Originally posted by shelly6204:
I was also wondering about this cruise line. Thinking of going in 1 1/2 years, but want to make a good choice. Is it a good value for the $?
Festival Cruises (First European is the company's marketing name in the US) offers two different product lines - Discovery and Premium. The Premium ships are new four-star ships, while the Discovery ships are older, smaller second-hand tonnage. Not bad, but definitely not on par with the ships the big US lines have. Festival is usually considered good value for the money as far as the cruise fare goes, but please note that onboard extras are plentyful and often more costly than on other lines. This even includes a full TV program (EUR / USD 20 per day), visits to the command bridge etc.
If you know about this and take these extras into consideration, you should be fine. However, do remember that announcements are usually made in at least five languages (English, Spanish, Italian, French and German) and that more than 95% of your fellow passengers will be European who might not speak English that well.
Hope this helps!