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TLau July 13th, 2008 11:33 AM

New Cruiser Please Help
 
Hi, this is me and my girlfriend first time going to a cruise trip. We were first picked Carnival since its cheaper, unfortunately they require one of the passanger to be 25 or above. That leave us with Royal Caribbean which is nicer ship but a bit pricy. We decided to pick 7 days Western Caribbean with Liberty. We are so excited about this cruise experiences. Start looked at all the activities before we book the cruise lol. The more we look into it the more questions we got. We are still student we got a budget for this vacation there lots of questions would like to know before booking so we can spend our money wisely
1. Western Caribbean is it a trip worth going?
2. How to register for the shore excursions? What are their costs? Any external websites we can book excursion in a cheap price?
3. Which shore excursions are must see?
4. Can you do multiple shore excursions on one day? How the times are schedule?
5. Any extra or potential cost on the cruise?
6. Any fun activities, food, place are must see, must eat on the cruise?
7. How long will it take to get off the ship if tendered is required?
8. Can you get back and off cruise for dinning?
9. Tips require for dinning? If so what is the normal amount?
10. Any cruise info I did not ask and should be aware of?
Thank you for the help!

Trip July 13th, 2008 07:28 PM

1. Western Caribbean is it a trip worth going?
If you prefer water sport related ports. rather than shopping ports, the western is for you.

2. How to register for the shore excursions? What are their costs? Any external websites we can book excursion in a cheap price?

You can check what is offered on the RCI website, and book there, or get off the ship, and book with tour guides there, they will be less expensive.

3. Which shore excursions are must see?

Not sure exactly your itinerary is, but..The jeep tour in Coz is fun, in Jamacia I would book a ships tour there. Stingray City in Grand Cayman.

4. Can you do multiple shore excursions on one day? How the times are schedule?

I think most do one..usually an early am, and early afternoon are scheduled.

5. Any extra or potential cost on the cruise?
All liquor, soda, pictures, tips will be extra. Plus the Alternative dining restaurants.

6. Any fun activities, food, place are must see, must eat on the cruise?
The rock wall, flow rider if you are athletic:)

7. How long will it take to get off the ship if tendered is required?
You will be given a number, which they will call for tendering.Hope you get a low number..Grand Cayman is the only island you will need this.

8. Can you get back and off cruise for dinning?
yes

9. Tips require for dinning? If so what is the normal amount?

For 2 people for a weeks cruise, figure $150.00. Your bar/soda tabs, will have a tip included on your bill.

10. Any cruise info I did not ask and should be aware of?

You will be asked to give a credit card, so all your purchases will be on the bill, including tips. Do you have an onboard credit, given to you by your ta? Pack a bathing suit and a change of clothes in your carry on..sometimes your luggage is not at your cabin as early as you might like..They do a great job, but sometimes it can take a while.

subtropic July 13th, 2008 11:54 PM

Trip covered most of the important points. One word about the Western Carib. That usually means Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel plus perhaps Key West or Labadee. All are good destinations with a nice mix of cultures. Stingray City in Grand Cayman is a must. Watch your budget as far as drinks, casino games, and photos, and you can stretch a dollar pretty far.

NY Cruisin Mama July 14th, 2008 01:22 AM

Just keep reading these boards and most if not all of your questions will be answered. Make sure your travel ID is current and all your travel documents are together - carry these on your person - DO NOT place
them in your checked luggage. - Talk to your TA if
yu need a passport (I know the rules change but not sure just when).
You will need some type of sport coat (preferably a dark suit) for the formal nites (if you decide to eat in the main dining room) - this is optional
so if you are not comfortable about "dressing up a bit" there are other
places you can eat at those nites. However, personally, I recommend that you do this at least once ! If you and your gilrfriend like to shop - do your
homework before buying in the islands, especailly jewelry. If you are looking for something special - price it here in the states and find out the
important facts about quality, etc. so when you are in the islands - you are
more apt to know whether you are getting a fair price or not. As the cruise
ship is a "cash-less" society - you will just show your ID card when buying
drinks at the bars, the "drink of the day" at the pools, shopping on board,
- these can add up VERY quickly - so be careful. Also, you can drop a
bundle in the casinos - so be forewarned. The shore excurions through
the ship are usually more $$ however, you are less likely to MISS the
ship if your tour runs late - booking with an independant on the docks
does NOT give you this protection but you CAN save money with them.
Yes, you can do a morning and afternoon excursion - check the times
so as not to book too close and miss your lunch. If you book a tour on the
ship and then change your mind - cancelling 24 hrs ahead and your account will NOT be charged. Have a great time !! :)

katlady July 14th, 2008 10:52 AM

I posted this on a different site so I will put it here is help you with prices. The "tips" don't include tips on drinks. The drinks are 3 drinks a day on a 7 day cruise. Your Shore excusions maybe higher so change that accordingly. Also you can pre pay tips and shore excusions so the money is not all being paid at once.

Quote:

Okay I'm running the numbers for a seven day:

Tips $70
Shore X $100
Tour/Porter tips $16
Drinks $117
Gifts for family $150
parking $140
2 8X10 pics $40
2 bingo games $40

Total $673 maybe you should bring $700 just in case. If you are not driving to the port then parking is replaced by cab to the port. These totals do not include per and post hotel stays.

latnprincess July 14th, 2008 11:16 AM

Hey I just came back from our first cruise and we were also on a tight budget. We didn't do any excursions, but if you log in to RCI website they give you the prices and you can sign up for them there. We took $250 in our pockets and spent $90 on the ship (didn't drink alcoholic beverages, only one) and about $60 on shore. Now since we were on a budget, we only did one thing, we rented a double scooter for the day and it was like $50, but we got to ride around the island (Bahamas). We also didn't get to buy any souvenirs, but my family and friends don't care either way. So if you budget is as tight as ours was, it is doable. Drinks on the boat range from like $5 - $10. So yeah be careful with drinks. Also we had to pay to get our shirts pressed, since we can't bring an iron and they didn't have an ironing room, but it was cheap, at least I thought so. We got to buy a couple of pics. Food is free on the boat, so take advantage of that! You can do this on a budget. ;o)

NY Cruisin Mama July 14th, 2008 01:10 PM

Hi Janni: So how was the cruise??? I know you were concerned about
what your DH would be wearing - any problems?? Do you think you
will be cruising again in the future?? 8)


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