Baltics: The Cost of Cruising

Last week, I narrowed the list of potential Baltic cruises to  three.

Cruise Contenders

  1. Royal Caribbean  – Serenade of the Seas – June 14, 2017, to June 25, 2017 (11N)
  2. Celebrity Cruises  – Celebrity Eclipse – July 02, 2017 to July 16, 2017 (14N)
  3. Royal Caribbean  – Serenade of the Seas – July 30, 2017, to August 12, 2017 (13N)

Cost

  1. 11N cruise is $1875
  2. 14N cruise is $3021
  3. 13N cruise is $2461

The first thing to understand is the difference between the Royal and Celebrity product.  Technically, it is the same company but the offering is completely different. The Celebrity ship clientele will be older and there will be fewer children; the entertainment will match.

I have been on both Celebrity and Royal.  Overall, I find Royal to be more fun, the shore excursions to be more active and the entertainment staff more entertaining.  Celebrity has better rooms, food and I prefer the layout of those ships.

In terms of price points for these particular cruises, Celebrity offers the choice of free Gratuities, Classics drink package or the Internet.

Therefore, I need to add $57 a day, which is the comparable Royal premium drinks package, to the cost of the Royal cruises so I am not comparing apples and oranges.

  1. 11N cruise is $1875+$627 =$2502
  2. 14N cruise is $3021
  3. 13N cruise is $2463 +$741 =$3204

Now, we see that the cost of the mid-July Royal Caribean  Baltic cruise is more expensive than the cruise on Celebrity. The question is why? The answer is the 13N cruise is more port intensive with the addition of Fredrica, Riga, Klaipeda, and Helsinki.

The question is why? The answer is the 13N cruise is more port intensive with the addition of Fredrica, Riga, Klaipeda, and Helsinki.

The answer is the 13N cruise is more port intensive with the addition of Fredrica, Riga, Klaipeda, and Helsinki.

Now I need to review those ports to make sure I care enough for an additional $204 dollars.

Stay tuned…

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