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Are You Still Planning A Cruise Ship Vacation?  
User currently offlineAverageUser From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4032 times:

Are you still in the mood to holiday cruise in the Caribbean, or perhaps elsewhere, despite the downturn? In the hierarchy of all possible ways of spending your vacation, is the cruise ship a "must experience" for you?

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User currently offlineBananaboy From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 1580 posts, RR: 22
Reply 1, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4030 times:

I am hoping everyone says "yes"... I work for a cruise line.  Smile

Although commissioned by a far-from-independent source, a recent study shows that, at least in the 45-54 age group, 78% of people will spend as much or more on a holiday when compared to last year.

http://www.travelmole.com/stories/1134856.php



Mark



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User currently offlineAlexEU From Serbia, joined Oct 2007, 1817 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4029 times:

I'd rather take a cargo ship to the remote island of Tristan da Cunha or Pitcairn Island! It's a bigger adventure for me.

Never been on a cruise ship tough. The closest thing I've been on is a ferry.


User currently offlineWindy95 From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 2727 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4026 times:

Yes, We are going on Holland Americas Eurodam over spring break. It is their newest ship. Has anyone been on it yet? As for a must experience this ill be our 11th cruise. It will be my sons 4th and we feel it is a great deal for a family vacation. Especially living in Florida where we can avoid the Airports and just drive to any of the Ports down here.



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User currently offlineCXB77L From Australia, joined Feb 2009, 2614 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4018 times:
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Not exactly a "cruise ship" by definition but if I were rich enough, I'd love to go around the world on the QM2, in one of their Grand Duplex Suites!

If I'm going to indulge on a cruise, I might as well go all the way.



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User currently offlineAlexEU From Serbia, joined Oct 2007, 1817 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3934 times:

Is there any website devoted to ferries / cruise ships and cargo vessels, similar as a.net but only including photos and info about ships, ports etc?

User currently offlineYooYoo From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 6057 posts, RR: 50
Reply 6, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3917 times:

I love the cruising experience. I've been on 4 cruises but it's been several years since my last. Yes, the recent economics is not good for me and so i'll be waiting a bit before i go on another trip. My wife and i think about going but it doesn't make $$ sense right now.


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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10897 posts, RR: 37
Reply 7, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3907 times:

I want to have a Captain with a full technical crew to take the QE2 off Nakheels and Dubai hands and have her sailing back to Southampton where she belongs before they get her wrecked.  yes 


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User currently offlineSmithAir747 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1628 posts, RR: 28
Reply 8, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3900 times:

I am planning a 10-day Alaska cruise, on Princess, departing San Francisco, 1-11 Sept. 2009.

I am planning this as an 85th-birthday surprise for my mom. (My plan is for the two of us to go together, sharing a cabin.)

I am trying to raise the money for the balance (I already paid a deposit on it a few weeks ago), due in June 2009. So I am spreading the word out to my friends in Indiana and California. Wanna chip in?  Wink

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User currently offlineBTVB6Flyer From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 218 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3871 times:

My dad and I are going on our third cruise during April break, on Royal Caribbean. We start off in Tampa go through Cozumel, Ocho Rios, Sammana, and finally ending in San Juan. Should be FUN!

User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7642 posts, RR: 35
Reply 10, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3798 times:



Quoting SmithAir747 (Reply 8):
I am planning a 10-day Alaska cruise, on Princess, departing San Francisco, 1-11 Sept. 2009.

We might be sailing by each other, I'm booked on Holland America departing Vancouver on the 9th of September Big grin

We were going to go in May, but it had to be postponed so we rebooked for September. It'll be my very first cruise so I'm quite looking forward to it.



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User currently offlineBananaboy From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 1580 posts, RR: 22
Reply 11, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3779 times:



Quoting AlexEU (Reply 5):
Is there any website devoted to ferries / cruise ships and cargo vessels, similar as a.net but only including photos and info about ships, ports etc?

Plenty.
www.cruisecritic.com
http://shiphappenzz.wordpress.com/
http://www.shipspotting.com
http://www.flickr.com/groups/ukshipspotters/
http://www.shippingdatabase.com/index.php

Have fun.

Mark



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User currently offlineFlyMIA From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7175 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3775 times:



Quoting Windy95 (Reply 3):
Yes, We are going on Holland Americas Eurodam over spring break. It is their newest ship. Has anyone been on it yet?

I was one that ship for a new year cruise. It is a nice ship. Its no Royal Caribbean or Celebrity ship but you can tell its new. It was a above average cruise IMO. Room staff was great! Dinning staff not so great, worst I have experienced on a ship. Also the deal of the ship is to rent one of the pool side Cabanas! They cost I think $50 a day to rent or $200 for the whole week. It gives you a great place to spend the days at sea and have lunch, comes with waiter service, free bottled water and Champaign etc.. Its a great thing to have. Reserve it for the week and your the only one who can use and you don't have to worry about finding a place to lay down and relax outside on sea days. I am not much of an sit down outside in the sun person since I already live in Paradise  Wink but I was out there almost every day. Call NOW! and see if they are available.
Besides for that if you have any questions just let me know. Ship is still fresh in my memory. What Islands are you going to?



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User currently offlineJasYHZ From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 175 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3753 times:

Just got back from an 11-night Caribbean on board the Celebrity Constellation (12JAN-23JAN) and already have two deposits down for next year (waiting on commitments from other friends; we can always cancel one with no penalty). A 10-night Caribbean on the brand new Celebrity Equinox out of FLL or a 14 day (technically we're doing a back to back cruise of two 7 night sailings) on the Celebrity Summit from SJU.

After doing our first cruise onboard the Celebrity Milennuim last year we are now die hard cruisers. We can't imagine doing a land vacation again and we can't imagine sailing with ANYONE other than Celebrity!

JasYHZ



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User currently offlineAlexEU From Serbia, joined Oct 2007, 1817 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3721 times:



Quoting Bananaboy (Reply 11):

Thanks!
In last few weeks I developed an enthusiasm for ships (which is mostly because I love exploring islands, seas, rather then the ships itself).


User currently offlineYooYoo From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 6057 posts, RR: 50
Reply 15, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3720 times:



Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 10):
It'll be my very first cruise so I'm quite looking forward to it.

I'm sure you'll have a great time. Be prepared as the shore excursions for Alaska cruises are a little more than a "southern" cruise due to the fact they have a small window for tourism. But still, it's a great time on and off the ship.



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User currently offlineTootallsd From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 559 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3719 times:
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I have a Atlantis cruise at the end of March Hong Kong > Vietnam > Bangkok > Somewhere Else > Singapore. On a very nice Azamara ship. I look forward to it immensely.

User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7642 posts, RR: 35
Reply 17, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3631 times:



Quoting YooYoo (Reply 15):
I'm sure you'll have a great time. Be prepared as the shore excursions for Alaska cruises are a little more than a "southern" cruise due to the fact they have a small window for tourism. But still, it's a great time on and off the ship.

Thanks! I am looking forward to it. We were originally going to take the cruise all the way up to Seward and fly back from ANC, but that got changed as well, so we're just doing Vancouver to Vancouver. As far as the excursions go, we've done our research, so we're prepared for that. I am hoping to book a floatplane trip out of Juneau Big grin



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User currently offlineWindy95 From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 2727 posts, RR: 8
Reply 18, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3622 times:



Quoting Tootallsd (Reply 16):
I have a Atlantis cruise at the end of March Hong Kong > Vietnam > Bangkok > Somewhere Else > Singapore. On a very nice Azamara ship. I look forward to it immensely

That sounds great. When my son is a bit older we will do some more adventurous cruises.

Quoting FlyMIA (Reply 12):
Besides for that if you have any questions just let me know. Ship is still fresh in my memory. What Islands are you going to?

Thanks. We are doing the St Thomas, San Juan, Provedenciales and the private island. The Turk and Caicos is the only place we have not been. My 9 year old has not been to San Juan before so we look forward to showing hom Old San Juan. He is a Pirate lover so he will love the Forts and castles there. We have done Disney, NCL, Royal Caribbean and Carnival so we will see how we like HAL. We received a great interline rate for a balcony cabin and wanted to check out the Turks and Caicos so we chose this one. Thanks for the info.

It seems the parking at Port Everglades has gone up in price since our last trip out of there. We are North of Tampa so it is not a bad drive.



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User currently offlinePPVRA From Brazil, joined Nov 2004, 8964 posts, RR: 39
Reply 19, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3599 times:

I haven't been on a cruise in almost 15 years (Brazilian coast line), and have none planned, though my friends are going on one for Spring Break. . . I won't be able to make it though, too busy. Carnival Cruises, I think the ship is called Freedom.


Quoting SmithAir747 (Reply 8):
I am planning a 10-day Alaska cruise, on Princess, departing San Francisco, 1-11 Sept. 2009.

I've heard that Alaska is raising fees on Cruise ships soon and that some Cruise lines have said if it goes through they will leave. Whether they leave or not it'll probably be more affordable now than next year.

Quoting Tootallsd (Reply 16):
Hong Kong > Vietnam > Bangkok > Somewhere Else > Singapore

That sounds awesome. I was looking for cruises out in Asia the other day but couldn't really find much, though admittedly I only did a quick search out of curiosity. None of the majors seem to go out that way.

I also want to do one around Cape Horn and western South America.



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User currently offline2707200X From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 8520 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 3538 times:

I am, I will cruise on a Carnival Cruise ship from the port of Long Beach to Mexico with my parents, grand parents and aunts and uncles from the 13th to the 15th of this month. I have not been on a cruise since since I was on the Starship Oceanic in 1987 when I was eight.  Smile


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User currently onlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 6043 posts, RR: 14
Reply 21, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3519 times:



Quoting BTVB6Flyer (Reply 9):
My dad and I are going on our third cruise during April break, on Royal Caribbean. We start off in Tampa go through Cozumel, Ocho Rios, Sammana, and finally ending in San Juan. Should be FUN!

I'm taking that ship right after you get off with my father.  Smile



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User currently offlineCOrocks From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1215 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 3475 times:

Not going on a cruise, but still going on vacation even with the economy the way it is. I leave for Thailand in 5 days!

Been on one cruise and did not really care for it. Thought is was overrated a little.


User currently offlineYooYoo From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 6057 posts, RR: 50
Reply 23, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3461 times:



Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 17):
so we're just doing Vancouver to Vancouver

We did that a few years ago. It cut down on the flying which i didn't mind so much but the wife on the other hand wanted less flying!!

Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 17):
I am hoping to book a floatplane trip out of Juneau

That sounds great. Can you book this on-line? Some excursions can book up quick.  twocents 



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User currently offlineNa From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10735 posts, RR: 9
Reply 24, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3443 times:

I´m afraid I have to postpone my planned QM2 cruise for a while, as the crisis has hit my business very hard.

Quoting COrocks (Reply 22):
Been on one cruise and did not really care for it. Thought is was overrated a little.

Its like with any holiday. There are good and bad ships, good and bad destinations. I enjoy cruises very much, especially the classic style (you wont find me on a glitzy Carnival adventure boat or an Aida party ship though).


25 OA260 : I was on the inaugural launch and did a trip report on it with lots of pics. ------------------------- I have 3 planned this year.
26 ACDC8 : It kinda of bummed me that we ended up doing the return trip. I was really hoping to see more of Alaska. Oh well, next time I guess Most excursions f
27 Post contains links and images AverageUser : Helsingin Sanomat (Helsinki, Finland) writes that Royal Caribbean is seeking refinancing for its two Oasis class cruise ships now under construction,
28 Csturdiv : Over the Christmas holiday my family and I took a cruise to Jamaica and Grand Cayman. The ship was packed and in port the other ships that we saw were
29 Canuckpaxguy : A few of my friends I are thinking about doing a Mediterranean cruise in the fall. There's a new Carnival ship "the Dream" that should be ready by the
30 Goldenshield : Crap. I need to reword that badly! That's what I get for typing past my bed time. It shoudl say: My father and I are taking that ship after you arriv
31 YooYoo : I find it fascinating the way they build these beasts. I've only heard good things about cruises in this part of the world. If i were to book a cruis
32 Post contains links OA260 : February 25, 2009 Is Oasis of the Seas in Financial Trouble? Are Oasis of the Seas and other Royal Caribbean new-builds in financial trouble? That's
33 Post contains links OA260 : Pretty scary due to extreme winds in Spain the ship broke loose and a passenger fell into the sea. MSC Fantasia http://www.turnto10.com/jar/entertai..
34 Goldenshield : I saw the video of that posted on Youtube. I couldn't figure out where/who it was, as it was never noted. Pretty crazy, but this is exactly why ships
35 Post contains links OA260 : Yes its their new flagship. I have been invited to go onboard for lunch and a tour in Barcelona in a few weeks. The winds were really bad though. I j
36 Windy95 : Great pics. My wife enjoyed them and for that I thank you. We are looking forward to our upcoming trip on the Eurodam.
37 Windy95 : By watching the stock prices of Carnival and Royal the last few months I would think they all might be wishing they had not ordered the future capaci
38 OA260 : No probs im glad you liked them. You will certainly have a great time. I was really impressed. They serve the best Cinnamon Ice Cream in the lunch bu
39 ACDC8 : Once again, our plans have had to be changed ... I couldn't get the time of work that I needed for our Alaskan cruise in September (gotta love unions
40 JCS17 : I'm not really a fan of cruise ships, although I have gone with my family twice on Princess (to the Mexican "riviera," and the Southern Caribbean). Be
41 SmithAir747 : I have already mentioned that I am planning an Alaska cruise in September for my Mom's 85th birthday. (I am still attempting to raise money for it, an
42 ACDC8 : I'm with you on that one. A Trans Atlantic is the ultimate cruise for me, preferably (as yourself) on Cunard. However, I'd prefer a westbound voyage
43 Post contains links MadameConcorde : It would be very nice. Maybe by 2010 Cunard will slash the prices low enough so we can all afford to do a Transatlantic on the Queen Mary 2. Victoria
44 OA260 : I did Barcelona to Miami a few years back and it was fantastic.
45 Goldenshield : 46 days til I hit the high seas. I still need to decide on excursions still, but I know what I'm going to do in SXM.
46 OA260 : They should actually have a ''Planespotting Excursion''might be popular lol..
47 TurkishWings : In January, I was on the Freedom Caribbean Cruise with Atlantis and I had a great time. I wasn't much prepared though. Make sure you get the correct
48 OA260 : Nice ship I have been on it . Im not sure I would like to do the Atlantis ones though. I prefer a mix of everyone to be honest. Yep you need a dark s
49 Post contains images Bananaboy : Last ship I went on was this... ..and very nice it was too. Not sure finances will permit a cruise holiday this year though. Mark
50 OA260 : I wouldnt like the idea to be honest. I do have friends that went on them and enjoyed it though. They even met Stelios and got their pics taken lol..
51 Bananaboy : Royal Caribbean? And Vision class? I'm skint, but I'm not desperate. I've sailed Voyager class and wasn't impressed. Would like to have a look around
52 OA260 : LOL... Well its surely not the best of ships but its not too bad . Its still a far cry from Island cruises lol.. I like all different kinds of ships.
53 Goldenshield : The ship I'm picking (Grandeur) is a Vision class. It's smaller than The last (and first) ship I was on (Carnival Victory,) but is also doing a repos
54 Bananaboy : Don't take me too seriously. I've never sailed on RCI's older, smaller fleet, and given my preference for smaller ships, I might even prefer it. I'm
55 OA260 : LOL.... Its a fine ship dont mind us . As Mark says we have a bit of rivalry , Im a RCI/CEL guy but last year lost my virginity on NCL
56 Post contains images Bananaboy : ... and he's never been the same since! I'd like to take my nephews on Disney Cruises. I went on the Wonder a few years back, and think that they wou
57 Goldenshield : Once the two new ships come online, they will, permanantly. Until then, it's an occasional Panama canal cruise, with 2-3 stint in LAX.
58 OA260 : Haha I know Ive been totally F..3'd lol...
59 Post contains links AlexEU : I'd love to try RMS St.Helena, the last running RMS on earth. They run on Cape Town - Windhoek - St.Helena route, and occasionally to UK via Canary Is
60 TurkishWings : I meant funky party outfits like Mardi Gras stuff or leather chaps or tiny speedos You don't need any tuxedos for an Atlantis Cruise
61 OA260 : Not my scene lol... But glad you enjoyed anyway.
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