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Old 06-01-2009, 06:29 PM
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Ok I have been gathering information for a while by reading posts from everyone. I am a first time cruiser. I have booked Freedom of the Seas for March 2010 Eastern Caribbean. Sailing with me will be my husband of 20 years, my son who will be 14 at time of sailing a daughter who will be 11 at time of sailing. We have cabin 6664. I would appreciate it if you could let me know if this ia good choice of cruise and cabin.

Given that we have never cruised before I don't have a clue what to expect. I like the fact that I know the cost of the cruise but am nervous as to our on board costs. Any help with that would also be appreciated. The other cost that could add up would be land excursions.

Thanks in advance

Cathy from Canada
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Old 06-01-2009, 06:59 PM
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Good choice.You and your family are going to enjoy every minute.Yur question about extra cost. Tipping gudelinesining room waiter$3.50 a day per guest; Stateroom attendant$3.50 a day per guest;assistant waiter$2.00 a day;Headwater$0.75a day. Excursions you can gat from website of RCI. I usually check each of them before I make decision.
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Old 06-01-2009, 07:49 PM
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Hello Cathy, welcome to Cruise-Chat! Congrats on the booking of your first cruise. You and your family can expect to experience the best vacation you could ever imagine. I didn't even want to go on a cruise when my wife booked our first in 1993. I thought I was going to be bored to death. I figured I would appease her by taking one cruise...that was 50 cruises ago.

Don't worry about extra expenses right now - you could get by for almost no extra expenses if you need to. What ever you spend, it will probably be less than if you spent a week at Disney World.

Your cabin selection is excellent. You are in a D-1 category, which is the best cabin other than getting into a suite. You're going to love the balcony!

Keep aboard Cruise-Chat and you'll pick up a lot of tips about cruising.



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Excellent choice! You will LOVE FOS ! My husband & I just returned from the Western Caribbean on Freedom (our first cruise) and we had the time of our lives. You will be waited on hand and foot, and the ship is absolutely awesome. There were lots of families on the cruise with kids of all ages. If your kids drink lots of sodas, buy soda packages for them; then you have a fixed price. Tea, regular coffee, lemonade & water are free. I only bought one bottled water on the ship and just refilled it from the "tap" water, which tastes just fine. We never felt it necessary to eat in Chops or Portofino - the main dining food was plenty fancy for us! We did eat in Johnny Rockets once, and it was worth the small price. Of the excursions we took, I definitely recommend the Nautilus semi-submersible & snorkeling. We did this in Grand Cayman, but I saw them in other ports, as well. You have a lot to look forward to, whatever you do.
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Thanks for the info. I have a couple of other questions. What does it cost to rent a tux? When do you find out what theme is what night and when the fancy dinner is? Is that when you board or can you get the information early so you can plan ahead of time? If you buy the wine package and do not drink the full bottle with supper can it be recorked or taken to your room?

I am sure I will have more questions as time pasees.

thanks again

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Old 06-02-2009, 06:29 AM
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Hi Cathy66, welcome to Cruise-Chat. Muchcat just returned from their cruise. As you can tell, muchcat seemed to have had a splendid time. Just to warn you, cruising is addictive If you figure $10/pp per day for tipping, alcoholic beverages run between $4-9 for most items, on board pictures (plenty of choices so don't try to buy them all), casino (if you gamble), and shore excursions, you'll have 99% of it down. We usually budget $100/pp per day. Depending on your ports of call, many of them can be done on your own. Be sure to check out our port chat sections a little further down the page. Congratulations and best wishes!
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Old 06-02-2009, 06:34 AM
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We must have been posting at the same time. I believe the tux rental is around $75 or $85 and comes with 2 or 3 shirts. You will receive a newsletter in your cabin daily that will list the activities for the day, and state the dress for the evening. If you are questioning the times because you want to book Chops or Portofino's, the maitre d' can tell you which nights will be the formal nights in the dining room. Any wine you purchase will be recorked and served later. We've never tried taking it back to the room, just have left it in the dining room for service the next evening. A tux isn't necessary, but sure is a nice touch.
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Old 06-02-2009, 08:48 AM
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HI, I find that the tux is not really worth it, as so many people now are not dressing up to that extent, although if its your first cruise it might be nice to get it along with some lovely photos, but this will be my third cruise and I would never get my boyfriend to spend on a tux again as very few people do it now you can just dress up smartly and look as well this saving could be used on a nice shore excursion - have a lovely time x
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From the RCI website regarding the wine and dine package: During the cruise, unfinished bottles of wine may be taken back to your stateroom. At the end of the cruise, any unopened bottles may be taken home.
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Sonny, I wish you wouldn't post those great pictures of yours (especially the ones looking out on to the balcony)as it makes me want to be sitting out there NOW, enjoying the cruising life.

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