Did you know that if you cruise in a mini-suite or higher on a non-luxury cruise line, that your TOTAL trip cost is about the same as the starting rates on a luxury cruise line?
Regent Seven Seas Cruises has been leading the luxury cruise market toward almost 100% all-inclusive cruising.
The upfront price includes everything from Shore Excursions to Roundtrip Air on a Regent Cruise, so if you look at the TOTAL out of pocket price on the Luxury Cruise is really close to the TOTAL trip cost of a mini-suite on a non-luxury cruise ship.
Let’s look at the Regent Seven Seas Navigator to Alaska:
7-night Alaska Cruise departing Vancouver on July 1st, 2015.
Total Price for Deluxe Window Suite is $5,999 per person.
This price includes:
- Free Airfare [$700 value from ATL] Click to view all airports included.
- Free Wi-Fi [$280 value]
- Free Premium Beverages include cocktails and wine [$400 value]
- Free Daily Mini Bar Replenishment [$100 value]
- Free Specialty Dining [$200 value]
- Free UNLIMITED Shore Excursions [$1,000 value]
- Free Gratuities [$105]
- Free Transfers between Airport to Ship [$100 value]
- $300 onboard credit from Regent Seven Seas
- Exclusive BONUS $200 shipboard credit from Cruise Specialists
All of these included amenities add up to $3,385 per person. You will have to buy most of these included items on any other Alaska Cruise. Airfare and transportation to/from airport is a must.
In order to fully experience Alaska, Shore Excursions are a must. Specialty Dining and Premium Wine and Cocktails are popular with many cruisers.
The starting price of $5,999 includes $3,385 worth of extras that most non-luxury cruises do not include and a lot of the ‘extras’ are necessities.
The same week, the Mini-Suite on the 7-night Grand Princess Alaska Cruise with similar itinerary is $2,500 per person. $2,500 + $3,385 [the included Regent amenities] =$5,885.
If on the Princess Cruise, you cruised in a mini-suite and paid for everything that is included on the Regent Cruise the total price would be $5,885 compared to the Regent price of $5,999 per person.
$114 more per person for a luxury cruise experience.
This example is typical across all destinations. If you typically cruise in a mini-suite or better on a non-luxury cruise line and have thought about trying out a Luxury Cruise line the TOTAL trip is cost is going to be similar.
What is the Luxury Cruise Difference?
If you have never cruised on a Luxury cruise line, you may be asking yourself ‘What is the difference between a contemporary or premium cruise and a Luxury Cruise?’
This video does a great job of representing the Regent Seven Seas difference:
Here are some comparisons that show the Luxury difference. One of the major differences is the staff to passenger ratio. In the chart below, you will see the that there is 1 staff member for every 1.4 passengers on Regent Seven Seas compared to 1 staff member for every 2.7 guests on Princess Cruises.
AUTHOR NOTE: Rich Tucker founder of CruiseSource, is social media manager for several leading cruise brands including Cruise Specialists. Rich is regularly featured in major publications such as the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, etc. as a Cruise Price Expert.