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mrrebel10 January 24th, 2013 05:19 PM

1st time cruising- Carnival Pride- April 2013
I am a bit worried, not for me but for my husband. he has back and now walks with a cane. He also walks quite slow and we are gonna be going on the Discover Atlantis tour and was wondering if anyone could let me know if the tour is relaxed or are you pushed through quickly?
Also, would like to know how the motion and noise is at the Aft of the ship and our cabin is the Ocean Suite and we are very close to the top of the ship. so i was curious about how bad the motion sickness would be.
we are so looking forward to this, my husband has been on the oceans for 12+ years as he has served in the Navy. I on the other hand have Never been on the ocean so, i am a bit nervous bout sea sickness
Any and all tips for my first cruise will be appreciated.

Trip January 24th, 2013 05:51 PM

Hello fellow Bostonian and welcome to Cruisemates!

I too walk with a cane for distances,and I understand your concerns. We love the stern, and, have not had any issues with our cabin location.

Several years back, we took the Dig Tour,and we had a tour around the pool area, etc, but I don't ever remember having a guide as we walked through the Dig or the aquarium area, just at the outside sea life area. I know we walked at out own speed

There are so many seasickness options out there, and, these ships have great stabilizers, most people are fine...ginger also works according to those who have used it.

If need more info, just yell:)

mrrebel10 January 25th, 2013 08:22 AM

thank you
and does anyone have any tips or suggestions January 25th, 2013 07:46 PM

We've been on the Pride out of Baltimore and the one thing is that anytime you're cruising in the Atlantic, it can be a bit rougher than sailing out of Florida. However, with that said, April is usually not a rough time of the year, so you should be okay. And the aft part of a ship will feel less motion than the front, so it's a good location.

Having been in the Navy for 6 years myself, I can relate to your husband. But as they say, once you've gotten really seasick, like most sailors do, you don't get seasick again. So I know he'll be fine.

As for you, I agree with Trip; ginger pills seem to work really well for most people with no ill side affects. You can get them cheap at any drug store - just make sure you start taking them about 3 days before your cruise.

The only thing is that if it does start to get rough, Carnival is notorious for getting those stabilizers out not as soon as other cruise lines. They create drag, so it costs them more in fuel when they're deployed and Carnival likes to keep it as cheap as possible.

As for the Atlantis tour, we've not done that, so I can't help with your questions concerning the tour.

As for the ship itself, not one of our favorites, but it is better than the Miracle, which is its sister ship and was in Baltimore for a while. It's not bad and the food was okay, but it's nice for a first cruise. Spend the extra money for a dinner at the steakhouse - we thought it was worth it.


mrrebel10 January 26th, 2013 12:06 PM

thanks alot pete its very helpful
my sister also has a question, she has the Vista suite and she was wondering if because the fact we are in suites if that entitles us a free robe...think she wants to know if she can bring it home without paying the 49.00, because shes in a suite
but anyone know if the Sea Bands work as well. i am not able to chew the ginger gum.
but i want to thankyou for the insight and any other suggestions will be grateful. Cindy January 26th, 2013 04:22 PM

Unfortunately, the robes are free to use, but not free to take home.

As for the wrist bands, they work for some, but not for others. Again, if you want to wear them, you have to put them on at least 3 days prior to the cruise.

But as for ginger, forget the gum - buy some ginger pills. Cheap, quick, and easy.

It's one of those ancient Chinese remedies that's known for helping nausea. That's why doctors will tell you that when you have nausea to try drinking some ginger ale. Works well for women suffering from morning sickness when they're pregnant. The TV show Myth Busters did a thing about motion sickness and found ginger worked better for them than any of the other methods; patch, Dramamine, or wrist bands. I've had alot of clients tell me they swear by ginger pills, especially since they have absolutely no side affects.


Surfguyxxx1 January 27th, 2013 06:38 AM

When we went on our first cruise, I too was very nervous. I don't like spinny rides at the amusement parks and I associated that nausea with sea sickness, which I've had when I was 10 or so. I never took a single pill! The designs of these ships is so advanced that there are times you won't even know you've left port. I work in the medical field and on several cruises I've talked to the staff and they too say that the number of sea sickness cases is almost nil. Enjoy your trip and put that idea aside.
Cruising is about doing as much as you want and as little as you want. Bring a good book, an extension cord and lots of adventure!

mrrebel10 January 28th, 2013 07:56 PM

i would really like to thank all of you for helping me, it has really been helpful.
i would like to know if the cost of the robes are high...been looking on but not able to find out...maybe iam just not looking in right area.
again thanks for the insight and anymore tips would be welcome...we are gonna have the about 4 cabins next to one another and then one that is interior, so was curious if there was much to do for a group?

JoeMo January 28th, 2013 10:34 PM

What to do for a group ??
Having escorted many groups over the years, I can offer this advice, worth what you pay for it, FREE.
Try to get the group together for at least one meal per day. Discuss as a group what everyones interest is, then form smaller groups to go seperate ways. If you try to get everyone interested in the same activity, you will have some who will not enjoy themselves. Reviewing the days activities are always good topics during dinner, and a good time to plan for tomorrow. The art auction may be fun for some, but fingernails on a chaulkboard for others. Have a good time, and let others do the same.

REDWITCH 13 February 19th, 2013 03:02 PM

We are also going on the Pride in April...21-27 When are you going?


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