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Old 01-11-2013, 05:36 PM   #1
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Back to Back Cruises? Advantages?

I see alot of talk about people doing back to back cruises. I'm jealous...LOL

Anyway, I am trying to understand why people book B2B cruises instead of a 7 day cruise. Is there some kind of advantage to the B2B cruise that I'm missing?
maybe 2 stops at CC?

We are heading on our second DC in August back on the Dream!

I would love to do the Panama cruise or an Alaskan cruise one day
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Old 01-11-2013, 05:54 PM   #2
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there are a couple of advantages that I can tell you. others will probably give more.
one is, as you mentioned, two stops at cc. a second is that you get credit for two cruises which moves you up the ladder for the castaway club quicker.
we are taking a b2b in October but it is on the fantasy and the ports on each cruise are different. I would love to say that's why were doing it but if I am to be truthful, its because I want a two week dcl vaca. simple.....lol.
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Old 01-11-2013, 06:07 PM   #3
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When we did it on the Wonder, it was that we couldn't get to Florida for a Sat departure...we could get there for Sunday.

Our other B2B were not 4/3 nights. They were things like trans-Atlantic + Med, so totally different cruises.

4/3 vs. 7 nights--I'd do 7 nights if I had a choice. If you are madly in love with Castaway Cay, that's an advantage. But the downside is repeat menus, repeat shows, and the transition day....not nice.
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Old 01-11-2013, 06:21 PM   #4
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there are a couple of advantages that I can tell you. others will probably give more.
one is, as you mentioned, two stops at cc. a second is that you get credit for two cruises which moves you up the ladder for the castaway club quicker.
we are taking a b2b in October but it is on the fantasy and the ports on each cruise are different. I would love to say that's why were doing it but if I am to be truthful, its because I want a two week dcl vaca. simple.....lol.
Moving up the Castaway Club ladder is why I'm sending my wife on B2B cruises. I found the two cheapest B2B cruises I could: a four night Bahamian followed by a 5 night Carribean on the Disney Wonder out of Miami. She gets two different itineraries, nine nights, and she bumps up to Platinum. Her Platinum status gets our whole room earlier reservations for port excursions, spa, and Palo. And we get free dinner at Palo Clearly, platinum status does not pay for itself, but if getting it requires nine days on the Wonder, my wife is willing to do the work. Also, by doing them B2B, we advance her status while only paying for one roundtrip airline ticket.
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Old 01-11-2013, 06:42 PM   #5
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Anyway, I am trying to understand why people book B2B cruises instead of a 7 day cruise.
Not every b2b is two short cruises. We've done about 6 b2b's and only was was 2 short cruises and that was because it was the Dream inaugural and the second cruise. We're booked on b2b to do the Pacific Coast and Alaska this May and thinking about adding on the Panama Canal to make it a b2b2b.

But doing b2b on the shorter cruise can happen for a variety of reasons and yes, one of them is to have 2 stops at CC. Another is schedule -- may not be able to leave on a Saturday to catch the Fantasy for a 7 night cruise. Another may be price -- sometimes, not always, you can save a little money doing the 3/4 vs 7 but for me the price savings isn't worth everything you are missing. And another is as one poster said -- to build up Castaway Club status, although I don't ever really believe that is worth it and it is getting worth less and less every cruise.
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Old 01-11-2013, 08:36 PM   #6
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We're doing a b2b in Feb because we wanted to be onboard for longer than just 4 or 5 days, and wanted to sail on the Wonder again. The only way to accommodate those points within our time frame was to do a b2b.
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Old 01-11-2013, 10:38 PM   #7
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We are doing a B2B because of the departure day. I am running the Princess Half and will cross the finish line, jump in the car and hop on the ship.
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Old 01-12-2013, 10:02 AM   #8
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We're doing B2B Med cruises this summer, a 7 night followed by a 12 night. We did it this way for a few reasons. First, we did the Med in 2007 and felt like we were rushed trying to fit in everything we wanted to see in one day. Our older kids were 3yo and 11 months and keeping them out on 11-12 hour days was exhausting for us and them. Because of our schedule, we did a 10 night, which really had no break, just one long port day after another. So when we saw these itineraries this year, we figured if we booked 2 of them then we could break up the excursions in ports so that we weren't out 12 hours everyday. Another thing is that we didn't want to just add on a week or so on land because we have 3 small kids and the logistics of packing, repacking, driving/taking trains/planes, getting 2 hotel rooms, etc. And lastly, we're coming from Arizona, so long travel time. If we're going all the way out there, we may as well maximize our time cause it will be a long time before we go back.
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Old 01-12-2013, 11:11 AM   #9
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We did our 1st b2b last summer on Fantasy. It was to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary and we wanted to do something special - 14 nights on that ship is very special. We are doing another b2b this summer on Dream for two reasons. First, after 14 nights on the Fantasy, 4 on the Dream would never be enough. Second, we are sailing with a family we met a few cruises ago. They were are table mates and we really enjoy their company. We sailed with them once since that first time and this summer they could only do a 4 night.

As previously mentioned, there's lots of reasons people do it. It's fun. I loved being on the ship for 14 nights, I would prefer to do a Panama canal or other repo cruise but DH is a teacher and those itineraries are during the school year so they aren't an option at this time.
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Old 01-12-2013, 11:51 AM   #10
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We are booked on a B2B next summer on the Dream. We booked for a cpl reasons.
*it was over $1000 more for the same rooms on the Fantasy for that week (too much for us!) And we wanted a longer cruise
* we've only sailed on the Wonder before and the repeat menus/shows on the 3 night (our 4nt is first) is something we are looking forward too. We won't feel bad skipping the MDR's to do Palo, Remy, room service and skip the shows to do things we always miss (adult only bars, pools, spa stuff).
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Old 01-12-2013, 08:35 PM   #11
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We're doing a b2b in Feb because we wanted to be onboard for longer than just 4 or 5 days, and wanted to sail on the Wonder again. The only way to accommodate those points within our time frame was to do a b2b.
Our first cruise was a 7 day B2B CA REPO and a 7 day ALASKA cruise. First because we live in Hawaii the airfare to Vancouver was so expensive that we decided to catch the Wonder in San Pedro and cruise up to Vancouver rather than to fly!! The second reason being that it was our first cruise ever, and everyone says that after your first cruise all you want to do is get right back on the ship... so we did!! And we had such a great time on the two Inaugural cruises that we are doing it again this year!!!ALOHA, Karen and Ron
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Old 01-12-2013, 09:10 PM   #12
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We are doing a B2B because of the departure day. I am running the Princess Half and will cross the finish line, jump in the car and hop on the ship.
that's awesome. Did the wine and dine half and I don't know that I'd be able to "jump" or "hop" anywhere right afterwards. Though a few days on a cruise ship might be just the thing...
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