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Old 06-29-2007, 09:14 AM
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I going to plan a cruise for my family to celebrate my daughter's graduation from high school next year. Looking at a three to five day cruise. What has been your experience? What cruise line would recommend or not recommend. Thanks for the help.
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Old 06-29-2007, 11:40 AM
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I would recommend Royal or NCL with a nod towards Royal. Celebrity is a little more ritzy and glamorous and seems to more geared towards couples. Royal I think has the coolest ships with the most activities for teenage kids. You honestly can't go wrong with any of them though.
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Old 06-29-2007, 02:30 PM
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NCL, Princess, Renaissance( now Oceania) have all been good...

3 cruises on RCL... never again...wife got sick ALL 3 times...last time jan 06, she spent 3 days in ship hospital, and lost a month from work after we got home
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Old 06-29-2007, 04:39 PM
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based on my experience working on the fringes of the cruise industry here in Key West, I would Never do Carnival. I'd lean towards Celebrity or RCL for a quality cruise that isn't too ritzy but also not bargain basement.
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Old 06-29-2007, 05:08 PM
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Ive had a great time on Royal C, and believe it or not carnival was a blast. Very nice ship too, just get on a newer ship
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Old 06-29-2007, 06:34 PM
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Royal Carribean. We took a 7 day trip on the Mariner of the Seas last April with the kids and had a great time.
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Old 06-29-2007, 06:40 PM
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What about Disney Cruise Line??? My family has been on many DCL cruises ranging from 3 days to 7 days from when I was an upper-teen when they first started and I always had a great time. Great food, great family time, no gambling - many cruise critics say its the best around... Anyone been on those???
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Old 06-29-2007, 06:51 PM
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I've taken the family on the Disney and had a great time. Best time was on NCL - 7 day out of Galveston. Carnival is good. Actually I liked all of them. All the thinking is done for ya...you just enjoy.
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Old 06-29-2007, 08:22 PM
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Took the family on a 4-day over this past Easter on Carnival. Just got back today from a 4 day cruise with Royal Caribbean just the missus and I.

RCI is a step up from Carnival - but not as big a step as you might expect. Here are the differences I saw of one over the other.

Carnival - bigger cabins, tons more for young kids, better and more plentiful shows and events (though RCI has more adult risque fun events), express departure if you are willing to carry your own bags. Stay away from Calica whatever you do - it's a pitiful place to go and just temporary until Cancun fixes up the hurricane damage.

RCI - Staff much more pleasant to talk to - probably since they are mostly European or Indian (as opposed to Carnival staff who tend to be from the poorer Caribbean nations like Haiti). We actually added more than the recommended gratuity to the head waiter. Food is slightly better than Carnival. Less children, more targeted to adults and young couples. Cabins smaller. However I found the drink prices to be a buck or two cheaper than Carnival (only glass on Pinot Grigio available on Carnival is $9.50, on RCI there are 4 choices with the least expensive being a nice wine at $5.50. Frozen dinks on Carnival all at around $8, RCI has plenty at $5.50 and $6.

About equal - Casino, photography, customer service (at desk not crew as above), shore excursions.

If you are a first time cruiser some things to be mindful of.

Your listed price will NOT include - port and government charges which can run around $60 per person, and gratuities for crew which run at around $10 per person per day regardless of how many you squeeze into a cabin. For a 4 day cruise you can expect to also put between $200-300 per person on your tab depending on whether or not you drink and take shore excursions. Casino at you own risk. They will take photos of you every time you leave your room so, even if you think you won't buy, plan on a $200 photo bill for you party as well.

So make sure you are not enticed by those low cost cruises! However after just completing my fourth, in my mind it is still one of the best vacation deals out there.

Have a look at www.vacationstogo.com first. They have the best cruise search engine out there. However if you find one you really fancy - call the cruise line direct and see what specials they are having - you may get a cabin upgrade.
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Old 06-30-2007, 12:56 AM
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I love Celebrity. Just look at the ship specs and the passenger totals - ships are just as big as some of the Carnival, RCL with 1/2 the people. Service is a step above
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Old 06-30-2007, 01:22 AM
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Check out The Freedom of the Seas. It is a RC cruise ship. Trust me, you will love it and so will the kids!
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Old 06-30-2007, 01:26 AM
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I went on a Carnival cruise last summer. I was on the Imagination out of the Port Of Miami. It was OK. I was the target market - the background music in the halls was all 80s music. As opposed to Ragtime music from the 1920s.

NCL out of Miami sails larger ships. For what that is worth.

The important thing is not the boat, or the cabins. Cabins are just a place to take a nap and shower.

The important thing are the ports of call. Everything else is just.......there.
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Old 06-30-2007, 06:44 AM
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Thanks for all of tips and ideas. I knew you guys could help me out. Thanks.
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vbumleg - 6/30/2007 1:22 AM

Check out The Freedom of the Seas. It is a RC cruise ship. Trust me, you will love it and so will the kids!
yeah that was the first of 3 SICK ship trips
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Old 06-30-2007, 10:58 AM
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evernic - 6/30/2007 10:56 AM

vbumleg - 6/30/2007 1:22 AM

Check out The Freedom of the Seas. It is a RC cruise ship. Trust me, you will love it and so will the kids!
yeah that was the first of 3 SICK ship trips
Ships aren't sick - it's the people on them.

The CDC have asked cruise lines to check with passengers for any intestinal issues in the past three days before they board. It seems that selfish passengers are the culprit and NOT the ship's lack of cleanliness.
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Old 06-30-2007, 05:05 PM
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one note not covered here yet..NCL has "freestyle" cruising which means you can eat dinner (lunch) too..anytime you want.......in any restaurant you want......
I happen to like that....and the ships are large.....and I also happen to love balconies......you can't beat getting up in the morning and having coffee in the middle of the ocean on your own veranda.............I think its worth the extra money.

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Old 07-06-2007, 08:28 AM
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My first cruise was to Alaska on Royal Carribean with my two teens at the time 13 & 15 yrs old. While boarding one of the staff told my kids to make sure they check out the teen club for they would meet a lot of kids there age and have a great time. that night after dinner off they went and being a concerned parent I went to the teen club to check it out.As soon as I entered the club I was greeted by a staff member and asked to step outside; for the club was for the teens and if i would to see them they would get them. That I liked. Then I asked what time the club closed and the response was its depends on how they behave. That perticular staff member had been working the club for 4yrs at the time and said only once they closed the club early. Its really up to the kids and the latest was 230am. The food was excellant as the rest of the staff.I highly recommend getting a balcony rm for you and the Mrs; having coffee or a cocktail on your balcony is very relaxing. The kids are fine with inside cabins. Oh yes there is one more thing to make sure you do so you can get some sleep (if your wife is anything like mine as most mothers are) have her switch rm keys with your daughter. That way she can sleep in your daughters bed until she comes in. You will find out that you'll be hitting the sack before the kids.
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Old 07-06-2007, 07:17 PM
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www.cruisecritic.com

Great site! I like both Celebrity and Princess, but Royal is great also...Screw the assigned seating.

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Old 07-06-2007, 08:55 PM
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no body has mentioned costa cruise line...... they are at the very bottom of my list. there an italian cruise line, so i think that was part of the problem.... cultureal differances. bad food, cheesy entertainment, ugly women(hairy as hell), lost all our baggage, broke all my liquor bottles. the pool closed at 8pm, bars at 11pm. casinos at 11pm,buffets were reolled away at 1030pm. cokes were $3 a can, shots were $10 each and mixed drinks were $12 for a cape cod(cranbrry and vodka).
in the week we were there, my gf and i ran a tally of about 10k, minus the actual cost of the trip, about 1100 per person-7 days,.

while we didnt complain about the priceas we were on vacation, it was still alot of cash for the subpar cruise.

we now do the carnival in october and dec outta norfolk, va, $550 per person, and $2k for the week, and thats with lots of drinks, casino, excurions, shopping and tips.....plus the food is way better.

just my 2 cents worth

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