This September, Royal Caribbean and Crystal have cruises that stop at ports in the Canary Islands and Morocco.
Why am I comparing a luxury vs. mass market cruise? The itineraries are not that similar nor is the pricing. The Royal Caribbean cruise pricing starts at $1714 and the Crystal cruise starts at $5455, both prices are based on an oceanview cabin with double occupancy.
But if I choose to go solo, Royal’s price changes to $3428+ tip+drinks package. Typically Crystal raises the price about 30% for solos.
Not that close in pricing as a solo. Yet worth evaluating whether the differences make Royal no longer attractive to me.
Crystal Cruises, the luxury all-inclusive line has a 13-day Canary Islands cruise aboard the Crystal Symphony leaving on September 6, 2017, and returning September 19, 2017. This cruise is roundtrip from Lisbon. Also, this cruise is part of the critically acclaimed Crystal Food and Wine Festival. A celebration of the culinary arts, which continues to attract the world’s top chefs, wine experts and mixologists.
Royal Caribbean International the mass market cruise line is offering a Canary Islands cruise, which lasts 14 nights aboard the “Navigator of the Seas”, a Voyager-class cruise ship. The cruise leaves on September 29, 2017, returning on October 13, 2017. The cruise is roundtrip from Southampton, England.
Of the two itineraries, Crystal is more focused on Portugal, Morocco and Canary Islands. Royal Caribbean’s cruise only has one stop in Morocco. The Royal cruise also stops in Spain, Portugal, Canaries and France.
|Day 1||Lisbon||Day 1||Southampton||4:30 PM|
|Day 2||Lisbon||3:00 PM||Day 2||At Sea|
|Day 3||Cruising the Atlantic Ocean||Day 3||Vigo||8:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|Day 4||Ponta Delgada||10:00 AM||7:00 PM||Day 4||Lisbon||10:00 AM||10:00 PM|
|Day 5||Azores||8:00 AM||6:00 PM||Day 5||At Sea|
|Day 6||Cruising the Atlantic Ocean||Day 6||Agadir||7:00 AM||10:00 PM|
|Day 7||Funchal||8:00 AM||5:00 PM||Day 7||Lanzarote||12:00 PM||9:00 PM|
|Day 8||Santa Cruz De La Palma||9:00 AM||6:00 PM||Day 8||Las Palmas||9:00 AM||9:00 PM|
|Day 9||Santa Cruz de Tenerife||8:00 AM||6:00 PM||Day 9||Tenerife||7:00 AM||4:00 PM|
|Day 10||Arrecife||8:00 AM||6:00 PM||Day 10||Funchal||7:00 AM||4:00 PM|
|Day 11||Agadir||8:00 AM||4:00 PM||Day 11||At Sea|
|Day 12||Casablanca||8:00 AM||10:00 PM||Day 12||La Coruna||1:00 PM||8:00 PM|
|Day 13||Cruising the Atlantic Ocean||Day 13||At Sea|
|Day 14||Lisbon||6:00 AM||Day 14||Le Havre||7:00 AM||9:00 PM|
|Day 15||Southampton||5:30 AM|
Conclusions and Pricing
Crystal hasn’t finalized their shore excursions yet but the ones that are posted seem boring. There is always the option of finding my own tours. But for me, that ruins the entire experience.
Royal Caribbean has many more interesting tour options as well as a better price point, which appeals to me more.
As of today, I am looking forward to booking this Royal Caribbean cruise.