Posted August 12th, 2017, 06:06 PM
Last edited by hallasm; August 12th, 2017 at 06:09 PM Reason: spelling correction
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I am thinking of booking to go either may june or september 2018 for max 7 nights . I have looked at Fred Olsen , Msc , Hurtigruten? but could do with some advice.
Note that Hurtigruten offerings are very different from the 'ordinary' cruise lines.
Other possible cruise lines are Costa, Holland America, Celebrity and Royal Caribbean - departure ports might be Copenhagen, Southampton, Amsterdam or Hamburg. All easy accessible at a reasonable cost from Mallorca. Just plan to fly into the departure port at least the day before. many airlines serving Mallorca don't have the best regularity records.
As whole trip is quite scenic i think we would be better with a balcony i am aware it's qite abit more expensive , for the 3 adults traveling i seem to be seeing prices of about 3000 euros plus whatever our flights are .
Sure - I'll recommend a balcony
Should we book now or at times do sales come on? nearer the date will cabins with balconys of sold out i have seen majority of cabins on MSC have balconys , do usually last minute offers come up ?
Cruise lines has reduced the number of Norwegian Fjords sailings - many cruises are sold out but some 'short notice' offerings in you can travel at short notice. But probably not a balcony.
Once you have chosen the cruise line, it would be better to book at once with a refundable deposit. This will enable you to choose the ideal balcony cabin lcation you want. You can monitor the price movement after till final payment date to avail of price drops.
Please note that the booking conditions and rules in Europe are very different from USA.
... not quite sure if better to book direct or online through another agent .
I alway book directly at the cruise line web. Not a problem at all