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Old July 11th, 2014, 02:08 PM
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Post What do you look for when booking a cruise

The cruise industry has changed over the years, if you are a experienced cruiser, please list some of the biggest and most critical amenities and or options you want on the ship and explain the reason you look for the particular feature (s).


Please refrain from listing any experience's over 2-years old.


Copy and paste any of the 30 subjects and list your experience separately and any suggestions for each subject.


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1) Self Serve Laundry
2) Anytime Dining
3) Loyalty program
4) Spa services
5) Ports of Call
6) Main dining room
7) Pay Restaurants
8) Entertainment
9) Food
10) Night Club
11) Children's Programs
12) Older cruisers
13) Excursions
14) Cabin type
15) Cost=Shops Onboard
16) Soda Package
17) Booze Package
18) Coffee cards
19) Referral Programs
20) Buffets & hour of operation
21) Room Service & menus options
22) Ship condition
23) Ship size
24) Ship scholar programs
25) Ships Doctor
26) Medical needs
27) Cruise line insurance
28) Embarkation Process
29) Debarkation process
30) Cancellation fees from cruise lines
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Old July 12th, 2014, 04:31 PM
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For me it's:

1. Itinerary
2. Price
3. Ship

Oh, and a minimum of 5 nights. Anything shorter isn't a cruise to me.
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We are pretty much itinerary / price shoppers. Most of the the other amenities are more or less meaningless to us. We do use anytime dining, are there mainstream lines that do not offer that? If we cruise a "tired" ship we will note that before it's next dry dock. (We sailed Carnival Destiny back in 2008 and crossed her off the list. Of course now she is the renewed Carnival Sunshine.)

Two other factors
Balcony
Spaciousness - open space on the ship's public areas

If I can go stem to stern without passing through the smoky casino that is a plus too
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First thing we look for is a cruise with some days at sea.Next is a cruise without to many port of calls.We also like to find cruise that have overnighters in port which seem to be few and far between.Next we like to book a balcony room as far forward on the ship as possable.And we also like cruise between 10 and 14 days.I know that seems a liitle out of the norm but it suits us just fine.
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For us it is itinerary; ship rating; price and the cost/ease of getting to and from the port.

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I also go by itinerary, then ship....It is difficult these days to find ships that offer new or different ports, that is when the ship becomes more important.
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For me I think it'd have to be the excursions first of all. That would create the main context for the cruise – I'd have to like where I'm sailing and get a great experience while I'm there, for the rest of the cruise to be enjoyable.
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Itinerary first but the ship, with having been to most of the stops in the Caribbean, are fast becoming as important as itinerary.

What do I look for on a ship?
size first! Small ships give my wife sea sickness because they aren't as steady in the water.
How old is the ship? Does it have balconies?(some of the older Carnival ships have very few)

These are really the only things that concern me about the ship as most cruise lines are very similar as far as entertainment and food goes.
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