Discussion in 'Cruises' started by d360, May 24, 2007.
I have gone on a Royal Caribbean cruise to Canada out of NJ. I -really- enjoyed it (though I have to say - going in July sounds like a better plan than going in May like we did - nothing like going on a cruise vacation and being unable to put away our winter coat).
What RC stop at when your crusing out of NJ? You must have got a good price sailing this time of year!
Cruises, in other words floating cities with all luxuries aboard, are for those who want to enjoy their travel in leisure and style. Be it an overnight cruise off the shore, or the seemingly endless travel across the high seas, these trips are intended for those travelers who soak in the experience of the journey.
D360--I wonder if your Celebrity Century itinerary was the Baltic? I just returned from that 12 night cruise last month and my 2nd time on the Century.
I have done well over 40 cruises on about 12 or so different lines. My favorites?
Regent and Crystal--both upscale without the formality and incredible personal service almost 1:1
Celebrity, Princess & Royal Caribbean have all been equally steady in both service & amenities.
Holland America, Commodore, Regal, and NCL--just so-so but I took them for their unique itineraries and not the ships themselves.
I am a firm believer in cruising--Where else can you get someone else to drive, cook and clean, bring your meals and drinks 24/7, entertain you, and allow you do nothing or everything (just about) you want.
I did the Scandinavian Cruise which made stops at Amsterdam, Holland, Berlin (Warnemunde), Germany, Stockholm, Sweden, Helsinki, Finland, St. Petersburg, Russia, Tallinn, Estonia, Copenhagen, Denmark, Amsterdam, Holland.
I agree with your points on cruising! anytime you can rollup this all into one nice package with great service I'm happy.
you are lucky.....i envy you. I've always wanted to do a Caribbean Island Cruise
I took a Christmas Cruise in the South of France with Grand Circle Travel....the cruise itself was nice....but on the very first night I was groped in the breasts by the ship manager!!! After many phone calls and letters to Grand Circle Travel that took over 6 months, they did nothing about it! I would never travel with them again!
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My first cruise was on the "Sovreighn of the seas" . We had a good time but they were going to put the ship in dry dock to refit it at the end of our cruise and they had already started to do repairs during our trip which was very noisy.
Actually, the best cruise line for me is the one I am on at the time---and currently that happens to be the Celebrity Constellation in the Caribbean!--lol
I am close to 40 cruises now and I'd do them all over again.
I trip, therefore I am."
The Travel Slut
I've traveled on the Carribean Princess and the Norwegian Dream. Out of those two, I like Princess better, I was very disappointed and unhappy with Norwegian and will not be back. I have heard good things about Holland, and so I think that will be the next one we try.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises is the best so far for me. They have routes for almost any major destination and the food is so satisfying to the taste buds. Been on 7 of their cruises.
Hey...My favorite is the Carnival Valor....
I wish I could cruise someday like you guys.=(
How I wish...
I just disembarked a 12 night Emerald Princess cruise this morning (Venice to Rome via Greece, Turkey and Croatia) and can put Princess back into to my top 5 again after a near-flawless experience.
I've wanted to cruise. Please share your experiences in cruising so that I will have an idea.
The Travel SlutÂ®â€™s Tips on cruising:
I do not consider myself an expert on cruising but I have cruised over 50 times on at least 10 different cruiselines and at least 30 different ships and I find cruising to be my favorite form of travel for several reasons.
1. Someone else drives
2. Someone else cooks
3. Someone else cleans
4. You only unpack once
5. You usually get 3-5 locations for the price of one and this is especially
good when you are in an unfamiliar area and want to get a "taste" of what
the area has to offer.
6. You can make many decisions or none at all--and you are always right
7. Being on or near water and sea air can be very calming
8. The likelihood of picking up a "bug" from unpure water or food is slim
9. You can experiment with new and perhaps unusual food, drinks and
10. Your travel budget is easier to manage.
As a 1st time cruiser you will want to:
1. Study the ship to learn how to navigate between decks
2. Sign up early for things that require reservations (like dinner, tours, etc)
3. Find your "quiet-time spot"-whether it be the library, a secluded part of a
deck, or even inside your cabin with the privacy sign displayed
4. Know how and where to muster in case of an emergency
5. Enjoy a verandah cabin at least once
6. Don't be afraid to ask any crew member a question you have.
7. Take time to relax--you don't have to do "everything" that is available
even though you may be tempted
8. Try new things and activities that you would normally not experience
9. Keep an open mind about weather (as you would for any travel)
10. Study your ports and if you decide to disembark, note the time the ship
leaves port and be 30 minutes early and carry the name and phone number of
each port's ship-contact person.
How do you choose a cruiseline?
It can be difficult to answer although fortunately you will have plenty of choices. As a veteran of over 50 cruises, I can tell you that cruiseships, cruiselines and cruise destinations are as varied as the passengers who board them.
All cruiselines have deals and all claim fun (perhaps some, like Silversea are lacking deals and don't tout fun as much as luxury).
As for a "couples" cruise ship, I am not aware of any exclusive ship devoted just to couples but Celebrity has several â€œCelebrity Escapeâ€ adults-only (over 21) sailings.
Questions to ask before you cruise:
What can you afford to spend per person? Cruises are all-inclusive to some degree (cabin, meals plus on-board entertainment) but bar drinks, sodas, spa services, and shore excursions are extra. Some upper end cruises are truly "all-inclusive" however.
How many days can you afford to get away? Cruises range from 2-day "cruises to nowhere" to 120-day around-the world voyages. Most are in 4, 5, 7 to 10 or 11 day intineraies however.
Where do you want to cruise to? Cruises go to every continent. American 1st time cruise passengers enjoy cruising to the Caribbean Islands, Bahamas, Alaska, Hawaii or Bermuda.
Do you mind flying to where you embark or do you only want to drive to the closest port? Many people live within driving distance of a port and this can save you money.
What kind of cabin will you be comfortable in? Inside cabins are cheapest but are windowless and may seem cramped (although use of mirrors can create the illusion of more space). Many ships feature balcony cabins which are both romantic and handy.
Do you want to meet lots of new people or would you rather keep yourselves? Some cruise ships have fixed seating at dinner time, some have alternative or anytime dining and some only have a few tables for two. Most people sit at large tables with other cruisers. If that doesn't appeal to you then look for cruise ships that offer flexible dining options.
Do you want to get dressed up or do you prefer to be casual? For casual, don't choose a cruise that has any or many formal nights although on formal nights, you can always eat at an alternative restaurant or in your room.
Are you considering getting married on board or having a special occasion? Most ships contain small wedding chapels and meeting rooms. Some cruiselines many allow onboard weddings taking place in the couple's home port, with guests disembarking before the ship sails but this is rare.
Is having an on-board spa important?
Is having children's facilities important?
Is having a casino important?
These are just a few to consider.
Regardless of your choices, you will be right in your decision and if not, you have the option to change.
I hope this helps. If you have specific questions to ask, feel free to email me at: email@example.com and I can also assist you with your booking of any cruise you choose.
In the meantime, take care, travel safe and have safe fun.
I really don't have experience in Cruise Line. But I will try try to cruise someday. What is the greatest ship?
Royal Caribbean's new ship, to launch in 2009, called Oasis will cost US $1 billion has 16 decks, and is over 1,000 feet (300 meters) and will hold 5,400 passengers.
It will be 220,000-tons and will be divided into "neighborhoods"./ It will off more deck area, more entertainment options and better amenities--including everything from an aqua theater to zipline---and will be driven with a joystick.
If you are going to try cruising, you might consider the world's largest...
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