noname111
Contributor Level: Captain

Pros and Cons of back-to-back cruises (B2B)

A B2B cruise is generally understood as booking two or more consecutive cruises on the same ship. It can be a great option to extend your vacation time away when you have the time and/or money. 

Have you given this a try? 

What did you like... and not like as much?

Would you do this again?

Tags: back-to-back cruising

32 Answers

Johngold
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

Yes, we have done it, but we did not  know it at the time.

Loved the whole cruise.

Did not like the Spa package, actually lack of a continued spas package.

Did not like the billing process for pictures.

Internet packages broken up.

Knowing now what I know, I would do it again.... But I would get the information ahead of time

On thing the sites and the lines may not tell you right away, is on cruises over 14 days, there may be combined itineraries. So look carefully at cruise over 21 days.

While it is not a big thing, and would not have made us change the cruise line or destination, we would have been better prepared for what occurred.

 

DVCruise
Contributor Level: Captain

Doing 3 B2Bs starting Nov 6 to Southern and Eastern Caribbean.  I love it!! Recently did 2 B2Bs from Vancouver to LA to Mexico. 

  • I got to keep the same cabin and disembark with a small group and come right back on-board.
  • The only two ports being duplicated on this next cruise are St, Thomas & Grand Turk which I love repeating anyway.
  • On the past B2B, they kept my free internet balance and carried it over to the next leg and then issued another free internet credit for the 2nd cruise.
  • They gave me a choice if I wanted to settle my bill after first cruise or at the end of both.
  • I use a coffee card that is always transferable to the next cruise if you still have punches.

Biggest positive for me is saving on airfare to fly to Ft. Lauderdale. These are Princess cruises by the way.

For me, there is no negative ...

 

noname111
Contributor Level: Captain

Cruises come in all lengths... from blink of an eye to around-the-world voyages.  We had not thought of B2B cruising until speaking to a fellow cruiser who mentioned they were on their second of three legs.  It piqued our interest.

At first we thought, why would anyone want to do two of the same cruises one after the other? Then we realized that cruise ship itineraries often vary from one to the next, alternating east-west or another pattern and began to investigate further. We enjoy extended cruising so B2B allows us more options.

A great opportunity for consider B2B cruising is associated with repositioning cruises. In 2015, we cruised out of Boston to Northern European ports and tacked on a second cruise into Norway and the Fjords. The next cruise went into the Baltic area and Russia; many fellow cruisers did that one as well.

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

I have done several B2Bs and had no problems at all.  Each time I kept the same cabin.  I saved airfare which was almost what the added on cruise cost.  So, no negatives whatsoever. 

GTVCRUISER
Contributor Level: Captain

I do not like Back to Back Cruises , I like to go home for a little while and then go back and  cruise again

cruznjan
Contributor Level: Staff Captain

On my bucket list!

BDRebel
Contributor Level: Captain

I would love a B2B as long as it was different iteneraries.

One of my dream cruises would be a 3B Caribbean / TA / Mediterranean (or Northern Europe).

If not that, then at least a 2B combination of the above.

OldGreyWolf
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

My hope is to do a back to back fall NE cruise on the Dawn. The reason being is that it is 2 - 7 day cruises. One from Boston to Quebec with stops in between and the other is Quebec to Boston with different stops in between on the way back. It is technically a back to back but to me it is more like a 14 day round trip as none of the ports repeat.

BDRebel
Contributor Level: Captain

That sounds ideal -- a round trip with no repeated ports, including the embarkation!

BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain

Aside from missing our furry kids, there is no downside to a B2B.

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