I was wondering if anybody has done any back to back cruises on Celebrity ? I am thinking of doing the last Middle East cruise of the season, then the re-positioning from Europe to Florida, then the first 2 weeks of Caribbean season. It will be about 6 weeks on the same ship. Has anyone done anything like this? How are the days when one cruise ends and the next begins ?
Back to Back Cruises
We did a B2B on the Celebrity Century awhile back, 6 or 7 years ago. It used to be, the changeover day, you were invited to a special breakfast. I have heard that is no longer the case.
6 weeks on the same ship ? Wow ! Don't expect menu changes. It stays the same every 7 days. If it's scheduled to be longer, say 14 days, you'll benefit from a 14 day menu.
B2Bs are great. Celebrity we loved. Great food and service. 6 weeks is a little too long for me, unless it was a world tour. Then I'd be ready for 150(?) days
We completed three B2Bs on Celebrity Reflection in early 2015. We enjoyed the experience. Based on that (and the 123 Go special offer), we booked four B2Bs for Jan-March 2017 on another Celebrity ship.
A few things to consider...
If possible book early enough to get the same cabin for all of your cruises. I highly recommend this because otherwise, you have to deal with packing and unpacking multiple times.
If you cruise for extended lengths of time, consider booking a larger stateroom/suite than you are accustomed to for shorter trips. We booked a mini suite for the B2B Princess cruises we are taking in early 2016 because 45 days in a small stateroom would make me just a tad cranky.
Only pack about half of the clothes you think you'll need for the extended period of time because on Celebrity we got 2 laundry vouchers on our turnaround days as a thank you. That was an unexpected benefit.
Hope that helps...
We did this last year. First we booked on Celebrity Summit for a two week cruise to New England/Canada and purchased airfare. Later we discovered that the Summit's last cruise to Bermuda was the week before our cruise. Since Bermuda cruises are hard to come by from FL, we decided to add on the Bermuda cruise and change our flights. Celebrity handled the transition between the two cruises superbly. Everything went so smoothly. There were perks for doing this too like free laundry. I just wished that we had known earlier where the Summit would be the previous week. Luckily we were able to remain in the same stateroom. The cruise lines are falling down on the job of informing us of these possibilitie.
We did a similar thing on HAL last September. We combined a Grand Voyage with a Panama Canal cruise so we could return to FL without needed another airplane flight. The numbers worked financially, believe it or not.
I really like these B2B cruises.