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Old 11-04-2012, 09:14 AM   #16
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Just curious, what is the perk of a b2b as opposed to just a longer cruise? Wouldn't it just be a repeat of where you had been, etc? We are planning our first cruise, and I've seen b2b mentioned quite a lot so I was just wondering. Thanks!
Perks of a B2B cruise:

1. Longer total cruise time. We like week long cruises, which are not available on all DCL ships. The cruise itself is a destination.
2. Assuming you have booked your cabin so that you stay in the same cabin. No added packing, repacking, unpacking in between cruises.
3. The repeated itinerary may give you a chance to go to Castaway Cay multiple times in one week. Bonus for CC addicts.
4. On your second cruise, you benefit from familiarity with the ship. You know where things/events are.
5. You get the chance to 'be there twice' (it's a Hermoine Grainger thing). If you wanted to attend two events that were scheduled at the same time, go to one event on the first cruise, and the second on the next cruise.
6. You 'qualify' to go to Palo (and Remy) twice. Once on each cruise. Of course, you can also book a second dinner on one cruise.
7. If you want to book an in port cabin upgrade for your second cruise, and there is availability, you're there before anyone else.
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Old 11-04-2012, 11:11 AM   #17
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Just curious, what is the perk of a b2b as opposed to just a longer cruise? Wouldn't it just be a repeat of where you had been, etc? We are planning our first cruise, and I've seen b2b mentioned quite a lot so I was just wondering. Thanks!
It depends on the cruises. If you do a 4+3 (as we did once), it will be the same activities/ports/menus. In this case, there was no way we could get to Florida for a Sat. departure but we could do Sunday.

Other B2Bs we've done have been different cruises--like Transatlantic + first Med.

It should be noted that what happens as far as the transition day varies widely--we've never had it the same way twice, and our experiences don't match with what friends have told us. We have never had to wait in a lounge; we have never been escorted off as part of a group. We did not have to go to our scheduled breakfast when we were staying in the same room--in fact, we told our host to NOT do our room that day as he had so much else to do and we would sleep late (he did it anyhow, just later than other rooms).

You will get an instruction sheet in your room which will detail the procedure for your cruise. That is consistent.
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