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Old February 15th, 2006, 10:12 AM
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we are new to cruising and will be going on the June 17th bermuda cruise on the Zenith. We are going as a family aunts, uncles, cousins, you know the whole sha-bang. We ourselves have 3 children 7, 4, 1. I am a little nervous about what there will be to do so if anyone has any insider tips or suggestons I would really appreciate it. I just want this to be a good experience. I am also wondering how much you can expect to pay with room taxes, gratuities and any other usual things. Nothing worse than not having enough money. Thanks!!
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Old February 15th, 2006, 01:11 PM
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Well you had better get after a T/A to book - hold rooms.
Bermuda is a wonderful place to visit.
There should be a lot of kids on the ship that cover the ages you show.
They also have a childrens program for the younger cruisers.
There are a lot of varied activities on the ship to do.
Games, golf, trivia, to cover a lot of choices.
Then you have the shows and the Casino when at sea.
You will be docked most of the trip so this is a great place to visit.
Pink beaches and friendly people.
Shops in Hamilton and St. George are very nice.
No price haggling.

Your looking at about 2000 plus for a room right now.
Your T/A may be able to help in this regad.

Celebrity is noted for it's food and service.
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Old February 16th, 2006, 10:04 AM
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We took our first cruise last year on the Century which I believe is similar to the Zenith, with our four year old son. The "fun factory" is a place where trained staff who are fun and very upbeat watch the kids. My son was hesitant at first but by the end of the second day we had to pry him away from the place! They did everything with the kids...treasure hunts, crafts, your kids will have a wonderful time, guaranteed! You will too. You cant imagine what an amazing experience your first cruise is, you will never forget it! What a great family memory for you all! Have a great time!
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Old February 25th, 2006, 10:22 PM
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bermudaorbust,

I am also wondering how much you can expect to pay with room taxes, gratuities and any other usual things.

All taxes, etc., are included in your cruise fare and thus included in your final payment. Thus, the only remaining expense is gratuities for onboard service. Here are Celebrity's suggested gratuities.

>> Waiter & Cabin Steward: $3.50 per passenger per day

>> Assistant Waiter: $2.00 per passenger per day

>> Asst. Maitre d' & Asst. Chief Housekeeper: $0.75 per passenger per day

Celebrity suggests gratuities of one half of the above amount for each child under twelve.

You may charge the gratuitites to your shipboard account if you decide to tip at least the amounts listed above. Celebrity distributes a form that you must return to the "Guest Relations" desk by a deadline that's usually a couple days before the end of the cruise if you wish to do so.

BTW, Celebrity's children's programs seem to work quite well. Children must be at least three years old to participate in the program, but younger children may go to the playroom if accompanied by a parent or another responsible adult. The playroom on MV Zenith is at the aft end of the Europa Deck.

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I think it's great you will be able to travel with so much of your family. That said, try to plan some activities for just your immediate family, I think you should have some time for yourselves, as well.
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