Here's our top recommendations for cruises to Alaska, Bermuda, Caribbean, Europe, Hawaii and Mexico.
Cruises to Europe Cruises to Europe are especially interesting right now because we don't yet have true "visibility" into what the cruise prices will be. Oh, we have prices, but they will likely go lower depending on where the price of fuel goes, both for the airlines and for the ships. The dollar to Euro conversion rate is yet another factor making cruises to Europe the best bargain they have been in years.
In any case -- the best "value for money" deals we are seeing right now are on the "premium" cruise ships of Holland America, Celebrity and Princess Cruises.
For Princess, the newish 113,000-ton, 3080-passenger Crown Princess 12-night cruises to Lisbon, Seville Spain, Barcelona, Marseille France, Malta, Sicily and ending in Rome. Prices from $1685; $2180 balcony.
But one of the most interesting cruises to Europe we see is on the smaller (684-passenger, 30,000-ton) Royal Princess which from Civitavecchia (port for Rome, Italy) cruises to Sorrento, Alexandria Egypt, Cairo, Haifa Israel, Ashdod Israel, Patmos Greece and Athens. Prices from $2782; $3487 balcony.
For Holland America: The Noordam appears to have some of the best prices all season long. We see a 10-night East Mediterranean cruise to Rome, Dubrovnik, Corfu, Katakolon, Thira, Kusadasi, Athens/Piraeus and Messina. Price from $944; $1864 balcony.
For Celebrity: The Summit appears to have some of the best pricing this summer, 2009. We see a 12-night East Mediterranean cruise to Venice, Split, Athens/Piraeus, Thira, Naples, Rome/Civitavecchia, Livorno, Villefranche-sur-Mer and Barcelona.
But if you want that itinerary, we urge you to try the brand new Celebrity Solstice. It is almost the identical itinerary and time frame but on one of the newest and most beautiful cruise ships in the world. Celebrity Solstice cruises to Rome, Messina, Athens/Piraeus, Mykonos, Kusadasi, Rhodes, Thira, Naples and back to Rome. We see prices from $1899 inside and $2098 balcony.
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