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#3153678 - 02/06/13 10:17 AM Going on a cruise
Barrett
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7 night eastern carribean June 9-16. We'll be on Royal Carribean's Allure of the Seas which is the biggest ship in the world. My in laws went on the same cruise last June and were so blown away that they booked the same cruise for this year while still on the ship. Except this time they are bringing me and the wife as well as my bro and sis in law, neice and nephew along for the ride. All expenses paid for us.

Has anyone ever done this cruise? This is my first cruise so I'd like some advice if anyone has any. We stop in Bahamas, St. Thomas, and St. Marteen. I'm excited
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#3153769 - 02/06/13 11:41 AM Re: Going on a cruise [Re: Barrett]
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Make sure you bring you somethin for ya stomach, word I'm hearing is you WILL have the trotts when you get off! I'm just sayin! ;\)
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#3153834 - 02/06/13 12:53 PM Re: Going on a cruise [Re: Viper (tp)]
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I saw that boat while in Cayman last summer. It's big. I hope RC is better than Carnival. Never again will I step foot on one of their boats.
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#3153854 - 02/06/13 01:12 PM Re: Going on a cruise [Re: AlabamaSwamper]
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We've had two cruises with Carnival, and have never had any issue with them, their food, the water, nada! So ignore the naysayers, they're just jealous.

I recommend you get on board the CruiseCritic.com forums. Invaluable advice is available on everything from what shore excursions to book, who to book them through, what to do at various stops, what to avoid, even what to pack. It's a great resource.

We'll be returning from our next Carnival week-long one week before you leave on yours. \:\)
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#3153866 - 02/06/13 01:21 PM Re: Going on a cruise [Re: Nimrod777]
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If you need any booze smuggling tips, I'm your man! \:\)


I have been on 4 with Carnival and 1 with RC...no issues with any of them. RC is a step above Carnival for sure...but its also more expensive.
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#3153999 - 02/06/13 03:19 PM Re: Going on a cruise [Re: BamaProud]
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I have been on that cruise and ship...You will have a great time. On the St Thomas stop plan on going to St John for the day and go to Trunk bay for a day at the Beach..The wife and I spent 10 days in St Thomas in Jan this year...
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#3154160 - 02/06/13 06:04 PM Re: Going on a cruise [Re: TrailWatcher]
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They are great! The food is generally free but alcohol is very expensive on board. They don't search your bags so you could stash some if you wanted.

Ours included a dinner each evening at the fancy restaurant. Take some dress clothes for that and the food is awesome. You get on board as a passenger and get off as cargo, lol.
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#3154166 - 02/06/13 06:19 PM Re: Going on a cruise [Re: TrailWatcher]
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 Originally Posted By: TrailWatcher
I have been on that cruise and ship...You will have a great time. On the St Thomas stop plan on going to St John for the day and go to Trunk bay for a day at the Beach..The wife and I spent 10 days in St Thomas in Jan this year...


Trunk bay beach is a must, you'll get some great pics on the way to the beach, and thats the nicest beach ive ever been to, and ive been just about everywhere in the caribbean.

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#3154185 - 02/06/13 06:31 PM Re: Going on a cruise [Re: northeasthunter]
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I'm going on my first cruise this coming Memorial day. We are going to the Bahamas with Carnival. I would love to hear some ways to get extra alcohol on board.
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#3154490 - 02/06/13 09:54 PM Re: Going on a cruise [Re: ruger7mag]
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Haven't been on that one but have been on a cruise to St Thomas and St Martin. Good ports as far as cruises go. If you get a chance for a shore excursion, do the America's Cup sailing. Really cool.
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#3154504 - 02/06/13 10:07 PM Re: Going on a cruise [Re: BigAl]
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Royal Caribbean is great!! You'll have a blast. I have been on two with RC and they will be my choice for future cruises.
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#3154559 - 02/07/13 12:35 AM Re: Going on a cruise [Re: northeasthunter]
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 Originally Posted By: northeasthunter
 Originally Posted By: TrailWatcher
I have been on that cruise and ship...You will have a great time. On the St Thomas stop plan on going to St John for the day and go to Trunk bay for a day at the Beach..The wife and I spent 10 days in St Thomas in Jan this year...


Trunk bay beach is a must, you'll get some great pics on the way to the beach, and thats the nicest beach ive ever been to, and ive been just about everywhere in the caribbean.


I have been on 10 so far. I have to agree that trunk Bay is one of the best stops in the Caribbean. It will not be that crowded and the beach is wonderful. We don't go to st Thomas and not go to st John. It's simple but beautiful.

In the Bahamas I would probably get a taxi to Atlantis. At least to see the aquarium, casino, the hotel...... St Martin can also be another Beach day or shopping.

Look ahead at your excursions provided by rc. Plan ahead but relax. If you see one you really like my advice would be book early before it's sold out. You can save money doing things on your own but you must realize if your late getting back and you don't book through the cruise lines they will leave you.

And yes they do xray bags and can search your bag at there discretion if they see fit.

Arrive to the port early around 12 and you can usually get on board rather quickly without waiting to long. Once you get on find a place to sit and hit the buffet

Any thing you need to know just ask. Hope this helps.

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#3154644 - 02/07/13 06:46 AM Re: Going on a cruise [Re: BigAl]
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Lots to do and eat, you will have a blast
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#3154693 - 02/07/13 07:54 AM Re: Going on a cruise [Re: REM7]
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Our last cruise we booked our own excursions through recommended private local services. It went great. In fact, as we cave tubed, our guys would edge us past the ship-booked groups going downstream. Then we headed back to their big pavilion for some primo home-grown tamales wrapped in banana leaves.

These vendors rely 100% on being able to serve within the time constraints of each ship, so as long as you check out their reviews thoroughly (again, Cruise Critic), I wouldn't hesitate to save the 50%.
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#3154782 - 02/07/13 09:11 AM Re: Going on a cruise [Re: ruger7mag]
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 Originally Posted By: ruger7mag
I'm going on my first cruise this coming Memorial day. We are going to the Bahamas with Carnival. I would love to hear some ways to get extra alcohol on board.


They do x-ray your bags so there is a good chance they will find any alcohol in your bags.

Check whatever cruise line you are sailing with but most will let you carry on 1 bottle of wine for each adult and a "small amount" of water or soft drinks.

-Drink the wine before you go then visit your local brew shop. Refill the bottles(1 per adult) with Bourbon, re-cork and seal with a decorative shrink-wrap topper. No chance they will find it.
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