Thoughts/Experience with Cruises.

posted 3 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
7194 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

Well there’s that cruise right now where 600 people caught norovirus…

Post # 4
2851 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We have loved the last 2 we went on (Carnival/ Royal Caribbean) If you have never been, it’s something worth the experience.

Post # 5
5162 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@ChellFish22:  I have no fear of cruises, but I’ve been on one and I didn’t really enjoy it.  The pace of things was way too slow for me and I felt like I was being gouged if I wanted to do anything that was really fun (like have a drink or do anything interesting at a port). 

Post # 8
194 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@ChellFish22:  I loved it! I’ve only been once but it was fun. There’s so much to do and so much food! One thing that might bother some is that you never really feel “alone.” I never had  a problem securing a spot by the pool, but it seemed busy a lot. I personally like people watching so it didn’t bother me at all. The ships are so huge, the exploring alone is really fun.

A few tips: The excursions are really overpriced and not at all worth it in my opinion. We had way more fun just shopping around the city we were docked in and walking to their local beach. You also have to get up at the crack of dawn a lot of times for the excursions. We like to sleep in on vacations 🙂

Alcohol is REALLY expensive. Not sure if you’re a big drinker, but I’d suggest booking an alcohol package so you don’t have to worry about prices.


Post # 9
5207 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

@ChellFish22:  I’ve been on one. Depending on what you’re into it can be either great or boring. I neither drink nor gamble so I hated being on the ship between stops. The food was excellent though. Royal Caribbean.

Post # 10
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’ve been on a few, and they are AMAZING!

(My cruise experience has been on Carnival ships)

First, the food is INCREDIBLE. And you can have as much of it as you want! DH and I enjoyed breakfast-dessert-lunch-second lunch-dessert-dinner-dessert-pizza-dessert evey day of our cruise! It was wonderful!

Second, there is SO much stuff to do, starting at 5am and running until 3 or 4am! And food 24 hours a day. Tai chi, musical shows, comedians, jugglers, men vs women, SO many activities!

Third, you get to see SO many places! A new city every day. It’s so fun exploring all the cities.

Post # 11
2460 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

You couldn’t pay me enough to get me on a cruise. Definitely not for me, nothing at all about them appeals to me

Post # 12
3084 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@anneh1990:  the alcohol isn’t all that expensive to me. But I’m from New York and you can pay anywhere from $8-$16 on a drink. 

Post # 14
3165 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@FoxyBride14:  How much are drinks and what are drink packages? Here in Ohio at a downtown bar a mixed drink would be 6-8$ and a beer would be 4-5$.

Post # 15
2114 posts
Buzzing bee

@ChellFish22:  i LOVE cruises!!!

My brother was skeptical about them too. He went on one last year…. it is safe to say he is a fan now!

First, if it a safety thing… please note thousands of ships are sailing daily. It is pretty rare for something to happen. They have drills you must participate in before you even start that show you how to board the lifeboat and how to use your life jacket. I have always felt very safe.

I have also never felt any sea sickness. It is so big you don’t even notice you are floating. But if you are prone to it, I hear the lower cabins are best for you.

Cruises are… my heaven. There is so much to do on board, but I love having the option to kick back and do nothing as well. There is some of the BEST entertainment I have ever seen. Our ship had amazing singers and dancers, hillarious comedians and I even got to participate in a Hypnotist show! There are games like Bingo and on-deck fun competitions, a casino, a mini mall, 24 hour buffet, not to mention the 5 star food in the sit-down restaurant. A theater, dance clubs, live music lounges, a library etc.

THEN of course all the fun at the ports. You can get out and tour the land, rent jet skis, swim with dolphins etc. It all depends where you stop.

Post # 16
42157 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@ChellFish22:  We have been on several cruises and for the most part loved them all.

As a new cruiser, if you decide to go, don’t book a cruise that has too many at- sea days in a  row.

If you can possibly afford it, book a balcony cabin. There are lots of places to get sunshine, but it’s nice to have some privacy sometimes- like coffee on your own balcony in the am or  glass of wine at night.

You can be as busy or as relaxed as you like on a  cruise.

Do some research on  You can check on your cruise line, your ship, your destination etc and get lots of great advice from experienced cruisers.

You will also get recommendations of excursions to take that are not booked through the cruiseline. Cruiselines warn you against this because there is no guarantee that the ship will wait for you if you are late getting back to the ship. This has never been a problem for us. If you have 12 hours in port, just don’t book an 11.5 hr excursion. Leave yourself a couple of hours leeway.

Different cruise lines have different policies about bringing alcohol on board. Be familiar with yours.

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