My husband and I are planning a trip to the French polynesia in March 2008 for his 50th birthday, and we thought that the best way to see it all, is to take a cruise. We have never been on a cruise before, so we do have many questions. I'm finding alot of answers here and this is great! We were originally planning on cruising on the Paul Gauguin, which includes pretty much everything (gratuities, booze, etc., etc), but it is way out of our budget. Princess is more reasonable, but with having to pay for all your drinks, wine and gratuities, I'm starting to wonder if it is that cheaper. When on holidays, we like to enjoy a few drinks in the afternoon and wine with dinner. Can someone give us an indication of how much a bottle of wine can go for on these ships? Are you allowed to bring alcohol on board?
We're from Ottawa, Canada, flying to LAX is very expensive, so we'll be looking for deals there too! Any tips you can provide will be greatly appreciated!