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Old March 8 2015, 01:57 PM   #1
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Goin' on a Sea Cruise!

I'm planning on going on a sea cruise for the first time in my life. For those of you who have... what's your opinion on it? What should I know? What do I need to prepare?

I'm looking at a 7 day trip from NYC to Cape Canaveral and the Bahamas on Norweigan Cruise line. It's going to be $1300 in total for me and my friend together.

The one thing that overwhelms me is the forty different excursions I can pick from once I get to these places. Of course most of them are outrageously priced. I don't know what to pick or how they work or where I would sign up for them...

I'm assuming I'll need to get a passport for Bermuda...?
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Old March 8 2015, 02:10 PM   #2
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Re: Goin' on a Sea Cruise!

Be mindful of dysentery and take the necessary precautions, sir.
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Old March 8 2015, 02:55 PM   #3
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Re: Goin' on a Sea Cruise!

Try not to annoy the crew

There's nothing worse than getting a load of angry seamen in your face
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Old March 8 2015, 03:47 PM   #4
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Re: Goin' on a Sea Cruise!

^ Oy!

Mr. Light, you assume correctly. You do need a passport.

I know many people disagree, but IMO the main purpose of a cruise is to get to your destination in a pleasant manner (i.e., not flying), so splurge on some excursions.

Have fun!
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Old March 8 2015, 03:48 PM   #5
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Re: Goin' on a Sea Cruise!

And be sure and say hi to Captain Stubing.

@Tora: Since this is a thread about a sea cruise, the appropriate expression would be "Oo-wee."
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Old March 8 2015, 07:33 PM   #6
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Re: Goin' on a Sea Cruise!

Mr. Light, don't forget to save some money for tipping your cabin crew afterwards. Lots of staff on the ship live off of those tips.

Pick a few good excursions--sometimes, the smaller/less popular excursions are better. Instead of visiting the larger, more famous site with hundreds of other passengers, hubby and I chose to visit a smaller, lesser known archeological site in Cozumel. We really enjoyed it. Our small group of 10-15 had the site to ourselves and got to ask the guide a lot of questions. It was the best part of the cruise.

Also, be wary of excursions that can be cancelled due to weather. The one excursion I really wanted to due was cancelled due to extremely high winds; it was the manta ray sand bar, where you stand and feed them on a sand bar out in the bay. But the boats wouldn't go out in the high winds, so I missed it. I was very disappointed.

Have fun!
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Old March 8 2015, 08:18 PM   #7
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Re: Goin' on a Sea Cruise!

In most cases, gratuities are already added to your bill, usually at the rate of say, $11 per day per person, depending on the cruiseline.

Drinks are free, except for alcoholic beverages.

Have fun!
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Old March 8 2015, 10:39 PM   #8
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Re: Goin' on a Sea Cruise!

I'm barely interested in any island excursions lol. I hate the beach AND the ocean. I just want to be on a cruise. I'm thinking Kennedy Space Center and then maybe just like a cheap boat tour on the islands or something. I've always wanted to see that Atlantis resort, they have their own water park and aquarium. I don't care about the water park but I'd like to see the aquarium...
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Old March 9 2015, 01:29 AM   #9
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Re: Goin' on a Sea Cruise!

Mr. Laser Beam wrote: View Post
And be sure and say hi to Captain Stubing.

@Tora: Since this is a thread about a sea cruise, the appropriate expression would be "Oo-wee."
That song is running through my head now.
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Old March 9 2015, 01:33 AM   #10
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Re: Goin' on a Sea Cruise!

^ Then my work here is done!
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Old March 9 2015, 10:49 PM   #11
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...a three hour tour?
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Old March 10 2015, 01:14 AM   #12
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Re: Goin' on a Sea Cruise!

Mr Light wrote: View Post
I'm barely interested in any island excursions lol. I hate the beach AND the ocean. I just want to be on a cruise. I'm thinking Kennedy Space Center and then maybe just like a cheap boat tour on the islands or something. I've always wanted to see that Atlantis resort, they have their own water park and aquarium. I don't care about the water park but I'd like to see the aquarium...
"I hate the ocean.....I just want to go on a cruise..."

Um... OK....
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Old March 10 2015, 02:14 AM   #13
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Re: Goin' on a Sea Cruise!

Hey hey, the boat is waaaaaaay above the waterline
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Old March 10 2015, 02:06 PM   #14
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So what is it about a cruise that makes you want to go on one? I mean, if you rule out staring at the ocean and going on excursions...

That's a serious question, btw. Not intended as snark.
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Old March 10 2015, 02:36 PM   #15
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Re: Goin' on a Sea Cruise!

Are you going for the food? The drinks are pretty expensive, and I got a virgin margarita on a Princess Cruise when I wanted a dirty, slutty one.

We're headed out to the Caribbean on the 22nd. We hit the US/ UK Virgin Islands, St Martin, St Kitts, and Puerto Rico.
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