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Old July 6th, 2006, 05:27 PM
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Hi. My 75 year old father is in declining health and has recently told me he wants to go on a cruise (August 2006), before he gets "too old". Neither of us has been on a cruise and he wants to go because he hears it's "nice". He's not much for sightseeing but does enjoy gambling. He likes the idea of "all inclusive" food on the ships.

I'd honestly rather be in Vegas or the mountains of Colorado, but I'm sure I would enjoy this and it will be good for him. Can someone please suggest a 3 or 4 night cruise on a nice ship that isnt too pricey? We would be traveling from Missouri, so airfare will basically be the same to any of the ports.

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Carnival will be your cheapest pricewise. My parents are in their 70's, mom in not the best of health (fibromyalgia, cancer survivor), but they both feel very energized on a cruise and find it to be very relaxing. BTW - they both love Carnival. The didn't start cruising until their 60's when I dragged them on my second one, and since then they have been hooked.

There are some good 3 and 4 day cruises out of Miami and Port Canaveral - most, if not all, do the Bahamas. I think your father will enjoy it and that you will find that it is as active or inactive as you want it to be. When are you looking at going? The Elation will begin doing 3-4 or 5 day cruises (can't remember) out of Port Canaveral soon. I have not been on that ship, but heard good things.

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Toddp,

Carnival cruises out of Florida are the cheapest I have seen. Ask for the 55 rate since your dad is going. (As long as you are in the same cabin, you both get that rate.)

We took my 80 year old mom last summer. She had the time of her life. You and your dad will love cruising!!!

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Old July 6th, 2006, 08:13 PM
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The Celebration out of Jacksonville, FL... We got a 5-day cruise for $518 for 2 people.... This includes port taxes, got a military discount..... The Celebration has the highest rating for food service in Carnival's fleet, hard to figure for a small ship..... Also a smaller ship may be easier for your dad to get around..... We were on the Conquest the last 2 times & all we did was WALK.... Try to get a cabin in the middle of the ship or near an elvator where your dad may want to hang out out on the Lido deck.....
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I took my 85 yr old Mom on her first cruise this past May...Celebrity Zenith to Bermuda. She loved it and the ship was small enough that it was easy for her to navigate. Also, the crew was wonderful and treated her so specially! The food was great and she really enjoyed the music onboard.
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we like the price of the carnival cruise we always fine the crew to be frindy and
helpful i took my mom on her frist cruise couple years ago we had a great
time were already book our next cruise
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Thanks everyone for the GREAT information! You actually have me excited about this trip! Any advice on how/who to book the cruise through? Should I use a travel agent or book directly with the cruise line?

Thanks again and I appreciate your help!

BTW - Ocean Springs is our "sister city" that our town (Parkville, MO) adopted after Katrina... small world.
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I like to book thru a Travel Agency and use AAA Travel who have always found me the best cruise deals. I've booked both ways, thru the cruise line and with a T.A. and find I get more personalized service with a T.A. and they watch the prices for me and pass along the savings to me if they come down. AAA Travel has locations all over my area and I like to sit across from a live person to discuss my plans, book my trip, pick up my tickets, etc. If you decide to use a T.A., choose one that does a lot of cruise bookings in your area and who you can trust to provide you the best information, pricing, upgrades, stateroom choices, etc.
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Old July 7th, 2006, 10:00 AM
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You can always book directly through the cruiseline and then switch your booking to a travel agent before final payment is due to get some extra perks. We booked a guarantee balcony through the PVP at Carnival for the lowest military rate and then switched to a travel agent and got another $98 off!
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Todd.....also, I have taken my elderly mother-in-law (85 years old) on cruises and the ship's staff have been wonderful with her. She LOVES cruising.....loves to gamble, eat, relax on deck with a book, the shows...she always gets off at every port even if it's just for a short time...she naps every afternoon or sits on the balcony reading and is ready to go again. The casino is her favorite place after dinner. Cruising is the perfect vacation for her, relaxing and stress-free. P.S. you'll have a great time too!!!!!!!!!
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We have cruised on the Carnival Celebration out of Jacksonville Fl. The port is only a few miles from the Jacksonville Airport. If you want to come in a day early, there are several nice hotels near the airport. They have shuttle buses that will take you to the pier and you just call them on your return and they will come and pick you up. Jacksonville airport isn't large at all and very easy to get around in. The Port of Jacksonville is very small and we had no trouble boarding and disembarking the ship on it's return. The Celebration is a smaller ship and it doesn't have balconies. BUT it does have nice rooms with a large window. We thought the food was really good and we went to the Bahamas.(5day cruise). Husband and I went a couple of years ago with 2 grandchildren and loved it. The Celebration doesn't have all the bells and whistles of the huge cruise ships, but it was always very clean and the staff was wonderful.
I have always used the same Personal Vacation planner with Carnival and she has always done a great job for us. We just got back from Alaska in May and went we got home she had left a message on our phone telling us that she hoped we had a wonderful trip! She also sent me an email the week before we left to see if everything was ok and to tell us to have a great time. I have never had a problem getting in contact with her. If I leave her a phone message, she will call me back before the day ends.
If you would like her name, please feel free to email me: jsalyers@ehc.edu. Also if you would like some info about this cruise, just email me.
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Thanks everyone for the GREAT information! You actually have me excited about this trip! Any advice on how/who to book the cruise through? Should I use a travel agent or book directly with the cruise line?

Thanks again and I appreciate your help!

BTW - Ocean Springs is our "sister city" that our town (Parkville, MO) adopted after Katrina... small world.

Nice of youaaaallll to help us here in Ocean Springs.... The city is doing great, more rebuilding as time goes by... Downtown Ocean Springs didn't get hit bad, just a few roof so the quaint downtown stayed the same....

I use Carnivals Personal Planner, easy to get ahold of & can answer all of my silly questions that a TA may not be able to.... Matter of fact my Carnival Planner told me about the military discount that I doubt a TA would tell you or even know about.... I get regular emails from Carnival through my rep about specials..... Have a happy first cruise....


P.S.... You get your tickets 3-weeks before the cruise unless you book at the last moment...
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I've never had much luck with a Carnival Vacation Planner, they hurry you thru your booking, don't advise you of any specials you might be eligible for, never return phone calls and when I compared several cruises booked thru Carnival and booked thru a T.A., I always got a better deal thru a T.A.
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Well it's a toss-up who you choose to book with..... I am sure some have had bad experiences with both... If you could find a local TA that has a real attitude in making it a great cruise then go for it & stay with that TA for future cruises (you will be hooked after your first)..... If you book through a TA then you can always call Carnival direct & check on the fare rates for your cruise...... Hope this helps... Bob & Kathy
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I've never had much luck with a Carnival Vacation Planner, they hurry you thru your booking, don't advise you of any specials you might be eligible for, never return phone calls and when I compared several cruises booked thru Carnival and booked thru a T.A., I always got a better deal thru a T.A.
I guess it depends on which vacation planner you get. Mine is great......answers emails right away and calls back quickly if he's out of the office. He spent alot of time ansering every one of my questions.
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hey Tod
I love to cruise and gamble, my mother is in her 70s and I take her on a cruise every year it's great because you can spend good quality time together and still have some time to your self. when she has had enough the room is close by.
Your dad will have a great time and so will you...

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Oh ya the sensation is a great ship :-)
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Toddp,

How nice to take your elderly father on a cruise, he will love it! My sister & I took my mother and she really enjoyed it! Also, it will give you all wonderful memories, especiallly if you get the nice photos taken throughout the cruise. My suggestion would be to get him a wheelchair (if he has difficutly walking, the length of the ships can be quite a hike!) AND when waiting for an elevator, push both the UP and DOWN button. We found this out after waiting for an elevator going OUR way only to find out there was no room for the wheelchair! Eventually they will go the way you want, and much more quickly!

I also think going thru a TA is a much better idea....any problems and you have someone with clout to go to bat for you!

Have a WONDERFUL time!!
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how wonderful of you to do this and what a great idea for him to come up with. yes carnival is the cheapest ( the ships are great and very nice for the price ) but remember that there will alot of kids on the ships at this time of year. that might be something to consider also for his enjoyment.

would he like to go up north to the new england/canada area or perhaps he would like to see alaska?? these are fabulous cruises and have less children on them but you still get all the benifits of the gambling, all you can eat and gorgeous scenery and nature to see.

what ever you decide to do i hope you have a wonderful time.
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I dunno about taking your father on a cruise. My mother wouldn't go with us on our first, so when she saw the pictures, I had to book a second. The doctor wouldn't allow her to travel on our third, so now I had to book a fourth. You can see where this is going. I second the nomination of Sensation, I think you'd prefer that to Bahamas.
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Well just as a follow-up... We're booked on the Celebration for August 18. After reading all the great help and info from you guys, I'm extremely excited to go.

If all goes well I'm sure I'll be booking another in the near future. BTW, Air Tran has great airfares to JAX.

Thanks for your help! Bon Voyage !!!
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im sure you will have a wonderful time and that your father will remember the cruise as a great experience.
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Hi My 82 yr old mom is Legally blind see some due to macular degenaeration but we find the crise to be most relaxing since iam with her throuhout the ship she does just fine. We are going on the Pride oct 29th to mexico from LA.

It been 8 yrs since the Elation
We have gone on three Norweign ships but are really looking foraward to the Carnival pride having our very first Balcony stateroom.

Good luk with your cruise you father will enjoy it and so will you
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Hi My 82 yr old mom is Legally blind see some due to macular degenaeration but we find the crise to be most relaxing since iam with her throuhout the ship she does just fine. We are going on the Pride oct 29th to mexico from LA.

It been 8 yrs since the Elation
We have gone on three Norweign ships but are really looking foraward to the Carnival pride having our very first Balcony stateroom.

Good luk with your cruise you father will enjoy it and so will you
how wonderful it is that your mother has you to help her enjoy a wonderful vacation. she will love the balcony for the wonderful breeze, the sound of the oceaon going by and the smell of the sea. the last cruise i was on there was a group of almost 300 that were deaf. it was amazing to me how they communicated and had so much fun. have a great time on your cruises
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I recently booked the August 6 Carnival Sensation 4 day cruise...my second cruise, and I'm taking my 75 year old father AND 12 year old son. Carnival looks like a great line for young and old, and this ship appealed to me because of the Vegas atmosphere (my dad is a huge fan of going to Vegas). Also, though I've never seen anyone suggest this, I found a great booking option through AAdvantagecruise.com, which is through American Airlines. Their prices were lower than Carnival or any of the websites I had gone to, and they offered AAdvantage miles with the booking. Good luck and happy sailing.
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