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Old January 7th, 2011, 04:55 PM
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Default Attention 1st Time Crusiers!!

First Time Cruisers, We at CruiseMates, want THIS forum, to be your first stop for information to help you really enjoy your cruise experience. NO question is silly...being an educated first timer means, a more enjoyable cruise! Ask Away! Spead the word....

Note - PLEASE START A NEW THREAD FOR YOUR QUESTION - DO NOT POST IN THIS THREAD - THANK YOU!
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My DW and I will be sailing on the NCL Dawn in a few days for our first cruise. We run a resort so we know we will have a good time no matter what - because we don't have to wait on anyone! YES!

I wanted to thank you for this great forum. I have tried another forum. Nice people there. Good info. Lots of posts. However, the "cruise cheerleaders" there sour it for me. Really bad attitudes in my opinion. Could turn off a lot of first timers here.

This forum seems to common sense discussion. I would love to cruise with some of the posters I have read on here. Anyway - job well done and thank you again.
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Marsdude, I hope your cruise is wonderful,and we all appreciate youre kind words. If you ever have a chance to join a Cruisemates group cruise, you'll gat a chance to see how much fun you will have..I'm hosting one next month,and I can't wait. Please come back, and, share your "Happy Days" in paradise with us
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Old February 18th, 2012, 07:12 PM
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Thank you!

I am sure we will have a good time. We are really easy to please.

I would really be interested in a Cruisemates group cruise in the future.

I will be sure to report back about our cruise.

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Hi,

This is my first time to be in a cruise and alone. I am wondering if there are any information desk where I can able to ask for an assistance regarding my stay for 3 days 2 nights?
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This is a fantastic thread that morphed into something more than it set out to be. I used to travel with T-Checks all the time because they are like cash and taken everywhere but I have not used them in years.

So someone said 100 dollars a day or so in cash, that's not for all tips I am assuming, that is for tipping and other things off of the ship correct? Also, if I was to buy something in port, I would think i could use a credit card, or is cash just better? I totally didn't think about bringing cash, I was just going to put most of it on my cc as I pay it off every month. So thank you for this post. As silly as it may seem to most of you, its the little things that get overlooked that can dampen your vacation experience.
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We take cash AND a credit card. At the various ports, we take only a budgeted amount of cash with us and the credit card. But we always are careful WHERE (which vender) we use the credit card with. We never let the Vender/employee walk away from the counter where we are standing to some back room or??? to swipe the credit card no matter how nice or upscale the shop is. At restaurants we make it a point to use cash.

We almost never overspend on shore...its on board ship where our problem lies..tooooo much fun!!!
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Hi there!

I'm planning to take a cruise soon but I can't seem to make any definite plans.Any travel advice?Where do you think will be good destinations?I want somewhere relaxing.

I hope you can help me. Thanks a lot!
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Hello Dear

When I was on my cruise 3 weeks ago I discussed cruise message boards with a lot of people .I would say that 90% were not familiar with any boards .
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I got my wife into cruising.. she has been on 2 so far. She just found out about cruise bords too.

I would have been suprised if there were none!
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Old July 18th, 2012, 09:09 PM
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hey there everyone!

I thinking about traveling to Alaska. I just came across this site :
Alaska Cruise Excursions - Cruises to Alaska - Best Rated Alaskan Cruise
but I don't know. I haven't really made up my mind though. What do you think? I hope you can help me. Can you suggest any fun activities I can do with my family?Any travel advice? I'll sure appreciate it.
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Hi to all! What a great site you have answered so many questions already!

Here are my remaining questions
1. We are going on a 3 night from miami to the bahamas in Februrary. We are either going to book carnival imagination or the norwegien sky (both have same dates and since I am in miami on business it works perfect!) Any thoughts on which is better. in our 30's have 2 kids AT HOME not with us. not big partiers love activities and quiet time
2. How much more than the booking cost should I be figuring in to the trip budget. how much are excersions? alcohol etc. (probally 4 drinks a day between the 2 of us)
3. advice on getting an guarnteed oceanview vs a balcony- I am a big cheapskate! but I have had issues with small spaces in the past, not sure if a balcony would help that issue or if I can just sit on the deck and use the room only to sleep.... then would I even need the ocean view?

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I would say, depending on what shore excursions you plan to do, to be safe, figure $100 per day, per person. DOn't forget the tips, that is another appx. 10-12 dollars per day, per person. You don't mention going to the casino, are you big gamblers or not?? Then there is shopping, but like anything else, you can budget your cruise dollars and make them go farther.....

I am sure you will have a very nice, relaxing cruise, especially if it is after all your work/business is done....have fun.
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After your first cruise will you change your username? lol
Good question. I definitely will take some other cruises, both with and without my mom and sister, so in a different way I will always be a future cruiser. That is something for a lot of people with cruises already booked to think about.

I already changed my name once. First I was CrystalPrincess because I thought a very good ship for me on a port-intensive itinerary is the Serenity. Now I am not so sure that I want to sail on a small luxury ship because people say those ships have few activities and little entertainment onboard.
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My wife and I are taking a celebrity cruise to the Baltic...leaving on Thursday, and I'm wondering what type of power outlets the CS Constellation has; 110 or 220? Anyone know? I've checked the website and either overlooked it or it's not available. Thanks.
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Pack a power strip with 4 to 6 outlets. You usually only have a couple of US 110 outlets in the cabin. With all the electronics we carry now you will need the extra outlets. You could also buy a converter if you want, but I have found the power strip works out fine for us.



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There are so many wonderful excursions in Alaska. Take the time and check what the different cruiselines offer and pick accordingly. You will notice, most are expensive, so be sure to pick things you really want to do. I may suggest at least one whale watching excursion, they are great.
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thanks a lot! I'll make sure to include whale watching in my planned activities. Any Do's and Don'ts? that i should remember?
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My husband and I are planning on taking a cruise in January on Carnival Ecstasy to the Bahamas! I seriously have no idea what to do! I have so many questions going through my head I don't know where to start. It's the first cruise for both of us! Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks.
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Welcome to Cruisemates Sara,
A good place to start, would be reading through the section here for first time cruisers, will answer a lot of your questions:

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never been on one.. just want to get out of town for a mental break.. single cruiser/ or singles cruise is for me.. where do i start looking and how many offer airfaire packages ... i just want a short 3/4 day or night trip... just to recharge so i can go back to my hell of a life with a smile...haha

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First time posting. We are going on a cruise for the first time for our 1 year anniversary. We are taking the RCI Monarch of the. Seas October 8. I was looking for some fun, inexpensive things to do in Nassau for a non swimmer. Any suggestions?
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I would simply take an excursion over to Paradise Island and visit Atlantis. Get a tour of the "dig", aquarium and some of the public areas, great way to spend a few hours. After your tour you can roam around some areas, icluding the beach...You can catch the bus back when ever you want, just remember where it left you off and ask the driver if he is going back to your ship.
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Hello everyone....Our cruise is booked and we are so excited!!! We are seniors who have never cruised at all. Our daughter and her boyfriend went on a Celebrity cruise last Feb. and she can't stop talking about how wonderful it was. We are completely won over.
We would love any insight into the Allure. We had seen a documentary on the Smithsonian channel about it's sister ship, the Oasis.....and we were blown away by it. We decided right then that if we ever sailed, it would be on the Oasis or the Allure that came a bit later. I have done tons of research online from food to entertainment to formal nights and beyond, but I would love to hear from folks who have sailed on the Allure recently or who will actually be on our particular cruise with us.
So nice to be a part of this wonderful and informative group of forums. Thanks for all that I have learned from all of you and for what I will learn from this day forward.
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Hi Portly,
Allure of the Seas was the last cruise I was on....so far, my all time favorite cruise. The ship is amazing with so many places to eat, so many shows....I would highly recommend pre-booking all your shows....Many were just outstanding...

If you have any questions, feel free to post them...
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Hello everyone....Our cruise is booked and we are so excited!!! We are seniors who have never cruised at all. Our daughter and her boyfriend went on a Celebrity cruise last Feb. and she can't stop talking about how wonderful it was. We are completely won over.
We would love any insight into the Allure. We had seen a documentary on the Smithsonian channel about it's sister ship, the Oasis.....and we were blown away by it. We decided right then that if we ever sailed, it would be on the Oasis or the Allure that came a bit later. I have done tons of research online from food to entertainment to formal nights and beyond, but I would love to hear from folks who have sailed on the Allure recently or who will actually be on our particular cruise with us.
So nice to be a part of this wonderful and informative group of forums. Thanks for all that I have learned from all of you and for what I will learn from this day forward.
If you've never been on a cruise, you will be blown away by the Allure of the Seas. We've been on 43 cruises and were on the Allure last year. It is truly amazing and definitely a ship everyone has to try at least once.

Now, with that said, it does not come up to the quality of Celebrity, especially their newest Solstice-class ships. So it's not really fair to compare the two.

The Allure has alot of amenities and therefore attracts alot of families. There's something to keep everyone busy. By comparison, Celebrity is more upscale, sedate, doesn't have as many amenities, and attracts an older crowd - especially those who appreciate good food. While the food in the main dining room on the Allure is good, it's definitely not as good as Celebrity. But the specialty restaurants on the Allure are very good.

No matter which one you select, there's absolutely nothing as exciting as your first cruise! You'll have a wonderful time.

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Traveling on Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas March 15th (76 days, but who's counting) to Eastern Caribbean - San Juan Puerto Rico, Charlotte Amalie St Thomas, Samana Dominican Republic, and Labadee Haiti. This is my first time and traveling with my sister.

I'll have more questions as it gets closer, but I was wondering about the dining and internet.

We chose the Tradition Dining 8:30, no waitlist. Do we have to eat there every day or can we choose to eat elsewhere? Also, how do I know what dining will be the formal one and which is casual?

Also, does anyone know the charges to use the internet? Should I bring my laptop? I only need the net to touch base with my hubby either daily or every other day. Would a phone call be cheaper??

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Oh we know how the waitiing can be, but, before you know it, you will be onboard


We chose the Tradition Dining 8:30, no waitlist. Do we have to eat there every day or can we choose to eat elsewhere? Also, how do I know what dining will be the formal one and which is casual?

You can dine where you choose, not to worry...you dining room table might possibly be missing some couples every night. Your daily newspaper that you will have in your cabin nightly, will let you know the dress code for dining the next evening.

Also, does anyone know the charges to use the internet? Should I bring my laptop? I only need the net to touch base with my hubby either daily or every other day. Would a phone call be cheaper??

Internet onboard can be stressful...very slow,and the minutes tick away. I would wait till you get into your ports, for an interntet cafe, or use a phonecard.

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Thank you for the help - and quick!

Do the ships have a safe in the room? Are they "safe?"
Is there a coffee pot in each room?
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The cabins do have safes, and, I have never had an issue. Keep your passport and any money you are not needing on your person that day in there. Also, any jewelry of value.

There is no coffee pot..you can go to the lido deck and get your coffee,and bring it back to your cabin, or, every night you can order room service to be delivered to your cabin, so you enjoy your coffee, before you start your day.
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