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My First Cruise

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In all my travels I have never been on a cruise.  I have always   considered  to be a Spam in a Can situation.  Plus I always assume that they are usually going to be way overpriced.

But, I am now forced to book my first cruise.   My daughter is getting married next summer, and the ceremonies are going to take place aboard a cruise ship.  It will take place in port in Galveston,  and people will be allowed aboard for the ceremony and reception, but then will have to disembark before the ship departs.  Also, my daughter and her fiance's plans are to have the whole family go with them on the cruise!  I originally thought this would be awkward for us to "go along" on the honeymoon.....but apparently because of the size of the ship....which holds over 4000 guests, it is not a big thing.  Plus, they have been living together for quite some time, so it is not like they really need there "alone time".  They will still get plenty of it.  But, apparently there is going to be like 40-50 of us going....mostly on his side of the family.  It will be aboard the Royal Carribean's Liberty of the Seas. We get a group rate, but after a lot of checking out....it ain't all that and a bag of chips. Saves us only about a hundred bucks per person.   Price is going to be about 1300-1400 for a balcony, per person. Not including extras, like drinks.  Ports of call are to Cozumel, Costa Maya, Roatan.      This would not have been my choice of cruise...but I was not doing the choosing, so I am just going with the flow. 

My view is that I could have gotten a huge 2-3BR condo....perhaps somewhere in the cool mountains in July,(rather than the sweat box/hurricane magnet that is the Gulf of Mexico)  ...for a lot less money...rather than the sardine can quarters we will have for like 3 times the price. 

Anyway, there it is.  Any cruise stories/advice?

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We've been on three cruises - western and eastern caribbean and the Inside Passage cruise up along Alaska.

Cruises - hope you all have great weather. Don't know where all you are going - a young married couple got killed years ago, ...they rented one of those scooters on Cozumel and got hit.

The cab drivers drive crazy. Not fun. I don't believe they have any traffic laws. Cozumel has a beautiful national park - a beach protected by reefs. I would not go to mainland mexico, that's just me.

On Jamaica - we were all told NEVER go outside of the approved area - the town square. and NEVER get into a cab that is not an official government cab. Way too much crime.  back then, years ago, cruise ships stopped landing at Kingston - way too much violent crime. They switched to Ocho Rios on the other side of the island.

A gal from Jamaica told me NEVER try to go sight seeing. And never go into Blue Mountain coffee areas - you could die, as in be murdered. Jamaica looks like a little island West Virginia....

Grand Cayman - kinda rich touristy and boring. A bunch of us went on an adventure tour. It was snorkeling over 15' of water over an ancient boat wreck. within swimming distance of the dock.

St. Thomas/St. John  - Really nice places, great for shopping - it might be pretty safe for touring. Trunk Bay is so freaking beautiful. The water was crystal clear.

Puerto Rico - saw the dire poverty back then, saw the rain forest. Went up a lookout tower. not impressed.

Things have surely changed a lot from many years ago.

Don't drink and lean over the railing, or you could dive. I hope none of you gets seasick in rough waters. On a big ship, you should be fine unless it really gets rough. Cabins we've seen tend to be pretty small. I hope at least one night you have slight ocean swells while you try to get to sleep. That is fun, to a point.

  The food is magnificent. Fancy stuff - if you don't like an entree' - just order something else. I ordered frog legs one time, and all our friends, including my Wife, were laughing - they came steamed, white, with the flippers on, and attached at the hip.

egad. I wouldn't touch those with a fork.

More than anything else - stay SAFE. Watch out for each other, keep kids with you at all times.

One cruise - there were teenagers graduated from hs next door to us. They tended to be loud. and party. One evening, I got out of the shower, we were all going to go to dinner, my Wife and the other Wives were at bingo.... and three of the hs graduate ladies next door had gotten drunk. I know that because I heard laughing at our door, then knocking on our door, trying to open our door with their key.

I wrapped a towel around myself and cracked it open, and one of the gals who was really drunk had been leaning on the door, it flew open, she landed in my arms, and her two friends were laughing, one sat to the floor, laughing because I lost my towel.

They were wondering why their pass key wouldn't unlock "their door". Yes, they had the wrong room.

So, the gal I caught pretty much passed out, I sat her in a nearby chair until I threw on some shorts, and I carried her to her room. Her two friends were still laughing when they hugged me and thanked me. Everybody at our dinner table had a great time laughing when I was telling the story.

dammit, that was before they brought me the frog legs.

Oh - on our cruises, we tipped the person who cleaned our room, etc. Tipped the waiter. etc. This tipping takes a good bit of cash.

I hope you are instructed to not tip - it's much simpler that way.

Never take your safety for granted on ship, or on shore. Never ever. Have fun, but stay alert to your surroundings and people who approach you.

  

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Roatan-do the snorkel side trip. Purty fishys.

Costa Maya-which port is that? What excursions are offered?

Cozumel-if a bus trip for the day to Chichen Itza is available-well worth it! Otherwise the one to Coba isn't too bad. Make sure a guide is included.

Cheaper to get an interior room. You end up barely using the balcony anyway since there are plenty of places to watch the sea and ports up top or on various decks.

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and if you get seasick, a room on a lower deck rocks less...

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23 minutes ago, calfoxwc said:

and if you get seasick, a room on a lower deck rocks less...

At this point, we have an aft cabin, though that may change to a mid-ship cabin.  My son was going to be in our room with us, but now he wants a room of his own.  He will just get an interior.

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3 hours ago, TexasAg1969 said:

Roatan-do the snorkel side trip. Purty fishys.

Costa Maya-which port is that? What excursions are offered?

Haven't gotten that far yet.

Cozumel-if a bus trip for the day to Chichen Itza is available-well worth it! Otherwise the one to Coba isn't too bad. Make sure a guide is included.

Will have to keep my eye open for that. 

Cheaper to get an interior room. You end up barely using the balcony anyway since there are plenty of places to watch the sea and ports up top or on various decks.

 

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I have been on cruises and loved them. 

Even my wife and her friends went on a western Caribbean cruise from Lauderdale to Key West to Cozumel to Belize and back and loved it. NOTE I booked their air fares and land trips way early for the best prices and times in the mornings it can get blazing hot mid and late day down there.

Bon voyage!

 

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