Post # 1
My SO and I will be going on a cruise to the Bahamas in a few weeks, and will be my first cruise! (Would be a perfect time for him to pop the question!!) Any suggestions on what to do, what not to do, what to splurge on and what not to? I was thinking about a couples massage, but not sure if it is worth it. Is the endless beverage program worth it? Words of wisdom about excursions? TIA!!
Post # 2
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It depends on your tastes. Big thing for me in time in port. So I spend $ seeing the city I’m visiting. However, if you like massages, gambling, drinking, etc. you may want to spend your dollars on that instead.
What are your interests? Are you on a cruise to relax or for an adventure?
Post # 3
The beverage programs are very expensive. Look at the cost and think if it would be worth the money for you. Spa prices are very expensive. Check out the cruise website for excursions. See if they offer something you like.
I have never been to the Bahamas. I have done southern, Western and Eastern Caribbean cruises. We have booked a cruise for our honeymoon in June.
Check the website cruise critic.com. Their message boards have lots of knowledgable people who give great advice.
Post # 4
I can only speak for carnival, the drink package is worth it if you plan on having 3-4 drinks a day. Pretty easy on vacation. If not, then it is not worth the price.
Post # 5
What part of the Bahamas are you going to? Its so much cheaper to book escursions when you get off the boat. Rather than going through the ship.
Post # 6
ohiobee: Ah, fun! You need to get an account on cruisecritic.com . They have boards, similar to here, where you can search your ship, cruisers reviews, see pictures, and get excursion ideas.
All the the lines are different so there isn’t one answer to your questions. We cruise on Royal Caribbean and love it. We splurge on excursions and save money on other stuff. We also pre-pay our seapass cards, so it’s more like a debit card than credit card. We also sneak mini bottles on in our luggage, because drinks will cost a pretty penny, especially for a week long cruise.
We don’t bother dry cleaning before (get it done on the ship) but I don’t use their spa/salon facilities and get my hair and nails done/highlighted beforehand. We also like to eat in the dining room every night with the fancy, rotating menus, but others love to just grab some sandwiches and hot dogs and make that their dinner. It’s really up to you!
Check out those boards though! The easiest way is to go to your line (like Royal Caribbean, or Carnival) and then read/post in those areas. People get really into it, so if you have your stateroom number, you may be able to find pictures of your room and view. Same with menus and food, excursions, different areas of the ship, etc.
We sailed on RC’s Allure of the Seas to the Eastern Caribbean and I wrote a review, so you can check that out if that ship or inventory is close to what you’ll be going on 🙂
Post # 7
If you haven’t already, sign up for the cruiseline’s free member program and have them add your cruise to your number before hand.