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Old August 10th, 2013, 03:13 PM
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Default I really want to do this...need advice!

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I am a might-be first time cruiser
Basically, I really need a vacation. I haven't taken one since starting a job last July, and pretty much everyone else at my work has...coworkers in my "cohort" have been to India, going to Europe for three weeks, traveling in Asia, everyone's going everywhere it seems! I need something both exciting and relaxing and restorative. Love my job but I've been working hard for 13 months. My parents will be going to Hawaii on Monday, and I'll be taking care of the house while they are gone. I did this when they went to the Bahamas in March.

Time for me to go somewhere! I'm long overdue for a break.

My top top top choice capital D capital V Dream Vacation is this 15-day Princess Cruise from San Francisco to Hawaii in November (I'm looking at the one that leaves on the 10th, but there's another at the end of the month). It just sounds perfect. In addition to my parents, a lot of coworkers are going to Hawaii and well, I'd love to. Haven't been in ten years. I have a long list of pros that outweigh the cons of taking this cruise, but I guess no one here needs convincing that this is a fun thing to do!

Still, I have tons of questions.
I live 45 minutes from San Francisco, so that eliminates the need for flights and hotels near the port— that saves money everything considered? It's a good price for what I get out of it. 15 days for ~$2,300. I asked my friend who went to India for the same length of time and he said his trip was $4,000 something, and this is certainly cheaper than flying to Hawaii and staying in any halfway decent hotel for two weeks. I need to know though, is Princess a good line? Pictures look nice, and I don't need a large room at all. I think the interior staterooms would be totally fine..are they?

Now, if a friend or family member wants to go? Great! But I'm not counting on it, and I'm really not opposed to traveling alone. In all likelihood, if I do book this, I would be on my own. 26-year-old female. I reason that it seems like it would be safer to be on a closed boat with a lot of people near at all times than in some city in some foreign country by myself, but I do want to double check-is that the case?

Food: I am gluten-free vegetarian, it looks like they can do special diet requests. I will be honest, I'm in treatment/recovery from an eating disorder and I usually don't go anywhere without protein supplements. Are things like energy bars okay to bring on board? I can make do without them, it's always better to have some though.

Seasickness? I'm not all that worried because I take anti-nausea and anti-reflux medicine every day as it is, so I have effective remedies for queasiness. I want to know if it's worse than I'm imagining it could be...

I assume because they have cruises to Hawaii in November and December that the weather isn't terrible that time of year? I won't expect it to be sunny and 75° every day, but it is bearable?

I know there are a multitude of activities, if I do go through with this I'll have a questions about recommendations I think it would be really good to get out there and meet people. Part of recovery is also adapting to various dining situations, so this could be a healthy sort of test for me.

Is this doable, or would I be getting into something totally risky? First cruise, 20-something traveling solo for 15 days? I really want to do this, I'm not an expert though. There might be challenges I can't foresee, so I'm asking for advice. I certainly can't afford regular cruises, I don't think I'll have another opportunity to do this any time soon...so I wouldn't want to hold myself to a few shorter warm-up cruises before a dream one like this. Honestly, I've wanted to go on a cruise since I saw Titanic when I was ten, and it became my favorite movie. It's probably not meant to inspire a desire for sea-going...oh well. It did.

If I take the November 10th, it's three months from today. Is that enough time to plan this out? I haven't paid anything yet, but I did "hold" the reservation for a day. It does say "If the deposit due date falls on a weekend, booking will not cancel until the next business day." So I think I have until Monday for what I have held, but it also doesn't look like it'll sell out completely in the next few days. Still, I should do this soon if I'm going to.

Please let me know of any thoughts, recommendations and advice. Thank you!
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Old August 10th, 2013, 04:31 PM
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Welcome to Cruisemates and here's hoping you are on your cruise with little worries...Firstly, I urge you to get in touch wirth a cruise specialist to take you by the hand and get all the pertinent details about your selection.


$2,300. I asked my friend who went to India for the same length of time
Remember, since you are travleing solo, the fare is usually plus, 150 ~200 % of that price, unless you have already calculated it that way.

weeks. I need to know though, is Princess a good line? Pictures look nice, and I don't need a large room at all. I think the interior staterooms would be totally fine..are they?
Princess is a wonderful line, I have sailed several of the ships. I myself would prefer at least an ocean view, but others who like complet darkness,and don't need any light, will do well.

Now, if a friend or family member wants to go? Great! But I'm not counting on it, and I'm really not opposed to traveling alone. In all likelihood, if I do book this, I would be on my own. 26-year-old female. I reason that it seems like it would be safer to be on a closed boat with a lot of people near at all times than in some city in some foreign country by myself, but I do want to double check-is that the case?

People cruising are usually a very friendly bunch, so if you say hello, and start conversations, you should soon be included. Your tablemates, if you decide to eat in the main dining room, is a good place to bereak the ice. Even in the line, waiting to check in, people are chatty....


Food: I am gluten-free vegetarian, it looks like they can do special diet requests. I will be honest, I'm in treatment/recovery from an eating disorder and I usually don't go anywhere without protein supplements. Are things like energy bars okay to bring on board? I can make do without them, it's always better to have some though.

Make sure your travel agent lets the line know of your request,and, when you board, head to the dining room, to speak to the maitre'd, to go over your needs. Bring all the energy bars,and supplements, you will need for successful dining experiences on your cruise.


Seasickness? I'm not all that worried because I take anti-nausea and anti-reflux medicine every day as it is, so I have effective remedies for queasiness. I want to know if it's worse than I'm imagining it could be...

The ships have stabilizers, so,for most people it's a non issue as far as meds.

I assume because they have cruises to Hawaii in November and December that the weather isn't terrible that time of year? I won't expect it to be sunny and 75° every day, but it is bearable?

I know there are a multitude of activities, if I do go through with this I'll have a questions about recommendations I think it would be really good to get out there and meet people. Part of recovery is also adapting to various dining situations, so this could be a healthy sort of test for me.

Every evening you will find a newsletter for the following days activities. Bring a hilighter to mark what you would like to participate in..lots of good "stuff" to join in.

Is this doable, or would I be getting into something totally risky? First cruise, 20-something traveling solo for 15 days? I really want to do this, I'm not an expert though. There might be challenges I can't foresee, so I'm asking for advice. I certainly can't afford regular cruises, I don't think I'll have another opportunity to do this any time soon...so I wouldn't want to hold myself to a few shorter warm-up cruises before a dream one like this. Honestly, I've wanted to go on a cruise since I saw Titanic when I was ten, and it became my favorite movie. It's probably not meant to inspire a desire for sea-going...oh well. It did.

Sometimes going a little bit out of the box, is a wonderful way to expand your horizons. I for one, just reading your words, think you will have a wonderful time, sailing to paradise.

If I take the November 10th, it's three months from today. Is that enough time to plan this out? I haven't paid anything yet, but I did "hold" the reservation for a day. It does say "If the deposit due date falls on a weekend, booking will not cancel until the next business day." So I think I have until Monday for what I have held, but it also doesn't look like it'll sell out completely in the next few days. Still, I should do this soon if I'm going to.

If you decide to press on, this is a great amount of time to decide if you want a roomie...research your excursion options, and anticipate the cruise without a long wait...let us know what you decide...we are here for you !!!

Please let me know of any thoughts, recommendations and advice. Thank you!
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Old August 10th, 2013, 05:14 PM
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I did this cruise in January of this year with a woman I met through Cruisemates; she had numerous dietary issues and ate only fruit, nuts, and vegetables, and not all of them. We were on a Princess ship and they accommodated her quite well in the main dining room at both lunch and dinner. She took care of herself at breakfast in the cafeteria.

Holland America and Celebrity cruiselines also do this CA-HI-CA itinerary; you should check with a travel agent. If you're not picky about cabin type or location you might be able to get a much better price if you're flexible about which line you travel on. All three are comparable for food and activities; Princess has a problem in that its main performance theater is MUCH too small; people start arriving an hour before in order to get a seat.

You are not likely to run into many twenty-somethings on a 15 day cruise; younger people tend to gravitate to shorter cruises, and often to Carnival. That said, there still ought to be at least a few close to your own age.

The weather in Hawaii is delightful year-round.
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Old August 11th, 2013, 01:23 PM
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Pebbie, traveling with someone else will be much more fun. If U can find a friend to travel with U do so, going alone i don't know about that. I myself have been twice & enjoyed it both times, but i have a partner to enjoy the cruise with. It is a wonderful cruise to take the Islands R beautiful to see. So take the step & enjoy...good luck. P.S. It is not called a boat it is a ship.
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