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.
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.
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Choosing a cruise cabin is not just about staying within your budget. It is about choosing one that meets your needs for space and comfort during your cruise. You need to know what kind of cabins are available, and where on the ship they are located. Some other questions you need answered are:
- Do kids sail free?
- What amenities, on board services, and perks come with each type of cabin?
While a cruise cabin may come in several shapes and sizes, there are usually four types available on cruise ships. As a veteran of 40+ cruises, I have experienced each of these cruise cabins on several occasions:
- An Inside Cabin is the smallest of the four types of cruise cabins, and the least expensive. It doesn’t have a window or other access to the outside. It can sleep up to four persons. If you enjoy a dark room for sleeping, this cabin is ideal. If you are claustrophobic, this may not be the best choice for you. Depending on the cruise line, an inside cabin can have as little as 140 sq. feet to as much as 190 sq. feet.
- An Outside Cabin usually called an Oceanview, has either a window or porthole that allows you to see the outside. It may be the same size as an inside cabin or a bit larger. Because you can view what is going on outside the ship, there is a feeling of more openness. On the down side, some may have views that are blocked by parts of the ship.
- A Balcony Cabin offers a balcony where you can sit out and enjoy the view. It is larger than an inside cruise cabin. A balcony gives the impression of more space, even though it is outdoors and not living space. Balconies can have views obstructed by lifeboats.
- A Suite may come in different sizes and layouts. The larger suites can comfortably sleep several members of the same family. Some suites have living space as well as separate sleeping areas. While the most expensive of the four types of cruise cabins, suites can be a value added way of cruising since they can be a more cost effective way for a number of family members to cruise together.
Cruise Cabin Features and Perks
Every passenger cabin comes with cabin steward services that include daily cabin cleaning, and bed making. Bathrooms include shower stall, sink and mirror, and are stocked with soap and shampoo. An ice bucket, coffee set up and hair dryer are also available.
Most cabins come with small refrigerators, stocked with beverages available for purchase.
Some cabins come with additional services that enhance the cruise experience. Priority boarding, laundry service discounts, complimentary dining in specialty restaurants are just a few perks available with certain types of cabins.
In addition to all the amenities and perks already listed. Suites have even more to offer. Many have separate living and sleeping areas. Larger suites are suitable for families with several members. Suite passengers often have access to private dining and pool facilities, as well as butler services.
As a Cruise Travel Specialist, I can take the guesswork out of choosing a cruise cabin that best meets your needs. In addition to what is shared in this post, I will share information about choosing a cabin location that is best if you are concerned about sea sickness, have difficulty walking distances, or are sensitive to noise.
If you are thinking about taking a cruise, and have questions, please call me at 800-388-8781. My services are complimentary.
The July 2nd post will also introduces specialty cabins, such as accessible cabins for persons with special needs, spa cabins, and luxury sanctuary suites.
To Be Continued…July 2nd.