Cruise Tip: Is An Ocean Cruise Good Value?

Cruise Tip: Is An Ocean Cruise Good Value?

Cruise Tip: Is An Ocean Cruise Good Value?

Cruise Tip: Is An Ocean Cruise Good Value?

By WAVEJourney


We’re often asked if cruising is good value. In our experience, it certainly can be. Of course, it depends what you’re comparing a cruise fare with.

If you’re looking at a similar class and quality between a cruise and hotels/dining/entertainment/etc., you can make a good price comparison.


Our most recent Holland America Line cruise in March was a 14-night Caribbean vacation on their beautiful ship Nieuw Amsterdam (launched in 2010). This cruise started and finished in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. During the cruise we visited Grand Turk, Grand Cayman, San Juan in Puerto Rico, Half Moon Cay private island in the Bahamas, St. Thomas in USVI, Cozumel in Mexico and Key West in Florida. Our inside cabin fare with port charges and taxes came to a grand total of $2,194 (for 2 adults sharing 1 cabin). If we had booked a balcony cabin the price was about double for this cruise itinerary.

If we had booked a similar itinerary via air and land to island hop and stay in moderate 4-star lodging (with no view), the cost would exceed $12,000 to cover the same aspects of transportation, accommodation, dining, and entertainment (not including sightseeing, land tours and activities, etc.).

So, you do the math! We’re definitely convinced ocean cruising can offer tremendous value. And the beauty of only unpacking once on your floating resort is priceless!

Find an itinerary you want to experience and give ocean cruising a try. There really is a ship and cruise experience to suit everyone.


Note: Additional expenses onboard a ship will be incurred. Gratuities are added to the account on the ship, alcoholic and soda beverages are extra, shore excursion and specialty dining have extra costs. But, those costs would be similar on land (or more expensive in some places).


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