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Old 06-03-2012, 08:38 PM   #11
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I'm a Navy man, I worked down in the engine room and WORKED my passage to the ports we hit all over this fine world. Camping was a way to get back out into Nature and travel. In 1993, after serving 5 years on ships at the time, my wife finally talked me into taking a Bahamas cruise on Carnival cruise line. I balked, I fought, "I've spent 5 years at sea, I ain't going on no darn boat". WOW, what a world of difference between working your passage in the engine room of a Frigate or an aircraft carrier and being a cruise line passenger. WOW. We've been on 4 so far and are looking for deals in the Mediterranean area.

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Old 06-03-2012, 08:40 PM   #12
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We were cruisers up until our trip on RC's Allure last year. Just too dog-gone many people in one place, and too many Europeans. After that trip, we bought an RV! We would like to cruise again and I am sure we will, probably out of Galveston with our fellow Texans.
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Old 06-03-2012, 09:47 PM   #13
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We were cruisers up until our trip on RC's Allure last year. Just too dog-gone many people in one place, and too many Europeans. After that trip, we bought an RV! We would like to cruise again and I am sure we will, probably out of Galveston with our fellow Texans.
Were you on the Allure Alaska cruise? We saw the same thing, and I swear that some of the "casseroles" that they had for daily lunch were staring back at me. I couldn't even translate some of the Mediterranean names on the "Casseroles", so we ate salads for lunch.

Also, there was no Lox! How do you start your day on a cruise without Lox, Bagels, Cream Cheese and coffee?

OTOH, their casino had looser Blackjack rules than Carnival.

For the few dollars more, we always opt for a fantail or bow balcony stateroom. As someone else suggested, either buy really early, or be flexible enough to leave tomorrow(those are the best deals!).

Gonna do the Panama Canal next.
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Old 06-04-2012, 09:45 PM   #14
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We have been on carnival 8 times, 1st time DW drug me on the shop . After that I was hooked .

Only been on carnival. Mostly out of Galveston. We live in Lancaster near Dallas ,

Went out of Miami. One time and did not like a lot of the people from Michigan. And it was there winter break

We like to go in February. On carnival , cheapest time you can go. . 7 days >. 3 stops Mid ship.
It was 2 yrs ago. 1150. For 2
We would like to go on royal carribiean but we get past guest discounts
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Old 06-04-2012, 09:54 PM   #15
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Cruising is mostly about the boat... almost doesn't matter where you go. At least that's the case if you don't make past the area around each port dock area :-)

When we went to Alaska last summer, we asked what they did with all the stuff for sale at one of the terminals during the off season? We were informed it was boxed up and shipped to the Carribean... Ha!
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Going on my first cruise next Feb. in the Caribbean. Leave Fort Lauderdale, sail to St. Martin's, St. Kitt's, Puerto Rico and Haiti. There are 20 of us going for my brother-in-law's 50th. Can't wait.
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Old 06-05-2012, 09:52 AM   #17
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Took the Norweigan NCL Spirit out of Nawlins, to Belize, Roatan, Costa Maya and Cozumel.

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We've been to Couzmel twice and Costa Maya once. Loved the Mayan ruins.

We've used Carnival and Royal Carribbean. We liked Royal Caribbean a little more than Carnival.
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Going on my first cruise next Feb. in the Caribbean. Leave Fort Lauderdale, sail to St. Martin's, St. Kitt's, Puerto Rico and Haiti. There are 20 of us going for my brother-in-law's 50th. Can't wait.
In St Maarten you must see Maho Beach (google it) and you'll love Labadee Haiti. Have a ball.
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We've been to Couzmel twice and Costa Maya once. Loved the Mayan ruins.

We've used Carnival and Royal Carribbean. We liked Royal Caribbean a little more than Carnival.
We're stuck on Royal Caribbean and no complaints. After our next cruise in December we're Diamond Plus for more perks.
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May want to check out www.cruisecritic.com for ship reviews, ratings and forum.
My wife is our family "cruise director" and she likes this site.

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