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    Default Cruises- Love or Hate?

    My in-laws want to take their 5 children, 5 SO's (of which I am one), and all the kids (8 total), on a week-long cruise to the Bahamas this summer.

    It is an incredibly generous offer; however a few of the siblings and SO's (including my husband and I) are less than enthusiastic about the idea of a cruise.

    Feedback if you've been on a cruise? Fun? Love? Hate? 7 days too long or just right?

    We are trying to socialize the idea of an all-inclusive resort in Cabo or Puerto Vallarta, includes airfare and booze....
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    Have a suggestion--- have them buy trip insurance ---as the Bahamas in the summer can be in the pathway of a hurricane



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    Let's be clear: A cruise is the equivalent of a human feed lot. You can eat corn for fine "finishing" 5 times a day.

    But a cruise is a great thing for a large family with whippersnappers of varying ages, but constant and unique demands for entertainment. There's a ton of stuff to do on those ships.
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    I love cruising, but it is not for everyone. Do you know what cruise line? How big of a ship? A large cruise ship will be comparable to a resort, but not exactly the same. Mr Hasahorse and I have always gone with family, and the only time we usually saw each other was at dinner as we all ate together. The cruise was a good way for us to vacation together, but not be on top of each other. Also, cruise companies usually have good kid activities, so that is something else to think about.
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    I have been on a 4 day cruise: Cyprus - Egypt - Israel - Cyprus, when the area was still safe.
    Fantastic getting bussed around to all the fabulous sights during the day.

    Loved it. Big swimming pool on the ship, casino, and duty free shop.

    Food was good and sitting on the deck at night staring at "nothing" while you hear the ship breaking the waves, is just awesome.

    If you don't get sea sick, I highly recommend it.
    And remember you will have 'sea legs' for a few days after.

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    Ambivalent. We went on a 7-day cruise for our honeymoon. I felt that was a bit too long. I would vastly prefer an all-inclusive resort.

    Our cruise was the southern Carribean. The experience at every port was the same - the boat was met by throngs of locals selling everything from local goods to pictures with their donkey, add to that the just plain out beggars and I found it pretty offputting/sad. Excursions thru the cruise line were well done, but pretty spendy.

    The food was outstanding and entirely too plentiful. Hard to work it off too. My husband is a runner and doing laps on the tiny track on the boat was really mindnumbing.

    I was glad we did it, but I probably won't do another that is longer than 5 days. Some of the prices right now are so low that it's making us consider a shorter cruise - truly you could not pay for the food alone on some of the current fares.

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    I've been on three cruises, but the first I was 13 and the second I was 15. I had fun, but I was a kid so I usually base cruise reviews off my last one, when I was 21.

    Personally, I love them. The first two were 7-day cruises, the first had 3 stops, the second had 5. I remember thinking the second cruise was a bit too busy and I think my family generally agreed. I would probably not choose a cruise with that many stops again.

    My last cruise was 8 days and had 3 stops. I've found that some people really hate the days at sea because they get bored, but I love them. I never got bored, but then, I really know how to relax with a Mai Tai.

    I've been on two trips since where I stayed in an all inclusive resort, once in Mexico and once in Punta Cana. While I had a great time at both, the only thing I liked better about being in one place was the beaches. I'm itching to go on another cruise. SO has never been and I think he would love it! Maybe in a couple years...

    The other thing I like about cruises is that I get to see a few places all in one trip. Yes, I know the time is too short at each port to see much, but it gives you a taste of each place. It's definitely given me a list of places I would love to visit for longer periods of time.

    I really really love being on the ocean, and maybe this is why I really like the days at sea. The nightlife on cruises is very fun and busy as well. And the food and drinks are to die for.

    Yeah, I really really want to go on another!



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    I have REALLY enjoyed cruises. But I think the company you go with makes a difference. I've only cruised on Princess. My ex fiance was the one who got me started cruising and he liked Princess or RC.

    I enjoy hanging by the pool, reading and enjoying adult libations....then taking a nap. Then dressing for dinner. I am not hugely into the excursions. But that's one nice thing about cruises. You can do as much or as little as you wish.

    That said...doing it with the family? I personally wouldn't want to but I'm kind of anti social that way. My husband's family likes to do big huge family vacations every year (this year they're coming here...le sigh). They schedule every minute of the day..I don't like being that "busy" on vacay.

    So, I try to skip the family trips if I can. That's the only part of your post that turned me off...

    My husband has done it with the family though and enjoyed it.
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    Hate. DH's company sent us on 3 day/2 night to the Bahamas and I thought we would die. You have to really, really like people - a lot of people - to enjoy cruises. If you do great, but if not, just. don't go.

    Unless you do really upgraded cabins, they are teeny tiny and claustrophobia inducing. And that's the only place to get away from throngs of people. They will soak you for the off ship activities too and that's the only place to go unless endless shopping for trinkets amuses you.

    Did I mention teeny tiny cabins? I could not even imagine trying to share those with kids too.

    I love a tropical getaway more than most, but will never cruise again unless it's a 3 cabin sailboat! If you like a floating casino with all the dinginess that implies, go for it. But really there are few bench sitters on the cruise question. People either love it or hate it. IME, extroverts love them and introverts star getting homicidal on them.

    Someone should invent a "will I like cruise ship vacation?" test.

    Obviously, this is just my personal opinion and many people love it. YMMV

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    I really love boating and being on the water, and I had a lot of fun just relaxing on the deck of my cruise taking in the ocean. There are a lot of people on your big cruise liners, so you have to take that into consideration, but it really didn't bother me that much. And I hate crowds. I would cruise again.
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    It depends on what you're doing. It's great for expensive places where you need to go from place to place, like the Caribbean, Tahiti, or Hawaii. It's your hotel on wheels.

    If you do one of the Caribbean ones that does a port each day, it's exhausting because you're always running to go and see something and try not to get overcharged by the ship. It's nice if you have a couple of days somewhere or couple of days at sea to relax and do things on the ship.

    The food is great, and you can just eat all day. Depending on the size of the ship will depend on what you can do. Bigger ships have more entertainment options and sports, but the lines are terrible. Smaller ships have less options, but you're not in lines. Norwegien, Princess and the better lines are nicer. Carnival tends to be a cattle call of hoardes of people with kids. It's a good place for kids, though, because they're fed and you can't lose them.

    I don't know what you'd do in the Bahamas. There's not much there. It must be going to another island. We did Tahiti, which is perfect for a cruise (got a super deal) because it is SO expensive to eat and get around there, Hawaii, the Caribbean, and through the Panama canal. I would do it for certain places if you want to get an overall view. And it's good if you want to eat good food and see how much weight you can put on in a week!



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    I think it's the ideal vacation for a family with various ages and interests. I would not want to tow a huge family around a city. I would recommend using a family cruise-focused travel specialist, though.



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    Hey101, I was in that exact same position about 13 years ago. My in-laws wanted to take us all on a cruise. I never thought of myself as a "cruise person", and would never have paid to go on a cruise myself, but I figured since they were paying for it, I would give it a try. We did not have kids at the time. I was a little concerned about being cooped up on a ship with my in-laws for 7 days.... Boy was I wrong! I LOVED it. The ship was huge. True, the staterooms are small, but we didn't spend a lot of time in them. We spent the days doing our own thing, either with siblings or alone. But then we all got together in the big dining room for dinner each night. Personally, I loved getting dressed up for dinner. I rarely get dressed up at home, so this is a nice opportunity. The food is very good and never ending. Alcohol is flowing, but you do have to pay for it, so that keeps things in check. There are lots of free activities on the ship, and then expensive activities on shore. But you can always just go to a beach instead of a guided excursion and that's cheap.

    Anyway, I loved that first cruise. The in-laws took us again 3 years later. At that point, I had a 20 month old and was pregnant with #2. That cruise was still fun, but with limitations. 3 years later, they took us on another cruise, but this time a Disney Cruise because there were lots of grandkids. That was the best one yet! No cruise invitations since then and I was getting itchy for another cruise. So last year, I booked a cruise for my family, and we returned the favor and invited the in-laws this time. Great time once again! I'm totally hooked. I'm already planning my next cruise next year. Can't wait!

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    I've always thought I would hate one, but my mother just went on a cruise a few months ago and after hearing her experience I think I might not mind it... I am more of a go out and explore vacation kind of person than a sit around and tan person, but there is something appealing about having absolutely nothing to do but sit and read and relax and eat. The one my mother did was a 3- or 4-day one up around Nova Scotia. There was an adults-only deck, which would be nice. And she said the food was amazing. I think something like that, with just a short relaxing cruise and only one stop (they stopped in St. John, NB) would be something I could tolerate.



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    I'm ambivalent about cruising in general, but for the Bahamas, I say, go for it. Cruises have a lot to offer, but so do destination vacations, and the two are quite different in their advantages/disadvantages.

    What I like about cruises:

    Having just one room so there is no packing up and checking in and out of hotels, much less looking for a good hotel, with all the loss of your valuable vacation time inherent in that endeavor. I don't see the downside of this. I love this feature of cruising.

    Nice, well-researched shore excursion packages that can give you an overview or highlight the interesting sights/experiences of the port cities. The downside is that you don't have the flexibility of say, lingering for a few more hours at that fabulous museum, or staying an extra day in the city. Like any tour, there is a schedule. I think the best way to look at this is that you get a taste of different places and an idea about whether you might want to plan a later non-cruise vacation to that intriguing place.

    Without hassles, you get to see a lot of stuff: many cities, many ports, that you might not want to do on your own with the same amount of vacation time. And as I said, if you find you LOVE Barcelona, but HATE Florence, it gives you a good base of information, a good taste, for future vacations.

    Easily available, good-quality food. The newer ships have several restaurants, in addition to the formal and informal dining offered, and it is nice to just have it all easily available. There is something for everyone: my nephew came to be on a first-name basis with the guys at the pizza station. The downside for me, (but not for many), is that I hate getting dressed up for the formal dinners and would rather skip them, but my family loves them, so I can't.

    Fun atmosphere. I agree that this is subjective; the Bahamas cruise I took was a very nice, clean ship with excellent food and all-inclusive drinks. I loved the steel drum bands playing on the deck and the roominess of the ship (Royal Caribbean). The shore excursions were really fun. We chose active excursions, not drinking, which in my opinion, makes the trip memorable. For example, I will never forget snorkeling in that beautiful, clean water near Nassau and getting to pilot the catamaran for a while, whereas I don't think I would remember much had I done the Booze Cruise excursion. The other nice memory was being on deck in the evening, hearing the waves on the ship, and seeing the lightning on the horizon in the far distance. It was beautiful.

    Excellent children's programs. The Kids Clubs are designed like a day camp and they do an excellent job. I was very impressed with the staff, who are trained and certified nannies, and very well selected for their enthusiasm and love of children. They do a great job. The kids don't want to leave. The younger ones and teenagers have separate clubs and your kids might make lasting friendships.

    The only advice I have, other than hats and sunscreen, is to book your shore excursions immediately if you want to use the wave runners. They fill up fast. The destination island that we went to one day (the one owned by the cruise line -- I think most lines have one) had all kinds of activities and we did most of them, except for the wave runners which we did not reserve in time. They had scuba (you must be certified), snorkeling, little sailboats, kayaks, a banana boat thingy pulled by a speed boat, canoes, wave runners, and of course, a bar and barbeque buffet on the island. Great comfy furniture and hammocks if you want to lie in the sun and read (and there's a library on the ship).

    So this long list might make it sound like I would love cruises. They are fun, but the downside for me personally, is the lack of flexibility. For me, a cruise to the Bahamas is perfect, because I am not into shopping so I don't want to do the tacky trinket thing, and the cruise offers great options with the water sports. For a trip to Europe, I prefer a destination vacation of going to one city for a week and becoming immersed in it. But cruising has allowed me to see which cities I want to go back to.

    One more thing: I am no athlete by any means and I am not young, but I really enjoyed -- really enjoyed -- the snorkeling and kayaking excursions.



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    Oh, and the live shows are great. Great comedians, musicians, and stage acts.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Beentheredonethat View Post
    If you do one of the Caribbean ones that does a port each day, it's exhausting because you're always running to go and see something and try not to get overcharged by the ship. It's nice if you have a couple of days somewhere or couple of days at sea to relax and do things on the ship.
    That's what I found on my sole cruise on Princess. One at-sea day isn't enough for a 7 day cruise--and it was the 1st day! Thought overall that 7 days was a good length though.
    About Bahamas+hurricaines--do they even offer cruises in the summer there? I know on my Carribean cruise in April, it was the last one until October (I think.)



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    My husband and I went cruising last year and we are plannning on going again next spring. We did a seven day cruise but will be doing ten days on the next one. We love cruising!!!
    I was a bit ambivalent about a cruise as well - dont' like crowds and I figured there would be crowds and line-ups everywhere. I was pleasantly surprised: the ship was so large that I really never felt crowded. One morning I went swimming in one of the pools befor 9am. I was the only person there, swam for an hour before more swimmers showed up.
    We booked a room with a balcony. Yes, the rooms are not terribly big and the bathrooms are really small. But oh, how I loved my balcony! We had breakfast served on the balcony every morning and I just loved sipping coffee while looking at the ocean.
    We did the Western Carribean cruise, with four stops. The more stops the better as far as I am concerned. The cruising days at sea were okay but I enjoyed going to the different islands more.
    We booked scuba diving for three of the stops. It was fantastic.

    The food was good and plentiful. You could eat all day if you wanted to. Alcohol was expensive but we did have at least one drink per day. Usually something tropical like a Margarita.

    I really enjoyed being at sea - I get seasick easily but the ship never moved enough to make me ill.

    You can do as much or as little as you want on a cruise. For us it was a good combination of exciting fun (scuba diving) and relaxation on the ship.
    We can't wait to go again.



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    My husband and I took our 8 year old son on a Disney cruise from Port Canaveral to the Bahamas in September. We were celebrating our 10th anniversary, so we wanted a cruise that would allow us to get some "grown up" time and have some fun family activities.

    I am not a fan of Disney, but the cruise was incredible! I have no complaints. We did a lot of extras (dolphin swim, jet ski ride, spa) so it was quite pricey ($3,300), but it was worth every penny. My son had an incredible time in the supervised kid's activities, the stateroom was beautiful (we got a free upgrade to a veranda room), and the entire staff was amazing. Disney set the bar pretty high for any future cruises we may take.

    I do second the suggestion of trip insurance. We had clear sailing in September, but a storm will keep the ships in port and you can lose a lot of money.
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    I've been on two cruises--both 7 day excursions in the Mexican Riviera--and while the first was rough, the second was awwwwwful. Our circumstances were not the same as others', so bear that in mind.

    What made it so borderline intolerable was having two small children with us--our high-strung 4yro son and our 6mo-old infant son. There is child care on the ship (Carnival, both times), but it's for 2yros and up only, and they don't do naptime of any sort, so both boys had to be in the cabin to nap (and thus, so did we, or at least one of us) from about 12-2pm. Then, both boys had to be in bed around 7pm or so, so we (or at least one of us) missed out on the evening shows--and really, all of the shows are in the evening. There weren't any real *family* activities on the boat--it was all gambling, shows, adult games, etc., so there wasn't a lot we--the four of us "we"--could do.

    "Put the boys to bed later" and/or "take them with you" is NOT gonna fly with our sons. Both will wake up just shy of 6am, no matter when they go to bed, but putting them to bed later means super cranky, super emotional, super nutty kids in the morning (particularly the eldest). Add the stress of the thin walls and people hearing our kids getting emotional, add to that the fact we couldn't really take the kids "outside" to play...oof. I felt stuck in that damn cabin.

    Our first night on the cruise ship was the worst night we'd had as a family since the kids were born. And, our last night, my over-tired 4yro had just HAD IT and came apart at the seams. He was a complete emotional basketcase just getting him ready for dinner. Hubby went ahead with the youngest, expecting me to be right behind. 45min later, I managed to leave with Boy 1.0 in tow, both of us puffy-faced and wet-cheeked. I was comforted, though, hearing at least 3 other kids of similar ages having similar epic meltdowns as I walked down the hallway. My mother (who also went--she paid for the family reunion, and I couldn't suggest something else as she bought the tickets as a surprise) said she heard other kids losing it like that on her end of the ship. Seems day 6 was the breaking point for small kids.

    Also--bro-in-law fell sick about day 5 on the ship. Our last day there, I heard someone getting violently ill in a bathroom by a casino. Ick. Then, my first night home in my own bed, I woke up feeing ill. Then I suddenly felt ILL. I managed to throw myself out of bed before throwing up violently all over the carpet (ew), then crawled into the bathroom where I alternated ends for the next 6 hours or so.

    So, yeah, I guess we're in the "hate them" category. I'm not writing them off completely, but no way would I go on one with kids under the age of 5 ever again. Gah.
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