Help! Cruises

Oh, how I’d love to go on a cruise. The blue water, the white sand, the food, and more food! I always hear people raving about their cruises. It’s time that I come to my own conclusion. Please share comments with your favorite cruise destinations and your favorite cruise companies. If you’re a cruise company, feel free to invite me for a free cruise!

Thanks for your help and advice,

Josh

Comments

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    Tiffany Gearhart says:

    We went on a week long Royal Carribbean Mexican Riviera cruise a few years ago and thoroughly loved it. We can’t wait to go again. We decided on this one because it was affordable. We did upgrade to a room with a porthole and will do that again. Our friends didn’t and they could never wake up because their room was pitch black. We also went with some good friends so that was great to pass the time during the two “at sea” days. We played Monopoly, Phase 10, etc. all those long games that you never have time to play. The food was great! The service was excellent, I expecially loved the towel animals and chocolate left in our room each day. The friends we went with wanted to take advantage of practically every activity the ship offered so we played the games, scrapbooked, went to the shows and even took salsa dance lessons. We also went on excursions at each port. We did the deep sea kayaking and snorkeling in Cabo San Lucas. Dan didn’t like that we had to stay in a group. He’s experienced in the water, but he couldn’t go exploring. We did a walking/bus tour of Puerto Vallarta, shopping and cooking a Mexican lunch. This was a little disappointing, but we made some good friends and got to see the quaint town. Our friends did a zip line and thoroughly loved that, but they missed seeing the town. In Mazatlan we did a shopping excursion with a show of native dances then off to a hotel resort for lunch. This was nice and relaxing. The taxi ride was great. Our driver didn’t speak much English, so my friends and Dan were greatful that I could speak Spanish. We got to know him and he took us to see the real side of Mexico. I was glad that my friends and Dan got to see some of the poverty, it’s an eye opener if you haven’t lived south of the border. Overall we had a very positive experience. If we had the money we would go on a cruise every year.

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    Tiffany Gearhart says:

    We went on a week long Royal Caribbean Mexican Riviera cruise several years ago. It was our first and, sadly, only cruise as of yet. We chose this one because it was affordable and our good friends were going. We thoroughly loved it! We upgraded our room to one with a porthole window, we will do that next time. Our friends didn’t and they could never get up because their room was pitch black. The food was great, service was excellent!. I especially loved the towel animals and chocolate on pillows each day. Our friends wanted to experienced practically every activity the ship offered so we played the games, scrapbooked, went to the shows and even took salsa dance lessons. It was great traveling with friends because we had people to hang out with on the two “at sea” days. We played Monopoly, Phase 10, all those long games you never get to play because you never have time. The ships game room was well stocked! We also did excursions at every port. We didn’t do big pricey ones, but chose ones that appealed to us. We did deep sea kayaking and snorkeling in Cabo San Lucas. Dan didn’t like that we had to stay in a group. He’s experienced in the water so he couldn’t go exploring. We did a shopping and folklorico show in Mazatlan with lunch at a resort. We took a taxi into town. The driver barely spoke English. Dan and our friends were glad I could speak Spanish. We got to know him and he gave us a tour of the real Mexico. I was glad my friends and Dan got to see the poverty of Mexico. This is a real eye opener for those who have never lived south of the border. We went on a walking/bus tour of Puerto Vallarta with cooking a Mexican lunch. The tour was great. We loved seeing the old architecture and quaintness of the town, but the cooking demo was disappointing. Our friends went on a zip line, they loved it! They rode donkeys into the jungle, but were disappointed they didn’t get to see the town. Overall our cruise experience was amazing and we would go again in a heartbeat.

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    Delilah Wieman says:

    Over Thanksgiving week, we went on a Mediterranean Cruise on MSC. We began in Bari, Italy then proceeded to Katokolon, Greece; Izmir, Turkey; Istanbul, Turkey; Dubrovnik, Croatia; and finally Venice, Italy. MSC is a fabulous cruise line. We brought the 4 kids along, because the rates were VERY reasonable…in fact, 2 kids, under the age of 18, stay free in each room (wtih 2 adults)….so we also brought the grandparents along, and 2 of the kids were next door with them! 🙂

    We had a wonderful time. Though we greatly loved the daily excursions that we took, we only took one official excursion with the cruise line (as they are very expensive for a family of 6). Instead, we would get off the ship, hire a van for 6 hours, and the driver takes us on a private tour…..and usually for the cost of 1-excursion ticket from the cruise line.

    While we loved getting off the ship, we had just as much fun on board. The food was fabulous, and I will add that they cater to GLUTEN FREE needs, as I have celiacs. I had my very own waiter, a separate printed menu, and separate breakfast pastries and breads (which are hard to come by if you’re gluten free). The MSC Magnifca is great ship, with 2 pools (one indoor and one outdoor), about 5 hot tubs (if not more), a kids play area, a kids “camp”, nightly shows that are family friendly, activities throughout th eday and plenty of chairs and tables to sit on deck and talk.

    We met many American families living overseas, and made some new friends. A definite DO AGAIN for our family, and highly recommended for yours!

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