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Old July 2nd, 2007, 12:23 AM
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I have been researching for days now, and I think I've decided on the Canada/ New England on the Jewel of the Sea next year. I've read nice things about the ship, and that particular destination seems to match hubby's and my personalities. My problem is that we don't drink and he's convinced that we're going to be stuck in a small stateroom for 5-7 days, listening to everybody else partying and twidling our thumbs. Are there things to do for the non-drinkers? What kind of entertainment should we expect? Is there a particular area of the ship that might be perhaps a little quieter than others?
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I too don't drink much and still have a great time while cruising. There will be plenty of activities during the day and a major show every evening. Just read through your cruise compass every evening for the next days events, times, etc.

Jewel of the SEas is a beautiful ship, you'll love it.
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one of the great things about a cruise is that you CHOOSE to do what you want. You can do as little or as much as you want. There are plenty of activites day and night. Most cruises are not rowdy, party-hearty booze fests.There a lots of daytime activites, classes and at night you can go to a show, watch a movie, listen and dance to a band, laugh with a comic, be entertained by a magician, play games in the casino, etc.
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I don't drink either and alcohol does not dictate how much fun (I) you have on a cruise. The Jewel is a beautiful ship. I say enjoy her, all of her. There will be plenty of onboard activities. Get involved. The production shows are a personal favorite of mine. I always buy a sticker for my Sea Pass card so I can drink as much diet coke as I can handle. Sometime I'll splurge and order a virgin Mango Tango or a virgin Daquori. There is another one called a Berry Berry or something like that it is also very good. Whatever you do have fun, and by all means don't stay cooped up in your cabin. Enjoy. 8)
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One thing to consider, although it is not etched in stone. The itinerary you are on is one that does not attract the "party crowd" (which I also found to be true on the Alaska cruises) so there is a good chance that your question may not be a problem. I have made that cruise and it was an older more laid back passenger group.
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We do drink but sailed recently with my parents who don't. They really enjoyed all the non-alcoholic drinks onboard.....fantastic fruit cocktails etc. I am sure you will have a great time....
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I have been researching for days now, and I think I've decided on the Canada/ New England on the Jewel of the Sea next year. I've read nice things about the ship, and that particular destination seems to match hubby's and my personalities. My problem is that we don't drink and he's convinced that we're going to be stuck in a small stateroom for 5-7 days, listening to everybody else partying and twidling our thumbs. Are there things to do for the non-drinkers? What kind of entertainment should we expect? Is there a particular area of the ship that might be perhaps a little quieter than others?
I'll be honest ... I've never sailed RCCL ... but I've sailed other lines, and believe me, you don't have to be a drinker to have fun. I certainly don't drink to excess, and I have friends who don't drink at all due to various medications they take, and we all have a fabulous time on cruises. There is generally music in every lounge, and the nice thing about being on a ship, is that you can feel free to just sit there nursing a glass of water. No one will pressure you to buy a drink as they would on land.

Tell your husband to rest easy. You will have a great cruise even if your bar tab amounts to zilch.

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There is so much to do on board that you won't be bored! DH dosn't drink either and we allways have a great time. There are many virgin drinks as well as soda, iced tea and lemonaid. As far as activities go check the cruise compas, a daily news letter given to all passengers. Typically the Caribbean itineraries (especially when school is out) have more of a party atmosphere. With the major cruiselines leaning twords a family atmosphere, I think the heavy partying is falling by the wayside as crusing is being marketed to more families.
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another non drinker here...

well, I may have a couple margarita's while on the cruise, but hubby drinks soda's only. We have never found it to be an issue. You'll find people who drink, and people who don't. Certainly the cruise staff tries to get you to buy drinks, thats their job, but if you say no they move right along. Buy soda cards when you first arrive on board. Then you can have unlimited soft drinks while you're onboard. You can still enjoy all the activites, games, entertainment, spas, pools, shows, etc. We spent alot of time on our last cruise, in the carousel bar, because they had a great singer, and fun kareoke sessions. Not drinking, wasn't an issue.

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