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Old January 29th, 2002, 12:26 PM
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My husband and I would like to book a cruise for the 4th of July and we need everyone's advice:

We have already been on the Norwegian Sea but the rooms were extremely small, there were very few activities and the pool was saltwater to our surprise.

Which is the best cruise line leaving out of Miami or Ft Lauderdale preferably under $1000 per person.(5-7 nights)

Which ships offer upgrades?

We are looking for a cruise where you can eat, drink, and gamble all day. However, we also love lots of activities which was a problem with Norwegian.

Which cruise has lots of activities for adults, a movie theater, movies in your room, freshwater pools, great shows and spacious staterooms?

What about beverages? Is tea, water, milk & juice a standard on all cruise lines ?

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We enjoyed our cruise on Norwegian but are looking something a little higher class.
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Old January 29th, 2002, 08:14 PM
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Hi Sara,
You seem to really dislike the saltwater pools, and the only line I know of that uses fresh water is Princess, so you may want to check into some of their cruises out of Ft. Lauderdale. You can also post in the "bargain finder" here and see what some travel agents can come up with, good luck:

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Old February 5th, 2002, 01:49 PM
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Sara, my husband and I were 1st time cruisers on RCI's Explorer of the Seas last month. We don't have anything to compare to, but we were extremely happy with our experience. The pools are salt water, but Hubby doesn't use them and I went in for a short time one day. The hot tubs are very nice and we enjoyed the Solarium with it's padded lounge chairs, quiet atmosphere and large glass windows. The calypso band on the other pool side was audible, but not intrusive.
Looking at your requirements I will say that the Explorer fills just about all of them. Lots of activities, spacious rooms (ours was 3612 with a large window to the sea, king-size bed),no movie theater, but movies in your room. The food, service, cabin care, just everything was wonderful. The inter-active was great for booking excursions, checking your bill, re-plays of the shows and other activities. The ice show was great. The casino was huge and we dropped a quick $20 one night, but we are not gamblers. If you want to see what other people think of other ships, check out the Ship Reviews on this website. As for us, we are hooked on cruising and the Explorer in particular. We are planning to go next year to the W. Carib. Good luck!
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Old February 6th, 2002, 04:56 PM
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Having never cruised before, I really don't have anything to compare with. But, my husband & I are going on Carnival Triumph in April & we are getting a cabin with a balcony. It is costing us $2353 with tax! That is about $1200 or less per person. You get a balcony with it! You can get airfare, but,' I ' found it WAY cheaper! DO get the round-trip transfers to & from the airport, even if you fly in the day before & stay longer after returning-it is $40 for 2 RT. They pick you up & take you exactly where you need to be at the port!
This is for a 7-day cruise to San Juan, St. Thomas & St. Croix.
It sounds like it will have a great party atmosphere & there are casinos, etc.
Sounds like something you would like. I plan on not sleeping much & partying all nite-even tho I am a 43 year old 'hag'! !!!
I want to feel young & this just may be the cruiseline to do it on!
I heard that the other Carnival ships are more laid back & more family oriented than this. Yes-unfortunately-there are children on board the Triumph (sigh!), but, I guess less than on the others!
Hope so! (Sorry, don't mean to 'offend' anyone. My feelings is this-
cruises are for adults. Not children. Just my opinion.)
ANYway, if you go with Carnival Cruise Lines-ask for Jenny Dyson.
She is our agent & she is GREAT!!!
Good Luck & happy cruising!!!
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Floridalivr, I agree with you about kids on cruises. I couldn't believe the # of kids on our Exp. cruise last month. Fortunately, we didn't have a bad experience with unruliness, but others I talked to said they were kept awake at times by a screaming baby. Why would anyone take a baby on a cruise? (there were lots of babies and toddlers) And yes, I am old fashioned enough to never consider taking school-age kids out of school. These kids haven't paid enough "dues" to deserve the luxury of a cruise. We travelled with our kids, but we camped and still had a good time.There is no way we could have afforded to cruise with them even if we wanted to. Now, it's our turn for some pampering. Virtually everyone we talked to (who didn't bring kids) felt the same way. There must be more money out there than you or I could imagine, because many of the family groups were 3 generations (and not just Americans) in which the grandparents footed the bill. Must be nice!!
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I just have to say though, if you don't want kids on your cruise, than you should go on one that doesn't advertise to families so much. Look at a carnival or royal carribean brochure and you see lots of family activities. we are taking our kids with us on our carnival trip but in a couple of years we will be going with friends on a celebrity cruise because they are more adult oriented. I have talked to several people that say a cruise with their families was the best vacation of their lives, you just need to be careful about what cruise you pick, check them out and do your research.
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