Post # 17
- Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas
I ADORE cruises! I’ve only been on Carnival, and I absolutely love it!
My biggest recommendation would be to bring a power strip! Most of the rooms only have room to plug one or two things in, so it’s nice to have some extra room for straighteners, camera chargers, etc.
Post # 18
I have been on a 7 day Caribbean cruise and it was amazing. The cruise I went on was a freestyle type of cruise and I really liked not having to do things if I didn’t want to and being able to eat when I wanted and where I wanted. There were lots of things that were scheduled but there was no pressure to do those things.
I would bring some sort of antiemetic (meclizine, dramamine) because you might feel a little seasick. Also, it is a very good idea to have an empty water bottle that you fill up on your own because it can get very expensive paying for drinks on board.
Post # 19
i’ve been on two, both 7day cruises – 1 was to eastern caribbean and the other to the western 🙂
the w. caribbean was my senior year hs spring break trip, so needless to say i don’t remember much besides boozin and dancin! ;P although i did love climbing dun river falls and the cheap shopping we did in cozumel!
the e. caribbean was with Fiance in 2008… it was AMAZING, just to be away from the cold MI weather! we went snorkeling, night kayaking, etc.
do’s: pick out excursions (hosted by the cruise line) and sign up ASAP! pack your meds (tylenol, midol, etc) and sunscreen!! buy the drink packages (otherwise it can ADD UP!)
don’t: overpack, shop at the jewelry stores (overpriced and u don’t know what you’re getting!!)
Post # 20
I second the Cruise Critic recommendation. It is a wonderful site with lots of great information and reviews. If you can find out what ship you’re going on, you can look at the specifics on it and what activities there are. Definitely don’t over pack, since there isn’t a ton of space in your room, but for 3 days you should be fine. I’m going on my 5th cruise for my Honeymoon because I love them so much! Don’t expect 5-star cuisine, but there is LOTS of food and lots of variety.
Post # 21
- Wedding: April 2011 - The Tribute Golf Club
Cruise Critic is a big help! I’ve been on 6 cruises (5 on Carnival and 1 on Royal) and they have all been a blast!
Definitely bring the power strip so you can charge more then one thing at a time. Also I suggest a hoodie or sweater because even if it’s hot outside, it can get cold in the dining rooms or show rooms.
Here’s a pic of Fiance and me before our muster drill on our cruise last year.
Post # 22
Wow thanks guys for all of your recommendations and tips! I am glad that a majority of you had a BLAST! I do hope the same will be for me and my family when we go!!! Now I’m getting very excited about the trip!!! Thanks so much bees!
Post # 23
I love cruises! before I went, I thought it was lame, but once I went on the 1st one, I fell in love!LMAO I like going to different islands at once, rather than being stuck on one island. I’ve only been on Carnival, but I loved it. The burgers were the best. I wish I could have one right now!
Post # 24
LOVE LOVE Crusing…going in 2 weeks to Key West & Grand Cayman. Have been to both places before so I don’t expect to do a lot of sightseeing, just relaxing.
Not sure if it was mentioned above (I just quickly skimmed what people were say) but when booking your room, always make sure that you check the deck above you. On some ships if you are staying in a room that is below the pool decks and/or sports deck, you can hear the staff moving the chairs around first thing in the morning. Same thing goes for the night club. But it all depends on how the ship is set up.
I’ve never come across that at all. I have my boyfriend and his parents addicted to cruising. I’ve been on 4-5 is coming up and 6 will be next year in Hawaii!!
Post # 25
I’ve gone on a Royal Carribbean cruise 3 days (maybe 4) to the Bahamas. I LOVED it! I’ve been on maybe 3 or 4 cruises since then, and Jason and I really want to go on one together (I’ve only been with my dad when I was younger).
I highly reccomend them. Although I prefer the longer cruises because 3 days just doesn’t seem like long enough. I prefered the Carnival cruises (more fun boat) over royal carribbean (older crowd, more mature, quieter… but the boat was nice), but I went on a Norwegian cruise, it was an older boat but the crowd (I was 15/16) was alot of fun, my dad really enjoyed it too (he was about 45 then).
My suggestion though is spring for a room with a window… It will make waking up MUCH easier (and more enjoyable), the inside cabins are very dark since there are no windows which makes it a slow going when you get up for your fun excursions (which are extra cost).
Post # 26
You can find some great prices through vacationstogo.com. I booked a cruise about a month ago for me, my boyfriend, and six of our friends. We did a lot of searching through VacationsToGo but for the sailing we finally settled on (a Norwegian Cruise Line cruise), we found it was actually cheaper to book through NCL.
Post # 27
@ cannotwait: what cruise line did you use? all cruises have food and drink (usually water/juice/tea sometimes even soda) included. Alcholic beverages and soda/specialty drinks are extra but you can purchase drink cards that can save you money, they are well worth it!
Post # 28
oh, when my dad booked we used http://www.cruisesonly.com call and talk to an actual agent, they are VERY helpful!
Post # 29
Oh yea, I should also mention I’ve been on two cruises before, one through Royal Carribbean and one through Norwegian, and they were both great. Really I think that the duration and ports are the biggest decision – are you just going to have a little getaway, hang out by the pool, etc, or are you going to visit new and unique locations? Keep in mind that a three night cruise will likely only have one day in port, where you can get off, visit a beach or do an “excursion,” or activity.
The cruise we’re going on in March is a 7 night cruise that goes to Honduras, Belize, Mexico, and the Bahamas, and we plan on going ziplining, cave tubing, ATV-ing, snorkeling, and of course, relaxing on the beach.
Also, I’m going to second (third? fourth?) the forums on cruisecritic.com. There are so many people will lots of great information.
I’m still in the cruise-planning mode, so if you have ANY questions about cruising in general, feel free to PM me! I’ll be happy to answer any and all small or big questions.
Also, I’ve never had ANY problems with seasickness, as several people have previously mentioned. The ships are so big, you can barely feel any movement at all. You may feel a little movement as the ship departs its port, but your body quickly adapts.