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Old 02-25-2008, 11:21 AM
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[QUOTE=MarcSmith;2173260But on some ships, they are pretty much just room an board...[/QUOTE]




Those days are going away forever.When we first started we had a hard time finding a room with a balcony never mind a open balcony. if you get the better rooms it makes your trip better.ships are not for everyone and there are cruises that might not be your style. if you dont like the ship or the itinerary or the atmosphere of the cruise you will not enjoy yourself.


It took a couple of cruises to know what to do and where to go so we would enjoy are selves more.


We have friends we go with at times that like it formal. I at times like it formal too.My buddy recited "the big laboski" on the QM. He said---- this is not Vietnam its the QM and boy does she have rules!



He hates the cruises where there's alot of children.he also lives where theres no trucks parked in the driveway.Nice area.
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Old 02-25-2008, 11:38 AM
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none of the big names are room/board only, there are always activities and such..... but you can get on some of the smaller no-name ships, and it can be quite a surprise.

I enjoy cruises. but I'd really don't need the balcony, and I could do with out the coat/tie fanfare at night....but I understand why they have dress codes. on our last cruise they kicked a man out of the dinning area two nights in a row when he came in wearing shorts and a golf shirt. He made a scene on the second night, and the captain came over and escorted him out.
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Old 02-25-2008, 11:43 AM
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none of the big names are room/board only, there are always activities and such..... but you can get on some of the smaller no-name ships, and it can be quite a surprise.

I enjoy cruises. but I'd really don't need the balcony, and I could do with out the coat/tie fanfare at night....but I understand why they have dress codes. on our last cruise they kicked a man out of the dinning area two nights in a row when he came in wearing shorts and a golf shirt. He made a scene on the second night, and the captain came over and escorted him out.



They have rules. Look up --- Windstar ----you and the misses can thank me later.this is what i do when i want to be active.
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Old 02-25-2008, 12:04 PM
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windstar isn't "kid friendly" but not bad price wise...Since we are taking the kid I gotta have a ship that is kid friendly(but not quite Disney kid friendly), which means it will have to be one of the main players. I'd hate to book a trip and have my kid miserable while we are at sea...

My daughter absolutely loved Celebrity...it was all I could do to get her off the boat for shore excursions...
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Old 02-25-2008, 12:20 PM
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windstar isn't "kid friendly" but not bad price wise...Since we are taking the kid I gotta have a ship that is kid friendly(but not quite Disney kid friendly), which means it will have to be one of the main players. I'd hate to book a trip and have my kid miserable while we are at sea...

My daughter absolutely loved Celebrity...it was all I could do to get her off the boat for shore excursions...


I was just going to say Celebrity when you mentioned the kids.
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Old 02-25-2008, 12:36 PM
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holland america is "upscale" but still kid friendly...at least they used to be prior to the carnival buyout....
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Old 02-25-2008, 12:45 PM
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holland america is "upscale" but still kid friendly...at least they used to be prior to the carnival buyout....

There basically owned by the same company. I think its(now) cruiselines.com or something like that.


Rccl is going out of Ft Lauoderdale now. No more Miami.i'm going to miss south Beach on our port side leaving
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you'll live.


I like sailing out of tampa...
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you'll live.


I like sailing out of tampa...

Tampa is nice. You can skip over the pan handle and go to Thomas beach. You got me thinking about cruising so i called to book a cruise for December 08, there's nothing out of New York they(RC) told me there going out of a port in New Jersey(Cape Liberty).I dont know why no more NY but im going to find out soon. This is a 10 day cruise(Puerto Rico)(St thomas)(Dominican Rep)(Haiti) Two days out, Two Back.The ship is the Explorer of the seas(nice ship) did her once already.Please try a Balcony on your next cruise. If not for you--------- Think of the children.
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you guys should look into chartering a yacht my parents did that years ago when they retired they enjoyed it much better than going on a cruise with several
hundred other people
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