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Old 06-01-2007, 06:20 AM
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Hello All,

My husband and I are first time cruisers and will be going with my parents hopefully in January or February 2008. I am in need of some assistance. There are just so Many Cruise lines and Ships. A couple Of Questions:

We would like to go the Caribbean - Would you recommend South, West, East... ???

We would like a ship with obviously great service, great food, and entertainment since we do not drink or gamble we would like a ship that offers alternative entertainment onboard.

We looked at Royal Carribean but it seemed that the boats had some negative comments about food and being over crowded.

Celebrity seemed pretty nice overall but I did read the RC took over the boat and its not really a luxury cruise anymore...

Are there other cruise lines you would recommend? Princess, holland... Help!
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Old 06-01-2007, 06:30 AM
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Welcome to cruise chat Amber Marie and congrats on selecting a cruise. I'm sure whichever line or ship you choose, you will have a great time. You might need to narrow on exactly what you want to get out of the cruise. For the basics, Eastern Cruises tend to give you more sea days, Southern Cruises, more Islands. Western Cruises are great for Mexican port cities, and some great snorkel spots. Southern ports tend to leave out of points further south than the US, such as Puerto Rico, so therefore, a longer flight. This is assuming you are looking to do a 7 day trip. You may want to decide what you plan to do in the ports you visit, snorkel, shop, island tours, etc. You will get great feedback here. Good luck on your decision and happy cruising!!
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Hi Amber Marie. Welcome. The caribbean is beautiful. Personally, I like Western Caribbean.

I have only cruised on RCCL and CCL. I prefer CCL. Slightly more reasonable cost-wise, great food and service.

My husband and I are planning our next cruise with Princess. We want to cruise with less children and some nicer amentities.

Although, a friend of mine just took a 9 day cruise out of NYC on Princess and came back very unhappy. He thought Princess was "cheesy". He said they had a "Princess Idol" contest that parallels "American Idol". He wasn't into that sort of thing. I haven't talked with him in detail yet. I'm very interested in knowing because our plan is to cruise with Princess next.

I truly believe you will be happy with whatever line you're on. If you want to test the waters, try a 3 or 4 day first and see how you like it.

My advice would be to contact a travel agent and discuss with him/her what you're looking for in a cruise, and they can guide you. That's what they do best. Good luck to you.
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Old 06-01-2007, 09:15 AM
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Welcome; you've received sound advice from Andrea and carlg. Planning the cruise is not half the fun, but it is fun. Don't get stressed about all the choices. Use that travel agent, particulary one who is a cruise specialist.
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Old 06-01-2007, 10:25 AM
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Our Royal Caribbean Cruise on RCL Voyager of the Seas was FANTASTIC. We did the Western Caribbean- 7 nights out of Miami, balcony room (loved it!). The food was out of this world! No complaints about anything!
My question to you is the age of the adults going...we did snorkling, horseback riding, Dunn's River Falls, Submarine, and SHOPPING of course.
Ask specific questions and you'll get 100 different answers...BUT a lot to think about. Then narrow your choices accordingly, see the TA like goin' cruisin' recommended...and you'll have the time of your life! (Especially, because most children will be in school at that time!)
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I'm trying to read between the lines of your post. It sounds like you don't particularly want a "fun ship"...more of an elegant ship, without paying a fortune.

I agree that RCCL is a bit overpriced for what you get. Carnival has great shows, good food, and great service. But they're also the "men's hairiest chest contest" crowd. Might not be for you.

Might I suggest Costa. Elegant boats, GREAT food (dinner takes over an hour!!), good shows, and great itineraries. Next winter they will be bringing their brand new boat COSTA FORTUNA over. 507 day cruises out of Fort Lauderdale all over the caribbean. All the ports are good. I personally LOVE Cozumel, but the rest are good too.

Welcome to cruising....GOTCHA!!!!
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oops...that should say 5-7 day cruises...

But doesn't a 507 day cruise sound nice!!
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Old 06-01-2007, 10:31 AM
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WOW! 507 day cruises...how much is a junior suite?

PS: Aw Shucks, you beat me to it!
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Old 06-01-2007, 11:16 AM
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Originally posted by Amber Marie:
Hello All,

My husband and I are first time cruisers and will be going with my parents hopefully in January or February 2008. I am in need of some assistance. There are just so Many Cruise lines and Ships. A couple Of Questions:
It all depends on your budget your lifestyle etc...
I would talk with a cruise TA that you can sit face to face with & tell them what you want from a cruiseline.
Do you want big ship, smaller ship..cheaper fare or willing to pay a bit more
Do you want to sail with 3000 passenger or 600 ..so many choices.
Do you want skating rinks, rock climbing walls or a quite place to relax ?
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Old 06-01-2007, 11:38 AM
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I always get a chuckle out of comments like this or that cruiseline is overpriced. If you want to know how the cruise industry works look up the "Free Enterprise System" or "Supply and Demand". Talk about a free market, there are no rate regulations on the industry. No government telling any of them how much they should or must charge, thank God! If you see cruises that command a very high price they are very popular and in demand. Sometimes because it's an amazing ship, itinerary, or a myriad of other reasons. That's what drives the price higher. If it sells well the price soars, if they can't fill a ship, the price plummets. You want to see a good example, look at Christmas and New Year sailings. They can get rain for these because for some reason everybody who cruises seems to want to be on a ship then.

Amber Marie, don't look for the bargain basement for pricing, you'll want your first cruise to be awesome. The advice about getting a good agent with a lot of knowledge about cruising specifically is very important. They can ask you the right questions... age category, likes, dislikes, basically what you want to get from the cruise and what you hope to avoid.

You mentioned great food and service, that's open to each persons opinion. My youngest son considers hotdogs and Chef Boy"R"Dee (sp?)the best there is. Most major cruiselines will have very good dining choices. That's my opinion, that's all I can give is an opinion.

Have a great cruise!

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