(Closed) Any one ever been on a cruise?

posted 5 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Muckenthaler Cultural Center

I would check out what people have to say about the particular cruise you are going. Just google your cruise name + reviews.

 

We LOVE cruising!

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

So what you do with the leftover time after your activity is usually up to you. Wander around town, go lay on the beach, or book another activity directly through a local tourist group instead of the ship. On your “beach days” you can also book activities outside the ship if that’s your choice; just because the ship doesn’t offer an activity package on the beach days doesn’t mean you are stuck with just doing the beach thing.  Just keep an eye on time and allow yourself plenty of cushion; the cruise ship departure times can change, and if you book a non-affiliated activity and run late back to the ship, they won’t wait for you.

What else to expect really depends on the cruise line and package, so google for reviews of your ship and your route.  Pay close attention to what is and what is not included in your package; some  all-inclusive packages that really do include everything other than excursions, while some only include the basics (i.e. meals and wine but not liquor drinks). Drinking on a cruise ship can become incredibly expensive very quickly.  Don’t try to sneak alcohol on board though as many ships look to protect their income from the bar and will scan oncoming baggage for alcohol (most scan for dangerous items anyway), and confiscate your booze.

Also review the ports of call and determine which require a passport. Your cruise line should be able to help you with passport requirements and visa requirements (most places the cruise ship will go will not require a visa but it’s critical to confirm this before about 6 weeks in advance, so if visas are required, you have time to line them up.)

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California

We went on a 7-day cruise to Mexico for our honeymoon!  It was DH’s first time on a ship, but my third.  We booked one excursion for each port.  In Cabo, for example, we went on a boat ride/tour to see “lose arcos” & it only lasted like 2 hours, which was perfect.  We got some tourist-y photo opps & then just vegitated on the beach & in the bars haha for the rest of the day.  

DH & I were both lucky that neither of us get sea sick, but I saw plenty of people wearing these little like patch things behind their ears & our one dinner table friend was saying it was a life saver & best purchase!

Otherwise, just watch how much alcohol you have because it [$$] adds up QUICK! 

Oh & definitely go to the shows & some of the silly activites.  We laughed so hard at a towel animal making class we ventured in to haha.  Seriously so random, but so fun!

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

It’s super fun! If you’re into drinking though, beware – you’re bar tab will cost you!

We went on a 3-ish hour snorkeling excurcsion – probably about 1.5 hours of it was the boat trip out to the spot and back.  The rest of the time, you could hang out on the boat or on the beach.

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

We went to the Bahamas! It’s worth it just to find the beach yourself… They’ll charge an arm and a leg to bring you to one!

We also did snorkeling! It was very fun.

Also, drinks on the boat are club expensive ($14 for a Cosmo!) But on the island? I got a daquiri for like $4! It was HUGE. Also, probably too strong for 10am!

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

TO @Mrs.Moser: I want you to know I’ve seen your post… and will comment soon (I am on my way out right now for Sunday Night Dinner)

Mr TTR & I are Travel Nuts and avid cruisers (we are semi-retired and are blessed to have a lot of vacation time & experiences).  So I can certainly help you out.

In the meantime, either browse thru this the HONEYMOON BOARD to see past Cruise Topics, or take a look at my WBEE Profile Page, and check out some of the posts I’ve done in the past on Honeymoons / Cruising. You’ll find I have a lot of very detailed postings that I’ve done for other Brides here on WBee.

Here is a recent one to get you started… that has a lot of basic info.

http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/how-much-money-should-we-bring-on-our-honeymoon-cruise

Hope this helps,

 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

I work on a cruise ship and worked for Norwegian for a while… not the gem but ships of that class.

If you are any specific questions about what to do, what to pack, excursions etc. message me and I will give you my un-biased opinion. (which I probably wouldnt post in a forum)

🙂

 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@LionLove:  Oh you live in So Cal and love to cruise?! Please tell me everything about it! Do you normally fly to FL or have you taken any out of a local port?  

I want to cruise SO BAD but DH isn’t that into it…

he doesn’t like the idea of something so big/heavy as a cruise ship floating around but I KNOW he’ll love it if we just take baby steps… like maybe a 3-day, then a 5-day, then a 7-day and maybe even a 10-day!

I most want to do one so I can island hop in the caribbean though… Where to start?!

I’m commenting most to follow this thread as I’m dying to book one this year!

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We went on the NCL Jewel two years ago and I think the itinerary is almost the same.

I was surprised how easy it was to get to the NYC port, but part of that was getting there early.  We went in Feb and it was little bumpy off the NC coast, but I think it was just because it was winter.  Definitely bring some books to read, because of the time it takes to get to/from NYC and FL/Bahamas.

Overall, the cruise was okay, but not great.  I’ll be honest, cruises aren’t for everyone. I did like NCL because of the way they do dining.  (We could eat at a table for two and not placed at a large table with other random people.)  We did eat at some of the other restaurants, which you have to pay a little bit extra.  

We did the kayaking in FL, nothing on the private island, and the segways in Nassau.  The segways were fun and our best excursion.  

 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee

I recommend taking Mrs TTR’s advice  Smile& also looking through cruise critic .com as there is a lot of helpful information.

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

One thing I wish I knew before I went on my first and only cruise so far, was that people get really really dressed up on the formal nights (there are probably at least two on a seven day cruise).  The women were in long gowns and men in full-out tuxes.  Being relatively young (most of the passengers were parents’ age), I brought short cocktail dresses.  They were prefectly fine, but if I had known I would have taken the opporunity to get really fancy!

Post # 16
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

RE – Dress Codes

As sbuxfan:  says it is reallyl important to read thru all the info on your Cruise BEFORE you go (preferably BEFORE you book)… as not all cruise lines are the same.

And there indeed dress codes on cruises… and directions on what can be worn where (ie no bathing suits without cover ups in the enclosed dining areas… no flip flops in the Restaurants etc)

So knowing what is expected of you as a passenger ahead of time is imperative… so you can book the right cruise for your travel style… and also pack accordingly.

Some cruise lines have formal nights, some do not.  Some give their passengers the option of eating elsewhere (besides the Main Dining Room) on formal nights for those who don’t want to dress up.  Some will be more restrictive…

Some Younger Passengers do wish that the cruise lines would do away with Formal Nights altogether… especially if they haven’t done their homework and end up on a ship that has them, makes a big deal of them… or excludes those not properly attired from participating fully

(example… On the Night of what is called the Captain’s Dinner… some ships won’t let men into the Dining Room without a Suit Jacket… which means if he didn’t pack one, then you’ll be eating elsewhere, or he be wearing one provided by the Maitre D’ that well quite frankly lots of other men have worn ick !!  Likewise, the show that evening in the Theatre is hosted by the Captain… and there is often a champagne toast etc.  If one isn’t properly attired (fit in with the ambience) then you end up sitting in the balcony / rafters)

The thing is the cruise lines / ships that have Formal Nights do so because their clientelle enjoy them / want them.  If this is a NO GO element for you, then you should be looking at what other alternatives are available those nights on the ship… or another cruise line altogether.

Lol, generally speaking… women are fine with this stuff, and know how to dress appropriately (gowns, cocktail dresses, opera pants, etc are all acceptable).  It is usually the guys who have the biggest issues… because they don’t want to wear dress pants or a jacket.

BTW – There are indeed folks who get dressed up to the nines… tuxedos can be very popular with the 50, 60 and up crowd.

The truth is, I think Formal Nights are a blast… they offer an occasion for a couple to really be “flirty” with one another… something you may not always do in your day-to-day lives (lol, at least not when you get to the older and longtime married stage).  It can be VERY Sexy to see you Hubby in a tux… think James Bond here (and you can live out that fantasy in the Ship’s Casino).  I think if MORE GUYS REALIZED THAT… they’d probably rent tuxes too (lots of “romance” going on back in the cabins on Formal Nights)

As girls beyond the fact that our guys look amazing dressed up… and fancy dinners are nice.  Formal nights are also when the Ship’s Photographers are out enmasse.  A great way to get a special pic of you and your honey… and at a lot less money than having a formal portrait done back home at a land-based studio.

 

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