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Mr. Steinhoff’s Answer

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Mr. Steinhoff asks “How much is the Owner’s Suite?”

For a three-day cruise, an Owner’s Suite costs about the same as a Balcony Suite on a seven-day cruise. That is about $1,000 per person.

Why would you want one for three days when you can cruise for seven days for the same price?

Let me count the ways.

First, do you like standing in line?

When you have an Owner’s Suite, you don’t stand in line for anything. That includes getting on the ship, getting off the ship, or getting anything you want when you are on the ship.

Second, do you like space? The Owner’s suite has a balcony bigger than my living room. The suite itself is as good as any hotel room I have ever seen.

Most times I have cruised, there wasn’t space to put the junk you bought, much less the stuff you brought. The Owner’s Suite has enough space for most everything you own, even if you didn’t bring it, and everything you bought.

How about cool? The Owner’s Suite has a hot tub on the balcony. It is your own private hot tub. Isn’t that cool? Or hot?

How about service? The Owner’s Suite comes with a Butler and a Consierge. The Butler brings you anything you want. The Consierge makes sure you get whatever you want in terms of restaurant reservations, shore excursions, whatever. And you don’t have to worry about standing in line. You want it, you got it.

At about 5 p.m. every day they bring you hors deuvers. There is a chilled bottle of champagne in your suite when you arrive.

For breakfast and lunch, you have a private dining room with premium food for which you are not charged.

You are constantly invited to private functions, like the cocktail party where you meet the Captian and major officers. Then there are the ones where you get free booze for considering another cruise.

You are escorted everywhere, if you want to be. The best seats for the shows are yours.

I leave it up to you. Have you ever been treated like this?

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Written by Charles Keefer

November 30, 2009 at 10:06 pm

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  1. Being kind of a frugal – OK, cheap – guy, I kinda flinched at the $1K until I divided it by three, then it’s not so far out of line.

    Of course, when I look at it another way, $1K for 3 days vs. $1K for a new Surly Long Haul Trucker that’ll last for years…..

    ksteinhoff

    December 1, 2009 at 10:34 am

  2. Funny, but you mention very little about the destination. For all that money, it doesn’t sound like you did anything on the ship you couldn’t have done at the Ritz Carlton, so why bother leaving town?

    I’ve only been on two cruises, one to Alaska and one to Cozumel. Both seemed aimed at getting you to spend as much money aboard as possible, then feeding you into junk gift and t-shirt shops ashore.

    When I win the lottery, I’d like to take one of the SMALL ship cruises in Alaska, where there are few lines because there are few people aboard, and you get to see more of Alaska and less of junk shops.

    George P

    December 2, 2009 at 5:32 am

  3. George,

    You have an excellent point.

    I have as many restaurants and bars in City Place as I did on the ship, only they are closer to my landlocked stateroom in City Place.

    And yes, the destinations are basically junk shops with maybe a few decent attractions.

    But nobody makes your bed or cleans your bathroom daily or delivers assorted chocolates in City Place. You can’t order a burger at 3 a.m. in City Place.

    And you aren’t on a ship in City Place.

    I’ve cruised so many times I don’t even get off the ship at half the stops. That isn’t the point for me.

    I just love being on the ship.

    Charles Keefer

    December 4, 2009 at 6:35 pm

  4. Hi Chuck:
    Sounds like you’d have loved traveling on one of the great ocean liners crossing the Atlantic, rather than mere “cruise” ships. Just chilling out and enjoying the salt air and pampering by the crew.

    I’m not sure how many ocean liners are even left. But a possible alternative trip would be a repositioning cruise with relatively few ports of call. After we got off the Alaska cruise ship in Seattle, it headed south to the Panama Canal enroute to winter cruises in the Caribbean. That might have been a fun trip.
    — George

    George P

    December 7, 2009 at 9:56 pm

  5. Hi George.

    The Queen Mary 2 does it from New York to Southhampton. I’m thinking about it.

    cmk

    Charles Keefer

    December 10, 2009 at 3:11 am


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