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Old July 3rd, 2011, 04:39 AM
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I'm very curious about these cruises to nowhere. I would like to get any insight on these cruises by people who've done them. What's the purpose of hopping on a ship and going around in circles? It's like getting in a car and driving once around the block without really going anywhere.

There's one scheduled for October out of New York and by the looks of it, I could pay the same and go on a real cruise (actually visiting someplace). Is the service the same as in a cruise "to somewhere?"

I wouldn't mind going on a cruise to nowhere, but then again, why would I?
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On most of these fun cruises, these are priced to entice. Usually it's a new ship sailing over early from Europe, having some free time, and, visits cities, before it sails to it's home port. I have done a few.

If this is the case here, some of the crew will be newbies on that ship,and you might notice a tad, but, as always the crew is there to please and they do a great job at it. Most of the crew will have been pulled from other ships.

If indeed the price of the one you speak of, is close to a longer cruise, then go for the longer one. If this is a great deal, go and enjoy.....Circles can be a good thing, but really not the case
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I know people who often book these type of cruises ,they find them very romantic .
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I've been on 3 and love them they are usually very short in duration (2-3 days) sometime because a ship came out of drydock earlier then expected, or the ship was chartered out in an odd rotation and a cruise to nowhere brings it back in rotation

veteran cruisers like them because you don't have the hassle of going to an island you have already been to multiple times and yet can enjoy the cruise aspect (big seller is the casino once you are outside of the designated zones)..depending on the cruise loyalty program you receive a cruise credit and in my case since I am single, it's a great way to find out if the person I am dating would enjoy doing a 7 day cruise

sometimes it's just a nice break
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to me there are 3 reasons to a cruise to nowhere. 1. line is showing off new/refurbished ship and you want to check it out.
2. you like to go to the casino and it would be open many hours
3. you cruise for the ship and not the ports so this would be a very good choice.

now we cruise for the ports and do not gamble, hardly ever even play the slots so a cruise to nowhere is not for us.

if the cost is so close to a longer cruise then I would definitely take the longer crusie with the ports.

venice,your reasoning for taking one is very good, it definitely gives you a very good chance to see if the person would enjoy a longer cruise and it also allows you to really get to know each other.
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The cruise to nowhere scheduled out of New York is the Magic. So, yes, if I'm not mistaken that's a new ship, right?

I don't know. I might try it, but I'm also going on a 7 day Southern Caribbean cruise in August. I'm afraid I'll be too spoiled on that one and then taking a cruise to nowhere wouldn't be so enticing to me.
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depends on what type of cruiser you are..do you enjoy more doing activities on the ship or do you see the ship as the conduit to take you to the different ports of call?

the Magic is brand new and has all the bells & whistles if you enjoy spending time on the ship you should love a cruise to nowhere and might be a tad disappointed with your southern caribbean cruise in August
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I was on the inaugural cruise on the Magic in the Med....This ship is fantastic, with lots of fun stuff only this new ship has. The Red Frog Pub, with their own beer, fabulous water park onboard, [though will be too cold for you]Cherry on Top. Cucina del Capitano restaurtant..,and lots more..Go to the gallery and check out my pictures of the Magic.

If the pricing is comfortable for you, I would urge you to check out this ship, because I know you will want to sail her full scale cruise. She is the new Carnival style ship.

If you love to cruise, you will be a happy camper on both cruises.
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Thank you for the pics of the Magic, we sail her in May 2012. we are getting some friends to go on their first cruise on Her. She will still be very new in One year.
WE have never done the nowhere cruise, just Conquest 5 times. Love that ship, I feel like I am cheating by taking the Magic.
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Is the ship the Magic, or posssibly the Silouette?
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The cruise to nowhere scheduled out of New York is the Magic. So, yes, if I'm not mistaken that's a new ship, right?

I don't know. I might try it, but I'm also going on a 7 day Southern Caribbean cruise in August. I'm afraid I'll be too spoiled on that one and then taking a cruise to nowhere wouldn't be so enticing to me.
Hi Nereida! I'm a little confused . Are you talking about the Carnival Magic? As far as I know, the Magic will be doing the Med, then a TA to Galveston, Texas. When do you see it doing a cruise to nowhere from NY?

As far as a cruise to nowhere, we'd love it! We enjoy the ship as a destination .
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Hi, Fern

I am so sorry. I knew I had the first letter of the name right. I meant to say the Miracle, not the Magic. The Miracle is the one doing a cruise to nowhere out of New York.
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I am so sorry. I knew I had the first letter of the name right. I meant to say the Miracle, not the Magic. The Miracle is the one doing a cruise to nowhere out of New York.
Miracle, October 13. Inside $329
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Ok, now we are all not confused anymore To my mind, for that price, I would say, no thanks. It used to be they went for less money, and, closer to the cruise to nowhere you could see prices fall..If it's a deal, it might look more interesting to you
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The only one I am familiar with from NY is a gambling cruise .If one chooses not to be in the casino one can be on deck for the duration of the cruise.
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if the price is the same and you have the time, i would take the cruise to "anywhere"...cruises to nowhere are for those of us who just don't have the time/funds to go "somwhere"..i've done two...they were fun and filled the cruise addiction for a moment (like methadone)...all the same services are in place, the ship just doesn't stop until it gets back home!
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I just had a thought. There wouldn't be extra port fees, right? A cheap cruise with port fees would bring the price right back up.
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I would love to do a cruise to nowhere. Does anyone know how they get pubilcised or promoted?

My reasons for taking a cruise to nowhere:
  1. we love to gamble, and the casino would always be open. On a regular cruise, the casino closes down during port days.
  2. we love the MDR and hate the buffet, and my expection would be that the MDR is always open for lunch because they are all sea days. On a regular cruise, the MDR is usually closed for lunch on port days, and you have to eat in the buffet.
  3. more activities are generally planned on sea days. If you like to do things on a cruise, here is your chance.
  4. we generally don't do much on port days, other than walk aroundn the port. We have no interest in pricy excursions .... if I want to see Costa Rica, I'll plan a holiday in Costa Rica, not try and get a glimpse of the location in a few hours. So for us, we would not miss excursions one little bit.

Much depends on your reasons for cruisnig. We cruise because we like to gamble, watch shows, eat. We get that on board.

Some people cruise for a glimpse of each port and the opportunity to see places they haven't been. If you are one of those people, you would not enjoy a cruise to nowhere.
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I just had a thought. There wouldn't be extra port fees, right? A cheap cruise with port fees would bring the price right back up.
$57.44 taxes and fees per person and $20 mandatory gratuity pp.

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