Members of the Pandora Club received an email this afternoon announcing the 2013 Unforgettable Pandora Cruise! Pandora fans have been clamoring for this announcement since before the 2012 cruise even completed. Most of the complaints from people who could not go earlier this year involved the short time (and limited) notice that was received and that it was too close to spring break when the rates for travelers would be higher than normal. Here is the information from the email:
Set sail with PANDORA aboard Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas ® for a 7-day cruise to St. Thomas and St. Maarten on the official PANDORA cruise. Enjoy exclusive PANDORA gifts, VIP events and unique shopping experiences designed just for you.Departing from Port Canaveral, Florida, join us for this amazing PANDORA event from April 21 – 28, 2013.
That certainly gives people enough time to plan! Since the last cruise was announced late November, with a final payment date of January 3rd, it didn’t give us much time to save. But with the cruise being almost 9 months away, this will hopefully be enough time for everyone. Unfortunately, the rates are much higher for next year’s cruise than this year’s. Here’s a look at the type of rooms and their prices – keep in mind all prices are in USD and room rate are PER PERSON. This is a result of the cruise being 7 days instead of 4 days, of course, but the higher price point is a bit difficult to stomach. I was, and am, a major proponent for the cruise to be longer with more time to spend on vacation if I was already shelling out the cash to fly cross-country to Florida, but this increase in cost certainly gives me pause. By my calculations, it would be 33% more than it cost us this year for my husband and I to go.
Well, with the registration period just beginning, we’ll have some time to think it over and budget if we decide to go. We did have a great time at the last cruise, but there were definitely some growing pains that I hope are going to be ironed out for this year. To recap, my biggest disappointment was the special charm that each participant received (king’s crown with “CRUISE 2012” engraved), the lack of selection at the Pandora retailers (store-in-stores) had in stock, and no special GWP for the “Unforgettable” shopping event. I suspect with the cruise ship charm coming out this fall, they may just give us the cruise ship with “CRUISE 2013” engraved on it. 😛