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#61
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There's a crazy cheap price on the Jan 3 2019 world cruise from Chennai (Madras), India to Langkawi, Malaysia.

436 nights on the classy Queen Mary 2 of premium line Cunard at just $47 per day, including port fees and taxes.

Even cheaper through an online TA, who may either give a discount of up to 10% or equivalent OBC.
#62
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Originally posted by drsel
There's a crazy cheap price on the Jan 3 2019 world cruise from Chennai (Madras), India to Langkawi, Malaysia.

436 nights on the classy Queen Mary 2 of premium line Cunard at just $47 per day, including port fees and taxes.

Even cheaper through an online TA, who may either give a discount of up to 10% or equivalent OBC.
436 nights??? Langkawi to Chennai is only 3 days.
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#63
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Originally posted by Scrapnana
436 nights??? Langkawi to Chennai is only 3 days.
Yes I think it's a mistake. Sorry
#64
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Joined Jul 2017
Originally posted by drsel
Wow, 104 nights! That's amazing!!
1) How did they manage 104 different shows? Was there a show every night?
2) What about the other gameshows and entertainment for 104 days? Was it different every evening?
3) How many champagne art auctions? How many champagne bottles as prizes?
4) How many theme parties? How many pool parties?
5) How many comedy shows? How many gameshows?
6) How many formal nights with lobster and steak?
7) How many countries? How many visas? How many blank pages are required in your passport for visas?
8) What was the (cruise only) cost per person? How much did you spend in all?

I have great difficulty convincing my wife to come for even a 29 night cruise I booked at an incredible price. She says a 7-10 night cruise is ideal. She even found a 14 night cruise to be too long and tiresome. Even boring. I really envy you!
Pardon me for all the questions and thanks again for for the information!


Well Iíll try to answer your questions :
My answers are based on a 141 day WC taken last year
1. Most every night there was entertainment and MOST shows where quite good . As a note, we didnít book the WC for the nightly entertainment , we booked it for the daily experiences we experienced.
2.Yes it different and not all shows where on the main stage . You have to remember that we where in most cases 1/2 the world away from where we started. Most of the entertainers came from the States and England
3.NONE ! Thank you Very Much and No Art Auctions -Nor photographers taking your pictures ! THAT WAS LIBERATING! To say the least. .
4. Only a few and they where optional but fun. The celebrations involved many of the very hard working crew members as they left us for well earned vacations. The one celebration that I remember well was when we crossed the equator and we all had to kiss the fish and jump into the pool to become shell backs ! Something I never thought Iíd do at the age of 70. In addition , they gave us an official cruise certification of being a shell back. Just a lot of Fun-Even the Captain went along and participated in the celebration minus the grog we had to sample .
5.Not going to answer that stupid question. REALLY -you rate,a cruise on how many comedy shows you get to see. You need to learn how to entertain yourself and not wait for others to do it for you.
6. NO FORMAL NIGHTS IN 141 night . What a breath of FRESH AIR. Sports jacket and tie is about all I can muster! Plus my wife doesnít want to PUT THE DOG ON either . At my age who am I trying to impress.?
7. 60 plus countries, if you go on a Good Cruise line they
Will arrange for visas and entry information and have the additional costs worked into the price. Start out with a BRAND NEW PASSPORT. If you are going on a TRUE World Cruise
you donít NEED to count the pages on the NEW PASSPORT, the visa service will inform you if you donít have enough .
8. First of all ,itís none of your business what I or anyone else pays for something is their business not yours. If you need to ask what something costs ,maybe you canít afford it. Thatís what my DAD TOLD ME!


Find a GOOD HONEST HARDWORKING TRAVEL AGENT . Plan and worK with that person and only with that person. They will work their tails off for you !


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#65
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Joined Aug 2003
Originally posted by Eaches
Well Iíll try to answer your questions :
My answers are based on a 141 day WC taken last year
1. Most every night there was entertainment and MOST shows where quite good . As a note, we didnít book the WC for the nightly entertainment , we booked it for the daily experiences we experienced.
2.Yes it different and not all shows where on the main stage . You have to remember that we where in most cases 1/2 the world away from where we started. Most of the entertainers came from the States and England
3.NONE ! Thank you Very Much and No Art Auctions -Nor photographers taking your pictures ! THAT WAS LIBERATING! To say the least. .
4. Only a few and they where optional but fun. The celebrations involved many of the very hard working crew members as they left us for well earned vacations. The one celebration that I remember well was when we crossed the equator and we all had to kiss the fish and jump into the pool to become shell backs ! Something I never thought Iíd do at the age of 70. In addition , they gave us an official cruise certification of being a shell back. Just a lot of Fun-Even the Captain went along and participated in the celebration minus the grog we had to sample .
5.Not going to answer that stupid question. REALLY -you rate,a cruise on how many comedy shows you get to see. You need to learn how to entertain yourself and not wait for others to do it for you.
6. NO FORMAL NIGHTS IN 141 night . What a breath of FRESH AIR. Sports jacket and tie is about all I can muster! Plus my wife doesnít want to PUT THE DOG ON either . At my age who am I trying to impress.?
7. 60 plus countries, if you go on a Good Cruise line they
Will arrange for visas and entry information and have the additional costs worked into the price. Start out with a BRAND NEW PASSPORT. If you are going on a TRUE World Cruise
you donít NEED to count the pages on the NEW PASSPORT, the visa service will inform you if you donít have enough .
8. First of all ,itís none of your business what I or anyone else pays for something is their business not yours. If you need to ask what something costs ,maybe you canít afford it. Thatís what my DAD TOL
Find a GOOD HONEST HARDWORKING TRAVEL AGENT . Plan and worK with that person and only with that person. They will work their tails off for you !


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Great answers! Any insights how to find this GOOD HARDWORKING HONEST TA who specializes on WC? Unfortunately none of our friends or relatives ever took WC so none can offer any referrals or suggestions. We plan our first WC so finding a trustworthy and knowledgeable TA is a must.
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#66
Toronto, Dunedin FL and Ottawa Valley
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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.

Originally posted by drsel
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?
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#67
British Columbia
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Joined Jun 2014
Originally posted by Wendy The Wanderer

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?
Wendy - As you noted, taking a longer cruise on an unknown Line, especially a World Cruise, is both unusual and a bit of a risk.

However, for a variety of reasons, we are very comfortable with our decision. The length is not an issue for either of us, as I worked at sea for 40 + years and DW has completed numerous longer cruises (> 1 month) + we have 1 previous WC completed.

We wanted 2020, since it is a significant anniversary and the schedule did not permit a quick cruise in the interim. I also note that Viking's WC's are significantly different from their regular cruises, so taking a short cruise may not have given a full assessment of what to expect.

Prior to booking we spent many months planning and researching, developing a statement of requirements and budget. We researched each luxury and premium Line, as we have no desire to return to mainstream lines, even the ones with special classes of cabin. Viking ticked the most boxes, so we research them fairly thoroughly, although I have been following them since 2015.

So to summarise, yes it is a risk, but with research, we are comfortable with the decision.
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#68
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Joined Dec 2014
Originally posted by Aldeya
Great answers! Any insights how to find this GOOD HARDWORKING HONEST TA who specializes on WC? Unfortunately none of our friends or relatives ever took WC so none can offer any referrals or suggestions. We plan our first WC so finding a trustworthy and knowledgeable TA is a must.
Yes, he should know the visa requirements for cruise ship passengers (of all nationalities), for each and every country that is accessible by cruise.
He should be able to get you the best deal, in terms of a discount or OBC.
He should also watch out for price drops and automatically pass on the benefit of any price drop.
Maybe I'm asking for too much
#69
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Originally posted by Aldeya
Any insights how to find this GOOD HARDWORKING HONEST TA who specializes on WC?
Unfortunately, the rules here on CC forbid anyone asking for TA info, asking to be privately emailed TA info and for anyone giving out TA info.
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#70
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Joined Dec 2014
Originally posted by Aldeya
Any insights how to find this GOOD HARDWORKING HONEST TA who specializes on WC?.
Since we are not allowed to name TAs here on CC, you should ask experienced cruisers you meet on your next cruise, (especially those who have been on long cruises); and then analyze their advice.
You could also ask on TripAdvisor, where there are entire threads on cruise TAs recommended by others. You have to discern which recommendations are genuine and which are posted by the TAs themselves (or their employees).
Self advertising is also banned on TripAdvisor, but genuine advice is allowed in the forums.
#71
Toronto
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The Oceania incident that Wendy referred to was their inaugural world cruise in 2015 - about 5 weeks before the cruise the ship had a engine fire while docked in St Lucia. Once the ship was repaired it sailed empty to Singapore missing the first 71 days of the 180 day voyage but continued from there. My wife and I and many others scheduled to be on the 2015 voyage switched to the 2016 voyage and a passenger did pass away on a sea day after Madagascar. While on the 2016 voyage another passenger had a friend on the HAL w/c- they reported several deaths in the first month.

Besides the death, there were other injuries and passengers being victims on crimes along the way which can happen on any cruise.

We also had one passenger that instead of taking complaints to the GM, thought the best way to communicate his displeasure was to yell, scream and demean staff - he got kicked off part way through a 180 day voyage.
#72
Toronto, Dunedin FL and Ottawa Valley
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Originally posted by Waynetor
The Oceania incident that Wendy referred to...

We also had one passenger that instead of taking complaints to the GM, thought the best way to communicate his displeasure was to yell, scream and demean staff - he got kicked off part way through a 180 day voyage.
Good! Glad to see the staff had the gumption to do this. We once had a guy who was staying in the Owner's Suite on Regent Voyager who was obviously at least verbally abusing his wife, a "captain of industry" sort, and who got belligerent one night and clocked another passenger, punching him in the face and knocking him down. Luckily for him, it was almost the end of the cruise, so he only had to stay locked up in his (very expensive) cabin for one night.
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