Anyone go on cruise vacations regularlyish? Your preference/experiences?

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12/17/2017 9:31 PM
Edited Date/Time: 12/17/2017 9:33 PM

After years of getting drunk on low budget resorts with friends, it was a nice refresher going on my first cruise as a fam vacation. 5 cruises later I really like them.

First one was on the Princess line and the next 4 were on Norwegian Cruise Lines. I like the quality of food and superior customer service, plus the fact that theres always something to do when you get bored is a big plus for me. By day 2 we normally have a solid lil group of "new friends" and party it up for the remaining of the trip, also it seems like these cruises carry a looooot more hot chicks hahaha.

Some of my friends think these ships have communal bathrooms and showers like its the early 1900s lmao. They also don't understand you can go on beach excursions or just walk to most of them to get your beach fix in. 4-6ish hours on the beach is good enough for me then im pumped to get back on the ship. I have assembled a decent group of people who are interested in going on their first in a few months and am pretty pumped.

Anyways, before I ramble on, who else on here goes on cruises?






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12/18/2017 6:00 AM

Have done several cruises on Carnival. Always have a great time. The food is great. Port days are fun. Great energy each night on the ship. You get a lot for your money.

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12/18/2017 6:48 AM
Edited Date/Time: 12/19/2017 2:55 PM

Been on a lot lately. It is great fun and relaxing too and just like vegas, they need a loan after i leave the casino. smile
The food is excellent and 24/7. Royal Caribbean and Norwegian ships are the only ones. The rest are oldschool dingy's. We really enjoy them.
Tip: Just say out loud ,"I live here" when the locals in the islands swarm you and no one bothers you. Good times.

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12/18/2017 7:00 AM

It definitely is the best way to go for the money. My favorite way to vacation is all-inclusive resorts but it definitely takes a lot more coin for them compared to cruises.

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12/18/2017 8:24 AM

I have only been on two, but they were amazing. It is cheap (for what you get) and relaxing. Tons of food so you just eat and drink the entire time.

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12/18/2017 8:44 AM

Lots of hidden costs on cruises. That $700/person cruise almost always ends up $1,500 in the end.
Went on one early in my marriage. Met a couple and had a great day with them. The girl had a crazy hot body, wow. She was hitting on my wife and it was obvious they wanted to hook up with us. Probably not the best thing for our marriage, so we politely declined as she teased us by flashing her boobs. Honey, did you think that girl was attractive? Oh no way dear, she's not even in the same league as you...kiss kiss.....
Now my wife thinks all cruises are swinger ships.

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12/18/2017 2:26 PM

FLmxer wrote:

Been on a lot lately. It is great fun and relaxing too and just like vegas, they need a loan after i leave the casino. smile
The food is excellent and 24/7. Royal Caribbean and Norwegian ships are the only ones. The rest are oldschool dingy's. We really enjoy them.
Tip: Just say out loud ,"I live here" when the locals in the islands swarm you and no one bothers you. Good times.

Yeah I like NCL as the best bang for buck cruise ship. A lot of reviewers say once you cruise with Norwegian they normally stay. I have a friend going on the Oasis with his wife and extended family so I decided to check it out on youtube. I am impressed with it, looks amazing and very big for sure. For me the cost doesnt justify it for me atleast, especially for 7 days only.

My parents are leaving on the NCL Breakaway (or Getaway) Jan 5th for 2 weeks. They ended up getting to bid on a room upgrade to a balcony for only $100 each. So they are pumped. The deals right now for NCL are crazy.

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12/18/2017 2:44 PM

Dirty Britches wrote:

Lots of hidden costs on cruises. That $700/person cruise almost always ends up $1,500 in the end.
Went on one early in my marriage. Met a couple and had a great day with them. The girl had a crazy hot body, wow. She was hitting on my wife and it was obvious they wanted to hook up with us. Probably not the best thing for our marriage, so we politely declined as she teased us by flashing her boobs. Honey, did you think that girl was attractive? Oh no way dear, she's not even in the same league as you...kiss kiss.....
Now my wife thinks all cruises are swinger ships.

It seems like its been a long time since you've been on a cruise and I no doubt agree that although the cost of the cruise is one thing, you end up spending atleast $300 going in.

Hidden costs is the wrong term though, I'd call it uneducated traveler who might not of asked all the questions ahead of time or did not have someone with experience let them know how things work. I cant speak for how cruises were when you went on, or how it even is in comparison to what I go on now but I think times have changed.

An example is on NCL you dont have to tip anyone as they charge you $15 or so a day. I prefer this method as Im not carrying cash and everything is on the card. People should know most cruises dont have free drinks, but offer semi
expensive drinking packages. If you dont plan on drinking all day everyday then dont bother buying the package. **NCL actually is offering free drink packages right now when booking a cruise**, theres a few other things but the more you research and go into knowing what you need and dont need to spend money on you can properly budget.

Although I hear lots of problems with some of the cheaper Carnival cruises, If you stick to the top 3 or 4 cruise lines you should have a great experience. Far more amenities than your resort vacations for the most part.

Speaking to the swingers, I did not have a run in with any but on the last cruise there were 2 girls walking around top deck pool area talking to any guy they could and a lot of the wifes were looking HARD. So hard one of the women got up nd tossed their drink on one of them haha a lil scrap followed and some boobs popped out so it was a good time!

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12/18/2017 3:55 PM

Wife and I went on one for our honeymoon 15 years ago. It was nice, but not for us. As soon as the anchor went up, I was 9/10ths of the way to puking and she was 10/10ths. It stayed that way the whole week. Miserable, even with dramamine/bomine. That, and the food was way too gourmet for us, so we ditched the dinner meals in the dining hall and went to the pizza bar instead. Decent, but pizza gets old for lunch and dinner every day.

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12/18/2017 7:40 PM

Dirty Britches wrote:

Lots of hidden costs on cruises. That $700/person cruise almost always ends up $1,500 in the end.
Went on one early in my marriage. Met a couple and had a great day with them. The girl had a crazy hot body, wow. She was hitting on my wife and it was obvious they wanted to hook up with us. Probably not the best thing for our marriage, so we politely declined as she teased us by flashing her boobs. Honey, did you think that girl was attractive? Oh no way dear, she's not even in the same league as you...kiss kiss.....
Now my wife thinks all cruises are swinger ships.

hyler199 wrote:

It seems like its been a long time since you've been on a cruise and I no doubt agree that although the cost of the cruise is one thing, you end up spending atleast $300 going in.

Hidden costs is the wrong term though, I'd call it uneducated traveler who might not of asked all the questions ahead of time or did not have someone with experience let them know how things work. I cant speak for how cruises were when you went on, or how it even is in comparison to what I go on now but I think times have changed.

An example is on NCL you dont have to tip anyone as they charge you $15 or so a day. I prefer this method as Im not carrying cash and everything is on the card. People should know most cruises dont have free drinks, but offer semi
expensive drinking packages. If you dont plan on drinking all day everyday then dont bother buying the package. **NCL actually is offering free drink packages right now when booking a cruise**, theres a few other things but the more you research and go into knowing what you need and dont need to spend money on you can properly budget.

Although I hear lots of problems with some of the cheaper Carnival cruises, If you stick to the top 3 or 4 cruise lines you should have a great experience. Far more amenities than your resort vacations for the most part.

Speaking to the swingers, I did not have a run in with any but on the last cruise there were 2 girls walking around top deck pool area talking to any guy they could and a lot of the wifes were looking HARD. So hard one of the women got up nd tossed their drink on one of them haha a lil scrap followed and some boobs popped out so it was a good time!

We have cruised Canival, NCL, Royal, and each are good and different in their own ways. If you are looking for a younger and more party atmosphere then Carnival is great. Wife and I prefer this for now as we like the carefree fun atmosphere. If you are older and like a more reserved atmosphere then NCL and Royal might be more your thing. It’s an older crowd on those ships so atmosphere is different. Not knocking it at all. Just different so each cruise line caters to different needs. For what we like to do and for the price Carnival is great.

Cruise costs are based on what you want to spend once on the ship. Everything is paid with your ticket except alcohol. So if you are a big drinker then yeah you can rack up some costs. But they have drink packages available. You can also bring on board two bottles of wine per passenger if I recall last time we cruised. And of course you can always sneak on a few bottles of jack or whatever you want in your checked baggage.

The food is amazing on all of the cruise ships. Don’t forget to order multiple entraes if you see something you like. There is no rule or limit on any food.

We love to dress up on formal night. We love to gamble a bit. Love to shop. Get lots of photos. Hit the night club. Have a drink at the cigar bar. Finish up at the pizza bar for fresh hot pizza at 4am!!

Port days are great. After 6 hours on the beach it’s nice to get back. Shower, eat a gourmet dinner. And start the night again!

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12/18/2017 7:57 PM

Falcon wrote:

Wife and I went on one for our honeymoon 15 years ago. It was nice, but not for us. As soon as the anchor went up, I was 9/10ths of the way to puking and she was 10/10ths. It stayed that way the whole week. Miserable, even with dramamine/bomine. That, and the food was way too gourmet for us, so we ditched the dinner meals in the dining hall and went to the pizza bar instead. Decent, but pizza gets old for lunch and dinner every day.

Lol that sucks man. Yeah no one Ive been with has any problem with sea sickness. The fact the ships are so big now they barely move but I have never experienced that sea sickness stuff so Im not sure how Id be able to handle it.

Yeah we went with family that are plain pasta, pizza and hot dog eaters lol Kinda blows my mind cause youre missing out on so many great flavors but they just hit up the buffet which actually is better than the above average buffet here in Toronto.

But I feel you, if you dont eat the food you wont get the value other people do and because of the sea sickness resorts are definately the best option. I just finished recovering from a knee injury so im itching to go anywhere thats not -15 lol

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12/18/2017 8:19 PM

Dirty Britches wrote:

Lots of hidden costs on cruises. That $700/person cruise almost always ends up $1,500 in the end.
Went on one early in my marriage. Met a couple and had a great day with them. The girl had a crazy hot body, wow. She was hitting on my wife and it was obvious they wanted to hook up with us. Probably not the best thing for our marriage, so we politely declined as she teased us by flashing her boobs. Honey, did you think that girl was attractive? Oh no way dear, she's not even in the same league as you...kiss kiss.....
Now my wife thinks all cruises are swinger ships.

hyler199 wrote:

It seems like its been a long time since you've been on a cruise and I no doubt agree that although the cost of the cruise is one thing, you end up spending atleast $300 going in.

Hidden costs is the wrong term though, I'd call it uneducated traveler who might not of asked all the questions ahead of time or did not have someone with experience let them know how things work. I cant speak for how cruises were when you went on, or how it even is in comparison to what I go on now but I think times have changed.

An example is on NCL you dont have to tip anyone as they charge you $15 or so a day. I prefer this method as Im not carrying cash and everything is on the card. People should know most cruises dont have free drinks, but offer semi
expensive drinking packages. If you dont plan on drinking all day everyday then dont bother buying the package. **NCL actually is offering free drink packages right now when booking a cruise**, theres a few other things but the more you research and go into knowing what you need and dont need to spend money on you can properly budget.

Although I hear lots of problems with some of the cheaper Carnival cruises, If you stick to the top 3 or 4 cruise lines you should have a great experience. Far more amenities than your resort vacations for the most part.

Speaking to the swingers, I did not have a run in with any but on the last cruise there were 2 girls walking around top deck pool area talking to any guy they could and a lot of the wifes were looking HARD. So hard one of the women got up nd tossed their drink on one of them haha a lil scrap followed and some boobs popped out so it was a good time!

TXDirt wrote:

We have cruised Canival, NCL, Royal, and each are good and different in their own ways. If you are looking for a younger and more party atmosphere then Carnival is great. Wife and I prefer this for now as we like the carefree fun atmosphere. If you are older and like a more reserved atmosphere then NCL and Royal might be more your thing. It’s an older crowd on those ships so atmosphere is different. Not knocking it at all. Just different so each cruise line caters to different needs. For what we like to do and for the price Carnival is great.

Cruise costs are based on what you want to spend once on the ship. Everything is paid with your ticket except alcohol. So if you are a big drinker then yeah you can rack up some costs. But they have drink packages available. You can also bring on board two bottles of wine per passenger if I recall last time we cruised. And of course you can always sneak on a few bottles of jack or whatever you want in your checked baggage.

The food is amazing on all of the cruise ships. Don’t forget to order multiple entraes if you see something you like. There is no rule or limit on any food.

We love to dress up on formal night. We love to gamble a bit. Love to shop. Get lots of photos. Hit the night club. Have a drink at the cigar bar. Finish up at the pizza bar for fresh hot pizza at 4am!!

Port days are great. After 6 hours on the beach it’s nice to get back. Shower, eat a gourmet dinner. And start the night again!

First and foremost I agree with port days and after 6 hours on the beach its nice to get back. Some peoples argument is they wont go on a cruise because there is no beach lol. Im like bro u can spend 6 hours there easy and dip back to a cruise packed with shit to do for the rest of the night. Honestly I get bored of beaches that dont have waves. Still water is so boring to me after an hour or so. I like body surfing and stuff keeps me entertained till i prune up.

Yeah i agree with you on the reserved atmosphere of NCL atleast. It is definately no where near the party vibe I'm used to but I know I've been very lucky to go on the right weeks by chance. I've never been on Carnival yet but I've been doing some research on them as I think if we go with a group of friends it will be a better ship to party on than NCL.

NCL is great for families, couples or just an affordable chill high quality relaxed cruise. My brother and couple friends so far have been lucky to meet solid groups of people on each ship, about 5-10 people by the end of it. We normally do our own things during the day or would see each other randomly and might chill, but for dinner or clubbing we all normally meet up somewhere.

A few cruises ago I decided it would be a good idea to bring some red solo cups and ping pong balls to try to get some beer pong going with my lil bro at night or something of the sorts. Little did we know that would be #1 way on meeting people our age haha. Wed just wait till ping pong tables were closed on the top deck and once they did we would bring out the cups (filled with water) and balls and just start playing. Its cleaner with water we would just drink from the iced bucket of beer bottles we got before the game started. More than often thered be a crowd of 20+ people watching beer pong its pretty funny to say the least. Also 3/4 chicks ive hooked up with started as my beer pong partner haha.

NCL has the 24 pub on board so every goddam night at 230am you could catch my ass right there muckin a pound of wings lmao

Would be cool to get a moto squad to go on. Ive met people into all my past hobbies (paintball, time attack amateur car racing and go karting) but never some motocross people to talk about the shit that reallly matters: Is James Stewart coming back?! haha

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12/19/2017 1:06 AM

Cruises are a dcent value, but they are basically a Howard Johnson Hotel ride.

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12/19/2017 5:21 AM

Only been on one cruise so nothing to compare to. But, for a family our Disney cruise was incredible. Loved every minute of it. Plenty of activities for all ages. Parts of the ship are adult only so getting away from the rugrats is easy.

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12/19/2017 6:32 AM

I have been on 3 cruises and I'd rather walk the plank into a school of sharks than get on another cruise ship. I consider them to be shakedown cruises. All I remember is being squeezed for photos, drinks, shore excursions, spa treatments, art auctions. The best thing about it was gambling but my last cruise was Disney and they dont have casinos. I live in FL so going to a beach is no big deal.

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12/19/2017 7:09 AM

SweetDaddy wrote:

I have been on 3 cruises and I'd rather walk the plank into a school of sharks than get on another cruise ship. I consider them to be shakedown cruises. All I remember is being squeezed for photos, drinks, shore excursions, spa treatments, art auctions. The best thing about it was gambling but my last cruise was Disney and they dont have casinos. I live in FL so going to a beach is no big deal.

Are you saying you expected photos, drinks, shore excursions, spa treatments, and art auctions to be free? And how were you squeezed to pay for any of that?

Sorry, not buying it. Not sure what cruises you have been on but I have been on over ten cruises and have never once been pestered to buy anything on the ship. Yeah, you can go seek out all of those items, but no one is squeezing you to buy them.

Cruises are not for everyone....especially for those who are negative nancys and who complain and nit pick things to death. cool

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12/19/2017 8:21 AM

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12/19/2017 8:25 AM

I was a Master Captain for over 2 decades so i have seen my share of sea sick folks. Feel bad for those people.
My sister got married on the last cruise i went on. 99 family members plus friends. We partied 24/7 for a week.
Someone brought a suitcase full of liquor and some stinky lettuce. Whole ship had the munchies. At one point at 3am the sea's were huge and there was a single file train of people walking the halls just bouncing off the walls with the waves. Good times.

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12/19/2017 12:17 PM

FLmxer wrote:

Been on a lot lately. It is great fun and relaxing too and just like vegas, they need a loan after i leave the casino. smile
The food is excellent and 24/7. Royal Caribbean and Norwegian ships are the only ones. The rest are oldschool dingy's. We really enjoy them.
Tip: Just say out loud ,"I live here" when the locals in the islands swarm you and no one bothers you. Good times.

hyler199 wrote:

Yeah I like NCL as the best bang for buck cruise ship. A lot of reviewers say once you cruise with Norwegian they normally stay. I have a friend going on the Oasis with his wife and extended family so I decided to check it out on youtube. I am impressed with it, looks amazing and very big for sure. For me the cost doesnt justify it for me atleast, especially for 7 days only.

My parents are leaving on the NCL Breakaway (or Getaway) Jan 5th for 2 weeks. They ended up getting to bid on a room upgrade to a balcony for only $100 each. So they are pumped. The deals right now for NCL are crazy.

Been on the Oasis, incredible ship. While it holds more people, after the first day of chaos you don't
feel crowded. Been on several ships, Royal Caribbean is by far my favorite. Had some great times on
Carnival when the kids were younger. Been on quite a few with Mom and Dad who prefer Princess.
Princess seems to be more sedate and caters to the +50 crowd. Depending on the time of year and cruise
you will either find only old folks or families. Carnival seems to cater to families with young kids. Royal
seems to cater to active adults with and without families. More expensive but worth it.
Cruises are very cheap if yo do it right. Dink their booze and open your wallet. Bring your own
and it's very cheap. You have to be creative on how you get it on the ship though.
You can easily book a week long cruise balcony for $1,000 per person, first 2, an extra 2 may cost
anywhere from $150-$300 each. We always get the balcony. For shore trips, you can order room service
in the morning, pack it and bring it with for lunch (saves money). The way room service works is let's say you
want a $20 dish (all items have price listed) you don't pay $20, you only pay a 20% gratuity so it would cost $4
If you do it right, cruises are very cheap.
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12/19/2017 1:08 PM

A cruise seems like a fun time, but I more like to travel places to explore and experience somewhere new on vacation so it probably isn't the best fit for that.

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12/19/2017 2:57 PM
Edited Date/Time: 12/20/2017 1:09 PM

I forgot about the Oasis. That was an amazing ship. I corrected my previous post. They all have their good times.

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