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    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!
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    hehehehe Johnie's been bitten by the buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuug......


    I think she's been reading Terry's trip reports :D
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    :p015: I have!
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    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 :/
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    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...
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    Apparently there are activities all day and night just about.
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    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....
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    shipboard credits and cheaper deposits.....this week only.....http://www.ncl.com/nclweb/cruiser/cmsPages.html?pageId=TravelZooPromo
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    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.
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    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.
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    Just a heads up. There is no gambling on the DCL [unless you count Bingo that is! :lol:]
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    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.
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    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..................
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    Not the ferry across the Mersey I hope Keith? :lol:
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    I was hoping for something a little more adventurous but hey I'll take what I can get :lol:
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    Ahem...June 27th 2009? :wiggle: [Same goes for you catrancher!]
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    Ill have to look up which one that is, I'm hopelessly clueless on the cruises
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    It`s the DCL 7 day Western Keith.
    [Key West, Grand Cayman, Cozumel and Castaway Cay.]
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    highly recommended I assume? ;)
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    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!

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