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Old June 25th, 2004, 10:31 PM
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My husband and I will be cruising for the very first time on Oct. 16th to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. Does anyone have any helpful hints for a first timer? We have no idea what to expect and don't want to miss out on anything.
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Old June 26th, 2004, 02:57 AM
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do it all and have fun and if possible book a balcony cabin...follow these cruise boards on a pretty constant basis to gain valuable insight (and you might read alot of the older postings also)but remember everything you read is another persons perspective ...hopefully you have a good travel agent who will guide you to make the best selection of a cruise line that fits your personal needs and desires (don't forget to purchase trip insurance with pre-existing conditions)
my compliments on celebrating your 25th !!! you are going to have a blast and 1/2 of the fun is the anticipation..throw yourself a bon voyage party the weekend before you leave for your cruise, you deserve it
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Old June 26th, 2004, 10:37 AM
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We will be on the Carribean Princess and have a balcony room. The Aloha deck (A707). Has anyone stayed in these rooms? They are right beside the elevators. Will that be a problem? We are also assigned the second seating at dinner. I am concerned that this will be too late in the evening to enjoy the midnight buffet. Any input would be helpful?
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Old June 26th, 2004, 10:39 AM
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Go with the flow and enjoy yourself. We were lucky enough to have our neighbors "treat" us to our first cruise, so we had friends who could guide us along and add some special insights.However, since then, we've been going it alone and beat our own drum, so to speak. I agree with venice's advice to follow the boards, ask some more questions, and who knows, you may get together with a message board couple on board and have a foursome. Lynne

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Old June 26th, 2004, 02:31 PM
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Lynne and Trevor are right on target..there are probably several people on this board that will be cruising the same time as you are so you should "pen-pal" with them so when you get onboard you will have tons of new friends to fellowship with plus all the new ones you will make outside of the group
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Old June 28th, 2004, 04:35 PM
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Hi S & P,

Actually Princess doesn't do Midnight Buffets. They have no reason to as they have a 24 Hour Buffet in one fo the Resturants. So you can actually pick up something to eat almost anytime you'd like to. You can even order room service in your cabin.

Seeing this is your anniversary, you might want to check into doing the Private Dinner they offer for balcont Cabins. It is VERY romantic and very exclusive to those that ask can arrange for it. It is $50pp but worht every penny of it. You want to take to the Coneirge first thing when you get on the ship and arange for it.

We are doing it to celebrate our marriage

Mike
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Old June 29th, 2004, 11:40 PM
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I have another question about excursions. Is it necessary to buy some type of excursion or is it possible to get off the ship at both St. Thomas and St. Martin and walk to shopping and or sightseeing and beaches?
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Old June 30th, 2004, 05:24 AM
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No, you dont have to buy any excursions if you don't want to.

You can get off the ships and decide then what you'd like to do. in St Thomas there is shopping right next to the pier, so you don't have far to walk to do something there. Taxi's are plentiful and you can hire one to take you to a beach or for sightseeing if you'd like.

St Martin is more of the same for the most part, I can't get more specific as I haven't been there yet.

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Old June 30th, 2004, 06:55 AM
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We walked up and down the main street in Phillipsburg-St. Maarten when we were there the first time. At the far end end there was a nice little Methodist Church we happened to be able to go in to see. There are some interesting shops along the way.The Courthouse area is like the center.There is a"casino" or two--very small places, and a beach right there by the pier. The Guavaberry Emporium is a good place to get your picture taken--very colorful. Rum drink samples are inside along with candies, etc.This time around my husband has rented a car for us so we can take a drive to different locations of interest.
At St. Thomas, their is a mall right by the pier, but some posters prefer the taxi ride into town.We went on one of the Ship's excursions the first time that included a drive to different spots with tourist shops, in open safari buses.One nice view was at the top overlooking Megan's Bay-I think at Peter's Greathouse. The riding coming down the mountain was neat with view of the Cruise ships in port as we got closer to town. I think there is another place to view the Harbor.Go up to the point on a cable car and have a beverage and a snack at the top. (Paradise Point?--I haven't checked the brochure).

Be sure to go to the orientation session on the ship as that's the place where some of the "secrets" or tips are shared ,from what taxis to take, to what stores to shop. Lynne

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Old July 5th, 2004, 09:18 AM
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You will love Princess and your balcony room. We have been on Prin X2 and eagerly await our Caribbean Princess sailing later this year. Order coffee to have out on your balcony in the am. Make sure you spend time on the back of the ship--looking at the "where we have been line" in the water. The personal choice dining option (I think that's what it is called) allows you to dine when you want . We prefer that option since you may not be hungry or ready to have dinner when your specific time arrives. Princess offers a fairly extensive informal buffet which is also a nice option. Make sure you tour and really take in the beauty and size of the ship--that's a fun thing to do when you first get on. In St Thomas, I'd recommend Magen's Bay--probably one of the nicest beaches we have visited. You can take a tour off of the ship but if you get your own taxi, it's about half of the price. On your return, the taxi driver will give you an option to go back to the ship or be dropped off in town. We usually head downtown to shop and grab some lunch. Return to ship from downtown is either a 20 minute walk or a $3pp cab ride. Have fun and enjoy your anniversary!
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Old July 5th, 2004, 03:34 PM
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Thanks for all of the replys.
I have another question...At St. Thomas and St. Martin are the shopping areas close enough to walk from the port or are cabs needed?
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Old July 5th, 2004, 03:52 PM
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Hi, S&P
In St. Thomas there is a "Mall" right at the Pier, so you won't have to go far. However, if you want to get into town for more stores and a wider selection, you'll need a cab.Believe me, it's a lot further than it looks from the Ship! In St. Maarten, you can walk all the way down the main drag-we did it- but you'll be tired on the way back --there are also side streets with shops-so you may want a cab for the return trip or halfway back. Lynne

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Old July 5th, 2004, 04:34 PM
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Hi everyone, This will be our first on Caribbean Princess but have 33 cruises under our belt with 22 on Princess. We have tried other lines but always come back to Princess. We are in C302. We try to book caribe deck because the balconies are almost twice the size of the others and these are half inclosed above so you have some privacy. Be glad to share any info if anyone is interested. See you on the 16th.
Cathy and John
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Old July 5th, 2004, 10:30 PM
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Does anyone know anything about the "family suites" on the Caribbean Princess? We're thinking about an April cruise to celebrate my 50th birthday and our 25th anniversary (within 3 days of each other!), and as we will have our 2 teenagers with us we thought the suite might work out nicely rather than booking 2 connecting balcony rooms. This will be our 4th cruise, first on Princess. Thanks!
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Old July 5th, 2004, 10:36 PM
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Has anyone taken the trams to Paradise Point at St. Thomas. Is it a good trip and worth the money? Is it within walking dist ance from the port?
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Old July 5th, 2004, 10:37 PM
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Whoops! Sorry about that, I'm still not sure how to use this clock!

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Old July 5th, 2004, 10:58 PM
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Paradise Point is just a few minutes walk from the Havensight (sp?) dock. When you get there, it's a short ride tram ride up; several small trails to walk, a few shops and a place for light "refreshments" and some nice photo spots. Don't remember the cost; don't think it was much (it was 3 years ago), but we were glad we took the walk to get there.
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Old July 6th, 2004, 01:11 PM
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The paradise point gives a good overview of the town and harbor. They have a bar area, some shops and an interesting live bird show. I was there about 6 months ago, and I think the cost was $15, but dont remember for sure. It is a nice trip if you dont have anything else to do, but wouldnt sacrifice other trips to go there.
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