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Hi guys,

 

So my bf's mom wants us all to go on a cruise together. Carnival Destiny I think. From Miami and then to a trip around the Caribbean.

Has anyone been?

 

I don't have access to ask the travel agency since she will be booking things. Plus I don't want to ask her all these questions and appear as if I'm having second thoughts lol. Just some things I was wondering:

 

1. Are the cabins REALLY small?

2. Is food poisoning very common? (Big fear of mine)

3. What is there to do aboard the ship? I know eating, swimming, lounging. But does it get boring after a while?

 

Anything else you'd like to add about your experience, good or bad is very very welcome!

And also tips and things to keep in mind, what to pack, etc.

 

 

JnH

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I never been on a cruise but I want sooo bad. 2 of my friends have been going every summer for 8yrs now & you will NEVER be bored on the ship....ever lol They say there is sooo much to do that you dont know where to start & they never feel like they are actually on a ship, feels more like you are on an island! Im a sooo jealous.

 

They have never gotten food poisioning..Im sure it happens but I dont think its comman?

 

Some cabins are small - depends what travel package your BF mom is getting. The ones at the bottom of the ship are usually the smallest

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I used to want to go on one, until I heard a number of people got killed or molested.

 

What? Ok people get killed or molested everywhere....Probably just something "knew" for the news to talk about.

 

Enjoy the trip, cruises are GREAT! & stop worrying about everything cause then you wont enjoy it!

 

Unless someone is a afraid of water I dont see any reason why you shouldnt go on this trip lol I envy you!

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I went on a week-long cruise, which I felt was too long. After a few days, I was bored with walking around the ship & staring at just water. But it was still a lot of fun. I'd go on a 5day cruise but not another week one.

 

There are a lot of things to do while on the ship--casinos, bars, bookstores/libraries, shopping, food food & more food, swimming, gym, spa, tour of the ship, dance club.

 

The food is incredible--some of the best I've ever had. They have buffets almost around the clock, so be careful not to overeat. I neevr got sick--cruise ships take the same food precautions as restaurants do. So there's a probably teeny chance you'd get sick (say that just b/c anything is possible, as in any restaurant).

 

The cabins are small, yes, but you don't spend much time in them! They're maybe half the size of a normal hotel room (the one we stayed in was 2 twin beds & dressers built in the wall & a tv & a bathroom with a small stall shower). They're cute & cozy but only with the necessities.

 

One thing I recommend is that you don't have to book the excusions at the places you stop (they're very expensive & I bet if you research the places before you go, you can find the same stuff to do for very cheap--dont think you have to book them thru the cruise line b/c it's super expensive). We went snorkeling in Cozumel for a $10 cab ride & a $3 snorkel/fin rental. The cruise line chargewd $90 for that! We ended up talking to experienced cruisers who told us that gem of info & we had a blast snorkeling for sooo much cheaper than what Carnival was charging. So don't feel like you have to book their trips b/c they tell you to.

 

That's all I got right now. I'm looking into booking a cruise to the bahamas coming up soon. Check out link removed. They have so many deals for stuff like this.

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A large group of my friends just got back from a cruise. Sounds like the same one. They had a great time and had no problems at all. There have been people that have had bad things happen to them but that can happen anywhere. Stay with your group, don't get falling down drunk and you will have a fantastic time.

The cruise just before them was a nudist cruise! The average age of the passengers was 55 yrs old! I asked them if the lounge chairs had been cleaned before they boarded. LOL

Pack as if you are going to a beach hotel. They do have formal dinners you can attend most times and will need proper clothing if you want to attend one.

 

relax and have a great time

 

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Yea definitely take formal clothes for the formal dining. That was a lot of fun--the servers put on a show each meal & the food is amaaaaazing.

 

I always hear about how GREAT the food is lol, my friends talk about it nonstop! & how wonderful the formal dinners are. Ugh Im hungry now

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Yea definitely take formal clothes for the formal dining. That was a lot of fun--the servers put on a show each meal & the food is amaaaaazing.

 

Eek! Fooooooood! I'm so excited now.

Not too worried about over eating so far on there lol. I'll work it off when we get back Plus I am sure they may have a gym on board "just in case" haha.

I need to buy some formal clothes now though.

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... I was wondering:

 

1. Are the cabins REALLY small?

2. Is food poisoning very common? (Big fear of mine)

3. What is there to do aboard the ship? I know eating, swimming, lounging. But does it get boring after a while?

 

Anything else you'd like to add about your experience, good or bad is very very welcome!

And also tips and things to keep in mind, what to pack, etc.

 

 

JnH

 

JNH,

 

Congratulations on this! Are you excited? You're going to have a GREAT time.

 

I've been many times, once on CD. Here's what I can say in response to your questions:

 

1. SOME of the cabins are small, yes. Some as small as two twin beds with a 2' walkway in the middle and a small BR. You can usually see the floor plan of your cabin on the ships website. Each ship has a website. But many of the cabins are larger. I would greatly encourage getting an outside cabin (one on the outside of the boat, with a port hole). It is great fun to go to sleep in florida and wake up docked in another place!

 

2. No, food poisoning is not common on these ships. What is common is gluttony, individual bodies adjusting to richer and greater varieties of food, higher alcohol consumption, etc. Most on-board illnesses are attributable to these things, not food poisoning.

 

3. I could stay on a cruise ship for weeks without getting bored. They have computer centers, casinos, entertainment, movies, gyms, rock climbing walls, lectures, etc. You name it, they've got it. Many cruises have "themes." Some will be music cruises. Some will be "self improvement" cruises focusing on lectures, weight loss, etc. But most are just general, "come on board and have fun" cruises. Your travel agent can check all this out for you.

 

Cruise ships specialize in service and will surprise you at every turn. When you return to your cabin in the evening, your steward will always have left you a surprise. Your table captains in the dining room will be genuinely nice and concerned for your experience. Of course, at the end of the trip, you'll want to provide gratuities for your dining team and your cabin stewards. On board, you'll find lots of in-room reading material guiding you to the correct amounts and procedures.

 

Cell phones generally don't work on board (all depends) but each room has a house phone that reaches other cabins and your cabin steward. Room service is also available.

 

Ships prefer not have to have lots of cash flowing so many use on-board "cruise cards" that are attached to your credit card. When you finish your cruise, your on-board purchases are automatically charged there.

 

All food on board is included in the sail price but drinks generally are not. You can buy refillable containers if you wish to carry them around. Otherwise, simply swipe your cruise card and you can buy anything you want. And no one EVER leaves a ship surprised by how LITTLE they spent on their cruise cards. LOL.

 

The midnight buffets on some ships are so fabulous that they have previews where people line up just to see them. They really are marvelous. In general, the food is very good but this of course depends on which ship and which line.

 

Most ships will have several ports of call, meaning you can leave the boat. Be sure to have your passport and your sail card. They'll take your picture as you leave the ship and the computers will automatically count you as missing if you don't return. They might leave without you, but at least they'll KNOW you're not there when they do! LOL. Generally, ports of call are longer time periods, giving you plenty of time to get off and snorkel, shop, etc. Most ports have shopping located right as you disembark. This is generally geared toward tourists. You can locate cab stands pretty close to the port and ask the cabby to take you into town for the "real" restaurants and shopping.

 

I can't imagine that you'll get bored. Also, sea sickness is fairly rare. Most manage to avoid it and some, who have been "preprogrammed" by a well-meaning relative, get sea sick because some well-intentioned friend or relative told them they would. But overall, you probably won't have a problem with it. If you are predisposed to this, see your doctor and get a behind-the ear patch. They are very effective.

 

Have a great time.

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^^^ Much better than I could've said!!

 

I forgot--they also have shows on board--like Broadway-type shows! Those are so fun.

 

And they take all sorts of pictures of you and you can buy all of them or some of them throughout the cruise. We bought a lot of them for a scrapbook.

 

The cabin surprises are a lot of fun. We loved that!

 

you also have the same server at every dinner, and you really get to know them. That was a nice touch as well.

 

Man I love cruises! I want to go again!

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A year or two ago I would see a few of those pop up on the news.

 

Yup & there is murder, molestation, rape etc in every city, state & country everyday. Doesn't mean we should all be afraid & stay home all the time. The changes of that happening are 1 in a million, if that.

 

As long as the OP stays with her family/friends, she will be fine.

 

But back to the food....can you bring some back? lol

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My sister is getting married in October, and wants us to go on basically this exact same cruise as her kind of "bachelorette party." She has been on cruises with this company twice before, and she LOVES them! You are actually not "at sea" the whole time, as there is a docking point scheduled for each day in which you get to go on land and explore Key West, Cozumel, etc., whatever's on the schedule...she also said there are plenty of shows and things. She says the rooms ARE pretty small, but people don't spend much time in their rooms except for sleeping.

 

I'm a little nervous myself, because it sounds like a lot of what people do on board is drink and lay out...I can't lay out for more than an hour at a time, because no matter how much sunblock I slather on I get horribly burned, and I am no longer drinking...but I am thinking there is probably a spa or something on board so I will treat myself to a massage or some such thing.

 

My sister really wants to go, so I'm gonna go...and really, we have fun spending days together even in Dayton Ohio where she lives, so I'm imagining that even if there's not THAT much on board I'll enjoy, we'll still have a great time.

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At the risk of sounding like a cruise line employee, which I am most definitely not, I believe it would be correct to say that the incidence of on-board violent crime is much lower than in general society. Perhaps due to its romantic nature and environment, it makes the news more frequently.

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Will D Ness: Thanks for such a detailed response. After that I'm EVEN more excited lol as if Hersmudders, Act and others didn't add to it lol! I admit when my bf told me about it yesterday and I thought about the money.. I was thinking "meh.." But it sounds like so much fun so then it's definitly worth the money.

 

Hers what did you spend time doing? I also thought all there is to do is casinos, laying around, swimming and eating. Which is why at first I didn't really care to go. Oh and my boss scaring me about the food poisining.

 

THanks for putting my mind at ease!

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