(Closed) Booking a cruise.. Need advice!

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Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: City, State

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tbreannx3:  I always just park at the port; it’s not too expensive and it makes life a lot easier when you get back.  Also, I recommend keeping your bags with you at the end of your cruise instead of placing them outside your door to have the crew take it out, especially if you’re light packers.  This way, when they are calling you all by floor to leave the cruise, you can just hang out in your room, sleep in a little, pretend you don’t hear them, and get off the cruise ship a little later.  This means you don’t have to sit in a lounge for an hour waiting to disembark.  We always leave when the last floor is being called and no one seems to mind.  It’s worked out well for us in the past.  As far as the clothes go, just bring 1 fancy night outfit and the rest casual but nice outfits for dinner.  On a 5 night they usually only have 1 elegant cruise night, but you can check your itenerary to be sure.  Again, hope you have a great time!  🙂

Post # 17
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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tbreannx3:  We booked our cruise when my DH was 20 and I was 21. As long as I was the first person (the one really booking the room) and my DH would be 21 when we cruised, it was fine. He turned 21 three weeks before the cruise.

Post # 18
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

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tbreannx3:  I might have just missed the one you’re looking at because I was looking really fast.

You could definitely just leave early that morning and make it on time. It’s not a huge deal if you’re tired the first day/night because you’re just leaving the port and I’ve never found that night to be particularly thrilling. You could always just take a nap when you first get on the boat (well, after the safety drills and everything). I would also just park in the lot at the port. It’s much easier and if you found cheaper parking somewhere else, you’d have to worry about getting a cab and all that.

Like another poster said as far as packing, if you’re going to the caribbean you’ll mainly need swimsuits, cover-ups (like sundresses), and shorts/tee shirts. I pretty much just lived in my swimsuit and a sundress. You can always re-wear the dresses for dinner. I wore flip flops the whole time too. I did bring one nicer pair of flat sandals for the dining room and one pair of heels for the formal night. All you need for formal night is a dress, nothing fancy. Your Fiance will want to bring dress pants, a dress shirt, and a tie for formal night. Any other night he can wear somewhat nice shorts and a nice shirt (just nothing ratty lol). You don’t have to wear a full on ball gown and tux for the formal night. You won’t need to bring beach towels or anything because they give you pool towels that you can take around with you.

Post # 19
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

You don’t have to spend very much on a cruise and still have fun.  We went on a Carnival cruise 2 years ago.  We booked our own excursion at one location and at another we just took a cab to a local park with a beach.  We didn’t buy any additional food (steakhouse was the only one that cost) and spent no money on alcohol.

You do not even have to go to formal nights if you don’t want to.  Those only apply at the main dining hall, you can go to other places like the burger bar, buffett, burritto place, etc for dinner instead.

Post # 20
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Savannah, GA

 

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IzzyBear:  I think if they want to eat in the main dining room for dinner, he won’t be able to wear shorts, most cruise lines have a policy against that; otherwise, great advice. 

Post # 21
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Buzzing Beekeeper

If you drink look at the alcohol packages. We did one for ours and it ended up costing more to drink on the cruise than the cruise cost itself. Also, beware of shore excusions. We did a “wine tour” in mexico with carnival cruises. The frist winery was great but the other was weird. We ended up in an elderly womans backyard with chickens roaming around, drinking creamy green tequila and creamed agave liquor. It was pretty gross and not worth the fee. It probably would have been better to simply explore the town. 

Post # 22
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  • Wedding: October 2013

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dancindavinci:  Carnival lets guys wear “dress” shorts with sneakers or Sperry type shoes (no flip flops) on non-formal nights. You just can’t wear gym shorts or a swimsuit.

Post # 23
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Bumble bee

Yes I would also recommend Cruise Critic! For our honeymoon we took a cruise. There were blogs on cruise critic and we were able to do/find so many more things both on the ship and in our ports of call because of all the great info on Cruise Critic! Enjoy! 

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