(Closed) Anyone going or have been on a cruise?

posted 7 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m going on a Carribean cruise this fall, but I know NOTHING about it.  I’ve never been on one.  I’m also interested in tips anyone may  have.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

We are thinking about a cruise, they are a lot of fun. All of the ships have different features and amenities…I’ve been on amazing cruises on low-budget cruise lines and so-so cruises on more upscale lines. We use http://www.vacationstogo.com, they usually have good discounts listed and you can sort by port.

If you find some that work for your schedule/leave from a convenient location, look on Cruise Critic (http://www.cruisecritic.com/) to read reviews and see if it sounds like what you’re looking for. Reviews usually help you determine how nice the ship is, if it’s geared more toward older people or younger, families or couples, etc.

Hope this helps!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I second cruisecritic for advise on which cruise to take. We’re taking a cruise leaving out of New York for our honeymoon and are SO PUMPED!!!

For booking, Look online and do a few reverse auctions to get the lowest price possible. I find them much cheaper than the actual cruiseline. A reverse auction is a website that brokers with hundreds of travel agents…You tell them what date, cruiseline and what type of room you want ie, balcony, mini-suite, suite etc and then the travel agents all send you bids for that particular cruise.  Then get the best deal by comparing them all!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

What cruise line to go on would depend what you want. Make yourself a list of things you’d like to do, what type of dining, activities. Even different boats in the same line will offer different things.

Then research on the internet about the cruise lines and start from there. That is what I wish we did when I went.

We picked based on the time and the ports we wanted but didn’t look into the ship we’d be on and that would of been nice to know.

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

I also agree that cruisecritic.com is a good way to find out about the cruise lines. Also cruisecomplete.com is a type of auction, where agents bid on supplying you with a cruise. 

I have been on 3, and one was for our honeymoon. I love cruising, and being able to see different places. It makes it easy to be able to know if you want to go back somewhere again. 2 we left out of Baltimore (which I wouldn’t recommend for people who get seasick easily, the waters are really rough the second day until you get far enough away from land). Our honeymoonwe flew to San Juan, and because we were already so close to the islands, we saw a different place every day!! We went to St Thomas, St Kitts, Barbadoes, Antigua, Dominica, and St Lucia.  We had the best time!! And that was through Carnival. THere are good and bad things about Carnival and Royal Caribbean, it just depends on what your criteria is.

We are going to Alaska next summer, and I am trying to find a different cruise line, We are thinking about going on Celebrity or Holland America this time

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I won an Alaskan cruise the summer after high school. It was pretty fun – kind of a nice, chill vacation. I spent a lot of time in the jacuzzi, checking out the beautiful glaciers. I also really liked taking long runs around and around the deck – very cool. All in all, I’m not sure that cruises are for me. I like to get out on my own and explore when I’m on vacation. Maybe when I’m a senior citizen, I’ll try it again? 🙂

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Last January we went on a cruise on Royal Carribean’s the Oasis of the Seas. It was an amazing experience. It is one of the largest ships and it had a zipline, water theater, ice rink, many pools and hot tubs, gorgeous spa, great shows and lounges and mini golf. We had an incredible time and that is where he proposed.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

one tip: whatever cruise you choose, make sure to tell the cruise line that you’re on your honeymoon so that you can get a table alone for dinner time–you don’t want to get stuck eating with strangers (unless you like talking to random people of course). generally they seat everyone at large tables and have fewer numbers of tables for 2, but they’ll give them to honeymooners if you ask

we recently went on a royal carribbean cruise and loved it. we’ve also been on a cunard (very fancy) cruise with my in-laws–that’s their cruise line of choice but i liked RC better. we picked based on dates and locations, but ended up on one of their mid-size ships which was really nice (serenade of the seas). small enough to know your way around after a week and see familiar faces, but big enough to have lots of activities and different entertainment options. some boats have different things on it–like mini golf, rock climbing walls, specialty dining options like a johnny rockets, etc. also for ports– we wanted to spend as much time as possible off-shore, so chose a cruise with a ton of stops–we only had 1 full day “at sea” aside from the first and second day (we did a southern carribbean cruise that left from puerto rico and went to grenada, st thomas, st croix, st lucia, and antigua). some itineraries have more at-sea days, but you won’t get bored if your ship has tons of stuff on it.

and since you asked, RC i think always has an adult-only pool and a family-friendly pool, or at least, our ship had both.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Cruise Critic is great!

Just from general discussions with others, and my own experiences, I’d say Carnival is more of the “drunk college kid” cruise, and Norwegian and Princess tend to be the more high-end adult oriented cruises.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’ve been on about 15 cruises from the Carribbean to Europe to Bermuda, etc, with several lines. 

My suggestion is to use Celebrity, Royal Carribbean or Princess, and to book at least a 5 night trip (longer if you can) because any shorter sometimes feels like you’re just rushing around and you don’t get to relax.  Destinations are up to you (obviously) but I didn’t care for the Bahamas personally.  Amazing snorkeling in Roatan (Honduras) and Cozumel, and the Virgin Islands are absolutely insane.  Dominica was one of my favorites too.

I’d pay more for a newer ship in a heartbeat.  My recent trip this January was on a refurbished ship and it showed its age big time.  The newer ships are absolutely amazing!!!! 

I don’t mind cruising but I don’t think my Fiance will want to go again. He didn’t like the crowds, being ‘herded’ everywhere with timelines, the costs of drinks/higher end food/excursions, etc. 

There’s some cool things about cruising but I’d honestly HIGHLY suggest an all-inclusive resort instead.  Just me though!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Carnival and Royal Caribbean sail from Baltimore if you are interested (since you are in PA).  We went on Carnival a couple of summers ago.  It was fantastic!  It’s definitely more geared toward the younger crowd I think…hence the name “fun ship”. 

Post # 15
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

@KristenGotMarried: I definitely want to do an all inclusive, just to see what its like. Hubs and I both like to drink, and it would be nice to not have to pay for it! But when we do cruise, we always order Long islands, cuz they are just as expensive as the fruity drinks, but its a whole cup of liquor. 

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@MrsSl82be:  Oh man, honestly NOTHING beats all-inclusive resorts.  They really are carefree and amazing.  Soooooooooooo relaxing too!

http://www.travelbyjen.com is the website we used before… we had a 5-Star, adults only inclusive for 7 days for $750 each…. including taxes AND airfare!  We’d go again tomorrow if we could.

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