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Old 08-13-2010, 01:59 PM
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I'm planning my first cruise to the Bahamas in April, can anyone take me through what to expect and any hints or tricks from beginning to end please. Thanks
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Old 08-13-2010, 03:34 PM
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That is too broad of a request to answer easily. I could write a book for you and not cover everything. Look at our FAQ Section for starters.

What is important is that you do not try to book this on your own, and by that I mean do not go directly with Carnival or some internet cruise agency. Given what you have told us - that your husband has disabilities and it is your first cruise - you really need to use the services of an experienced agent, preferably one who specializes in cruises. An agent isn't going to simply take your money and book your cruise, which is what you'll often get if you try to do it yourself. An agent will not cost you more. Carnival pays the commission, not you.
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Old 08-13-2010, 04:34 PM
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I know it is a broad question, let me try and narrow it a bit. I'm looking for tips and tricks really on anything. I've read several articles on cruises so I have a pretty good idea of what to expect generally.
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Old 08-13-2010, 05:26 PM
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There are no tricks to cruising. You simply go and have a great time! (As long as it conforms to the cruise line's terms and conditions, of course.)

I agree with Dave that you should book through a travel agent that has expertise in cruising. Ideally, you'd want one who has passed the certification requirements of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). Click HERE for its home page, from where you can enter your ZIP code to find a CLIA-certified agent near you.

I see that you got some more great tips in a couple of other threads, such as the one on embarkation. We're happy to help with more questions -- just be more specific so we can be sure we're addressing the topics that interest you.
Happy cruising!
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Old 08-14-2010, 12:17 PM
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My biggest worry on a cruise is just making sure I have a good time................trust me that's not a worry. You will be starting something that is very addicting and I predict it won't be your last cruise. Have a great time.
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Old 08-14-2010, 05:43 PM
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The biggest thing to know is "When in doubt, just ask." The Guest relations desk will help you with a lot of things. Most any crew member will be able to set you in the right direction too.
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