Posted September 3rd, 2018, 02:00 PM
So many great comments on different experiences! Not many horror stories, so far.
Here's one. A vocal Cruise Critic poster and cruiser, whom I had met once onboard a Regent ship, talked for a long time about a WC on Oceania. The one he originally booked was cancelled for some reason, can't remember why--damage to the ship I think, or involvement in a hurricane? So he was moved back a year, and sadly, died onboard, somewhere in Asia. Not a great experience for his wife I think.
The cost per person of the 5th Jan 2020 Costa Deliziosa world cruise (112 nights, Venice to Venice) is $14719 + $440 taxes + $1400 mandatory service charges, for an inside cabin, with $1675 OBC
The Viking world cruise is over 5 times more expensive.
How would you compare the two, w.r.t. pricing and value?
Ugh, sorry to sound snobbish, but never would do Costa. Tiny cabins, nickel and diming, lots of add-on costs.
Let me back up. We're considering doing a Regent WC in 2021. All inclusive, including most excursions, the usual inclusions like all alcohol and tips, ship laundry, pressing and dry cleaning service, a visa package, free doctor's visits, ...what have I forgotten? Oh, Business air back from Europe, and First class air in N.A., pre-cruise hotel in Miami, wifi, luggage service, obc's, etc. All that comes at a price, of course. Standard cabin is 250ft plus a 50ft balcony. I've been on the ship so know what to expect. Passenger to space ratio is 50, better than Viking. Wonderful public spaces in Mariner.
But I've been looking at the 2020 Viking package as well--similar itinerary, although more emphasis on Asia and less on Europe--pros and cons for both as far as itinerary goes. Smaller cabin, not as many inclusions, lower pax to space ratio but still sounds good.
The Regent excursions alone make this an outstanding value I think, compared to Viking. Not all excursions are included, you can purchase special value-added ones, but most are included, and in the past we've enjoyed these. But for the price of the Regent minimal cabin, we could get a PH on Viking, marginally bigger than Regent.
My question to Heidi is, how comfortable to you feel taking a WC on a line you haven't taken before? I guess it helps that you've taken other world cruises on lesser lines. I have thought about Viking in the past, but not sure I would be that comfortable with a completely unknown quantity, regardless of how good the reviews are.
Nice to have these choices, eh?
⚓ Upcoming Cruises:
Seabourn Quest Canada, September 2018
Paul Gauguin Cook Islands & Societies, October 2017
Seven Seas Mariner, Miami-Lima, January 2017
Azamara Journey, Rome-Rome, September 2016
Uniworld Egypt, River Tosca, October 2015
Paul Gauguin 2000, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2014
Oceania Riviera, Nov. 2013
Seven Seas Navigator, Dec. 2006, Alaska May 2012
Radisson Diamond June, Black Sea 2004
Regent Voyager, June '06, Dec. '07, Dec. '09, Dec. 2010