Cruise Virgin- any advice welcome!

posted 2 years ago in Travel
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas

I have taken looooads of Royal Caribbean cruises and they are SO fun! The food is really good, too. I haven’t been on that ship, but I definitely would recommend the company. 

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - Columbia, SC

pinkcrush:  I love crusing! However, if you have never cruised before, I would never recommend a cruise that long for the first time.

 

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

pinkcrush:  How many actual days at sea is there out of the 16? We went on a 3 or 4 day cruise, and that was definitely enough for me for my first time. The motion sickness got to me. I took Dramamine, which made me drowsy (even the less drowsy version). I was going to wear those patches the doctor gives you that go behind the ear, but those completely disoriented me.

Anyway, that aside, I loved it, and I would totally go again. Sounds like you are getting an amazing deal to visit that many countries for that price. While I didn’t go on a RC, we went on Carnival. Try not to overpack is the biggest thing, and make sure to take a dress or somewhat formal outfit because usually ships have formal night. Pintrest has a lot of good ideas for first-time cruisers.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - Columbia, SC

pinkcrush:  That is part of the reason. If you have problems with motion sickness make sure you take something.

Also, you are couped up in a small space on days at sea and that can definitely cause cabin fever, no pun intended.

As PP asked, how many days at sea and how many on land?

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I never recommend inside cabins. That’s exactly like what the PP said, you get cabin fever….bad.

Last time I went on a cruise it was a Royal Caribbean through the mediterranean and it was fantastic. But we also got a cabin with a balcony. The food was incredible (we both gained so much weight…..) and the experience was unforgettable. I’ve been on many cruises and Royal was by far my favorite.

 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - Columbia, SC

pinkcrush:  It might not be too bad. You can be there, there are a lot of activities on board but it can get monotonous like, “OMG!  The casino again!”…. However, you can spend a lot of alone time in your cabin on those days too and room service is great.

It really be what you make of it.

Do the two of you like the beach and water?

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

pinkcrush:  Yeah you are outside most of the time…. but when you go on a cruise for that long, you have more time to relax… our cruise was a week long and we did excursions every day (btw, the excursions, specially in Italy are ridiculously expensive. Just Rome alone was over 300 dollars a person) anyway, by the time we got back to the boat…. we had no energy to walk around. That’s when the balcony came in handy. We’d sit outside, have a drink, enjoy seeing the boat leave… take a nap…. watch the sunset…. we got to enjoy the outside in private. It was nice.

I undertand going inside cabin due to money…. don’t let our opinions hold you back from such an amazing vacation. A cruise like that is something you can only do maybe once in your life. But save for the excursions! I promise you’ll thank me one day for that 😀

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee

pinkcrush:  We had a room with a largr window which was awesome! But we were really only in our room to sleep and shower. 

bring sunscreen! You can get distracted out on the deck and stay out too long lol.

I don’t know what kind of cruise you booked but ours was an fun adult geared one. I definitely didn’t bring enough “nice” clothes for the clubs and late night deck parties. I mostly had lounging clothes.

 

If you and your FI are drinkers the drink packages are WELL worth it!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - Columbia, SC

 

pinkcrush:  Then it might be pretty good. I personally am liking the idea of days at sea, alone with my FI for our honeymoon.

Post # 15
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

pinkcrush:  We have never had an inside cabin, but there is no reason you need to stay in the cabin even on “at sea” days.  If you don’t want to go to the casino, you can check the daily calendar for activities (bingo, trivia, films, history or nature talks, cooking or wine demonstrations etc etc), or you can use any of the public spaces. There is always a quiet corner on deck somewhere , or an empty bar or library where you can sit with a coffee or a drink.

Check theCommunity  Boards on http://www.cruisecritic.com  for your ship and your cruise. Also read the posts on first time cruisers.

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