If you have taken even one cruise, it is likely (at least the statistics say so) that you will take another one. Oddly, when we asked out 22-year-old son a few months ago about his vacation preferences, even he said that his very favorite vacations were cruises. So, evidently cruises are not just for the boomer-and-beyond crowd! So, as you contemplate booking that next cruise – whether you’ve been on one or ten – with respect, please permit us to give you a wee piece of advice.
If you are thinking of upgrading to a larger, nicer, better-located-and-with-more-amenities stateroom, consider the answer to this question before you do: Are you prepared to book this level of stateroom (or above) and pay the price for every cruise you will take in the future? If the answer is no, then step away from the upgrade. The fact is this: once you upgrade, you will never go back!
We know this because on our 20th wedding anniversary five years ago we decided to book a Royal Suite on a Celebrity ship to travel the Mediterranean for the first time. Since then, we have been on half a dozen cruises and we have never been able to convince ourselves that we’d enjoy anything less. Ouch, that can be expensive – but oh how you will enjoy your cruise! From the perspective of the discerning traveler who is judicious about that luxury spending, it his worth every penny. In our opinion, as we’ve mentioned before, bigger is not better when it comes to cruise ships – unless you’re referring to your suite!
Before we cruised only in suites, we didn’t know what we were missing. That was just fine. But we find now that the lines are using photos of their suites in much of their advertising. If you’re a bit curious about what a suite is really like, come inside our suite on a recent cruise aboard the Celebrity Century. In later posts we’ll take you aboard Regent and Silversea. Promise! Click on the photo to take you to the tour…
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