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Help me find a cruise - May 2, 2012, 07:29 PM

I thought I'd add a cruise to my summer plans. I went on cruises when I was a kid, but things seemed to have changed. We're looking at somewhere between 5-9 days somewhere in the carribean. Any advice on cruise lines? destinations? packages? places to buy? What to do, what to avoid?


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Anyways. I went carnival and enjoyed it. Got a great deal through some cruise specific agency that i signed up for. Signed up, then got their special deals emailed to me.

I went to Cozumel and progresso leaving from galveston. Had a friggin blast.


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Sort of depends on what you want to do. Do you want to sight see, lay up on the beach, stay on the ship, etc?


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Also, one of the "shore excursions" on our cruise was a day of riding harleys up and down windy hilly roads in Cozumel. unfortunately we were ineligible because amanda was pregnant.


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I'm not even sure. I did the big red boat and windjammer cruises as a kid. We're more into exploring and swimming/snorkeling. A boat with some good lounge pool areas and something to keep us occupied inside at sea would be nice.


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They had some awesome ruins type hiking trips on one of the cruises that went further south into mexico.


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Random story: I went to the Bahamas last spring break. I had my dreadlocks still and looked like black jebus. While I was chillin on the beach some Italian tourist gave me and my girl a $20 to take pictures with us "Jamaicans." I ain't Caribbean and my girl is only half Jamaican :lol


I like Norwegian a lot. They are a "freestyle" cruise line so it is a lot more liberal with how YOU enjoy your cruise. On Carnival they make you do the dining room at a set time, at a set table, and you have to get dressed up. On Norwegian, you can show up whenever during dinner hours, sit where ever, and you don't have to get fancy. I like the food on them a lot more then Carnival also.

I went on Carnival last spring break so it was a bunch of drunk ass college students. Hell, I saw some of my classmates while I had one too many of my girls bahama mamas....

I recommend passing on the shore excursions offered by the ship. I have always had better luck going up to the locals (not the ones right next to the port) and hustling. They are tryna get that USD bread so they will cut deals and try to flatter you like nobodies business. Always a lot cheaper then what the ship has to offer and you can get sometimes cooler experiences if you play your cards right.

Oh, and as far as destinations, Any type of Florida stop will be a swindle. The Bahamas are fun but you can't stay near port. Cozumel is pretty dope also.
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I went on the Carnival Victory a couple years ago. 7 day cruise left from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Had a different ports of call each day; St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, Dominica, Antigua; no days at sea. We wanted to make sure we made the most of the trip (read: no drunk days on the boat) and experience the "real" parts of country not just the tourist areas. Also we went in Labor Day week so we didn't have to deal with too many children or college crowd.

All expeditions we did while on the trip we booked ourselves. MUCH better options and cheaper than booking through the cruise line.

St. Thomas - Went on an in-depth tour of the island with St. Thomas Excursion and Beach Tours & ended the day at Magen's Bay Beach

Dominica - All day hike through the rain forest with Bumpiing Tours. Was able to get VERY up close and personal with various waterfalls and area that other tours didn't do.

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Barbados - Again explored on our own end up at Rockley Beach.

A GREAT resource for cruise reviews and they also have a very active/helpful forum here: Cruise Reviews, Cruise Deals and Cruises - Cruise Critic.


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Bit of a threadjack... but


are there any cruise lines that do NOT allow children?


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are there any cruise lines that do NOT allow children?
Yes, but they are expensive as shit because they are more like yachts/chartered ships. Wouldn't be with a big cruise line, not economical for them.


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I went on the Carnival Victory a couple years ago. 7 day cruise left from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Had a different ports of call each day; St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, Dominica, Antigua; no days at sea. We wanted to make sure we made the most of the trip (read: no drunk days on the boat) and experience the "real" parts of country not just the tourist areas. Also we went in Labor Day week so we didn't have to deal with too many children or college crowd.

All expeditions we did while on the trip we booked ourselves. MUCH better options and cheaper than booking through the cruise line.

St. Thomas - Went on an in-depth tour of the island with St. Thomas Excursion and Beach Tours & ended the day at Magen's Bay Beach

Dominica - All day hike through the rain forest with Bumpiing Tours. Was able to get VERY up close and personal with various waterfalls and area that other tours didn't do.

St. Lucia - All day tour with Cosol St. Lucia Tours. I suggest this tour for anyone going to St. Lucia. Lots of food, drinks, and information. Even got the opportunity to swim between the Pitons.

Antigua - Day for shopping and sort of walking around exploring on our own.

St. Kitts - Went to Cockleshell Beach for the day. This supposed to be a good
island for snorkeling

Barbados - Again explored on our own end up at Rockley Beach.

A GREAT resource for cruise reviews and they also have a very active/helpful forum here: Cruise Reviews, Cruise Deals and Cruises - Cruise Critic.

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Yes, +1... very good info!


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We also did carnival. My only suggestion would be to book one where you spend the most time on the islands, rather then at sea. On the boat there wasn't much that I wanted to do. They have food, activities, food, pools, food, casino, food, gyms, food, basketball courts, food, lounging on the deck and of course food. The food while plentiful is pretty bland, but maybe I just enjoy a bit more flavor full food.

Dinner was usually pretty good though. I was to cheap to pay any extra for the upgraded restaurants. The shows in the evening were not bad. The activities crew were always upbeat and tried to keep you entertained.

I did not book any excursions through the cruise line. I booked all of them once I got onto the Island and did some exploring. You really can't go too far b/c we would only get 4-6 hours of time on the Island. So unless you already knew where to go, you really didn't have time to explore too much on your own.

We booked through priceline and got a hotel voucher for an extra free night in Miami. So we spent an extra day there. Overall it was a good bang for the buck. I will definitely go again at some point.


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