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Old 01-13-2007, 07:31 AM
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If I may ask a few questions?

Any advice/tips etc would be greatly appreciated.

Here goes:

1. Can you get lobster/seafood on the ship? (yeah, I'm a little obsessed)

2. How much should I pack? We are only allowed 44 lbs per bag, so I am giving my son his own small suitcase and Hubby and I will have our own too. What I want to know is this:

Is it cooler at night, so should I pack dress pants for the dining room (not formal night)and should I bring some long sleeved shirts or sweaters? Or am I fine with short sleeves on the boat at night? (I tend to get cold but it is the tropics right?)

Also, I bought my son some dress pants but not a suit and tie..does he need a suit for formal night or can he just wear a nice shirt and dress pants (he is five)

3. When the boat goes into port, are there still activities on board if you don't want to leave the ship for any reason?

4. Can you go "out on your own" when you dock? Someone told me that Cozumel has wonderful shopping right off the dock.

5. Lastly, When the kids are "babysat" in the kid zone at night, how many sitters are there and are they adults? Do they have somewhere for them to lie down if they are sleepy? Our son is a definite night owl, so he may well stay awake until at least 11pm if there is TV/movies or activities going on while being cared for.

Okay, I think that's all (for now.) Sorry to have so many questions!!!

Trace
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Old 01-13-2007, 08:49 AM
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I will try to help answer some of your questions.

1. Can you get lobster/seafood on the ship? (yeah, I'm a little obsessed) Lobster is usually served one night of your cruise. You can have all you want.

2. How much should I pack? We are only allowed 44 lbs per bag, so I am giving my son his own small suitcase and Hubby and I will have our own too. What I want to know is this:

Is it cooler at night, so should I pack dress pants for the dining room (not formal night)and should I bring some long sleeved shirts or sweaters? Or am I fine with short sleeves on the boat at night? (I tend to get cold but it is the tropics right?)

Also, I bought my son some dress pants but not a suit and tie..does he need a suit for formal night or can he just wear a nice shirt and dress pants (he is five)

The ships are air conditioned on the inside so for some it can feel cool. I know my wife brings some warmer clothes or sweaters for herself and does wear them on occasion. As for your son at 5 years old I wouldn't buy him a suit for the cruise. A nice shirt and pants would be fine. If you wish you could put a tie on him but he won't be forced out of the dining room for not being in a suit and tie.

3. When the boat goes into port, are there still activities on board if you don't want to leave the ship for any reason? There will be things open on the ship and the kids area's and the gym's and other things will be available. There will not be much in the line of formal things such as bingo or shows going on. There may be a movie going on or a local person giving a talk on the area. The pools and things of this nature will be open and available.

4. Can you go "out on your own" when you dock? Someone told me that Cozumel has wonderful shopping right off the dock. Yes absolutely you can go out on your own. Just take the same precautions you would take if you were on vacation in any town. Watch you money and other belongings there are people who may try to pick your pocket or credit card like there are in any town. Also make sure you know when to be back onboard the ship because the ship will NOT wait for you when you are on your own.

5. Lastly, When the kids are "babysat" in the kid zone at night, how many sitters are there and are they adults? Do they have somewhere for them to lie down if they are sleepy? Our son is a definite night owl, so he may well stay awake until at least 11pm if there is TV/movies or activities going on while being cared for. I'm sorry I cannot help here I have never had to use the kids center and babysitter. I do know the babysitters will be adults because you must be an adult to work on the shps full time.


I hope this helps some.
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Old 01-13-2007, 09:01 AM
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Did you book your cruise through a Travel Agent?
1)Usually on a seven day cruise lobster is served atleast once. Usually on a formal night. On the other nights there should be choices of seafood and fish entrees.
2) You should take a mixture of clothes. Weather is unpredictable. If you are the type that gets cold easy then I would definitely take some light weight long sleeves. Air conditioning on the ship at times can be quite cool, and sometimes up on deck at night can be cool. What airline are you flying? Most airlines allow you to check two bags per person of 50lbs each, plus a carry on bag. Your son should be fine with some nice dress pants and a dress shirt.
3)Yes, there will be some activities onboard while it is in port. They will be limited. By law the casino and shops must be closed while in port.
4)Yes, you can go on your own while in port. Just be sure you are back to the ship in plenty of time. It will not wait for you.
5)The babysitting will be by young adults. It should have mats if the children want to lie down, and there should be some type of activities to keep the children occupied.
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Hi, Trace, and welcome to cruise-chat.

Allow me to add one more point to the excellent advice given above.

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Can you go "out on your own" when you dock? Someone told me that Cozumel has wonderful shopping right off the dock.
Yes, but do some research before you go so that you know if the prices there are reasonable.

Enjoy your cruise!
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Old 01-14-2007, 06:28 AM
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Thank you for your answers...I appreciate that very much!!!

Yes we booked our trip through an agent, but what does that have to do with any of my questions?

We are flying Air Transat out of Toronto and their website says 44lbs maximum weight for any suitcase. It doesn't say how many per person, but we will only need one apiece.

Thanks again!
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Old 01-14-2007, 09:11 AM
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You're welcome, Trace. And please feel free to ask any more questions that come to mind. If I can't be on a cruise, then talking about them is the next best thing.
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Old 01-14-2007, 09:13 AM
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I cannot speak for Cruise Fanatic but they may have asked if you booked through a travel agent because a good travel agent would have been able to answer some of your questions, especially when it comes to how to get from Whittier to Ankorage from your cruise. The agent should have told you that seeing the cruise is actually booked from Vancouver to Ankorage not Whittier. Obviously you have to get to Ankorage from Whittier.

Personally I find better answers on cruise boards then I do from most travel agents I have delt with in the past so to me you are asking in the right place.

Do not ever worry about asking a question on a cruise board about a cruise. There will always be someone to answer your questions.

As far as luggage on the airlines goes it is up to the individual airlines how much luggage you can take. If you say you are taking one suitcase each under the 44 pound limit you will be good. Many airlines allow one small carryon and two cases sent through down below on a plane, but as I said it is up to the individual airline.
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I cannot speak for Cruise Fanatic but they may have asked if you booked through a travel agent because a good travel agent would have been able to answer some of your questions, especially when it comes to how to get from Whittier to Ankorage from your cruise. The agent should have told you that seeing the cruise is actually booked from Vancouver to Ankorage not Whittier. Obviously you have to get to Ankorage from Whittier.

PEB...no disrespect at all but this makes NO sense to me...LOL.

We are going on a Caribbean cruise, not an Alaskan cruise. I am not sure if you were just giving an analogy or if you have me mixed up with someone else...

At any rate, our agent did tell us a lot, but I didn't ask many questions because she graciously took our booking on a day she was not even open, but happened to be in the office and my son was getting very restless and I wanted to get him out of there....

Thanks again everyone!
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Old 01-15-2007, 04:59 PM
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Trace no disrespect taken. I have been discussing Alaska cruises with a lot of people lately so I guess I have Alaska on the brain.

The fact still remains that a good travel agent is supposed to be able to answer a lot of the questions people come up with about cruising but the truth is a lot of them only know how to sell a cruise and not answer questions about it regardless of where you are cruising. There are some very good agents out there but there are a lot of agents that really don't know much about cruising.

So when you asked what does a cruise agent have to do with answering your questions, that is their job, but as I said you can always find your answers on a cruise board from people who love to cruise and have great advice.
 
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