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Discussion in 'The OT' started by hdtvfan0001, Mar 2, 2009.
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If I recall, the Adventure is part of the Voyager class (Voyager, Mariner, Adventure, Mariner). The Promenade on those ships is a neat place to walk. We used to go there in the mid-afternoon to grab cookies/pastries and small sandwiches from the little cafe at one end.
Not as much of a fan of the food on RCCL as I am on Celebrity, but it's still OK. What killed me was the lack of variety in the cafeteria on the pool deck. Breakfast was the same every morning.
The specialty restaurants (Chops/Portofino), if they're on the Adventure, are worth the upcharge, IMHO. We loved Portofino - have been there twice.
FWIW, we've always brought a laptop with us to do daily uploads of pictures. It also helped us with blogging the vacation while fresh in our minds (didn't post...just authored locally). Best of all, it really helped when there was nothing to do and nothing was on TV - just bring a few DVDs with you.
RCCL has become incredibly strict about allowing "bottles" of alcohol in the staterooms in order to prevent passengers from becoming a danger. Duty-free purchases are delivered to your room very late on your last night. They do thorough searches when you board at all the ports using x-ray scans for all checked and carry-on luggage. Smuggling is possible, but not worth the trouble given the risks. Cabin stewards are rumored to confiscate any bottles in the rooms, so if you do successfully smuggle one in, keep it hidden.
I tried to buy a bottle of Scotch to keep in the room and enjoy on the balcony as a nightcap, but was told I could not do that. Except for bottles of wine, all drinks are by the glass only. They do offer in-room "cocktail receptions" for guests in suites, but its for a specific tiemframe and everything is removed afterwards. Basically, they want you to get your liquor from a bartender.
My wife and I are also planning to take a cruise for our 25th wedding anniversary. We will probably be using Carnival since their cruise schedules work out with our schedule. I can't decide between the bigger and smaller ships. The bigger ones (over 100,000) seem to be really nice with lots of things to do. The smaller ships (80,000) seem to be somewhat limited with smaller rooms but the prices are much cheaper.
Opinions? Should we just go with the bigger cruisers? Are they better to sail on overall?
I'd definitely go bigger. Carnival's smaller ships tend to be older. Their larger ships are newer and nicer. They handle rough seas better with more modern stabilizer systems. Of course the larger displacement makes them harder to toss around, too.
I worked on a cruise ship for 8 years, (Celebrity) and would recommend that you stay away from Carnival unless your more into the party scene, you will better suited for something like Celebrity..
That's the same thing I've heard from many people, including my brother who was on a Carnival cruise (he won it as a prize)...party, party, party....all night long. For the same reason you pointed out, Carnival was not even considered an option in our case.
Regardless, the larger the boat, the softer the ride....got it....
The only cruise I have been was a Disney Cruise, that my (ex)girlfriend gave me for christmas (she works for Disney). I thoroughly enjoyed it. Disney really doest it right.
I was worried that we would be run over by all the kids, but since Disney has all these activities for them, and a adults only area, I never really was aware that there were kids on board.
I definetly would take a Disney cruise again. I just wish that Disney offered longer cruises.
I hope no one here was on this cruise !! Click the BBC photo for a video clip of the ship breaking away from the pier during a wind storm in Spain.That was one lucky guy who was on the gang plank !!!
Yeah....I've heard some "interesting" stories about some of those overseas cruises.....then of course...there's those pirates over there too...:eek2:
I just hope the problems in Mexico don't spread.They've had a few problems in the Riviera cities recently (Ixtapa) in the tourist areas.That's our 2nd port of call in April.
hdtvfan0001, You mentioned you looked at similar sites to Cruisecritic.com.Could you point me towards some of them if you get a moment.
Twelve days in the Med. and not a pirate to be seen.
I must have missed them.
Or vice versa...
While Cruisecritic.com is likely one of the better ones...here are a few others...it pays to do your homework ahead of time - less surprises at cruise time, or so my friends who have done many of these have told me...
Agreed. I just saw a piece on TV Wednesday night talking about a very nice resort area where tourism there was down 75% because of the recent gang/drug cartel problems and fears in Mexico....its not all over the country, but a number of the touristy areas...
We're already paid up in full.I'm researching the less surprises angle right now.
I appreciate the other sites.That will be my "in between periods" entertainment during the Flyers game tonight.
Glad to help. I got plenty of help on my end during my "research period" too.
Between now and the cruise itself...we're doing homework on any Island excursions we may want, as well as (of course)....our dining "battle plan" as to where, when, and what on board.
There is alot we can do onboard, as well as the various Island stops...so we view this as "Round Two" of the advance planning.
We booked 5 excursions on our cruise....
Doing so in advance helps make sure you are going to make it, whereas booking them on the ship means you risk finding out some could be overbooked.
As for excursion in general...make sure you read the fine print...that transportion and other items are included, as well as the walking levels needed (some tours start out on a bus or shuttle, and then invovle steep walks).
Finally - don't forget the travel insurance...usually best to get from someone other than the cruise line itself (for the best coverage). even though these ships have good medical facilities and staff - for something big - one medical emergency requiring hospitalization or airlifting via a helicopter suddenly turns into a $50,000 expense.
I know of one person who went through that, and he was very glad he had the insurance - cost him virtually nothing to get "choppered off the ship" over to an island hospital for care one day.
We did the same thing.
We finished booking all seven of our excursions by Sep 1st for a cruise in Nov.
Norwegian Cruise Lines are the best because of their "Freestyle" method of cruising. Eat wherever you want at one of 10 or so restaurants on board. No formal nightly dinner seating. You do what you want, when you want. It's freaking awesome! Believe it or not, I actually won like $2500 at their casino slots on board the Norwegian Star up in Alaska last August. The Alaskan inside passage is something you NEED to see before you die!....seriously.