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Hi, everyone. First post about my first cruise! I have been thinking about a cruise for some time now. I finally just decided to book one and I didn't do much research to be honest. This is completely new to me and I'm a tad bit overwhelmed. The cruise is going to be an anniversary trip for my husband and I on December 9th thru December 12th 2016. We will be driving down to Miami from Tallahassee. It is a 3 day cruise on Carnival Victory going to Bahamas. Is this a ship and destination that a newbie could enjoy? Is there something that you really wished you knew as a newbie cruiser? Thanks so much in advance!
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Don't be nervous, just go with an open mind and check out the daily activities and you will have fun and get some relaxation as well. I did not do much research before my first cruise and everything worked out well. I learned as I went along and found nice people aboard who were more than willing to give us some pointers.


A newbie can enjoy any ship or destination because only you know what you like to do or what you find enjoyable.


Have a wonderful cruise.


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Hi and welcome to Cruisemates!
First timers have so much to look forward to...will you be porting in Nassau or Freeport? In Freeport there is some great snorkeling,and in Nassau, a visit to Atlantis to see all they offer is a just amazing.

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As a newbie to cruising back in 2007 CruiseMates was a welcoming place and I was able to have all my questions answered by the nice folks here.
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Hate to tell you this, but you just wasted your money. My wife and I went on a cruise for our 30th anniversary because we thought it would be a fun thing to do but it wasn't. It wasn't worth the time and or money we spent. About the only 2 good things that we can say about it was the food on board wasn't bad at all and the port of calls were okay as long as we did our own thing and stayed away from the "plan excursions". On board activities was pretty bad except for 1 or 2 of the art auctions. The majority of the people (over 21) on board were drunk and obnoxious and the young people (under 21) were just rude and obnoxious. There was no place to go to have a quiet drink where my wife could have a conversation without having to holler to be heard over the God awful music. We couldn't even sit out side on the main deck to read, catch some sun and relax because the music was so loud you couldn't hear yourself think or they had some moronic activity going on that seemed to be orientated folks that only had a double digit IQ. The next time we want to throw away over $2,000 we well just have a fire in our outdoor fire place.
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I just want to say that I respect everyone's opinions. However I am of the opposite opinion of OldArmyGuy. We have enjoyed our 19 cruises on three different cruise lines and will be cruising again in weeks.

I also am a ''Old Army Guy''. I am sorry when someone does not enjoy a cruise but of course we all have different tastes.

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I absolutely love to cruise, but even I will admit that two of my cruises have not lived up to my expectations. They were not "bad", just not as good as the others. Geekins, you may experience some of what OldArmyGuy did, but if you set out intending to have a good time, chances are that you will.

You have chosen a very short cruise on the line known for "fun" and for being inexpensive. That means that you likely will be sailing with a disproportionate number of younger people who are out to "party". There almost certainly will be plenty of loud music; but even so you should be able to find a quiet lounging area if you want one.

Go, get some sun, make some new acquaintances, and keep an open mind. Let us know how it turns out!
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As was already said, everyone has their opinion. But to go on one cruise and make the comments he made to try and talk someone out of a cruise is completely irresponsible.

Every cruise line is different and every ship is different. And often, two different cruise on the same ship can result in completely different experiences.

It would be like flying in a two-seater Piper Cub and saying it was terrible so people should never fly first class on a Boeing 747 - two completely different experiences. Same can be said for going on Carnival instead of going on Crystal.

Normally, when I hear things like this it's because they booked it on their own, so they made decisions based on limited information and usually solely based on price. They end up booking a cruise that was completely incompatible with their lifestyle.

If you don't like one cruise, then try a different cruise line. Or spend a bit more money and go on a more upscale one.

Cruising is like everything else in life; there's something out there for everyone and half the fun is trying them all until you find the right one for you.

But the one thing I've learned in 50 cruises and traveling around the world is that we never let the small stuff ruin a perfectly good vacation. And that could be said about cruising, all inclusive resorts, or just going to the beach.

As I say, "You'll always find what you're looking for, so why not look for the best in everything." Besides, if you want to find negativity, you'll find it and then you'll have a miserable experience. It all depends on what you want to get out of life.

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I would like to add that a three day cruise in my opinion, has a different vibe. It's more of a party cruise, booked by younger people who don't fly into port...I can see where someone getting off after the cruise would think oh my...I wonder if oldarmyguy, could expand on his ship, length of cruise, and give more of an insight of his experience......A 3day vs a 7 day, is apples and oranges imho.
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I agree, Trip. Good point!

Those 3-day cruises over the weekend are definitely nothing more than a party cruise. Where else can you get a bunch of young folks together and get a room with all the food you can eat for 3 days for $169 (plus tax)?

If you didn't know what you were getting ahead of time and went on one of those, your view on cruises is really going to be slanted in the wrong direction.

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First off, we did book through a travel agency here on the Treasure Coast of Florida, we took the cruise on the advice of a lady that my wife works with and it sounded like fun. Boy were we fooled. That being said, I guess you must really like hanging around with loud annoying people, bad music so loud you can't stand it, terrible entertainment, boring events. I guess birds of a feather flock together.
My wife and I did research all the islands that we were going to visit and selected sites and/or beaches that we wanted to see and enjoy. As I said the islands were fun and we enjoyed ourselves very much it was just being on the cruise ship itself that was God awful as I stated. The best time we had on board was when we stayed in our suite and sat on our balcony away from everyone else. I purchased a bottle of 18 year old single malt and would go out periodically for my wife's "tropical drinks".
Unfortunately I am not willing to throw away good money after bad until I find a cruise that we might enjoy. That is one asinine comment.
I did forget to mention that the staff on the cruise ship were excellent. They were from all over the world and we enjoyed talking to them about their country especially the staff members from the Eastern European countries.

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As I've always said, "What one person loves, another will hate." This is why I never suggest listening to what other people like because we're all different people. Just because a friend or co-worker loved a particular cruise, does not mean you will. It's important to find a cruise that meets your needs, fits within your budget, and is compatible with your lifestyle. And you don't have to spend a huge amount more to get something much nicer.

It's like traveling; if you are a Hyatt Regency type of person, you will definitely not enjoy staying at a Days Inn. They are completely different and will provide a completely different experience. All-inclusive resorts are exactly the same way; there are those who cater to a younger crowd and those who don't.

I hear what you're saying about loud noise, drunken people, and passengers with no manners. We've been there, done that, which is why we don't go on those type of cruises. We much prefer a more upscale cruise where we don't encounter disrespectful passengers, where we get good food, nice music, and a more relaxing and sedate experience.

You haven't mentioned the name of the cruise line, but based on your description, I can imagine which one you're talking about. And since you were in Vietnam, I can assume you're close to my age. Personally, I'm not crazy about that cruise line and don't go on them unless we have to. We much prefer Holland America and Celebrity because they are more compatible with what we desire in a cruise. Doesn't mean they would be right for you, but those are completely the opposite of the type of cruise you encountered.

It's just too bad that your first (and only) experience did not meet with your approval and has turned you off to a wonderful way to travel.

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p.s. I, too, am a Vietnam Vet, so welcome home, brother! And thank you for your service.
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In over 50 cruises on Carnival, I have never had a bad one or ever thought for a moment that I had wasted my money. If the Suite life is what you are looking for, then Carnival may not be for you. Or perhaps cruising in general? It certainly isn't for everyone. Yes, I have cruised on several cruise lines.

The short cruises have people trying to cram as much vacation into a few days as possible. Some will certainly be drinking and some will certainly have baby strollers. That aspect isn't limited to Carnival, however, as a mass market cruise line, Carnival will be more diverse than some others.

Short cruises are an excellent way for new cruisers to get their feet wet, so to speak, and decide if they like anything about the cruise experience. If they do, then they can start to narrow their choices for future cruises. But you have to start somewhere, and Carnival is an excellent choice to begin with.

Carnival Corp has many cruise lines with differing demographics, but for consistent value, it is hard to beat Carnival, the cruise line. Of course it is possible to cherry pick cruises on some other cruise lines that are competitively priced, but not day in and day out.
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Hi, everyone. First post about my first cruise! I have been thinking about a cruise for some time now. I finally just decided to book one and I didn't do much research to be honest. This is completely new to me and I'm a tad bit overwhelmed. The cruise is going to be an anniversary trip for my husband and I on December 9th thru December 12th 2016. We will be driving down to Miami from Tallahassee. It is a 3 day cruise on Carnival Victory going to Bahamas. Is this a ship and destination that a newbie could enjoy? Is there something that you really wished you knew as a newbie cruiser? Thanks so much in advance!
You will be overwhelmed, but you may have figured that out. You won't be able to see or do everything. Certainly not eat everything.

Every cruise ship has a daily paper with all the activities and places to eat listed. There will be one for the first day you board and your cabin steward will leave one for the next day in your cabin at night. Read them and try to have a plan A and a perhaps a plan B for things you might want to see or do. If plan A turns out to be a loser, no need to stay - go on to plan B, or C...

Have an open mind and have fun - you're on a Fun Ship! One more thing you might discover is - cruising is addictive! We usually go on at least 2-3 or more (primarily) Carnival cruises a year.
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It's just too bad that your first (and only) experience did not meet with your approval and has turned you off to a wonderful way to travel.

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p.s. I, too, am a Vietnam Vet, so welcome home, brother! And thank you for your service.

I echo the above quote.


And I also am a Vietnam Vet. I thank you both for your service.


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Our first cruise was in 1973 and my wife did not like it. Our second cruise was in 1994 and she did not like it.Our third cruise was in 2008 and we have been cruising 2-3 times a year since. She now LOVES cruising.
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