We all know that cruising gives you good value compared with other ways of vacationing. But, what does the term mean to you? Does it mean that you received the lowest base price? For me it mean that I receive personalized service, little complimentary extras that I didn't expect and that I received good customer service if a problem develops. What makes a cruise a good value to you?
"Good Value For Your Money..." What Does This Mean to You When You Cruise?
For me, HAL provide good value in cruising. HAL is consistently good in providing excellent friendly and personalized service, immaculate elegant ships, varied dinner menus and unique itineraries. I like the extras such as complimentary canvas tote bag, ceramic tile, hors d'oeuvres at cocktail hour and real ice cream at the buffet.
Well, that is a good question. Value for dollars spent.... This is a very subjective topic. I do not mind spending more for goods and services if I believe the value is there. For example, I will cruise to Hawaii again on Princess, as I have quite a few friends who have cruised on different lines as well as Princess, and Princess wins the vote for value. On the other hand, there are cruise lines going to Bermuda, that are cheaper and bigger than NCL and experiences vary from great to not so good just by the shear size of the ship.
If one does enough research, and is satisfied with what they purchase then the value to them is there. I visit a local liquor store that 1) knows my name. 2) special orders product for me.3) surprised me with discounts and specials. 4) cost me more than other stores.
Will I change? No. The extra care the employees take along with the reception I receive and service, far outweighs the extra few dollars it cost to be satisfied.
Again, very subjective topic. Looking forward to some answers.
Good value for the money means different things to me.
1. All out low price. I know when I get a Carnival cruise for about $50.00 a night, it is a good value for the $. I also know what to expect for food, service, entertainment and the ship. Oh and lets not forget all the kids running around on Carnival. Kind of like shopping at Walmart. Good cheap fun and a bit tacky but not where you want to spend a lot of time.
2. What you get for your dollar. High end luxury and service. I know when I book Celebrity it will cost me more then Carnival but I know I will have a different experience. I know the ship will be elegant, service will be top line, good food, lectures, nice cabins with flat screens and lots of storage, Bath amenities, (free cocktail hours every night, free laundry and free cabin upgrade from the loyalty program benefits), more space on the ship per passenger so it does not feel crowded and I also know I will be with higher grade fellow cruisers.
For me the Value depends on the experience I want at that time. What I will put up with for a few days to a week is different then what I want for 2 weeks or a month..
Both great replies johngold and JustMe. Thanks for joining the discussion. What do the rest of you think?