older small ships are very slow (18 knots max) and have old technology (no azipods). They do more ports, which is nice.

Many people are intimidated by the formal nature of Cunard, but it does set an old school feel to their cruises. We find that dressing formal is not that cumbersome and like most things, we make it fun. There is much more going on as the ships are larger, newer, and offer additional venues compared to the smaller ships.

Our world cruise came in at less than $160 pp per day, which fits our limited budget well. We could never afford the luxury lines, and are usually limited to inside cabins, so it came down to Cunard or HAL. We have much more experience with HAL (ten cruises), compared to Cunard (two cruises), but have had issues with the older fleet of Holland America. (A/C problems; cabin quality...,). Not a deal breaker, but we got a much better price on Cunard.

Enjoy!
Kel
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Future Cruises: Celebrity Equinox (10/2018), RCL's Empress of the Seas (10/2018), RCL's Harmony of the Seas (10/2018), Adventure of the Seas (11/2018), HAL's Eurodam (12/2018), Cunard Victoria (WC, 02/2019), Cunard Queen Mary 2 (TA, 4/2019), MSC Meraviglia YC (11/2019), Crystal Symphony (11/2019), Celebrity Edge (11/2019), and HAL's Nieuw Statendam (12/2019).
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Past Cruises:
Celebrity -- Horizon (‘93), Galaxy (‘97), Zenith (‘98), Constellation (‘02), Century (‘02), Millennium (‘03), Summit (‘04), Mercury (‘05), Galaxy (‘05), Century (‘06), Millennium (‘06) , Constellation (‘08), Constellation (‘08), Solstice (‘09), Solstice (‘10), Eclipse (‘11), Summit (‘11), Millennium (‘11), Silhouette ('12), Silhouette ('12), Silhouette ('13), Infinity ('13), Infinity ('13), Century ('13), Century ('14), Eclipse ('14), Reflection ('15), Equinox ('15), and the Equinox ('17) (29 cruises)
Holland America -- Veendam (‘03), Volendam (‘04), Zuiderdam (‘05), Westerdam (‘06), Maasdam (‘07), Maasdam (‘07), Westerdam (‘08), Maasdam (‘09), Nieuw Amsterdam (‘11), and the Westerdam ('16) (10 cruises)
Royal Caribbean -- Rhapsody of the Seas (‘01), Voyager of the Seas (‘02), Splendor of the Seas (‘02), Grandeur of the Seas (‘04), Vision of the Seas (‘04), Radiance of the Seas (‘09), Allure of the Seas ('12), Navigator of the Seas ('14), Anthem of the Seas ('15), and Liberty of the Seas ('18) (10 cruises)
NCL -- Starward (‘78), Norwegian Dream (‘95), Norweigan Sea (‘01), NCL Jewel ('15), NCL Jade ('16), Getaway ('17), Escape ('17), Pearl ('17), and the Pearl ('17) (9 cruises)
Princess -- Star Princess (‘03), Caribbean Princess (‘05), and the Golden Princess ('13) (3 cruises)
Azamara -- Journey (‘07) Oceania -- Regatta (‘09) Cunard -- Queen Mary 2 (‘10), and Queen Mary 2 ('13) MSC -- Seaside YC ('18)
Sitmar -- Fairsea (‘82)

(559 days total)
#25
USA
5,475 Posts
Joined Jun 2007
Originally posted by kelmac
We love the food on Oceania, but their older small ships are very slow (18 knots max) and have old technology (no azipods).

Why would this be a criteria for not sailing on a ship?? Apparently it was ok with you when you originally booked the Oceania world cruise.

Many people are intimidated by the formal nature of Cunard, but it does set an old school feel to their cruises.
Can you sail on Cunard and not dress formally? Can't imagine why not. Would they make you walk the plank??

As far as the real total cost of a world cruise, the base cruise fare is just the start. You also need to add the cost of the many things that you'll need while traveling for months.....laundry, medical care, internet, excursions, visas, luggage delivery, taxes/fees, gratuities, OBC, airfare, etc. Some cruiselines include these things in the base cruise fare and others don't, so you'll need to add them onto the base fare if not included.
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Oceania Insignia 1-2019 (World Cruise - 161 days)
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Oceania Insignia 12-2017 (Cuba - 7 days)
Regal Princess 11-2017 (Western Caribbean - 7 days)
Caribbean Princess 3-2017 (Southern Caribbean - 8 days)
Celebrity Silhouette 8-2016 (British Isles, Guernsey, Belgium, Amsterdam - 14 days)
Grand Princess 11-2015 (Hawaii - 15 days)

Celebrity Infinity 10-2014 (TA - England, Azores, Bermuda, Bahamas - 14 days)
Celebrity Reflection 3-2014 (Eastern Caribbean - 7 days)
Crown Princess 7-2013 (Baltics/Russia - 14 days)
Emerald Princess 3-2012 (Eastern Caribbean - 10 days)
Caribbean Princess 6-2011 (Canada/New England - 9 days)
Crown Princess 9-2010 (TA - British Isles, Iceland, Greenland, Canada - 14 days)
Coral Princess 12-2008 (Full Panama Canal, Central America, Mexico - 14 days)
Sun Princess 9-2007 (Alaska - 7 days)
Carnival Paradise 9-2003 (Western Caribbean - 7 days)
Carnival Fantasy 1-1990 (Bahamas - 4 days)
Carnival Holiday 12-1989 (Western Caribbean - 7 days)

#26
Denver, CO
1,061 Posts
Joined Jan 2003
Well there's always the buffet option I suppose.
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Premier Cruise Line, The Big Red Boat, Bahamas. 6/90
HAL Maasdam , Alaska, 9/03
RCCL Jewel, New England/Canada, 10/04
RCCL, Vision, Mexican Riviera, 3/07
Celebrity, Constellation, Eastern /Southern Caribbean, 12/07
Azamara Journey, Western Mediterranean, 11/08
Celebrity Solstice, Eastern Med, 11/09
AMA Amacello, Danube, Nuremberg to Budapest, 10/10
Emerald Princess, Caribbean, 3/11
AMA Amadolce, Rhine-Luxembourg to Amsterdam, 6/12
Grand Circle, Danube Christmas Markets, Vienna to Nuremberg, 11/12
Azamara Quest, French Riviera, Barcelona to Nice, 4/13
HAL Maasdam, Canada/NE, 6/13
Oceania Marina, Barcelona to Barcelona, 11/13
RCCL Freedom, Eastern Caribbean, 6/14
NCL Breakaway , Bermuda, 9/14
Grand Circle , Christmas Markets on the Rhine, Strasbourg to Amsterdam, 11/14
RCCL Brilliance , Baltic , 7/2018
#27
Albuquerque, NM
7,683 Posts
Joined May 2003
Originally posted by Go-Bucks!
Can you sail on Cunard and not dress formally? Can't imagine why not. Would they make you walk the plank??

As far as the real total cost of a world cruise, the base cruise fare is just the start. You also need to add the cost of the many things that you'll need while traveling for months.....laundry, medical care, internet, excursions, visas, luggage delivery, taxes/fees, gratuities, OBC, airfare, etc. Some cruiselines include these things in the base cruise fare and others don't, so you'll need to add them onto the base fare if not included.
Hi GB,

We originally booked Oceania -- New York to Sydney for a great price. We were going to pick up a different ship to complete the route, but like I said, we were wait-listed and the price was really climbing -- didn't think they would ever move us off that list. We've cruised two different R-class ships and they are fine for port intensive cruises, but not ideal for the open ocean.

We booked "cruise only" with Oceania because all of their perks do not merit their larger price tag. On Cunard we got free gratuities and $750 ship board credit, all for $157 dollars per person per night. I would much rather have Oceania food, but Cunard is similar to HAL in that department. HAL would have been our second choice.

We will do the formal thing to eat in the dining room, as Cunard's buffet is less than stellar. Hard to do Cunard and not dress up.

Enjoy!
Kel
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Future Cruises: Celebrity Equinox (10/2018), RCL's Empress of the Seas (10/2018), RCL's Harmony of the Seas (10/2018), Adventure of the Seas (11/2018), HAL's Eurodam (12/2018), Cunard Victoria (WC, 02/2019), Cunard Queen Mary 2 (TA, 4/2019), MSC Meraviglia YC (11/2019), Crystal Symphony (11/2019), Celebrity Edge (11/2019), and HAL's Nieuw Statendam (12/2019).
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Past Cruises:
Celebrity -- Horizon (‘93), Galaxy (‘97), Zenith (‘98), Constellation (‘02), Century (‘02), Millennium (‘03), Summit (‘04), Mercury (‘05), Galaxy (‘05), Century (‘06), Millennium (‘06) , Constellation (‘08), Constellation (‘08), Solstice (‘09), Solstice (‘10), Eclipse (‘11), Summit (‘11), Millennium (‘11), Silhouette ('12), Silhouette ('12), Silhouette ('13), Infinity ('13), Infinity ('13), Century ('13), Century ('14), Eclipse ('14), Reflection ('15), Equinox ('15), and the Equinox ('17) (29 cruises)
Holland America -- Veendam (‘03), Volendam (‘04), Zuiderdam (‘05), Westerdam (‘06), Maasdam (‘07), Maasdam (‘07), Westerdam (‘08), Maasdam (‘09), Nieuw Amsterdam (‘11), and the Westerdam ('16) (10 cruises)
Royal Caribbean -- Rhapsody of the Seas (‘01), Voyager of the Seas (‘02), Splendor of the Seas (‘02), Grandeur of the Seas (‘04), Vision of the Seas (‘04), Radiance of the Seas (‘09), Allure of the Seas ('12), Navigator of the Seas ('14), Anthem of the Seas ('15), and Liberty of the Seas ('18) (10 cruises)
NCL -- Starward (‘78), Norwegian Dream (‘95), Norweigan Sea (‘01), NCL Jewel ('15), NCL Jade ('16), Getaway ('17), Escape ('17), Pearl ('17), and the Pearl ('17) (9 cruises)
Princess -- Star Princess (‘03), Caribbean Princess (‘05), and the Golden Princess ('13) (3 cruises)
Azamara -- Journey (‘07) Oceania -- Regatta (‘09) Cunard -- Queen Mary 2 (‘10), and Queen Mary 2 ('13) MSC -- Seaside YC ('18)
Sitmar -- Fairsea (‘82)

(559 days total)
#28
USA
5,475 Posts
Joined Jun 2007
Originally posted by kelmac
R-class ships and they are fine for port intensive cruises, but not ideal for the open ocean.


We sailed on Insignia in December and it did fine on the ocean. It has stabilizers.


We booked "cruise only" with Oceania because all of their perks do not merit their larger price tag.


Actually they do....because you are going to have to spend money to buy them on other ships or on your own.



On Cunard we got free gratuities and $750 ship board credit, all for $157 dollars per person per night.


Is that for an inside cabin? An inside cabin on O is $36,000....minus the $19,000 in perks equals $17,000. Divide that by 180 days and the daily cost is $94.

We compared 10 cruiselines for a world cruise. The total value of the included perks from Oceania made the real cost much cheaper than appears at face value. You have to compare apples to apples.

Have fun on your cruise!!
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Oceania Insignia 1-2019 (World Cruise - 161 days)
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Oceania Insignia 12-2017 (Cuba - 7 days)
Regal Princess 11-2017 (Western Caribbean - 7 days)
Caribbean Princess 3-2017 (Southern Caribbean - 8 days)
Celebrity Silhouette 8-2016 (British Isles, Guernsey, Belgium, Amsterdam - 14 days)
Grand Princess 11-2015 (Hawaii - 15 days)

Celebrity Infinity 10-2014 (TA - England, Azores, Bermuda, Bahamas - 14 days)
Celebrity Reflection 3-2014 (Eastern Caribbean - 7 days)
Crown Princess 7-2013 (Baltics/Russia - 14 days)
Emerald Princess 3-2012 (Eastern Caribbean - 10 days)
Caribbean Princess 6-2011 (Canada/New England - 9 days)
Crown Princess 9-2010 (TA - British Isles, Iceland, Greenland, Canada - 14 days)
Coral Princess 12-2008 (Full Panama Canal, Central America, Mexico - 14 days)
Sun Princess 9-2007 (Alaska - 7 days)
Carnival Paradise 9-2003 (Western Caribbean - 7 days)
Carnival Fantasy 1-1990 (Bahamas - 4 days)
Carnival Holiday 12-1989 (Western Caribbean - 7 days)

#29
Albuquerque, NM
7,683 Posts
Joined May 2003
Originally posted by Go-Bucks!
We compared 10 cruiselines for a world cruise. The total value of the included perks from Oceania made the real cost much cheaper than appears at face value. You have to compare apples to apples.

Have fun on your cruise!!
Is that for an inside cabin? An inside cabin on O is $36,000....minus the $19,000 in perks equals $17,000. Divide that by 180 days and the daily cost is $94.


No way the perks equal $17,000.



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Future Cruises: Celebrity Equinox (10/2018), RCL's Empress of the Seas (10/2018), RCL's Harmony of the Seas (10/2018), Adventure of the Seas (11/2018), HAL's Eurodam (12/2018), Cunard Victoria (WC, 02/2019), Cunard Queen Mary 2 (TA, 4/2019), MSC Meraviglia YC (11/2019), Crystal Symphony (11/2019), Celebrity Edge (11/2019), and HAL's Nieuw Statendam (12/2019).
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Past Cruises:
Celebrity -- Horizon (‘93), Galaxy (‘97), Zenith (‘98), Constellation (‘02), Century (‘02), Millennium (‘03), Summit (‘04), Mercury (‘05), Galaxy (‘05), Century (‘06), Millennium (‘06) , Constellation (‘08), Constellation (‘08), Solstice (‘09), Solstice (‘10), Eclipse (‘11), Summit (‘11), Millennium (‘11), Silhouette ('12), Silhouette ('12), Silhouette ('13), Infinity ('13), Infinity ('13), Century ('13), Century ('14), Eclipse ('14), Reflection ('15), Equinox ('15), and the Equinox ('17) (29 cruises)
Holland America -- Veendam (‘03), Volendam (‘04), Zuiderdam (‘05), Westerdam (‘06), Maasdam (‘07), Maasdam (‘07), Westerdam (‘08), Maasdam (‘09), Nieuw Amsterdam (‘11), and the Westerdam ('16) (10 cruises)
Royal Caribbean -- Rhapsody of the Seas (‘01), Voyager of the Seas (‘02), Splendor of the Seas (‘02), Grandeur of the Seas (‘04), Vision of the Seas (‘04), Radiance of the Seas (‘09), Allure of the Seas ('12), Navigator of the Seas ('14), Anthem of the Seas ('15), and Liberty of the Seas ('18) (10 cruises)
NCL -- Starward (‘78), Norwegian Dream (‘95), Norweigan Sea (‘01), NCL Jewel ('15), NCL Jade ('16), Getaway ('17), Escape ('17), Pearl ('17), and the Pearl ('17) (9 cruises)
Princess -- Star Princess (‘03), Caribbean Princess (‘05), and the Golden Princess ('13) (3 cruises)
Azamara -- Journey (‘07) Oceania -- Regatta (‘09) Cunard -- Queen Mary 2 (‘10), and Queen Mary 2 ('13) MSC -- Seaside YC ('18)
Sitmar -- Fairsea (‘82)

(559 days total)
#30
Albuquerque, NM
7,683 Posts
Joined May 2003
Originally posted by kelmac
Is that for an inside cabin? An inside cabin on O is $36,000....minus the $19,000 in perks equals $17,000. Divide that by 180 days and the daily cost is $94.


No way the perks equal $19,000.



I see you are on the Insignia for 161 days. Oceania is an excellent choice and I'm sure you will have a wonderful time. The ports are amazing! If you can get one of the 23 inside cabins, the price is sure better than the luxury lines. I love Oceania's food. (1/2 a year onboard I would gain 35 pounds!)

We are only sailing for 87 days and that's going to be a challenge for us. Cunard has many more at sea days and that's not ideal, but we will leave from San Francisco and return to NYC. No over seas flights. Not sure I could do 180 days on any ship?

We spend most of our income on travel, but $80,000 is out of the question. Sounds like you spent some time researching, which is great, and I think you are getting a great deal. For sure, a trip of a lifetime.

Enjoy!
Kel
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Future Cruises: Celebrity Equinox (10/2018), RCL's Empress of the Seas (10/2018), RCL's Harmony of the Seas (10/2018), Adventure of the Seas (11/2018), HAL's Eurodam (12/2018), Cunard Victoria (WC, 02/2019), Cunard Queen Mary 2 (TA, 4/2019), MSC Meraviglia YC (11/2019), Crystal Symphony (11/2019), Celebrity Edge (11/2019), and HAL's Nieuw Statendam (12/2019).
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Past Cruises:
Celebrity -- Horizon (‘93), Galaxy (‘97), Zenith (‘98), Constellation (‘02), Century (‘02), Millennium (‘03), Summit (‘04), Mercury (‘05), Galaxy (‘05), Century (‘06), Millennium (‘06) , Constellation (‘08), Constellation (‘08), Solstice (‘09), Solstice (‘10), Eclipse (‘11), Summit (‘11), Millennium (‘11), Silhouette ('12), Silhouette ('12), Silhouette ('13), Infinity ('13), Infinity ('13), Century ('13), Century ('14), Eclipse ('14), Reflection ('15), Equinox ('15), and the Equinox ('17) (29 cruises)
Holland America -- Veendam (‘03), Volendam (‘04), Zuiderdam (‘05), Westerdam (‘06), Maasdam (‘07), Maasdam (‘07), Westerdam (‘08), Maasdam (‘09), Nieuw Amsterdam (‘11), and the Westerdam ('16) (10 cruises)
Royal Caribbean -- Rhapsody of the Seas (‘01), Voyager of the Seas (‘02), Splendor of the Seas (‘02), Grandeur of the Seas (‘04), Vision of the Seas (‘04), Radiance of the Seas (‘09), Allure of the Seas ('12), Navigator of the Seas ('14), Anthem of the Seas ('15), and Liberty of the Seas ('18) (10 cruises)
NCL -- Starward (‘78), Norwegian Dream (‘95), Norweigan Sea (‘01), NCL Jewel ('15), NCL Jade ('16), Getaway ('17), Escape ('17), Pearl ('17), and the Pearl ('17) (9 cruises)
Princess -- Star Princess (‘03), Caribbean Princess (‘05), and the Golden Princess ('13) (3 cruises)
Azamara -- Journey (‘07) Oceania -- Regatta (‘09) Cunard -- Queen Mary 2 (‘10), and Queen Mary 2 ('13) MSC -- Seaside YC ('18)
Sitmar -- Fairsea (‘82)

(559 days total)
#31
Atlanta area, Georgia, USA
649 Posts
Joined Aug 2002
Originally posted by kelmac
Hi GB,

We originally booked Oceania -- New York to Sydney for a great price. We were going to pick up a different ship to complete the route, but like I said, we were wait-listed and the price was really climbing -- didn't think they would ever move us off that list. We've cruised two different R-class ships and they are fine for port intensive cruises, but not ideal for the open ocean.

We booked "cruise only" with Oceania because all of their perks do not merit their larger price tag. On Cunard we got free gratuities and $750 ship board credit, all for $157 dollars per person per night. I would much rather have Oceania food, but Cunard is similar to HAL in that department. HAL would have been our second choice.

We will do the formal thing to eat in the dining room, as Cunard's buffet is less than stellar. Hard to do Cunard and not dress up.

Enjoy!
Kel
What level cabin did you book? Do you have a feel for how Cunard is for solo travelers?
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#32
USA
5,475 Posts
Joined Jun 2007
Originally posted by kelmac
I see you are on the Insignia for 161 days. Oceania is an excellent choice and I'm sure you will have a wonderful time. The ports are amazing! If you can get one of the 23 inside cabins, the price is sure better than the luxury lines. I love Oceania's food. (1/2 a year onboard I would gain 35 pounds!)

We are only sailing for 87 days and that's going to be a challenge for us. Cunard has many more at sea days and that's not ideal, but we will leave from San Francisco and return to NYC. No over seas flights. Not sure I could do 180 days on any ship?

We spend most of our income on travel, but $80,000 is out of the question. Sounds like you spent some time researching, which is great, and I think you are getting a great deal. For sure, a trip of a lifetime.
All the money for the cruise is coming from my 401K! I don't make much money, but I've always been a good saver. My frugality has paid off in a wonderful trip of a lifetime.
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Oceania Insignia 1-2019 (World Cruise - 161 days)
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Oceania Insignia 12-2017 (Cuba - 7 days)
Regal Princess 11-2017 (Western Caribbean - 7 days)
Caribbean Princess 3-2017 (Southern Caribbean - 8 days)
Celebrity Silhouette 8-2016 (British Isles, Guernsey, Belgium, Amsterdam - 14 days)
Grand Princess 11-2015 (Hawaii - 15 days)

Celebrity Infinity 10-2014 (TA - England, Azores, Bermuda, Bahamas - 14 days)
Celebrity Reflection 3-2014 (Eastern Caribbean - 7 days)
Crown Princess 7-2013 (Baltics/Russia - 14 days)
Emerald Princess 3-2012 (Eastern Caribbean - 10 days)
Caribbean Princess 6-2011 (Canada/New England - 9 days)
Crown Princess 9-2010 (TA - British Isles, Iceland, Greenland, Canada - 14 days)
Coral Princess 12-2008 (Full Panama Canal, Central America, Mexico - 14 days)
Sun Princess 9-2007 (Alaska - 7 days)
Carnival Paradise 9-2003 (Western Caribbean - 7 days)
Carnival Fantasy 1-1990 (Bahamas - 4 days)
Carnival Holiday 12-1989 (Western Caribbean - 7 days)

#33
Albuquerque, NM
7,683 Posts
Joined May 2003
Originally posted by love_the_sea
What level cabin did you book? Do you have a feel for how Cunard is for solo travelers?
Hi Anne,

We booked the basic inside guarantee cabin. The cost was less than $13,000 per person and included $750 SBC and free gratuities. We booked this cruise last summer, 2017.
I travel with my wife, so I really don't have a feel for solo travel on any cruise line. I've heard they charge an additional 65% or 75% per cabin for single occupancy. In the grills and on certain voyages they charge 100% just like there are two people in the cabin. Perhaps you could find solo travelers over on the Cunard board to give you their experiences?

Good luck and enjoy!
Kel
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Future Cruises: Celebrity Equinox (10/2018), RCL's Empress of the Seas (10/2018), RCL's Harmony of the Seas (10/2018), Adventure of the Seas (11/2018), HAL's Eurodam (12/2018), Cunard Victoria (WC, 02/2019), Cunard Queen Mary 2 (TA, 4/2019), MSC Meraviglia YC (11/2019), Crystal Symphony (11/2019), Celebrity Edge (11/2019), and HAL's Nieuw Statendam (12/2019).
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Past Cruises:
Celebrity -- Horizon (‘93), Galaxy (‘97), Zenith (‘98), Constellation (‘02), Century (‘02), Millennium (‘03), Summit (‘04), Mercury (‘05), Galaxy (‘05), Century (‘06), Millennium (‘06) , Constellation (‘08), Constellation (‘08), Solstice (‘09), Solstice (‘10), Eclipse (‘11), Summit (‘11), Millennium (‘11), Silhouette ('12), Silhouette ('12), Silhouette ('13), Infinity ('13), Infinity ('13), Century ('13), Century ('14), Eclipse ('14), Reflection ('15), Equinox ('15), and the Equinox ('17) (29 cruises)
Holland America -- Veendam (‘03), Volendam (‘04), Zuiderdam (‘05), Westerdam (‘06), Maasdam (‘07), Maasdam (‘07), Westerdam (‘08), Maasdam (‘09), Nieuw Amsterdam (‘11), and the Westerdam ('16) (10 cruises)
Royal Caribbean -- Rhapsody of the Seas (‘01), Voyager of the Seas (‘02), Splendor of the Seas (‘02), Grandeur of the Seas (‘04), Vision of the Seas (‘04), Radiance of the Seas (‘09), Allure of the Seas ('12), Navigator of the Seas ('14), Anthem of the Seas ('15), and Liberty of the Seas ('18) (10 cruises)
NCL -- Starward (‘78), Norwegian Dream (‘95), Norweigan Sea (‘01), NCL Jewel ('15), NCL Jade ('16), Getaway ('17), Escape ('17), Pearl ('17), and the Pearl ('17) (9 cruises)
Princess -- Star Princess (‘03), Caribbean Princess (‘05), and the Golden Princess ('13) (3 cruises)
Azamara -- Journey (‘07) Oceania -- Regatta (‘09) Cunard -- Queen Mary 2 (‘10), and Queen Mary 2 ('13) MSC -- Seaside YC ('18)
Sitmar -- Fairsea (‘82)

(559 days total)
#34
British Columbia
1,203 Posts
Joined Jun 2014
Originally posted by Go-Bucks!
Can you sail on Cunard and not dress formally? Can't imagine why not. Would they make you walk the plank??

As far as the real total cost of a world cruise, the base cruise fare is just the start. You also need to add the cost of the many things that you'll need while traveling for months.....laundry, medical care, internet, excursions, visas, luggage delivery, taxes/fees, gratuities, OBC, airfare, etc. Some cruiselines include these things in the base cruise fare and others don't, so you'll need to add them onto the base fare if not included.
Completely agree, you must add the cost of everything, especially on a World Cruise to compare options from different lines. Our 2015 Princess WC the base fare was about 65% of the base fare of our future 2020 WC on Viking Ocean, with the Viking cruise being 2 weeks longer. Cabins are comparable, both m'ships balcony, with Viking cabin about 100 sq feet larger.

My current estimates of total cost project the Viking cruise will be a few dollars cheaper per day. With Princess, everything was extra, except laundry & internet (Elite benefits). I believe we had a few hundred dollars OBC.

This is our first cruise with Viking Ocean, but laundry & internet are free for all, and we have $9K OBC, free drinks package, free tour in every port, free gratuities, free transfers & business class flights and free Visa's (provided we use their provider).

Yes, we could easily reduce the total daily cost of a non-inclusive cruise line, but we have no desire to fly long haul in economy, or spend weeks researching then applying for the many required Visas. Some Visas can be applied for online, but others require an actual visit to Embassy/Consulate.

Would be interested in others experiences that have completed multiple WC on all-inclusive v's non- all inclusive cruise lines.
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1976 Uganda - Meddy
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1999 Sun Princess - Alaska
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2005 Coral Princess - Panama
2005 Dawn Princess - West Coastal
2007 Dawn Princess - Mexico
2008 Island Princess - Panama
2008 Diamond Princess - Asia B2B
2010 Island Princess - Panama
2011 Diamond Princess - Alaska B2B
2013 Sapphire Princess - Alaska B2B
2014 Emerald Princess - Caribbean B2B
2014 Emerald Princess - Trans Atlantic
2015 Sea Princess - World Cruise
2017 CMV Columbus - Baltic
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Originally posted by Heidi13
This is our first cruise with Viking Ocean....we have $9K OBC....
Heidi,

I was looking on the Viking website and this is what they listed for OBC:

  • $2,000 per person shore excursions credit, which can be used toward optional shore excursions or overland tours.
  • $1,000 per person shipboard credit, which can be used toward spa services, onboard shops & beverages.
That would equal $6,000 total for 2 people, but really only $2,000 is OBC....the rest says it's only toward excursions (although, it seems strange that if you get a free tour in each port, why would you need thousands of dollars for tours??).

You've mentioned in many posts that you'll be getting $8-9K in OBC. That doesn't seem to add up and not what any other person could expect to get.

We will have $3,990 OBC each on Oceania ($7,980 for 2 people), but won't need much since everything we need is included in the cruisefare.

Does Viking include free medical care?
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We benefited from a Viking error. When I made the initial inquiry direct with Viking, the customer service agent inadvertently provided us an extra $1,000 each. This was included on their provisional invoice/booking form.

When I visited our travel agent to complete the booking, she noted the additional OBC was removed from the updated invoice. She called back to question. The following day a Viking Manager acknowledged their error and approved the additional OBC. Therefore, from Viking, we have US $8,000 OBC. Viking policy permits TA to provide a max of $500 pp in the currency of cruise payment. We are paying in CAN$, so our total OBC is US $8,800.

We are planning to use the OBC to complete the overland excursion to the Taj Mahal and probably the overland tour in Egypt. Both those tours would use up the entire OBC.

I believe Viking provided free medical on the 2018 WC, but it isn't included for 2019 or 2020.
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1976 Uganda - Meddy
1977 Oriana - Vancouver to Sydney
1978 Oriana - UK
1978 Canberra - UK
1979 Uganda - Meddy
1979 Island Princess - Alaska B2B, Mexico B2B
1980 Sun Princess - Alaska B2B, Mexico B2B
1999 Sun Princess - Alaska
2002 Radiance of the Seas - Alaska
2005 Coral Princess - Panama
2005 Dawn Princess - West Coastal
2007 Dawn Princess - Mexico
2008 Island Princess - Panama
2008 Diamond Princess - Asia B2B
2010 Island Princess - Panama
2011 Diamond Princess - Alaska B2B
2013 Sapphire Princess - Alaska B2B
2014 Emerald Princess - Caribbean B2B
2014 Emerald Princess - Trans Atlantic
2015 Sea Princess - World Cruise
2017 CMV Columbus - Baltic
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Originally posted by Heidi13
We benefited from a Viking error. When I made the initial inquiry direct with Viking, the customer service agent inadvertently provided us an extra $1,000 each.
We are planning to use the OBC to complete the overland excursion to the Taj Mahal and probably the overland tour in Egypt. Both those tours would use up the entire OBC.

I believe Viking provided free medical on the 2018 WC, but it isn't included for 2019 or 2020.
That's a great mistake in your favor...hope you enjoy the added OBC, especially the overland trip!

But, when you tell others about the benefits of a Viking world cruise, I think it's only fair to list the actual amount of OBC that someone will receive, which is $1,000pp. Since the $2,000 is for shore excursions only, it's really not OBC, although it is good for using as you are. So, a couple can expect $2,000 OBC together....not $8,000-9,000. And what you get from your TA also doesn't count as OBC from the cruiseline. Just trying to help those who are looking to compare world cruises and need accurate info to make their decisions.

Too bad Viking ended free medical care....that's really valuable on a long cruise and in areas that might have "ify" medical facilities/practitioners.
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Grand Princess 11-2015 (Hawaii - 15 days)

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Celebrity Reflection 3-2014 (Eastern Caribbean - 7 days)
Crown Princess 7-2013 (Baltics/Russia - 14 days)
Emerald Princess 3-2012 (Eastern Caribbean - 10 days)
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Crown Princess 9-2010 (TA - British Isles, Iceland, Greenland, Canada - 14 days)
Coral Princess 12-2008 (Full Panama Canal, Central America, Mexico - 14 days)
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British Columbia
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Originally posted by Go-Bucks!
That's a great mistake in your favor...hope you enjoy the added OBC, especially the overland trip!

But, when you tell others about the benefits of a Viking world cruise, I think it's only fair to list the actual amount of OBC that someone will receive, which is $1,000pp. Since the $2,000 is for shore excursions only, it's really not OBC, although it is good for using as you are. So, a couple can expect $2,000 OBC together....not $8,000-9,000. And what you get from your TA also doesn't count as OBC from the cruiseline. Just trying to help those who are looking to compare world cruises and need accurate info to make their decisions.

Too bad Viking ended free medical care....that's really valuable on a long cruise and in areas that might have "ify" medical facilities/practitioners.
Go-Bucks - Good points.

While the Viking website splits it up into shore-ex credits and gift shop/spa credits, on the invoice it shows as $3,500 gift shop and $500 spa credits pp. So in reality I consider it a lump sum that is applied to our onboard account. The TA credits are also available to anyone who uses a TA to book the cruise. Also on the My Viking area for booked pax it shows as a single amount, not split into separate amounts for shore-ex, gift shop or spa.

With everything else virtually all-inclusive, the significant OBC is definitely incentive to use ship tours over private tours.

The free medical would have been nice to save the hassle of submitting insurance claims post cruise and waiting for the cheque to arrive. However, we always take out significant medical insurance, especially when crossing into the US.
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1976 Uganda - Meddy
1977 Oriana - Vancouver to Sydney
1978 Oriana - UK
1978 Canberra - UK
1979 Uganda - Meddy
1979 Island Princess - Alaska B2B, Mexico B2B
1980 Sun Princess - Alaska B2B, Mexico B2B
1999 Sun Princess - Alaska
2002 Radiance of the Seas - Alaska
2005 Coral Princess - Panama
2005 Dawn Princess - West Coastal
2007 Dawn Princess - Mexico
2008 Island Princess - Panama
2008 Diamond Princess - Asia B2B
2010 Island Princess - Panama
2011 Diamond Princess - Alaska B2B
2013 Sapphire Princess - Alaska B2B
2014 Emerald Princess - Caribbean B2B
2014 Emerald Princess - Trans Atlantic
2015 Sea Princess - World Cruise
2017 CMV Columbus - Baltic
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Originally posted by Heidi13
The free medical would have been nice to save the hassle of submitting insurance claims post cruise and waiting for the cheque to arrive. However, we always take out significant medical insurance, especially when crossing into the US.
Even though we will have free medical on the ship, we also got travel insurance. If we need care while off the ship or need to be evacuated, we will have it covered by the insurance.
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Celebrity Silhouette 8-2016 (British Isles, Guernsey, Belgium, Amsterdam - 14 days)
Grand Princess 11-2015 (Hawaii - 15 days)

Celebrity Infinity 10-2014 (TA - England, Azores, Bermuda, Bahamas - 14 days)
Celebrity Reflection 3-2014 (Eastern Caribbean - 7 days)
Crown Princess 7-2013 (Baltics/Russia - 14 days)
Emerald Princess 3-2012 (Eastern Caribbean - 10 days)
Caribbean Princess 6-2011 (Canada/New England - 9 days)
Crown Princess 9-2010 (TA - British Isles, Iceland, Greenland, Canada - 14 days)
Coral Princess 12-2008 (Full Panama Canal, Central America, Mexico - 14 days)
Sun Princess 9-2007 (Alaska - 7 days)
Carnival Paradise 9-2003 (Western Caribbean - 7 days)
Carnival Fantasy 1-1990 (Bahamas - 4 days)
Carnival Holiday 12-1989 (Western Caribbean - 7 days)