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Old July 6th, 2006, 05:33 PM
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Hi. My 75 year old father is in declining health and has recently told me he wants to go on a cruise (August 2006), before he gets "too old". Neither of us has been on a cruise and he wants to go because he hears it's "nice". He's not much for sightseeing but does enjoy gambling. He likes the idea of "all inclusive" food on the ships.

I'd honestly rather be in Vegas or the mountains of Colorado, but I'm sure I would enjoy this and it will be good for him. Can someone please suggest a 3 or 4 night cruise on a nice ship that isnt too pricey? We would be traveling from Missouri, so airfare will basically be the same to any of the ports.

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Old July 6th, 2006, 05:42 PM
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Hi. My 75 year old father is in declining health and has recently told me he wants to go on a cruise (August 2006), before he gets "too old". Neither of us has been on a cruise and he wants to go because he hears it's "nice". He's not much for sightseeing but does enjoy gambling. He likes the idea of "all inclusive" food on the ships.

I'd honestly rather be in Vegas or the mountains of Colorado, but I'm sure I would enjoy this and it will be good for him. Can someone please suggest a 3 or 4 night cruise on a nice ship that isnt too pricey? We would be traveling from Missouri, so airfare will basically be the same to any of the ports.

Thanks for your help!
Todd
RCI has 2 ships out of Florida that do 3 or 4 night cruises to the Bahamas. Sovereign of the Seas leaves out of Port Canaveral and Majesty of the Seas leaves out of Miami. Both are great ships and do great short cruises. The Majesty OTS is my favorite, but I have heard others rave about the Sovereign OTS as well. You can get a 3 nighter for 2 on either ship for about $500-$700 depending on the cabin, a 4 nighter about $100-$150 more.

I'm quite sure your father would enjoy either ship and cruise itinerary.
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toddp,
I would suggest a 4 night W Caribbean on Enchantment of the Seas.
Beautiful ship with a great casino and as a bonus you might end up with our frequent expert DavetheWave as a guide.
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I've not been on Enchantment yet, but will second Roland. My uncle and his wife just went on their first-ever cruise on Enchantment this past April. They loved it SO much, he booked a cruise for their whole family (grown kids and spouses) on Serenade this coming January.

You and your father will have a lovely time. Happy sails, whatever option you choose!
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Old July 6th, 2006, 09:46 PM
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something short like the sovereign. We are taking our sets of grandparents on the sovereign in September. 4 nights isn't too bad for them.
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talk to a travel agent, whichever cruise you choose i am sure you and your family will have a wonderful time.
If your dad has mobility or dietary issues make sure that your TA informs the Special Services department.
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I take my mother on cruises, she is 82 now, it is the easiest method of travel for us; (we just did Vegas and boy was that exhausting for her); we have learned to book our cabins near the elevetors/stairwells so as to limit an unneccesary walking to save energy for her to play the slots. Also, you may want to advise your cruise host as to his condition so as to get assistance during the mandotary life jacket/life boat drill. Everyone has to do this and I noticed on the last cruise, it tired my mom out because there was no place for her to sit. Also, if your father is hard of hearing, be sure to let your Matre D (spelling) know so he can inform the waitstaff when taking your dinner order, etc. Lastly and most important, is the pool area, be sure to escort your father in the pool area as it is most slippery and heck I have even seen the young ones fall. Good grippy water shoes - no flip flops - would help. I would also book on one of the medium size boats; and skip the mega cruisers. We took my mom on Radiance of the Seas and this was just the right size for her to get around on her own and the pool area was semi-enclosed, so she enjoyed that very much. ALso, althought it is a Carnival boat and getting a little old, my mom very much enjoyed the Imagination cruise ship; we day 4-5 day cruise 3 times on that ship and by the third cruise, I no longer had to "babysit", the only downside was she couldn't hear the elevator bell to know when the elevator was at her floor and would often have to wait a while if the elevator opened behind her adn she was watching the other ones.
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Sovereign from Port Canaveral is great but do the 4 night with the day at sea. The 4 is sometimes less than the 3 and less of rowdy crowd during the week than the weekend. 3 nights is just too short. But Enchantment is my new favorite and does 4 and 5's out of Ft Lauderdale. The 4 leaves on a Thurs and comes in Monday. The Sovereigns 4 leaves on Mon and comes in on Fri.

All good advice above but I would stay off of the Fantasy Class. RCI is usually same price and MUCH nicer!!!
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From Missouri, you might prefer traveling to Galveston. Royal Caribbean's Splendour of the Seas does 4 and 5 night sailings. Carnival Fantasy is in New Orleans this fall, and she's a nice ship since they updated her.
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