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Jul 19, 2010 6:12 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
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I agree with Sheryl. Of the moderately priced cruise lines, Royal Caribbean is a well run one. I've taken 4 or 5 of their cruises. I never had a bad experience on one, except for some drunken passengers one time. They have good food, lots of ship board activities, nice excursions, quick and friendly steward service. Their tenders ashore are well organized. The valet and laundry service, the spas and salons and casino are all managed nicely. The clubs and lounges all have good entertainment. There are lots of fitness activities, movie and stand up comics. My friends and I are avid card players. They always let us take over some small seating area on the ship and will serve us drinks and snacks there while we play for hours.

We no longer feel the need to go to all of the dress up dinners, and they offer a number of alternatives.` We always book the last dinner shift (main seating) as it's too hard to rush back and get showered and all fixed up after a busy day of touring. Lot's of time we'll go back to the cabin, put on our PJ's, order some cocktails and snacks from room service and then take a nap. Later we'll hit one of the dining rooms that stays open late and then hit the casino. I rarely leave the ship anymore for an island cruise, unless there is some good snorkeling nearby. I treat those trips as totally relaxing vacations.

My one criticism and tip is exchange currency and tap the ATM's on shore. The ship takes a double haircut on your funds. Also, if you must stay in touch with whatever, call your mobile phone company and rent a satellite phone for the trip. It's much cheaper than the ship to shore calls. Also, if you need to stay connected via email, contact your smart card company before hand for special service as the ship charges per transmission for online service. the cost of faxes to and from the ship is horrendous. Also, pack some rolls of camper's toilet paper for trips ashore.

On the more exotic destinations, I sometimes book 2 excursions at every port. I usually eat off of the ship on those trips and never return to the ship until last curfew or before debarkation to the next port.

Another tip, if you are trying to chose between two trips and you plan to make a lot of shore excursions, opt for one of the smaller ships. The lines for the elevators and the tenders can get very long on the hugh ships.

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