This week’s Tuesday value is a cruise sale.  CruCon Cruise Outlet is having its annual Labor Day Sale.  Labor Day is, traditionally, a good time to purchase cruises, with many cruise lines offering holiday sales.  CruCon’s is considered to be one of the better agency sales.  Of particular note, there are some deep discounts and on board credits for trans-Atlantic sailings on Royal Caribbean and Celebrity next April and May.

A trans-Atlantic cruise is going to be a leisure vacation, more than anything.  On one 13-night Royal Caribbean trans-Atlantic sailing, eight days are spent at-sea. Sea days are leisurely paced, with activities scheduled by the cruise line, but much of the time is spent on a deck chair, maybe nursing a hangover from partying the night before.  For the most part, the cruises visit the Caribbean before hanging east to Spain, which means that an April or May sailing is probably not going to be too chilly.

I think I WOULD consider investing in a balcony for a trans-Atlantic cruise, if only because the ship’s scheduled activities may get a little old, and I’m probably going to want to spend a little more time in my cabin than I would during a more  port-intensive vacation.  On the other hand, a thirteen night cruise for $449 is such a good deal that I might be more willing to stake out a deck chair in a quiet corner of the Promenade deck.

As always, when considering a cruise vacation, it’s necessary to consider the cost of add-ons, such as airfare (in this case, at least one way of the ticket will be European), taxes, port fees, tips, sodas, alcohol, premium restaurants, specialty coffees, bingo, port excursions, airport (or port) parking, transfers, kitty sitting, and advil.  Only some of these costs will be offset by an onboard credit.