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Ok, i'm trying to book a cruise for early January to the Bahamas (or somewhere warm, i really don't care), and i really don't know what i'm doing. Here is what i've found so far.

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Royal Carribbean
Cruise: 3 Night Bahamas Cruise
Ship Name: Sovereign Of The Seas
Sail Date: 05-Jan-2007 to 08-Jan-2007
Departing From: Port Canaveral, Florida
Number of Guest(s): 2
Transportation: Round-trip air from Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Intl

That particular trip is about 1300 for 2 people including airfare from pittsburgh.

Is it worth paying for a room with either a window or porthole? Or should you just do the interior room? What decks are best and why? The higher ones or the lower ones?

Any info or experience would be appreciated.
 

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The higher up the less you notice the motion of the boat IMO. If you or whomever you are taking is prone to motion sickness this is something to consider. Or just get a few of those motion sickness patches and put them on before you leave. Personally I like having a room with a balcony (or verandah if you want to make it sound fancy). Mostly because the fresh air is nice at night and you can sit there drinking booze and watching storms off in the distance. If you rarely plan to be in your room at all unless you are passed out, skip the balcony and get an interior room.
 

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Make sure to check the ID requirements, too. Many cruise lines are now requiring a passport, not just a driver's license.

And ITA with spicersh (shock) that paying for a room with a view is dependant upon how much time you are going to spend in your room.

I was fairly seasick on our honeymoon cruise, and being on the lower decks made it infinetley worse, which stunk because all the dining rooms were at water level. :hurl: I ate a lot of meals in our room.
 

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hmmmm. i guess i'll have to think about that. I noticed it does get more expensive as you get higher in the boat, i guess that's why. I thought maybe the higher decks were closer to the attractions or something like that. Thanks for the input spicers.
 

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Wouldn't the boat size have a lot to do with the motion...bigger the boat, less motion...small the boat, more motion?

I went on a cruise to Alaska on Royal Carribean. Best vacation ever! Go all out, spend the money and get a big state room with balcony (veranda)!! That way, when the captain says that there is something cool to see outside, you don't have to run to the elevators and go down or up a few flights to see it and possibly miss it. Whales, dolphins, etc are always swimming next to the boat!

Cruises are the way to go. You are sooooo taken care of from the food, to the entertainment, fun stuff always happening, they turn your bed down for you, room is always clean and when you get to port, there's even MORE to do!

Good luck and have fun!!




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636Jen said:
Wouldn't the boat size have a lot to do with the motion...bigger the boat, less motion...small the boat, more motion?
It does, but your position on the boat makes a huge difference too. If you are standing at sea level (about deck 3 on the boat we were on) you really notice the movement. Up on deck 9 where our room was, not so much. Deck 10 was where all the pools, bars, spa, etc. were. We spent most of our time there, but a considerable amount of time in the room as well (it WAS a honeymoon ya know). We were on Disney's cruise line, and believe me, if you don't want to see kids you don't have to. The first thing we did on the boat (after getting drinks of course) was hit the spa for full body massages, talk about a great way to start a cruise! There were also a lot of 18 and over only attractions (wine tasting, night clubs, etc.). From what I've heard Disney costs a bit more, but it was well worth it. Our package was a bit spendy because on top of honeymoon packages and such we decided to get a room the size of three normal ones. Next time we'll get a normal room with a balcony and spend most of our time touring the boat.

One thing to look into is scheduling your shore excursions early. A lot of the things we wanted to do were taken already, but it really wasn't a big deal. We spent most of our time snorkeling and it was still fun. :thumb:
 

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I heard great things about the Disney cruise lines!! We were thinking about doing that last year but decided against it. Maybe next year for sure though! They have a lot of great programs for the kids depending on their age. 3-7 year olds do their thing and 8-12 year olds do theirs! Kids under 10 get pagers.

I agree with making sure you sign up for stuff the DAY you get there! So many things book fast so make sure you know what you want to do before you get on the boat! Have second and third choices too.

Man, I'm starting to think about that Disney Cruise again. Clay's going to kill me when I bring it up....LOL



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Jen - Disney is definitely worth it, and you won't see your kids the entire time you are on the ship. We had relatives take a Disney cruise the week before us, and they said the kids were MIA the whole time and they all had a blast.

Cool thing about Disney? You can pre-book your shore excursions, you don't have to wait until you are on board. :thumb: If you are interested in a kids-free romantic dinner, as soon as you get on board, put in reservations for Palo. Yum!
 

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Disney is a lot more than Carnival, which is what i was looking at. Some dude from carnival called me today to see if he could help me book a cruise. From the sound of it he answered my questions truthfully, but who knows. I was asking him about the decks relative to motion sickness. He told me that it never bothered him. He was saying the reason the lower decks are cheaper is that when something is going on, it takes a lot longer to get from the lower decks to the higher ones (where all the action is). He was also telling me when he cruises with his GF he usually stays on a lower deck w/out a window. For the extra 100/person you can spend that on something fun, rather than seeing out a window. I was thinking that the only reason i would even been in the room is to screw and sleep. What do i really need a window for? And i can't afford a balcony, so it's either window or nothing. I'm kinda leaning toward nothing. I really don't plan to spend much time in the room, so i don't see the point.
 

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I've been on 5 Royal Carribbean cruises and they all have been fun, specially the food. Most of the time my parents find really good deals. Like 259 a person for a week long cruise. You get a 2 person bunk small state room with one window and bathroom. I never stayed in my room anyhows. Last time I went, I went to the western side of Mexico. Did some shotgun shooting out in the big ocean.
 

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Whoa! Wait a minute. You went with your PARENTS??!! :laughing: :twofinger
I think jbaz is only like 18. And it sounds better than what my parents used to do for us for vacation. Go to the beach and have to hang out with them every day.

I wouldn't even have to book this cruise if i knew someone in australia that would invite me out for a week.;)
 

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I think jbaz is only like 18. And it sounds better than what my parents used to do for us for vacation. Go to the beach and have to hang out with them every day.

I wouldn't even have to book this cruise if i knew someone in australia that would invite me out for a week.;)
I've heard about you and wildlife. I don't think I want to expose our native fauna to that kind of lovin'. :D
 

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Umm... Didn't you read the "JBAZ is 21!!!" thread??? And yes, I went 4 of the 5 cruises with my rents. They are cool parents. They let me drink even when I was younger as long as I was responsible, which I am.

I used to live in Japan and I've traveled a lot with my parents to Europe, Asia, and parts of South America. I have family in US, Canada, China, Japan, Hong-Kong, and a few other places I'm sure I forgot. I'm from the upper-middle class section so we do enjoy ourselves, but my rents are Nazi's with their money. They'll make every penny last, and that kind of transpired onto me.
 

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Umm... Didn't you read the "JBAZ is 21!!!" thread??? And yes, I went 4 of the 5 cruises with my rents. They are cool parents. They let me drink even when I was younger as long as I was responsible, which I am.

I used to live in Japan and I've traveled a lot with my parents to Europe, Asia, and parts of South America. I have family in US, Canada, China, Japan, Hong-Kong, and a few other places I'm sure I forgot. I'm from the upper-middle class section so we do enjoy ourselves, but my rents are Nazi's with their money. They'll make every penny last, and that kind of transpired onto me.
shit i'm sorry, i knew you were 21 and i forgot.

asian voice *forgivenness pwease"
 

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We took a Norwegian cruise which made me determine they have limited value for the kind of travel I like to do. For me they indicated the places I'd like to return for a real vacation. But I like getting a real cultural feel for a place, which can't be done in two days at any port.

That said, the spicer pair noted the important parts and I'd skip the whole window thing too Tippy, for what you're probably after. Spend the cash on getting into the excursions, which are expensive. Also, we took booze with us in our bags, which I now believe they actually search HARD for so smuggling might be impossible. So you'll have to shell out for that too, depending on the line.

One line that has looked enticing to us has been the Barefoot cruise. Small ship, tight group.
 

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Also, we took booze with us in our bags, which I now believe they actually search HARD for so smuggling might be impossible. So you'll have to shell out for that too, depending on the line.
Any idea what they would do if they would find it? I can get a bottle taken from me, but it would suck to get thrown off the ship.
 

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Tippy - Carnival would probably be more your speed at this point anyhow... Disney is more family-oriented and doesn't have quite the same attractions (no casino, etc).

Kan - Barefoot looks like fun, spicersh and I checked them out a while ago.

Next cruise will be either Disney again, or Celebrity, depending on the who and why of the cruise.
 

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Any idea what they would do if they would find it? I can get a bottle taken from me, but it would suck to get thrown off the ship.
I am told they simply confiscate it. Not sure if you ever get it back but I'd doubt it.
 
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