From ShannonO: How different are Azamara and Crystal in food, service, and other details and amenities? How different is the food quality. Is it like the difference between Applebees and Ruth's Chris? A take-away sushi stand versus Nobu? Is the service completely different? How will the passengers differ? Our reference is Seabourn. We love fine dining and service, and we all enjoy wines but are not fine wine drinkers. We actually could forego the formal attire.
From bamelin: I'm curious about trying out a luxury or premium line. I do believe however if I do so I'll only be able to get an inside cabin. Is it worth it to sacrifice having the balcony we would get on a mainstream line, to be able to take the step up to a luxury/premium line even if this means an inside cabin?
From OctoberKat: Would like to voyage on a luxury ship with larger suites but as a couple we are not prone to dressing up and would rather not have to pack a great deal. So even "casual elegance" and "country-club casual" don't appeal. This is not a budget issue, rather one of comfort and preference. Any recommendations? Expedition Luxury ships tend not to have larger suites so they are out. Azamara isn't as top-flight as I'd like but they do offer a few larger suites and we have booked two cruises. Other options?
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From sandinmyshoes: Who doesn’t include alcohol? We have been wanting to try a luxury line, but my husband and I don't drink and don't want to pay extra for an included package that will not benefit us. It's not that we are opposed to alcohol, just that we prefer to eat our calories over drinking them.
From TheWulf: After a good handful of sailings on the core lines (NCL, Princess, Celebrity), I'd like to try something different for 2015/16. I'm considering the luxury lines, but cost-wise many of them just don't make sense for us. I've noticed that Azamara tends to have some good deals. Are there any other cruise lines that are somewhat positioned as luxury lines but would be not quite luxury but a step above core lines?
.@OurMiniFamily: Some cruise lines do have blogger outreach programs. Plus, there's also TBEX at Sea coming up in Oct.
From ccletzgo: Which cruise lines offer day excursions included? Greek Island cruise AND air included?
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From uktog on the Cruise Critic Forums: Azamara is certainly a more affordable product than many people realise. The range of inclusions within the base price is very good. However, there is one issue that still is out of line and I wonder if you could comment why it is the case. That is that there is no included "bubbles" within the inclusions - I am sure I am not alone in saying that prosecco and cava are drinks I really enjoy but it is strange that whilst my partner can enjoy equally expensive spirits at no cost, I have to pay extra if ever I want to drink anything with fizz. (It is coincidentally the same with mineral water - still but no fizz)
Two areas I am intrigued as to why they have not been added to the programme of included items.
Scott, if you had to compare each luxury cruise line to a hotel in terms of price, style and demographics, how would they match up? Is Regent the Four Seasons or Ritz, for example? Or even higher end?
From Funtone40: Hi all, has anyone done the math – is there a best value luxury line? free flights? alcohol included? shore excursions? I am wondering if it is worth it to pay for everything up front or choose to pay only for what you want. Lets say, a cruise in Asia with expensive flights and that tantalizing business upgrade...please help me with the confusion! I have been on Hal , Princess , RC and recently Crystal. Up up and away! Is it worth it to go to Regent or should we try Oceania?
.@radiosarah:@LuxuryCruiseCo Going to cruise San Juan, St Lucia, Barbados, St. Thomas and St Maarten March 21-28. What excursions are best?
From calliopecruiser: From my reading it seems that the luxury lines are more generous to solo cruisers in terms of reasonable single supplements than the mass market lines......that makes it not much more to travel solo on a luxury line than it is for a similar voyage on a lesser line. Do you think there's one luxury or upper-level cruise line that offers a better solo experience than the others? For instance, "gentlemen hosts" on Crystal sound like a real boon to solo ladies wanting to dance.
From lunula: I am 40, my husband is 36. We are relatively well-traveled, but new to cruising. We are relatively active, but we enjoy our downtime We definitely want a ship with more amenities, better food and better land excursions but we're not so interested in the huge ship experience, as we're more focused on the excursions than the actual boat. We would like a higher-end experience, but not so high end that we have to take out a 2nd mortgage. We have no kids, and we'd like to cruise without a lot kids on-board, if possible. Can we disqualify any luxury cruise lines based on the age criteria? We do not want to take a retirement cruise until we're retired.
From mpfund: Is it possible to get Hapag-Lloyd to permit making payments in Euros as an American?
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