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First Cruise?

Post by royal_jetsetter » 28 Dec 2013, 22:21

So me and my wife were thinking of taking a cruise. What is everyone's favorite cruise destination?

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Post by Kendhni » 29 Dec 2013, 07:23

Definitely somewhere warm and definitely not ex-Southampton.
Love the Caribbean but favourite cruise would be P&O's Barbados-Acapulco Panama Canal transit.

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Post by JenniC » 29 Dec 2013, 08:20

Welcome to our forum.. you will find loads of helpful people on here so ask away 8-) People's favourite destinations will differ greatly.. for me it is the Caribbean as I want 14 days of being completely laid back and releaxed and I love the sun, the beach and sea, snorkelling and the people. Wherever you choose though your first cruise will be magical and you will get hooked, so warn the bank manager of a significant decrease in the bank balance :lol: Let us know what you decide and enjoy
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Post by david63 » 29 Dec 2013, 08:23

royal_jetsetter wrote:So me and my wife were thinking of taking a cruise. What is everyone's favorite cruise destination?
Where will you be travelling from?

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Post by Meg 50 » 29 Dec 2013, 10:28

I don't like flying and we're not beach people, so somewhere with interesting places to visit - so port hopping round Europe suits us fine - Med, Black Sea, Baltic or fjords.

Places like Malta, Istanbul and Venice are must see sail ins
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Post by Cockers43 » 29 Dec 2013, 11:39

Our first cruise was a week to the Norwegian Fjords on Balmoral with FO - beautiful scenery and you don't need to take the ships excursions as everything is on your doorstep.
We liked it so much, No.2 was a P&O tester followed by a world cruise round South America to Australia and back!
Now we can't stop - off on the 10th Jan round the world on Arcadia.
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Post by Manoverboard » 29 Dec 2013, 11:42

The Turkish coast with a selection of the Greek Islands, ideally with Istanbul as the Gateway Port.

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Post by Mervyn and Trish » 29 Dec 2013, 15:58

We always think a week up the Fjords in the summer is a good starter cruise. Scenery is fabulous, only a couple of sea days so no chance of cabin fever, long enough to get into the swing of it, short enough that you won't have wasted too much of your life or your money if you hate it.

Wherever you choose, enjoy and welcome to the forum.

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Post by Capt Black » 29 Dec 2013, 17:11

Being at sea! That said, our next cruise has more port days than sea days, but it's to the Caribbean in 7 weeks, so the weather will make up for that. :)

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Post by Dark Knight » 29 Dec 2013, 18:56

Fjords for a first go
and pick your ship and cruise time carefully, depending on if you have or like kids :lol:
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Post by GillD46 » 29 Dec 2013, 19:37

Our first cruise was up the Mississippi to New Orleans, our second up the Amazon. Our favourite cruising area has been the Indian Ocean.

But pick whatever you fancy - the world's your oyster. And have a great time!
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Post by mapaly » 07 Jan 2016, 11:27

Hi all,
First post,
Just booked our first cruise with thomsons on Discovery,we have included the drinks package, and was wondering if thomsons have draught bitter, and is this part of the package.
Thanks in advance.

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Post by Manoverboard » 07 Jan 2016, 13:06

' Dark Knight ' is our resident ' expert regarding Thomson Cruises, he'll have the answer.

ps .... Hello and Welcome :wave:

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Post by Dark Knight » 07 Jan 2016, 16:08

Mapaly
yes they do have draught bitter as part of the package, if you google Thomson Deam/Majesty drinks menu, it will give you a good idea of what's on offer
I am not sure if the final menu has been sorted out for the Discovery yet or not, there is a facebook group for the Thomson Discovery if you need more info, lots of folk have cruised on it, in its current form as Splendour of the Seas
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Post by Stephen » 07 Jan 2016, 16:52

Welcome royal_jetsetter


From Southampton it's The Med, Greek Islands and Monte Carlo for us :thumbup:
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Post by barney » 07 Jan 2016, 16:54

For us it's anywhere from the UK

Can't be really doing with airports and flying anymore.

I'm quite happy to re-visit places as well.


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Post by mapaly » 08 Jan 2016, 14:44

Thank you Manoverboard, and Dark Knight,
Happy about the John Smiths, hope its on Discovery.
done what you said and had a look at menu,s, things are clearer now.
Thanks again.

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Post by Silver_Shiney » 12 Jan 2016, 19:42

Welcome aboard, mapaly :thumbup:

Do let us know how you get on!
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Post by Silver_Shiney » 12 Jan 2016, 19:43

Stephen wrote:Welcome royal_jetsetter


From Southampton it's The Med, Greek Islands and Monte Carlo for us :thumbup:

You're a bit previous, mate, royal_jetsetter's post was over two years ago!!
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Post by Stephen » 13 Jan 2016, 08:05

Silver_Shiney wrote:
Stephen wrote:Welcome royal_jetsetter


From Southampton it's The Med, Greek Islands and Monte Carlo for us :thumbup:

You're a bit previous, mate, royal_jetsetter's post was over two years ago!!

Well done Alan, you win the the prize. I was wondering who would be first to spot that.

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Post by Silver_Shiney » 13 Jan 2016, 13:24

Stephen wrote:
Silver_Shiney wrote:
Stephen wrote:Welcome royal_jetsetter


From Southampton it's The Med, Greek Islands and Monte Carlo for us :thumbup:

You're a bit previous, mate, royal_jetsetter's post was over two years ago!!

Well done Alan, you win the the prize. I was wondering who would be first to spot that.
Always glad to be of hindrance, sir!

I wonder how he(?) got on with his first cruise?
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Post by qbman1 » 13 Jan 2016, 15:36

Best advice has to be don't try anything too long for the first cruise. I was amazed how many people on board Arcadia at Christmas were first-time cruisers. I ask you - 23 nights in the middle of winter with two transatlantic crossings ?! It is going to be absolute hell if you don't enjoy the sea days or, even worse, suffer from seasickness.

My suggestion is try something in the summer, say for 7 or 10 nights. Maybe a trip from Southampton to the Iberian peninsular or perhaps a fly-cruise to the Med. That's what we did for the first time. Then, if it's not for you, it's not the end of the world and you can put it down to experience.

Of course, if you intend to become a seasoned cruiser, it helps if you are a serial moaner !!

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Post by Silver_Shiney » 14 Jan 2016, 18:06

I think one-night repositioning cruises are a good way of seeing what cruising has to offer, and also to experience different ships
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Post by westieyaya » 25 Jan 2016, 20:07

Off to Med in May. Anyone else out there travelling alone.

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Post by Silver_Shiney » 25 Jan 2016, 21:46

Welcome to the forum, Westie :wave:
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Post by Onelife » 25 Jan 2016, 22:08

Hi Westie

I've done it once before but my wife said she will divorce me if l try it again...see you in May :lol:


Welcome to the forum.

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Post by Stephen » 04 Feb 2016, 15:20

Onelife wrote:Hi Westie

I've done it once before but my wife said she will divorce me if l try it again...see you in May :lol:


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Post by martinehenry » 05 Dec 2016, 08:08

Hi all,
NIce to meet you all & really nice discussion is going on. Actually, I am newly joined here mostly like go for a cruise anywhere. So that I am commenting here.
Thank you all.

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Post by Onelife » 05 Dec 2016, 09:06

martinehenry wrote:Hi all,
NIce to meet you all & really nice discussion is going on. Actually, I am newly joined here mostly like go for a cruise anywhere. So that I am commenting here.
Thank you all.
Hi M&H

Welcome to the fourm....Have a little play with some of the disccusion threads and you will soon find your way around.

P.s...your welcome box of keefy chocolates are in the post :thumbup: :D

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Post by Silver_Shiney » 05 Dec 2016, 09:09

Welcome to the forum :wave:

There are many threads giving lots of useful advice and tips but if you have a specific question not already covered, don't be afraid to ask!
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Post by towny44 » 05 Dec 2016, 09:39

To the recent newbies, you can see just how desperate some of us are to have fresh blood on the forum that we can mould into our cruising ways. But don't imagine that you will get consistent hints and tips. :lol:
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Post by Mervyn and Trish » 05 Dec 2016, 23:19

Variety is the spice of life

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Post by Silver_Shiney » 06 Dec 2016, 07:18

Mervyn and Trish wrote:Variety is the spice of life

I thought it was nutmeg... :crazy:
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Post by Mervyn and Trish » 06 Dec 2016, 08:53

Nutsmeg should be the favourite spice on here!

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Post by qbman1 » 06 Dec 2016, 10:16

I thought it was Ginger Spice ?!

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Post by Silver_Shiney » 06 Dec 2016, 13:15

qbman1 wrote:I thought it was Ginger Spice ?!

I thought that was Harry Gelliwell... still, if that's the sort of thing you like :shock:
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Post by qbman1 » 06 Dec 2016, 13:16

Well, you can't beat a bit of nutmeg !


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Post by martinehenry » 08 Dec 2016, 03:19

Hi all,
Thanks for your greetings. I am feeling really some special after getting your wishes & thanks for accepting me as a member here.
According to Royal Jetsetter I want to share here my first cruise which I have booked to travel coastal areas of Adriatic - Croatia with my family. I booked a motor Yacht through Med wave charters & also they gave us 5 experienced charters for charting the yacht. This was my first cruise which removed my fear regarding deep water. I really enjoyed a lot on this trip with my family.


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Post by Angela » 27 Apr 2017, 15:02

Hi everyone, new here and looking to book for first cruise, my question is select price or saver price for balcony cabin?

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Post by Keechy » 29 Apr 2017, 14:06

Angela wrote:
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Hi everyone, new here and looking to book for first cruise, my question is select price or saver price for balcony cabin?
Hi Angela. As far as select/saver goes, I always check the difference in cost and usually the saver works out a lot cheaper. OK, you get none of the benefits, but the price difference can easily outweigh the cost of those benefits. The cruise we are going on soon had a difference of about £1200 which will more than pay for a couple of shuttle busses and parking or on board spend. Study the ports you're visiting and see if the ship docks close to the town, if it's tender-to-shore, or if the shuttle bus is compulsory for safety reasons because then you won't have to pay in any of those situations. Neither will you need to pay if you have booked a tour. OK, the down side is that you don't get the choice of dining but you can register your preference and try to change it once you're on board. Also you only have a guaranteed cabin, but if you're booking a balcony, that's probably not so important - they're all on the outside!

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Post by david63 » 29 Apr 2017, 14:37

Keechy wrote:
29 Apr 2017, 14:06
The cruise we are going on soon had a difference of about £1200
Different to what?

My experience over the last couple of years is that if you book a select fare when the cruise first comes on sale then that price has been the cheapest (apart from an occasional "special offer") of all prices - even less than the "best" saver price (obviously for the same grade of cabin).

That is not to say that there aren't bargains to be found, but there are not as many as there were a few years ago.

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Post by Mervyn and Trish » 29 Apr 2017, 15:49

david63 wrote:
29 Apr 2017, 14:37
Keechy wrote:
29 Apr 2017, 14:06
The cruise we are going on soon had a difference of about £1200
Different to what?

My experience over the last couple of years is that if you book a select fare when the cruise first comes on sale then that price has been the cheapest (apart from an occasional "special offer") of all prices - even less than the "best" saver price (obviously for the same grade of cabin).

That is not to say that there aren't bargains to be found, but there are not as many as there were a few years ago.
Agree 100%. Yes it depends on the cruise, when you book and maybe a bit of luck. But we usually book "select" when they first go on sale, get all the benefits of that and have never found a lower price of any sort later. When they first introduced the "saver" type fares under a different name which I've now forgotten they got the structure wrong from their perspective and there were some amazing late bargains. But they're much rarer now.

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Post by allatc » 29 Apr 2017, 18:55

If you don't mind flying to your cruise destination how about a cruise that includes greek islands.

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Post by Keechy » 30 Apr 2017, 16:51

david63 wrote:
29 Apr 2017, 14:37
Keechy wrote:
29 Apr 2017, 14:06
The cruise we are going on soon had a difference of about £1200
Different to what?

My experience over the last couple of years is that if you book a select fare when the cruise first comes on sale then that price has been the cheapest (apart from an occasional "special offer") of all prices - even less than the "best" saver price (obviously for the same grade of cabin).

That is not to say that there aren't bargains to be found, but there are not as many as there were a few years ago.
The saver is £1379pp and select is £1999pp. OK, I missed out on the £385 extra OBS but I'm still in pocket to the tune of £200-300. I'm not in a position to book 12 months in advance unfortunately.
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Post by bobbydee » 07 Sep 2017, 09:04

Hi, me and my dad going on our first cruise, and we not picked a easy one lol going to northern lights with P&O , if anyone else going on this one we like any tips or things we should be aware of, we know it be a bit chilly and we looking at some of the awesome excursions and finding it hard which to pick though ice igloo hotel i think a must !! and maybe snow mobile !! anyway be nice to here from anyone who be going on the 21st march or anyone who has already been before..please only positives we both excited!!

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Post by Stephen » 07 Sep 2017, 10:16

Welcome to the forum bobbydee.


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Post by Boris+ » 07 Sep 2017, 12:15

First tip, go online Mountain Warehouse or similar, watch for when they have special offers, and go for lightweight winter layers. You aren't going to be there that long, so no need for loads of stuff. Don't forget thick socks and a fleece hat, and instead of a scarf get a 'buff'.

Don't miss your first late night view of that icy coast, and don't miss the evening party for crossing into the Arctic Circle if you are doing Akureyri or Isafjordur.

Enjoy.

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