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Old 06-15-2005, 11:11 AM
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Hi all,

We're planning a cruise to/from Europe for 2006. We are going to do Europe by cruise twice. Once (2006) for Northern Europe and again later for the Mediterranean.

This will be our first time in Europe and we're looking at the reverse TransAtlantic on Princess from London to Fort Lauderdale with stops in the British Isles and Iceland.

Has anyone been on this or similar itinerary? Any thoughts or comments?

Thanks!
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Old 06-16-2005, 08:16 PM
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Kate, sounds awesome to me. Go for it Not done a transatlantic yet.
I have done the Black Sea Cruise years ago. Excellent cruise.
Doing the Med/Greek Isles July 2006 on the Grand. Cannot wait.
Right now looking into the Scandinavia/Russia on the Star for Aug. or Sept. this year.
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Old 06-17-2005, 05:22 AM
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We've broadened our search from Transatlantic to general Europe. Still staying away from Med (we want to do it, just not this time).

The prices are pretty high. I understand that this isn't a jaunt down to the Caribbean where I usually pay the equivalent of $100-150 per day pp. (Canadian dollars).

Europe is coming out at about $250-300 pd pp. Yikes! And of course, you've got the usual shipboard expenses to tack on to that.

I think I may wait to see what the Captains Circle sends me ....
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Kate,

at the moment Celebrity offers cruises for Scandinavia and the Balticum for really good prices on the Century. We can book a tour Amsterdam-Netherlands, Copenhagen-Denmark, Stockholm-Sweden,Helsinki-Finland, St. Petersburg-Russia, Tallin-Estonia for these prices, starting in Amsterdam:

Inside-cabin 1.111 Euro
Outside-cabin 1.200 Euro

So check it out and read the cruise-review from Tom Ogg on this board.

Best regards from germany,

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Don't know if this helps or not. We've taken two TransAtlantic cruises; both from England to the US... RCI Brilliance to Boston and Golden Princess to New York. Both cruises were 7 day nonstops with no ports.

I had no problem with not stopping at any ports and spending 7 days at sea. I went on the cruises to relax and just spent each one just chillin'. Both cruises were in September. The first one we had to travel around the remnants of a hurricane (Gustov) and we had a couple of pretty rough days at sea (60 foot swells). The second one... you couldn't have asked for 7 nicer days. Sunny and calm seas the entire trip.

The nice thing about going westbound is that you get 5 days where you get an extra hour because of the time zone changes. Both cruises were great... the food was great, the entertainment was good.

Sometimes I think I must not have very high standards compared to some posts because I've been on a number of cruises and I have never had a bad experience. The only complaint I've had with cruise lines is that I wish they would put the ketchup and mustard in big pump type jars instead of the little packets that they all use. But I'm sure that's probably a health issue or something.

Sorry I kind of got off the subject. Can't give you any information about any ports but like I said, the days at sea were fun and it was just the kind of relaxing trip I was looking for. Enjoy your trip.
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Tim makes a great point. On an eastbound transatlantic, you lose an hour a day, while on a westbound, you gain an hour a day. It makes all the difference in the world. Do the westbound. That would be my suggestion.

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I had heard mention of the time zones, so yes, for transatlantic purposes, we would go westbound.

It's just the prices that are killing me ... I'm not sure if I should wait and book closer to the actual dates? We are open to pretty much any time of the year.
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Hey Kate,

it must be different in the US. In Germany the prices for the repositioning cruises from europe to the US are the less expensiest prices we can get. I will give you an example:
Celebrity Cruises
CONSTELLATION
old and new word departure 0.09.2005

starts at 1188,- Euro



1 DOVER (ENGLAND) 17:00

2 AMSTERDAM (NIEDERLANDE) 08:30 17:00

3 ZEEBRÜGGE (BELGIEN) 10:00 18:00

4 LE HAVRE (FRANKREICH) 08:00 23:59

5 at sea

6 CORK (IRLAND) 07:00 17:00

7 at sea

8 at sea
9 at sea
10 at sea
11 HALIFAX (NOVA SCOTIA) 09:00 17:00

11 at sea

12 NEW YORK (NEW YORK) 07:00


flight vom germany to London, eonomy-Class cruise with the CONSTELLATION
and flight back to from New York to Germany



MILLENNIUM
HIGHLIGHTS EUROPAS UND FLORIDAS Abfahrt 18.11.2005

starting at 1177,- €

1 BARCELONA (SPANIEN) 07:00

2 MARSEILLE (FRANKREICH) 07:00 19:00

3 VILLEFRANCHE (FRANKREICH) 07:00 19:00

4 CIVITAVECCHIA (ITALIEN) 07:00 19:00

5 at sea

6 MALAGA (SPANIEN) 09:00 17:00

7 at sea

8 TENERIFFA (SPANIEN) 09:00 17:00

9 at sea
10 at sea
11 at sea
12 at sea
13 at sea
14 at sea
15 FORT LAUDERDALE (FLORIDA) 07:00

flight from germany to Spain, Barcelona, cruise with the Millenieum and flight back from
Miami/Ft. Lauderdale

So what do you say about these prices?

Another example for a last-minute-offer:

They brought the Century to Europe and offered last-minute-prices one week before the departure:
455,- Euro Cruise and flight.
We were very sorry we had not the time to take this offer.

Best regards, Marita
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Yes, those deals are definitely better than I can get.

I wasn't sure from your post if those prices included airfare or not, since you made mention of it.

For comparison, I'm looking at similar itineraries (on Princess/HAL), and they are being quoted to me at about $2900-3500 Canadian dollars + airfare which is about $1100 CAD.

So even with the lower end option, I'm looking at $4000 CAD PP which is about $2500 Euros PP (including the airfare).
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