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Discussion in 'Non Disney Trips and Travels' started by keith, Nov 15, 2013.

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    We're getting very tempted to try a cruise

    Now Disney would be the obvious choice but a lot of people are saying p&o out of Southampton can be brilliant too

    Have you been cruising? which ones have you tried and would you recommend???
     
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    Not P&O....... Princess, royal carribean or Cunard :) and get a balcony. We went with princess and they were really good, service impeccable.
     
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    OOOOO ok that's interesting. P&O kinda cheapy and rubbish or?
     
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    think of it in terms of a star rating, I would say 4 versus 5 star, price is not much different.

    If you can try and book in dollars from the US site, you can save a lot of money sometimes. Cruise critic forum is a good place to start for information and comparison.

    The only thing about going from southampton is that it takes you a while to get anywhere worth seeing. You can get a Cunard transatlantic for a good deal though... Spend a few days in New York then fly back. The ships are so nice though that I'm not sure that I would be bothered about not being able to get off. Jon and I felt really relaxed and looked after.

    The Regal princess, a brand new ship sets sail next summer! we were on her sister ship the royal princess in June on her inaugural voyage. Great deals to be had, Regal isn't coming to southampton though
     
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    We went with Independence of The Seas (Royal Caribbean) and couldn't fault it. Sailed from Southampton around the Med. Tips... take travel sickness meds with you, it is horrible around the Bay of Biscay, very choppy. Don't ever go to see the doctor while on board... costly to see them then you have the meds on top of that price. Pay tips in advance it is cheaper and don't forget to include tips in your pricing up. Cunard are a lot dearer but good so I hear.

    On the cruising forums they always recommend to fly into the port (if you are flying) at least two days before... ships do not wait for you, even if you booked the whole fly/cruise package with them. So don't go thinking they will and that you are safe because it's all a package deal... it's so not. Make your own arrangements to fly.

    Keep your watch to SHIPS time not the country you are visiting, this is important to make sure you do get back on board after visiting ports.

    Prepare to be dazzled by the shopping on board. You get duty free shops. But some things are silly expensive.

    Don't ever be tempted to smuggle booze on board it is not worth it, and if you are hoofed off the ship before you have sailed it's basically tough toots for you, you won't get any compensation. Plus if you get hoofed off in another country you will have to pay your own way back home.

    You MUST always attend muster drill, even if on a worldie and you have done it on that cruise several times... they WILL hoof you off if you refuse.

    But to answer your question... it is a matter of personal preference, Cunard can be stuffyish with all the dressing up but Pand O and Royal not so, but that doesn't mean they are cheap and naff they are not.

    I have heard Fred Olsen are extremely good for good food. You gets what you pays for I think? You could always do a Stelios cruise lol. where the cabins are like wet rooms, easy to sluice out the vomit.... ;)

    It's like everything, you want bigger and better ie balcony, bigger room, better dining.... you have to cough up for it, BUT if you don't do all that you will still have an amazing cruise.
     
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    I think the first time we cruise it will be around the Hawaiian Islands with Norwegian as I've heard really good things about them.

    We did do a mini cruise from Cyprus to Egypt many years ago and Chris hated every minute of it :lol:
     
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    Cunard isn't actually as expensive as you would think, after paying disney prices they seem positively good value if you book early or get a deal. We priced up a Northern Europe booking last summer for this summer and it was £2500 for both of us for a week in a balcony room, I forget all their terminology! Certainly cheaper than flights to a nice resort in Europe.
     
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    Our travel agents wasn't keen with P&O and recommend cunnard instead but from what I remember you can only eat at the restaurant on your cabin level. I think you cannot eat at premier restaurants if your cabin is the basic one. I might be wrong here.....
     
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    You already know what I'll say! :mickeybounce:

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    We've only been on Disney cruises so can't really give an opinion but I have a friend who sails on Royal Caribbean from Southampton a few times a year and she always says the Bay of Biscay is a killer every time for sea sickness.

    We were on the Fantasy during hurricane Sandy and didn't suffer from sea sicknes but did the year before on the magic when the sea was a little choppy, go figure. Disney do supply seasickness tablets for free and our room steward brought our youngest son bottled water and fresh root ginger to help when he had a bad day on the magic.

    Disney don't mind if you take your own drink on board but you need to pay $15 to drink it in the main dining rooms I think, we've never done it as my hubby and I like cocktails on holiday :)

    We love Disney cruises but we love Disney and like that there are'nt casinos or endless amounts of shops, we also like that you can do as much or as little as you please, no hard sales etc... But I don't think Disney cruising is everyone's cup of tea.

    The adult only areas are lovely and quiet too, as most people travel as families but our kids have always loved the kids clubs and only returned to us at meal times or for onshore excursions so my hubby and I have always appreciated our kid free time together in the adult areas or attending the adult only activities.
     
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    Traveleeze pastilles are good for sea sickness
     
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    The wife of one of my friends is claustrophobic, so can't fly. They'd love to visit Orlando with their grandkids, so they're looking at a transatlantic cruise. Trouble, is, it adds so much to the trip time, they might be away from home for anything up to six weeks!

    I've not been on a cruise yet, but I've hear Royal Caribbean come highly recommended, along with Disney, of course.
     
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    it would be quite some drive from New York! somewhere around 18 hours driving, I would plan stops on the way though to see things that you wouldn't normally see. This is the kind of thing we plan to do when retired, when time is not a problem :)
     
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    See that's horrendous to me... we paid £1,300 each (two to a room) for a two week Med cruise with balcony.
     
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    was that in August?
     
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    Don't get me wrong... I'm glad I've experienced it but if I was to do it again I would go the Caribbean route. Trouble is with big ships you land at ports that are far from the sightseeing places and people don't realise that you then have to pay extra to get there. Sometimes by train or expensive excursions.

    It is quite alright to go on a cruise ship and never step off it, the experience is that wonderful.
     
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    September the week after all the kids went back to school :D We were told that the previous week they had 1,200 kids on board... the week we went we had 200.

    We went through Iglu not RC.
     
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    there you go lol, my holidays are fixed at the moment so only time i could go was August. I booked my princess cruise through Iglu, they made a few errors and misadvised me so i won't be going through them again.
     
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    Me neither! Ha! they made errors on mine too!
     
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    Effectively that's what we did on our last Disney cruise on the Fantasy this past September. We'd been to all the ports before so, with the exception of St. Maarten where I did the 12 Metre Challenge port adventure, we stayed on the ship pretty much the whole seven days.

    And it was wonderful!
    No rushing madly about trying to get off the ship. No wandering aimlessly around trying to figure out exactly what did we want to see. Instead, a relatively quiet ship, a comfortable deck chair on deck 4, a good book or six, warm caribbean breezes, and all the food and drink we could handle. I know what we'll be doing the next time we go. :wink:

    Tom ( :macwave:... glutton for pleasure!)
     

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