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Not understanding some stuff about cruises; can anyone help?

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KatyMac Sat 09-Jul-11 21:41:32

Are they AI?

What does it mean when it talks about a 'drinks package'

Is it worth £1000 to have a 'deluxe' cabin with a double bed (DH thinks yes....I am less sure)

Is it very dressy?

What will DD (14 by then) do all day?

AndreaDawn Sat 20-Jul-13 21:22:06

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BarkisIsWilling Sun 17-Jun-12 22:59:48

very useful info here. Thanks smile

Geordieminx Fri 15-Jul-11 22:36:55

You can never be over dressed on a cruise grin

KatyMac Fri 15-Jul-11 22:12:02

DH is a dance teacher

DD is a competitive ballroom dancer

They are formal anyway....kinda

I'm always the over dressed one as well

But it's the potential dancing that is exciting DH (we are away on a dance conference in Worthing atm & he brought 4/5 outfits)

Geordieminx Fri 15-Jul-11 22:05:56

It's not as formal as you think it's going to be, or at least it doesn't have to be?

There was a formal night in the dining room, weren't going to go as Dh didn't have a suit, but he was told by maitrde (sp) that trousers and shirt would be fine and it was, a took mostly maxi dresses?

You will have ball!

KatyMac Fri 15-Jul-11 21:39:34

DH has started planning his outfits hmm

KatyMac Fri 15-Jul-11 14:47:10

Oh you guys

I can't wait; I'm so excited & I really can't wait

I have a week camping in France first

GwendolineMaryLacey Fri 15-Jul-11 14:38:35

Aw, wish I was going. My lot are off again next month and I'm not going, I'm really jealous sad

My favourite memory was the entire ship out on deck at 5am with coffee and croissants as we sailed up the Hudson river into Manhattan... <sigh>

Early morning on deck is magical, isn't it?

Geordieminx Fri 15-Jul-11 10:45:44

You will have a fab time!

Try and go to the formal dining room - it's wonderful. We ate in the buffet restaurants for the first few nights as we had ds(3) and thought it would be too posh...Not at all. They assign you a table, we were with another family with a ds the same age as ours, had the same table and waiting staff for the week, they went out of their way to help, brought ds's food first, came round with the fresh bread basket about 10 times, brought smaller portions of our meals if he wanted them. Totally wonderful!

I remember one morning waking really early, so I went for a wander and left the boys to sleep. Was up on deck about 6am, amazingly peaceful. Sat with a cup of coffee and watched the sun rise over Naples. Magical.

KatyMac Fri 15-Jul-11 10:04:13

Dancing squee!!!!

Gosh I am sad

Geordieminx Fri 15-Jul-11 07:47:53

There will be more classes than you can shake a hairy stick at! Each night you will get a booklet in your cabin which will give you all the info for the next day... Port, excursions, classes, food, entertainment, basically everything.

KatyMac Thu 14-Jul-11 22:39:08

Apparently there might be dancing (classes & in the evening) DH & DD will be thrilled

Geordieminx Thu 14-Jul-11 12:06:37

Somewhere between $3 and $4 I would reckon. Possibly even more?

KatyMac Thu 14-Jul-11 10:20:33

That's what we thought; I wonder how much a coke/pepsi is?

Geordieminx Thu 14-Jul-11 08:26:15

You'll probably find given that it's hot, and the drinks are free you will drink more grin

dazzlingdeborahrose Thu 14-Jul-11 08:03:28

I've done cruising with NCL, Royal Caribbean and Yachts of Seabourne. All fab. The freestyle cruising with NCL is great if you have kids and don't want to be tied down to a sitting. Royal Caribbean also great, a little more formal but not overly so. Neither of them take the P on drinks prices - just be canny about what you choose. We've done the wine drinks package with Royal caribbean and that was good value. Seabourne is all inclusive but doesn't have children's facilities (but if you want pure luxury......). You won't be able to take your own alcohol on board. They'll confiscate it although you get it back at the end of the cruise. The very formal cruise has gone by the by now. For the formal dining rooms, they will expect long trousers and collared shirts for men (polo shirt fine) but you don't have to get completely dolled up. Usually there's one formal night per cruise but if you don't fancy it then head off to one of the more casual dining rooms. I suppose with the drinks packages the key is to work out how much you'd go through each day and cost that. Between, water, soft drinks and wine etc we'd probably expect to spend about £50 per day so on a 12 night cruise that would be £600 so £500 for the drinks package would be good value. YMMV. Enjoy your cruise!

Tsil Thu 14-Jul-11 08:02:46

Katy I was on the NCL Epic in May this year. I don't know which ship you are on but we had a great time. Drinks are expensive but if you are tee total then you should be ok. Tea and coffee are free all over the ship but if you drink soft drinks I would recommend the drinks package. For one person 11 day cruise was $80 but at $2.20 - $2.70 per soft drink plus 15% gratuity on every bill it is worth it. Also you are charged $12 per day per person for service charges, you can reduce this down to whatever amount you want you want on the last full day of your cruise just go to reception. We cancelled it completely and tipped in cash those that gave us great service. Don't be intimidated by the look of disgust you get for doing this it but it can be an unexpected expense on your cruise.

Other than that dress is casual during the day ie swimwear shorts etc and as formal as you want in the evening. If you are on the Epic the only place that they ask for a suit and dress is in le bistro which is an extra charge French restaurant other than that there isn't a strict dress code.

wheresmywaist Thu 14-Jul-11 08:00:45

We did Royal Caribbean last year and paid for the fizzy drinks package (flask they could refill at any bar/pool) for the kids - we needn't have bothered though, the ice cold squashes and water were fine. Have a great time - we loved it smile

KatyMac Thu 14-Jul-11 07:43:26

So for all 3 of us it would be $18.75 plus 15%

Umm that's about £40 if a drink is £2.50 we can have 16 drinks between us & if £3 then 13

I reckon we would drink 1 in the morning 2 with lunch, 2 in the afternoon, 2 with dinner and 1/2 win the evening; so 8 or 9 each

Unless drinks are very cheap (<£2) it would be worth it

KatyMac Thu 14-Jul-11 07:30:52

We are going to Maderia, which we know so won't be paying for an excursion - we just need to get to shore (& a rather nice cake shop); we 'know' Tenerife as well.
Arrecife we will probably wander, same in Malaga

Barcelona; Funchal; Funchal; Santa Cruz De Tenerife; Santa Cruz De Tenerife; Arrecife; Arrecife; Malaga (Granada); Malaga

To be honest unless there is something very special, we are unlikely to bother; the holiday is to relax rather than rush about to 'see' things iyswim

Geordieminx Thu 14-Jul-11 07:22:54

drinks and kid stuff here

2 drinks packages will cost about $12 for a day, which is about £7... Def worth it for unlimited drinks. They are great too in that they walk round the pool constantly asking if anyone needs a drink

Geordieminx Thu 14-Jul-11 07:15:51

Oh and if you let me know what ports you are visiting I can help with excursions.

We did a Royal Carribean last year, the trips were £££ so we organised our own which worked out much better.

It all sounds complicated but once you get your head round it you will have a fab time.

Oh and take at least 2 sizes of clothes, as with 24 hour eating you will need a size up by day 3 wink

Geordieminx Thu 14-Jul-11 07:07:43

By the time you had paid the bus then taxi it's probably not worth the hassle. Taxi from the airport may even work out cheaper?

About £20 but it may tell you on line, like I said, we got away with just buying 2. grin

KatyMac Wed 13-Jul-11 21:51:06

Is that Barcelona? I think Taxi - we will be tired (even if I nap after Dr Who I will have had to leave at midnight/1am to get the flight & it's over 2hr to drive

DH & I are almost completely teetotal - how much is $30?

Geordieminx Wed 13-Jul-11 21:08:54

Katy - you can sign up to the drinks when you embark, think we paid about $30 a day, although we only got a drinks package for ds and I... They never check wink they do beer and wine packages too, depends on whether you are big drinkers or not?

Taxi about £35 from airport, you could get a bus from right outside the airport which will take you to Playa Cataylunya, and then a taxi from there would be about £10?

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