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Johnie
23-10-2008, 01:40 AM
ok so I am not actually thinking of a Disney cruise but I AM thinking of cruising. Please tell me all the good and bad things about it. I currently have a courtesy hold on a Norwegian cruise leaving Charleston, SC on April 4th and returning April 11th. This week is a necessity since it is Alysia's spring break.

I've got a good price and the deposit is reduced in half all this week!

Beccaberry
23-10-2008, 01:46 AM
hehehehe Johnie's been bitten by the buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuug......


I think she's been reading Terry's trip reports :D

Johnie
23-10-2008, 01:51 AM
:p015: I have!

keith
23-10-2008, 01:58 AM
I've been looking too. Not at Disney cruises right now, but one leaving from the UK, just to get into it so to speak.

In a way, I almost think I want what I've seen in old films :) formal dining, elegance and something really special what I dont think I'd like is lots of time to do nothing :/

Beccaberry
23-10-2008, 01:59 AM
So...let's see...I've cruised two lines, neither being Disney (unfortunately)...Norwegian and Carnival. I was skeptical of course, because I don't *do* water...but I was wonderfully surprised. We had an AMAZING time, especially on the Norwegian which offers what they term "Freestyle Cruising" (meaning you don't eat at a given time, and you aren't forced to sit with people you don't know :wink: )

I was concerned that I would get bored...well, let me tell you, if you get bored on a cruise, it's because you *want* to be bored.

Seasickness? Only the first day. Dramamine took care of that. I was fine the rest of the trip.

Food? Oh heavens...I could go on. And on. And on.

Entertainment? Cheesy for the most part...but in an entertaining way :D

Excursions? They had loads but we didn't do many, instead choosing to explore our ports of call on our own.

It's brilliant....and now I have to go find a cruise for Jon and I to take...

Johnie
23-10-2008, 01:59 AM
Apparently there are activities all day and night just about.

Beccaberry
23-10-2008, 02:01 AM
...what I dont think I'd like is lots of time to do nothing :/

There's always *something* to do...always...really.

One of my fondest memories are of Jon and I up on the "Library" deck where there was a lovely coffee bar....every afternoon we'd take up residence in front of the floor to ceiling windows watching water roll by and playing scrabble...while the coffee and Bailey's flowed....we made loads of friends that way....

Johnie
23-10-2008, 02:02 AM
So...let's see...I've cruised two lines, neither being Disney (unfortunately)...Norwegian and Carnival. I was skeptical of course, because I don't *do* water...but I was wonderfully surprised. We had an AMAZING time, especially on the Norwegian which offers what they term "Freestyle Cruising" (meaning you don't eat at a given time, and you aren't forced to sit with people you don't know :wink: )

I was concerned that I would get bored...well, let me tell you, if you get bored on a cruise, it's because you *want* to be bored.

Seasickness? Only the first day. Dramamine took care of that. I was fine the rest of the trip.

Food? Oh heavens...I could go on. And on. And on.

Entertainment? Cheesy for the most part...but in an entertaining way :D

Excursions? They had loads but we didn't do many, instead choosing to explore our ports of call on our own.

It's brilliant....and now I have to go find a cruise for Jon and I to take...


shipboard credits and cheaper deposits.....this week only.....http://www.ncl.com/nclweb/cruiser/cmsPages.html?pageId=TravelZooPromo

Slowhand
23-10-2008, 11:26 AM
To be honest Johnie I really can`t think of any negative things about taking a cruise.
OK I have a few niggles, like what a panic it is on your last night packing and putting your bags outside your cabin by a certain time...although I can fully understand the reasons behind it [turning the ship around quickly the following day etc.]
I don`t mind tipping the folks who take care of you on the cruise like your server and the assistant server, as well as the stateroom host. However I can`t for the life of me understand what service the head waiter offers...fortunately the recommended value of tips for this crew member is not that much.

There is the potential sea sickness issue, but then again, you risk turbulence on a plane and that doesn`t deter me from flying.

There are a darn sight more positive things to say about cruising than negative ones, that`s for sure.

Grammiepo
23-10-2008, 11:54 AM
Down side of cruising, you are going to gain more than a few pounds. The food, oh the food, I love the one dress up night, the captain's dinner with pictures, but you don't have to go to that if you don't want. We loved the side trips to places we had never been, so we do those too, again you don't have to. There is something going on all the time, floor shows, gambleing, shopping most ships have their own shopping mall now. Pool side with drinks, OH go, you will not be sorry.

Slowhand
23-10-2008, 11:58 AM
There is something going on all the time, floor shows, gambleing,

Just a heads up. There is no gambling on the DCL [unless you count Bingo that is! :lol:]

Grammiepo
23-10-2008, 12:17 PM
never did DLC, but bingo is good. four old ladies hit the one armed machines with 10 dollars each with the plan to stop when that was gone, didn't take long for 3 of us the other quit when she got tired of it and brought us all a round of drinks. (we are not drinkers either) but we all had a great time ,went on RC ,to Mexico, on that trip.

daveann
23-10-2008, 12:54 PM
im off cruising the southern carribbean in february for 2 hole weeks and i cant wait never been before but Dave's parents go cruising every year and they say once you have been once you will be smitten..................

Slowhand
23-10-2008, 01:29 PM
Not at Disney cruises right now, but one leaving from the UK, just to get into it so to speak.


Not the ferry across the Mersey I hope Keith? :lol:

keith
23-10-2008, 01:37 PM
Not the ferry across the Mersey I hope Keith? :lol:

I was hoping for something a little more adventurous but hey I'll take what I can get :lol:

Slowhand
23-10-2008, 01:39 PM
I was hoping for something a little more adventurous but hey I'll take what I can get :lol:
Ahem...June 27th 2009? :wiggle: [Same goes for you catrancher!]

keith
23-10-2008, 01:42 PM
Ahem...June 27th 2009? :wiggle: [Same goes for you catrancher!]

Ill have to look up which one that is, I'm hopelessly clueless on the cruises

Slowhand
23-10-2008, 01:46 PM
Ill have to look up which one that is, I'm hopelessly clueless on the cruises

It`s the DCL 7 day Western Keith.
[Key West, Grand Cayman, Cozumel and Castaway Cay.]

keith
23-10-2008, 01:47 PM
It`s the DCL 7 day Western Keith.
[Key West, Grand Cayman, Cozumel and Castaway Cay.]

highly recommended I assume? ;)

Slowhand
23-10-2008, 01:56 PM
highly recommended I assume? ;)

You bet! There will obviously be 2 days "at sea" when the ship is not in any of the ports of call but as mentioned elsewhere in this thread, there are loads of things to keep you from getting bored on board...hey that rhymes! :lol:

Play your cards right Keith and you may well know your dining partners on that cruise, so no need for worries there!

keith
23-10-2008, 01:59 PM
You bet! There will obviously be 2 days "at sea" when the ship is not in any of the ports of call but as mentioned elsewhere in this thread, there are loads of things to keep you from getting bored on board...hey that rhymes! :lol:

Play your cards right Keith and you may well know your dining partners on that cruise, so no need for worries there!

Poor dining partners, I hope they can get some kind of discount for putting up with me :lol:

Slowhand
23-10-2008, 02:02 PM
Poor dining partners, I hope they can get some kind of discount for putting up with me :lol:
If you recall we`ve been there and got the tee shirt remember, so no worries there!

keith
23-10-2008, 02:07 PM
If you recall we`ve been there and got the tee shirt remember, so no worries there!

Cheers and much appreciated (still think you should ask for a discount though ;)

catrancher
23-10-2008, 02:13 PM
Ahem...June 27th 2009? :wiggle: [Same goes for you catrancher!]

Ahhh.... don't I know it.

I'm hoping but right now it's not looking too promising. :mad:

Too many other things that must be done. Darn it!
But... if the situation changes, you can be it's first on my list!

BTW... in case Keith chickens out, there's always this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJcjrxp1XiM). :laugh2:

Couldn't get the YouTube embed to work so you've gotta take it the way it is.

Ahhh... pining for my misspent youth!

Tom (who's trying to figure out a way)

Slowhand
23-10-2008, 02:18 PM
BTW... in case Keith chickens out, there's always this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJcjrxp1XiM). :laugh2:

Great link Tom....even though it makes me feel old!
Gerry Marsden was the first "celeb" I met way back in the 60`s. He was a really nice guy and had loads of time for folks pestering him for his autograph, unlike Neil Diamond as I recall from your tale which you told on the "Magic".

catrancher
23-10-2008, 02:24 PM
Great link Tom....even though it makes me feel old!
Gerry Marsden was the first "celeb" I met way back in the 60`s. He was a really nice guy and had loads of time for folks pestering him for his autograph, unlike Neil Diamond as I recall from your tale which you told on the "Magic".

Yeah, made me feel old when I saw it too! The worst part was actually being able to remember those hairdos on the girls! :laugh2:

Tom (whose memory isn't as bad as he thought)

Tink
24-10-2008, 12:56 AM
I haven't read the entire thread, but wanted to tell you that we've cruised Norwegian and really loved it.

We've done it a couple of times. We like it mainely for the free style dining, and the lack of required formal wear (it's an option on formal night).

What Norwegian Ship are you thinkning of? :unsure:

I'd say that NCL is a great way to see if you are going to like cruising at all. Their prices are pretty competitive and the food (although not always "to die for" ) is quite passable. :yes:

Johnie
24-10-2008, 01:21 AM
I beleive it's the Majesty. I'll have to look.

BevW
24-10-2008, 01:25 AM
the ONLY negative thing about the cruise that I can think of is there was just food EVERYWHERE!!! And of course, I had to sample just about everything :lol:

You'll never be bored, even though you're on a ship. There's always something going on.
And you get spoiled spoiled spoiled!

Taja
24-10-2008, 03:29 PM
I've been looking too. Not at Disney cruises right now, but one leaving from the UK, just to get into it so to speak.

In a way, I almost think I want what I've seen in old films :) formal dining, elegance and something really special what I dont think I'd like is lots of time to do nothing :/

Check out the QMII, Keith.

Crystal also offers really nice amenities.

Leu and I are just beginning to think about a longer holiday in three or four years to encompass either a European River or Mediterranean cruise and several days on either end. Leu finally decided she would like to visit Europe, London in particular. I figure the timeline gives me a chance to learn dust off my practically non-existent French, Italian and Spanish! :lol: Haven't used them since university! :eek:

I'll be asking many, many questions in the future. :D

Tink
24-10-2008, 03:41 PM
Ah. Not been aboard the Majesty. It's one of their older ships (which is not a problem, mind)!

You'll want to know how their spa area is set up. Some NCL ships have gorgeous spa areas, others not so great. (The Spirit's spa was pretty rudimentary). Their spa offerings are by Mandala and usually quite nice. Hold off on booking until underway as they offer nice discounts (usually!) once they get going and see how high the demand is. :yes:

Make sure you know what is available in each port outside the special excursions. Sometimes you won't need to book something special (is the town within walking distance?) other times it's the only way to do anything ashore (like in Hawaii, no excursion? No reason to go ashore).

Watchinherskip
24-10-2008, 04:16 PM
Johnie, I was probably one of the greatest skeptics, but after going on our first cruise (20 anniversary) I was sold on it. We have had 3 cruises - 2 out of Florida on Royal Caribbean (Bahamas and then Western Caribbean/Mexico) and a Carnival cruise to Alaska.

Issues:
Food - better IMO on RCL, very good overall. It is not all about food though. Great selection, but fortunately the portions are smaller now. You can have another entre if you wish.

Table mates - great fun to meet new people. We were paired with 4 other couples (one gay couple) who were celebrating anniversaries. We spent a lot of time with all of them.

Sea Sickenss - not too much an issue, new boats are huge with stabilizers. Hint don't take interior room - get some view of horizon that helps. Get a room mid ship not on highest levels as they tend to rock more.

Excursions - pick an choose, some good some not so good (Lots of extra tipping in Bahamas as one guide passes you off to another)

In short there is little to not like. DD wants to go this summer as graduation celebration. Going with our neighbors/friends whose daughter is also graduating from Alex's high school.