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We received a brochure from a Regent Seven Seas Cruises about a week or so ago. This contained the initial itineraries for their new ship, Seven Seas Explorer, which debuts in 2016. She will be a bit larger than the current RSSC ships Seven Seas Mariner and Seven Seas Voyager; about 54000 tons instead of between 42000 and 47000 tons. Passengers numbers, however, are about the same – just under 750, standard capacity – which means more space per passenger.

This is reflected in the price, of course. The minimum price per passenger for a 10-night cruise seems to be about £5,000. Yes, that does include airfares (these were all Mediterranean fly cruises); I was looking at high-ish season dates – June/ early July and September, not March or November; and it is all-inclusive – but even so, that’s a lot of money. £10,000 for a ten-night cruise…..

We have wondered about luxury cruise lines and we would be prepared to pay more for a cruise if we thought it was likely to be a significantly higher quality experience than the mass-market lines. (And I do recognise that I haven’t even attempted to define “higher quality”.) But we do have to feel that we’re getting value for money; and £10,000 for 10 day’s holiday in the Med, visiting places that in general we’ve visited before, doesn’t sound like it. To me, at least.

3 Responses to “Luxury Cruising – a reality check”

  1. Malcolm Oliver says:

    I did a wine tasting once with a few glasses form various priced bottles, £5, £10, £25 and £50. The £50 was the best, but the £25 was very-very nice. The question for the buyer: “is the £50 bottle that good that you would pay double for it, compared to the £25 one”. I would also say “NO”, but a wine buff would probably say yes.

    I suppose it is the same with luxury cruisers. They might be 30% better than a mass-market one, but you pay 100% more!

  2. Ruth says:

    You can read my review n Cruise Critic re Seven Seas Mariner. I did 2 as I did not think the first had been saved! However, I do not believe the cruise is worth the high price tag. Prefer Princess and Celebrity. The ships may be larger and carry more passengers but far better value for money even taking into account the fact that drinks and trips have to be paid for.

    • Tom Burke says:

      Ruth, thanks for that comment. That does touch on something that I had wondered about – if it’s 50% better (say) but costs 100% more, how would I feel?

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