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Old September 1st, 2012, 08:05 PM
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Hello everyone!

Completely new here, and very new to the concept of cruises.

I am looking at traveling by ship as an alternative to flying to get from point A to point B - namely, to get across the Atlantic from the US to the UK sometime in early 2013.

Although I am uninterested in the many of the luxuries/amenities offered by the cruise companies, I have found some cruise lines to be much less expensive than taking a freighter/cargo ship. (Cunard and Norwegian Cruise Line seem to be the best in transatlantic offers, price and date-wise.)

Some basic questions:

1. Are the displayed cabin prices per person, or simply for that cabin?

It seems that those who are traveling alone (as I likely will) sometimes try to find a cabin-mate to share costs. If this is allowed by the cruise companies, I may try to find a cabin-mate too.



2. Also, if one avoids the fancier restaurants, are basic meals included in the cost? (Norwegian Lines list some restaurants as "complimentary".)



3. Do cabin prices tend to increase closer to the date of departure, or do they tend to decrease?

Thanks *so* much, everyone! Many apologies if this information is easily obtained elsewhere on this forum. I do not wish to waste anyone's time, and will be happy to follow any links.
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Old September 1st, 2012, 10:27 PM
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The best prices for transatlantic crossings are going to be repositioning cruises.

In the Spring, cruise lines move their ships from the Caribbean to Europe and they offering some very good deals.

Prices shown are per person and do not include taxes. A single will normally pay double the price. Now here's the catch; an advertise price consists of two fares - the cruise fare and the port fees. When traveling alone, some cruise lines will double the cruise fare but not the port fees. Some cruise lines, like NCL for example, will double the cruise fare and double the port fees. Just their way of making more profit because they do not need to double the port fees. (The ports charge these fees based on the number of people, not the number of cabins.)

As for finding another single to share a cabin, this use to be more prevalent than it is now, what with all the litigation problems. So it's always best to find someone to go with you or just bite the bullet and go by yourself.

But you'll definitely want to check out the transatlantic repositioning cruises as you'll find some good rates.

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Old September 2nd, 2012, 09:33 AM
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All cruise lines include food in the fee. They will have multiple venues where you can dine for "free." They will also have restaurants that they charge an extra fee for. You can choose to eat in these or not.

A current trend started by NCL is "freestyle" dining where you do not have to dress up for dinner - I personally like this. Many lines now do something similar but NCL is reported to be the best about this.

Others will know more about this but I believe that prices will go up and down before a cruise likely depending on what bookings are like. I think it is better to book earlier and then, if there is a price drop, call and ask them to match it.

NCL has some singles rooms, I believe on the Epic and then the Breakaway (next year). They are are cheaper for a single than having to pay two fares and they have been getting some good reviews.

Good luck and I hope you enjoy your cruise.
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Old September 2nd, 2012, 07:09 PM
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If you need to cross in Winter usually only ship going is Cunard. Considered a liner, its abit different from our more Americanized lines with empathisis on the ship being the vacation. If you are younger do consider NCL with its small single cabins, no cabinmate needed. But they start probably in April.Go to your public library for cruise books.Most of authors have web sites too. Cruisecritic. com for reader reviews.Look up itins and sample discount pricing on Vacationstogo.com. Excellent bargains, especially this year, several months in advance. Have done 2 NCL Transatlantics and was treated beautifully by staff.
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Old September 3rd, 2012, 08:52 PM
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Thank you all very much!

I had already been checking the departures for Cunard and Norwegian Lines - eastbound crossings in January & April, respectively.

It is interesting (and dismaying) about the taxes and other fees making the actual cost twice or more what is listed! I will need to calculate further and see if this is a feasible alternative to flying - it may not if a single spot at the lowest price will indeed turn out to be much more expensive than listed on the website.

Thanks again,

Elizabeth~
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Thank you all very much!

I had already been checking the departures for Cunard and Norwegian Lines - eastbound crossings in January & April, respectively.

It is interesting (and dismaying) about the taxes and other fees making the actual cost twice or more what is listed! I will need to calculate further and see if this is a feasible alternative to flying - it may not if a single spot at the lowest price will indeed turn out to be much more expensive than listed on the website.

Thanks again,

Elizabeth~
Just my personal opinion, if you want to go in April, there are definitely some ships much better than Norwegian. If you're considering Cunard, which is MUCH better than NCL, then you might want to consider Celebrity, Holland America, or Princess - all of which I consider to be nicer than NCL.

After 43 cruises and several on NCL, at my age (62), I just like better food, better quality, and better service. I know there are many diehard NCL fans who definitely disagree with me, but as I said, just my opinion.

And we all know that opinions are like bellybuttons; everyone has one. And what one person loves, another will hate.

As for single pricing, unfortunately it's a sign of the times. We use to see good specials for singles, but we just don't see them anymore. And the prices on the websites always show the price per person based on double occupancy and do not include taxes or gratuities.

Keep in mind that as I said earlier, NCL charges double the port fees whereas other cruise lines do not. So let your agent know what you're thinking and have them present the total price on a couple of options for you to consider.

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Meals are inclluded. My crusemate backed out. I am leaving 1 May 2013 from Ft. Laugderdale to Harwich, England. $600 plus tips. Ship is Celebrity Infinity.

This is my first cruise and I need a cruisemate - only looking to save money - nothing more. It us booked. I can change the cruisemate.

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Hello everyone!

Completely new here, and very new to the concept of cruises.

I am looking at traveling by ship as an alternative to flying to get from point A to point B - namely, to get across the Atlantic from the US to the UK sometime in early 2013.

Although I am uninterested in the many of the luxuries/amenities offered by the cruise companies, I have found some cruise lines to be much less expensive than taking a freighter/cargo ship. (Cunard and Norwegian Cruise Line seem to be the best in transatlantic offers, price and date-wise.)

Some basic questions:

1. Are the displayed cabin prices per person, or simply for that cabin?

It seems that those who are traveling alone (as I likely will) sometimes try to find a cabin-mate to share costs. If this is allowed by the cruise companies, I may try to find a cabin-mate too.



2. Also, if one avoids the fancier restaurants, are basic meals included in the cost? (Norwegian Lines list some restaurants as "complimentary".)



3. Do cabin prices tend to increase closer to the date of departure, or do they tend to decrease?

Thanks *so* much, everyone! Many apologies if this information is easily obtained elsewhere on this forum. I do not wish to waste anyone's time, and will be happy to follow any links.
Meals are inclluded. My crusemate backed out. I am leaving 1 May 2013 from Ft. Laugderdale to Harwich, England. $600 plus tips. Ship is Celebrity Infinity.

This is my first cruise and I need a cruisemate - only looking to save money - nothing more. It us booked. I can change the cruisemate.

waarenhauser@gmail.com
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Old April 13th, 2013, 07:51 PM
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Eliza - you should understand that most ships only cross over (once) and back (once again) every year, so there are not that many cruise options for transatlantic - and almost all of them go in April, (over) but come back between September and November.

Cunard is the only line that "crosses" several times each year.

I can't imagine fees & taxes making the price twice as much, maybe you did not realize double occupancy would be added in when you price a cruise, even as a solo. It is mandatory.

That roommate deal above looks like a very bet for you - a LOT of people do it. Check out our "seeking cruise companion" forum.
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