Cruising and the Coronavirus

As a cruise travel agent, I have started to get calls about cruising and the Coronavirus. I am sharing the best information I have on the subject. It from CLIA, Cruise Lines International Association. CLIA issued the following press release on January 31st 2020.

Clia, cruising and the coronavirusWASHINGTON, DC (30 JAN 2020)—Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the leading voice of the global cruise industry, issued today the following statement in response to the 2019-novel coronavirus outbreak and the World Health Organization’s (WHO) declaration of a global health emergency.

“The safety and health of passengers is the number one priority of CLIA members. CLIA and its member lines maintain close contact with health professionals and regulators around the world, including the World Health Organization (WHO), and are continually assessing and modifying policies and procedures as developments emerge. This includes the modification of itineraries, where needed, in light of evolving circumstances, as well as health, travel and contact screening where appropriate, for guests and crew who have recently traveled from or through the affected area consistent with prevailing guidance from global health authorities. Screening protocols allow for informed decisions on a case by-case basis whether a guest or crew member will be denied boarding.

CLIA Members have suspended crew movements from mainland China and will deny boarding to any individual, whether guest or crew, who has traveled from or through mainland China within the previous 14 days.

Importantly, the cruise industry is one of the most well-equipped and experienced when it comes to managing and monitoring health conditions of passengers and crew. Cruise lines take precautions to conduct passive as well as active screening of passengers and crew for illness prior to boarding when circumstances demand. Furthermore, CLIA members implement outbreak prevention and response measures and their ships must be fitted with medical facilities, shipboard and shore side medical professionals available around the clock, 24/7, to provide initial medical care in the event of illness and prevent disease transmission.”

20 New Ships in 2020

Cruise Lines International Association

 

list of 20 new ships in 2020

Courtesy of CLIA

 

Profiles of 20 New Ships in 2020

Carnival Mardi Gras has a passenger capacity of 5,200 people. A Mega ship, it will have all the features of a floating resort. In addition, Mardi Gras will offer six themed zones: The French Quarter, Summer Landing, Grand Central and an Ultimate Playground. More

Celebrity Apex has a double occupancy capacity of 2910.  It is offering several unique features including a rooftop garden and enjoy the view and dining on the Magic Carpet℠. Celebrity Apex has an inaugural date of March. In April, it will sail from South Hampton  to the Mediterranean. Starting in November, it will cruise the Caribbean from Ft. Lauderdale. More

 

 

 

Specialty Cabins: Family, Accessible, Luxury

There are four main types of cruise cabins: Inside, Oceanview, Balcony, and Suite. There are specialty cabins available within these types that meet the needs and interests of certain cruisers. Specialty cabins are available on many of the larger ships. Specialty cabin categories include: Family, Accessible, Luxury, Spa and Single Travel Cabins.

Family Specialty Cabins

Newer ships come with family cabins designed to accommodate parents and children. Often these cabins are suites that give parents and children separate sleep rooms, and have more than one bathroom.

image of family specialty cabins with bunk beds

Courtesy of MSC Inside cabin with bunk beds

Standard Inside, Oceanview, and Balcony type cabins with sleep sofas, or bunk beds, that pull down, are another option. These cabins have one bathroom. When packing, it is important to consider that storage space, and clothing closets have limited space.

Accessible Cabins

Accessible cabins are double occupancy cabins that are designed primarily for persons having:

  • Mobility issues and require the use of a wheelchair, scooter or other mobility devices. Cabins are larger than the standard cabins. They have wider doors than the standard cabins, large bathrooms with  roll-in showers, grab bars, and turning space.
  • Hear impairments and requiring portable ADA kits and closed-captioned televisions.
  • Sight impairments and need access to Braille signage.

Luxury Cabins

Luxury cabins enhance the experience of being in a resort at sea. They are referred to as suites, and come in different sizes and layouts. They are larger in size than other specialty cabins. Cabin amenities may include brand name toiletries, complimentary specialty dining, discounted laundry packages, and on board credits. Suite passengers have priority when boarding and leaving the ship.

One of Queen's Grill Specialty Cabins on Cunard

Courtesy of Queens Grill on the Queen Mary 2

Some of the Mega cruise lines offer suites in key access communities above the rest of the ship. These communities offer private dining, lounge, pool and deck area. Their amenities includes 24 hour concierge  service, butler services, and preferred seating in the theater in the main ship. Passengers have the opportunity to enjoy the comforts of a small luxury cruise while having access to the activities of a mega ship.

Spa Cabins

Spa cabins are usually a few steps away from the spa. A spa cabin can be an Inside, Oceanview, Balcony or a Suite. However, spa cabins come with more amenities and cost more.

Spa cabins differ when it comes to amenities from cruise line to cruise line. The best spa cabin amenities are high-end  bath products, personal toiletries, and aromatherapy. Free time in the spa facilities such as the relaxation room, or complimentary participation in a few classes are also attractive amenities.

Single ( Solo Traveler) Cabins

One of the rarer specialty cabins is the single cabin. Most cabins are double occupancy. In most instances, a cruiser traveling alone must pay his or her individual rate plus a single supplement for a double occupancy cabin.

The Norwegian Epic features 100 sq ft studio cabins and a private lounge for solo travelers. The studio cabins have a full-size bed and a separate bath area  There is no single supplement for this cabin.

one of studio specialty cabins on NCL ship

Courtesy of NCL Escape

If you are thinking about taking a cruise, and want to know more about specialty cabins, please give me a call at 800-388-8781.

Book and complete the cruise of your choice through Cruise for Your Charity, and the charity of your choice will receive a donation in your name.

Your donation can range from $50 to $1,300+. The size of the donation is based upon the length of the cruise, the destination, and the cruise line. Also, the price of the cruise, the state room, and amenities in the cruise package are factored into the donation amount.

Cruise for your Charity makes a donation to a donor’s charity when the donor completes a cruise through us. Depending upon the charity’s charter or by-laws, the donor may receive a tribute letter or a tax deductible donation receipt. There is one donation per stateroom. CFYC mails donations one month after donors complete their cruises.

Thanks for visiting!

Jean

MSC Caribbean Cruise Deals for 2020

 

MSC Cruise Deals for 2020

MSC Caribbean Cruise Deals for 2020 are available now! They are getting a jump on the 2020 cruise season with the All IN PLUS Deal. You can book a cruise now through March 31, 2020 and enjoy seven days in the warm Caribbean. Because your amenities will include free drinks, Wi-Fi, and an on-board credit, they are a savings of up to $689. In addition, prices start at $399 pp for 7-night Caribbean cruise in an inside stateroom. Book now you and you will get the reduced deposit rate of $99 pp.

About MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises is the world’s largest privately-owned cruise line and brand market leader in Europe, South America and southern Africa. Their ships sail year-round in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean.  And seasonal itineraries include Northern Europe, the Atlantic Ocean, South Americasouthern AfricaChinaDubai, Abu Dhabi and India.

MSC Caribbean Cruise Deals for 2020 Destination and Ships

Cruisers have a choice of cruising  to the eastern Caribbean, the Southern Caribbean or the Western Caribbean.

MSC Ships participating in MSC Caribbean Cruise Deals for 2020

Five MSC ships cruise regularly to the Caribbean. Most of the ships leave from and return to Florida ports. Select each ship below and be connected to a visual of the ship, and view a virtual cruise of each ship. You will also find information on the size of each ship and its passenger capacity.

 MSC Armonia          MSC Divinia          MSC Meraviglia         MSC Seaside         MSC Splendida

If you have questions, or want to book a MSC Caribbean All IN PLUS cruise, please call me at  800-388-8781. When you book your  cruise through my cruise company, Cruise for Your Charity, a donation will be made to your favorite charity.The donation will be made in your name. Your donation can range from $50 to $1,300+. The size of the donation is based upon the length of the cruise, the destination, and the cruise line. Also, the price of the cruise, the state room, and amenities in the cruise package are factored into the donation amount.

Cruise for your Charity makes a donation to a donor’s charity when the donor completes a cruise through us. Depending upon the charity’s charter or by-laws, the donor may receive a tribute letter or a tax deductible donation receipt. There is one donation per stateroom. CFYC mails donations one month after donors complete their cruises.

I have cruised the Caribbean on several occasions, most recently on the MSC Seaside. It was a great way to shake the post holiday blues!

Thanks for visiting!

Jean

Why Are There So Many Cruise Deals?

Why are there so many cruise deals? In a word…competition. As a result of new cruise ships coming on line, supply now exceeds demand for passenger accommodations. Not only are there more new ships, in the past few years, most have a significantly larger passenger capacity. When more new cruise ships launch, over the next few years, passenger competition will be fierce.

While competition over passengers is the primary reason for so many cruise deals, some ships will have the advantage over others in a competition. Newer ships are resorts at sea. They offer impeccable service and pampering usually found in a 5 star hotel. Other new ships are amusement parks appealing, not only to families with children, but to the child in all of us. They offer race tracks for “go carts”, water slides, zip lines, Laser tag areas, and rope lines to name a few.

Cruise deals give would be cruisers the opportunity to enjoy a cruise for significantly less than the usual prices. Yet, cruisers can still expect and receive the same quality services, excellent food, entertainment and excursions. What follows is a sample ad for a 7 day cruise on the MSC Armonia out of Miami, Florida. It is just one of many offers at this time.

MSC cruise deal, Why are there so many cruise deals The MSC seven-day cruise to the Western Caribbean is less than the cost of  a 3-4 day cruise leaving Florida ports throughout the year. Inside cabins and  ocean views start at $ 199 pp. Balconies start at $399.

This cruise is just one of many cruise deals offers through the end of 2019, and those available in 2020. Several of the ocean going cruise ships are offering reduced fares and additional amenities at this time.  If you want to know what deals are available, on which ships, I can help you with that. Please call me at 800-388-8781.

The question, “Why are there so many cruise deals, is not what you should be asking, But rather, “What are the cruise deals, and can I take advantage of them?”

Thanks for Visiting!

Jean

Cruise Lifestyle Charitable Giving

Cruise for Your Charity Logo,Cruise lifestyle charitable giving

Cruise for Your Charity (CFYC) combines Lifestyle with Charitable Giving™. CFYC is a boutique cruise travel business in its second year of operation.

Our Cruise Lifestyle Charitable Giving Program helps nonprofit organizations optimize charitable giving among donors who enjoy cruising. We make a donation of $50 to $1,300+ to a donor’s charity when the donor completes a cruise booked through us. Depending upon the charity’s charter or by-laws, the donor may receive a tribute letter or a tax deductible donation receipt. There is one donation per stateroom. CFYC mails donations one month after donors complete their cruises. This program is a year-round offering.

Factors that Determine the Amount of a Donation

We base the donation amount upon the price of the cruise, the cruise line, and the stateroom selected by the cruiser. Determining the amount has 3 factors. The first factor is the cruise. CFYC offers three types of cruises:

  • A Standard Cruise is the advertised published fare offered by a cruise line. All cruise lines have certain common characteristics. They offer convenience, service, efficiency, comfort, entertainment, restaurants, and a variety of destinations for one fare.
  • Custom Designed Cruise Packages are for cruisers who want amenities that will enhance their individual cruise experience. Designing a custom cruise package is a two-step process.  Initially, the cruiser will fill out a questionnaire on his or her interests and needs. Then, I will call to review the questionnaire. We will have the necessary follow-up conversations to develop a customized cruise package. The questionnaire is on cruiseforyourcharity.com.
  • Accompanied Cruises combine the features of custom-designed cruise packages with the financial and social benefits of a group package. In addition, I’m on each of the accompanied cruises as the “go to” person for questions and help on-board. Accompanied Cruises are on cruise ships that cater to solo travelers, singles, and couples. They give cruisers the opportunity to cruise their way. In addition, cruisers, especially solo travelers and singles, have companionship at meals and recreational activities.

The second factor includes the cruise line selected, the stateroom, the length of the cruise, and the time of the year. Also considered are the destinations, amenities and destination excursions. The third factor is the number of booked staterooms. All cruise packages include taxes, port charges, fees and trip insurance.

We can develop value packages with most cruise lines. Cruise ships can vary in size from small, luxury ships to mega ships that offer something for every age group.

Who Can Take Part in the CFYC Cruise Lifestyle Charitable Giving Program?

  • Individuals who are U. S residents and wish to donate to their favorite charity can cruise anywhere in the world through CFYC. Cruisers can assign their donations to their favorite charities at the time they book their cruises. To qualify for a donation, a charity must be a nonsectarian and nonpolitical 501(C) 3 organization.
  • Charities with donors that have a cruise lifestyle, and are nonsectarian and nonpolitical 501(C)3 organizations, may qualify for partnering with us.

Donations come from our advertising budget. Our business decision is to donate to charities through their donors who cruise rather than conduct advertising campaigns.

If you have questions about the CFYC Cruise Lifestyle Charitable Giving Program, please call me at 212-710-2662. To book a cruise, please begin by filling out the Cruise Questionnaire on the Cruise for Your Charity website at www.cruiseforyourcharity.com.

Thanks for visiting!

Best,

Jean

24/7 Butler Service in the MSC Yacht Club

Please join me, on January 26, 2020, for a Cruise for Your Charity Accompanied Cruise! You will experience the luxury of 24/7 butler service in the MSC Yacht Club on the MSC Meraviglia.

We sail from Miami on a 7-day round trip cruise to the Western Caribbean. Our ports of call include: Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Mexico, and Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve. I will be on-board and available as your “go to person” throughout the trip.

The MSC Yacht Club Experience includes: 24/7 Butler and concierge services, unlimited beverages, a private dining room, lounge, pool, and sundeck.  Amenities Include: Internet service, a laundry package, a $200 per cabin on-board credit, trip insurance, taxes, fees, and port charges.

Starts at $ 2,436.00 pp.

Our Cruise for Your Charity Lifestyle Charitable Giving Program cabin donation to your charity, in your name, is $200. You receive the tax deduction for the donation.

MSC Yacht Club Dining Room, 24/7 butler service in MSC Yacht Club

My 24/7 Butler Service Experience in the MSC Yacht Club

Within an hour of boarding, I learned, first hand, why the Yacht Club is known for its outstanding personalized service. My luggage arrived at my stateroom several minutes after I did. My butler offered to help me unpack. When I opened my suitcase, I saw a week’s worth of  damp, wrinkled clothes that were once pressed and carefully packed. My luggage was in and out of heavy rains since leaving NYC. All I could think about was what would I wear until I could get my clothes clean again.

The butler gathered up my clothes and headed to the laundry. Three hours later, he returned all my clothing cleaned and pressed. I was not charged for this service. He got my trip off to the best possible start!

The MSC Yacht Clubs cater to guests wanting a luxury sanctuary, and the personalized services of an exclusive private club. A “Ship within a Ship,” the Yacht Clubs give guests the best of all possible worlds. Guests cruise in the elegant style of a luxury ship, and enjoy 24/7 concierge and butler services. Yet, they are only an elevator ride away from the activities, entertainment, and night life of the larger ship.

If you have questions about this accompanied cruise, please call me at 212-710-2662. If you want to begin the process of booking this cruise, please fill out the Cruise Questionnaire on the Cruise for Your Charity website at www.cruiseforyourcharity.com

Cruise for Your Charity’s Lifestyle Charitable Giving Program

Every time you book a cruise through Cruise for Your Charity, we make a donation to your special charity.  We make the donation in your name. Donation amounts range from $50 to $1,300+. Determining the amount of your donation has 3 factors. First is the type of cruise, whether it is a standard cruise, custom cruise, or an accompanied cruise. The second factor includes the cruise line and stateroom  selected, as well as the length of the cruise. Other considerations include the time of the year of the cruise, destination, amenities and excursions selected. The third factor is the number of booked staterooms. All cruise packages include taxes, port charge, fees and trip insurance.

Donations come from our advertising budget. It is our business decision to donate to charities through their donors who have a cruise lifestyle, rather than do large advertising campaigns.

Cruise Lifestyle Charitable Giving can add meaning and pleasure to your cruise vacation knowing that you are helping people served by your special charity.

I hope to see you in the MSC Yacht Club in January!

Best,

Jean

 

Cruise for Your Charity Luncheon Series

Please join me for lunch to learn about our custom designed cruises and accompanied cruises in 2020.The Cruise for Your Charity Luncheon Series will take place in Gallagher’s Steakhouse, NYC.  In Miami, they will be held at La Estacion American Brasserie. Luncheons are a great way to meet fellow cruisers.  The luncheons are all about what makes Cruise for Your Charity unique.

Gallagher's Steakhouse Dining Room, Cruise for Your Charity Luncheon Series

Gallagher’s Steakhouse Dining Room, NYC

Custom Cruise Packages

Each time someone books with Cruise for Your Charity, I make a donation to the cruiser’s charity of choice.  And, the donation is made in the cruiser’s name. The donation, ranging from $150 to 1,300 or higher, is sent to the charity a month after the cruise. Donations come from our advertising budget. It is our business decision to donate to charities through their donors who have a cruise lifestyle rather than do large advertising campaigns.

We Offer our Cruise Services Two Ways: 

  • Custom  Designed Cruise Packages are for cruisers who want amenities that will enhance their individual cruise experience. Designing a custom cruise package is a two step process.  Initially, the cruiser will fill out a questionnaire on his or her interests and needs. Then, I will call to review the questionnaire. We will have the follow up conversations necessary to develop a customized cruise package. The questionnaire can be found on www.cruiseforyourcharity.com.
  • Accompanied Cruises combine the features of custom designed cruise packages with the financial and social benefits of a group package. I’m on each of the cruises as is my Cruise for Your Charity partner, John Diczok. We are  the “go to” persons for questions, and assistance on-board. Accompanied Cruises are on cruise ships that cater to solo travelers and singles as well as couples. They give cruisers the opportunity to cruise their way. In addition, cruisers, especially solo travelers and singles, have companionship at meals and recreational activities. Also, there is  the  comfort of knowing there are seasoned professionals on-board that can be called upon as needed. Read more about the Accompanied Cruises offered in 2020 that will be discussed at the luncheons at https://www.cruisesresortsatsea.com/category/cruise-for-your-charity-accompanied-cruises-in-2020/

 Cruise for Your Charity Luncheon Series Experience:

  •  Overview of Cruise for Your Charity
  •  Description of individual custom designed cruise packages
  • Accompanied cruises offered in 2020 for couples, singles and solo travelers.
  • A guest cruise line speaker
  • A three-course lunch with wine
  • A Cruise for Your Charity pendant for women and cuff links for men

Luncheons accommodate 20 people.  You are welcome to bring a guest to the luncheon. There is a fee of $20 per person.

La Estacion American Brasserie, Miami , Cruise for Your Charity Luncheon Series

La Estacion American Brasserie, Miami                                                                                                                                                  Copyright: Robert Young

Luncheon Schedules:

Note: NYC luncheons are held on a Monday. Miami luncheons are on a Wednesday and a Friday

September 9, 2019:12:30 PM – NYC – Gallagher’s: MSC Yacht Club and World Cruises

September 18, 2019:12:30 PM – La Estacion American Brasserie, Miami: MSC Yacht Club and World Cruises.

October 7, 2019: 12:30 PM – NYC – Gallagher’s: Princess Cruises Medallion Level Service

October 21, 2019: 12:30 PM – NYC – Gallagher’s: Princess Cruises Medallion Level Service

Nov 4, 2019: 12:30 PM – NYC – Gallagher’s: The Oceania Cruise Experience

Nov 18, 2019: 12:30 PM – NYC – Gallagher’s: NCL Suites & Haven

December 9, 2019: 12:30 PM – NYC – Gallagher’s: Holiday gathering and preview of our 2021 and 2022 Accompanied Cruises

January 24th, 2020:12:30 -PM – La Estacion American Brasserie, Miami: NCL Suites & Haven experiences

If you want to make a luncheon  reservation, you will need to call me at 212-710-2662. 

You can also email me at jean@cruiseforyourcharity.com  with questions  about our cruises.

Best

Jean

 

Cruise for Your Charity Accompanied Cruises

Cruise For Your Charity Accompanied Cruises begin in January 2020! I’m on each of the cruises as the “go to” person for questions, and assistance on-board. I bring the insights of a cruise travel advisor with the experience of over 50+ cruises. In addition, I have  35 years in the health and human services professions. And, I am also a Certified Accessible Travel Advocate.  John Diczok, my partner in Cruise for Your Charity, will also be available to assist cruisers throughout each trip. John Diczok has traveled for business and pleasure both domestically and internationally. His financial services background includes both IRS and New York State income tax certifications plus other financial licenses.

Cruise for Your Charity Accompanied Cruises offer:

  • The personal features of a custom designed cruise package.
  • The financial and social benefits of a group package.
  • The companionship of others in the group.
  • Daily social meet ups.
  • Access to cruise ship activities for solo travelers and singles as well as couples..
  • The opportunity to cruise your way. But, also have companionship at meals and recreational activities.
  • The comfort of knowing you have seasoned professionals on-board that you can call upon as needed.
  • A donation, in your name, will be made to your favorite charity.

The donation, made in your name, can range from $150 to $1,300 and even higher. The amount of the donation is based upon the length, destination, and price of the cruise. Also, the  cruise line, the stateroom you choose, and your amenities are a consideration when determining the donation.  There is one donation per stateroom. There is no preset donation schedule. A check is issued to a charity, in your name, one month following the cruise.

Donations come from our advertising budget. It is our business decision to donate to charities through their donors who have a cruise lifestyle rather than do large advertising campaigns.

Cruise for Your Charity Accompanied Cruises in 2020:

 

January 26, 2020   7-Night Western Caribbean MSC Meraviglia Yacht Club  Starting at $2,436 pp

Jamaica,  Cayman Islands,  Mexico,  Ocean Cay  MSC Marine Reserve

MSC-Yacht-Club-Restaurant-and-Lounge on Cruise for Your Charity Accompanied Cruises

MSC-Yacht-Club-Restaurant-and-Lounge

Leave Miami on a 7-day round trip cruise in the exclusive Yacht Club of the MSC Meraviglia. A ship within a ship, the Yacht Club Caribbean experience  offers: Butler service, unlimited beverages, a private dining room, lounge, pool and sundeck. Amenities Include: Internet service, laundry package, $200 per cabin on-board credit, trip insurance, taxes, fees, and port charges. Our Cabin Donation to Your Special Charity: $200

 

April 19,2020   26-Night British Isles Regal Princess  Balcony  Starting at $6,877 pp

7 Countries: Portugal, Spain, Belgium, England, Channel Islands, Ireland, Northern Island, Scotland and France.

Scottish Castle and Bagpiper

Scottish-Castle-and-Bagpiper

Leave Fort Lauderdale and return from home from Paris. Transatlantic Cruise Amenities Include: Gratuities, airport transfers,$400 per cabin on-board credit, one photo or photo credit-no cash(one per cabin) excludes Platinum Studio, one bottle of wine per cabin, Princess travel mugs, 2 per cabin,, trip insurance, taxes, fees, and port charges. Our Cabin Donation to Your Special Charity: $500

 

July 31, 2020   21-Night Northern Lights Route  Queen Mary 2-Balcony  Starting at: $ 6,626 pp

Nova Scotia,  Newfoundland,  Iceland,  Scotland,  England, USA

Northern-Lights-above-Reykjavik-Iceland, Queen Mary 2 Northern Lights Route cruise

Northern-Lights-above-Reykjavik-Iceland

Leave from and return to New York City on this 21 day Northern Lights Route Cruise. Amenities Include: Gratuities, 2 Verandah restaurant dinner cover charges per person,  240 minutes of Internet access per person, a $250 per person on-board credit,
a bathrobe and Cunard travel mug per person (2 per cabin), 8 x 10 photo (one per cabin) trip insurance,taxes, fees, and port charges. Our Cabin donation to Your Special Charity: $500.

Please call me at 212-710-2662 or email me at jean@cruiseforyourcharity.com and learn more about our Cruise for Your Charity Accompanied Cruises. Check out my post on July 22nd when I publish the schedule for my Cruise for Charity Luncheon Series. Luncheons will be small gatherings in NYC and Miami from September through January 2020.  Luncheons focus on the custom designed accompanied cruise experience for couples, singles and solo travelers.

I’ve cruised in the MSC Yacht Club, sailed to Europe on Regal Princess, and crossed the Atlantic on Queen Mary 2. Each is a Resort at Sea!

 

Cruise Value vs Cruise Price

Understanding Cruise Value vs Cruise Price will help you choose a cruise that meets your needs, interests and your cruise budget. Value is subjective and reflects our personal feelings, opinions and expectations. It varies from person to person.  It helps us determine if we are getting the best overall cruise experience for our money.

There are two components to cruise price. The first is the published fare that generally states, “Fares start at.”  Additional taxes, port fees and other charges may or may not be listed or included. The second component is the unlisted, hidden or back end charges. These are the components that will impact the total cruise price. Most of all, they not only affect the cruise value but your subjective favorable impression of the cruise experience.

Cruise Value vs Cruise Price: An Example of  Cruise Pricing’s Two Components

Let’s review Oceania’s Insignia July 11, 2019 sailing from Miami, FL.

Cruise Value vs Cruise Price, Oceania pricing for June

Cruise value vs cruise price, Oceania pricing for July 2019

 Oceania C, cruise value vs cruise pricing

A lowest price only person would select the G-Inside Stateroom at $849.

Delta Air Lines’ main cabin round trip air fare from New York to Miami is $368 plus baggage fees of $70 each way for 2 bags for a total of $508.

The cruise only fare plus the Delta air fare total $1,357

The basic Oceania fare for both examples include all non-alcoholic beverages, specialty restaurant dining, taxes, fees and port charges. The O Life package includes air fare, free Internet and we selected the $400 On Board Credit. The total cost $1,349.

Besides Price, What Gives a Cruise Value? 

To begin with, your cabin, its square footage, location on the ship, and cabin amenities, can increase  your enjoyment and add to the value of  your cruise. Not all cabins, in every category, are created equal. Some are next to an elevator, or under a lounge with live music.

A cruise catering to people in your age group will have activities and entertainment and destinations that suit your interests. A varied selection of food offerings, in different food venues, greatly increases the value of your cruise.

Picking a cruise based on the value of what it offers will often cost less than choosing one based on price alone. Why? Because value filled cruises include amenities in the cost of the cruise. When amenities such as beverage packages, laundry services, specialty dining, and internet service, are purchased separately on-board, they can add a significant charge to the original low cost of a cruise.

Cruise value packages often include other amenities such as free gratuities, and on-board credit.  Low end priced cruises do not include gratuities in the price of the cruise. They also do not offer on-board credit in the cost of the cruise.

Jean Campbellimage, cruise value vs, cruise price

Please call me at 800-388-8781 to learn more about our custom designed, individual cruises and the accompanied cruises I will host in 2020.

Financial Source Information John Diczok, BA, MBA – Fordham University, Financial Planning – Oglethorpe University,  FINRA Licenses Series 7, 9, 10, 24, 31, 63, 65; Georgia Insurance license, IRS and NYS Tax Certifications