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Old 11-28-2006, 08:11 PM
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this is my first cruise, and i have many question. what should i pack? what is free and what is not free on board?
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Old 11-29-2006, 01:36 AM
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welcome to Cruise-Chat.com.

This is a great packing list.

As for what's included and what isn't: generally spoken, most drinks / beverages aren't. These include soft drinks, beer, wine, cocktails etc.

On the other hand most of the food is included, this includes food served in the main dining room(s), buffet restaurant and pool grill (if your ship has a Johnny Rockets - that one's not included), but also room service. If your ship has an alternative restaurant or two, those incur an extra charge. Depending on the ship you will be sailing on, there might be some cafés etc. which offer not included items, as well.

Most of the activities onboard are included, as well, with the obvious exceptions (casino, bingo, art auctions etc.).

Be warned - cruising is addictive!
Best regards,

Raoul Fiebig

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Old 11-29-2006, 04:15 PM
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i thank you so much for your prompt reply. my next concern is we are bringing two very little children. one is 3 years old and other one is 6 months old. it is our 10th year anniversary trip and some people say it will be hard to have two children with us. what do you think. also, we are thinking about doing the renew our vow any tips for all of the above?
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Old 12-01-2006, 12:22 PM
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Avoid the temptation to overpack, especially with kids who can't carry their own luggage. Kids have no problem wearing the same shorts or pants a few days.
Completed first cruise 5/6/06 Voyager of the Seas - Eastern Caribbean

2nd cruise Majesty OTS - 5/11/07

3rd cruise Freedom of the Seas 4/27/08 Western Caribbean - Hump Balcony!!!

Next Navigator of the Seas 4/6/09 First time to Belize
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Old 12-01-2006, 01:07 PM
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Most lines offer children's clubs/activities, but usually not under the age of 3. It will be hard for you to enjoy the night life, but most ships are children friendly. If it is for your anniversary, could one of the family members watch them for you so you could have a true anniversary trip. If not, there will be plenty to do for the 3 year old. You'll be on your own with the 6 month old. Best wishes!
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Old 12-03-2006, 06:10 PM
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my wife and i also have 2 children. 2 and 5 yrs.
We are doing a trip dec 30 but are leaving the children with grandma and grandpa. It is our first trip away. If it all goes well we would like to take them next time
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