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Imagegardenersdetective
Oct 2, 2011 10:00 AM CST
Name: Susan
Zone 5
Charley's Girl Too/ HeHaw, HeHaw
My bad. Been telling everyone the best time to book a cruise is on a cruise but just found out today my balcony cabin price dropped and because I'm paid in full I don't get the discount. RCCL will put me in another balcony and call it an upgrade but it's no better than what I originally booked. Too bad RCCL won't credit your room at the very least. The difference for us is $140 so I will never make that booking mistake or recommendation again! When price is a major factor beware of early booking unless you are set on getting a certain room. If RCCL feels the balcony they want to trade me for now is better than what I already booked then that proves to me there are still great rooms left and there was no good reason to book early.
Imagehaighr
Oct 16, 2011 6:36 AM CST
Name: Candee Gaye
Western Maryland
Been there, Done that!
Good information, thanks.
We always used to book early just to have it planned and to look forward to, but now that we are retired think we will look for better last minute deals?
We as you know travel at Christmas and could make at least 3 other vacations for the price of that one, but that is one time I really want to be away.
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Imagegardenersdetective
Oct 17, 2011 7:36 AM CST
Name: Susan
Zone 5
Charley's Girl Too/ HeHaw, HeHaw
Last year on the Liberty of the Seas there were 400 kids on the ship the first week in December. The week before was Thanksgiving week, there were 2,000. That pretty much sums up why I've not booked a holiday cruise. I think it would be fabulous to be cruising Christmas and New Years weeks but it's just not in our budget. Before all the terrorism threats you could offer any cruise lines a hundred bucks at the pier to fill an empty room. Now it's against homeland security regulations.
Imagehaighr
Oct 27, 2011 6:57 AM CST
Name: Candee Gaye
Western Maryland
Been there, Done that!
We have never had many kids on a cruise over the holidays. Last year and this year it's Sandals and there are no kids allowed. When we have traveled to other places over the holidays never noticed that many kids on holiday except one year we booked Puerta Vallerta and it happened to be an all inclusive resort that catered to parents with children and most of the activities were for the kids (won't make that mistake again lol)!
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Imagestormyla
Oct 27, 2011 3:01 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
I was looking at these Azamara cruises the other day. They are smaller ships and no kids allowed. I need to compare the prices to RCCL. I really prefer smaller ships just to avoid the huge lines when going to and from shore.

http://www.azamaracruisediscounts.com/myprofile.cfm
Imagegardenersdetective
Oct 27, 2011 3:54 PM CST
Name: Susan
Zone 5
Charley's Girl Too/ HeHaw, HeHaw
Stormy thanks for the link. I was just looking over the Paul Gaugin. Very impressive, appears to be a cruise of a lifetime but way out of our budget. I am usually looking for the cheapest balcony available going anywhere warm or tropical. Didn't know there were ships that don't allow kids. What a great travel tip. Azamara cruises are about four times what I usually spend. Not sure that I will ever be able to swing a luxury cruise. Feeling pretty grateful I can cruise in a balcony or suite on RCI.
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Imagestormyla
Oct 27, 2011 4:19 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Susan, when I do cruise on RC, I try to get on their smaller ships. I've taken a lot of their cruises and now look for other itineraries. I am always looking for a bargain too and sometimes can find one on some of the smaller ships if I wait til closer to departure time. I don't need a balcony as I enjoy being up on deck. I do need a cabin with a window though, so the interior cheapies are out for me. You can sometimes get very good buys on some of the European Cruise lines.

There are quite a few childless cruises these days.
Imagegardenersdetective
Oct 28, 2011 5:41 AM CST
Name: Susan
Zone 5
Charley's Girl Too/ HeHaw, HeHaw
Stormy Cruises Only is having a 2 for 1 sale on Azamara today. I agree The Monarch was my favorite ship. My DH likes the new Mega Ships and I loved the entire experience of cruising on the Monarch. I was on the Tahiti Princess and most passangers were very sea sick the entire cruise, terrible stabilizers back then.
Imagehaighr
Oct 28, 2011 5:51 AM CST
Name: Candee Gaye
Western Maryland
Been there, Done that!
I prefer the smaller ones as it is easier for us to get around and less crowding. We were on a small one in the Mediterranean and with all the ports to explore I preferred the smaller ship.
I like a suite, room to move around and we like to sit on the balcony and sip wine by ourselves. I enjoy going with the crowds in the evenings for dinner and dancing but mostly enjoy being just in Steve's company so smaller is better for us with the balcony.
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Imagegardenersdetective
Oct 28, 2011 9:26 AM CST
Name: Susan
Zone 5
Charley's Girl Too/ HeHaw, HeHaw
I'm hoping to splurge for an aft suite in two years for my big 60 so we can see the wake and watch the sunset from the balcony. Oh but where to go...so many choices and I get excited about most of them. I have a new favorite everyday. Thank goodness I have plenty of time to plan. I don't have the budget but would go on the Paul Gaugin to Tahiti in a heartbeat.
Imagestormyla
Oct 28, 2011 10:07 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Susan, I liked the Monarch too. I don't travel anywhere near as much as I used to. I have been thinking about taking one of the European River cruises.
It annoys me that they are so expensive compared to the Ocean cruises. Thanks for the heads up on Cruises Only.

I have a few different friends who only take the higher priced cruises. Another friend wanted to take one so badly, she took a part time job for 4 months to pay for it. Hilarious!

Candee, I've been wondering how you are doing. I haven't seen you "out and about". Smiling
Imagegardenersdetective
Oct 28, 2011 10:39 AM CST
Name: Susan
Zone 5
Charley's Girl Too/ HeHaw, HeHaw
Quoting:"I have a few different friends who only take the higher priced cruises. Another friend wanted to take one so badly, she took a part time job for 4 months to pay for it. Hilarious!


Hey Stormy then again there is something to be said about living the life of luxury Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! Maybe they have the right idea Big Grin Drooling Drooling Drooling
Imagestormyla
Oct 28, 2011 10:51 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Well, it is very true that the people that you meet on those cruises are usually very interesting. The overall behavior of the passengers is usually better and most don't allow children on board.

Don't get me wrong, I'm no eliteist, but I have gotten tired of getting squirted in the eye with water pistols by drunken adults at the deck bar. Generally nothing like that ever happens on the other ships and if it did, the management would quickly quell it. There are often rowdy tour groups of immature adults on RC and complaints to the management get no results.

I guess that I've just gotten cranky in my dotage. Hilarious! Hilarious!
Imagegardenersdetective
Oct 29, 2011 4:21 AM CST
Name: Susan
Zone 5
Charley's Girl Too/ HeHaw, HeHaw
Stormy I would have to agree. Why have rules if your not going to enforce them and it really seems to enrage the folks following the rules/guidelines. Once I get into vacation mode I don't get to hung up over controlling other peoples vacation. I get dressed up and enjoy myself. There is really nothing I can do about RCI not enforcing their policies because I can't afford to go luxury and its not important enough to me to work 4 jobs. That's what I love about traveling on the cheap, I always feel I get more than what I paid for. When I've paid big bucks for 5 star hotels in the past I had very high expectations and was always disappointed but I don't think that would happen on a 6 star ship Big Grin
Imagestormyla
Oct 29, 2011 8:30 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Well, normally Susan I wouldn't let something like that bother me too much, but my girlfriend.had recently had cataract surgery and it did ruin her whole cruise, which I really resented. This group behaved that way every day and requests to their private tour director as well as to RC's cruise director did nothing to make them change their ways.

It does seem that those types of rowdies are more on the Island cruises. I've never seen anyone behave like that on any of RC's European cruises.
Imagegardenersdetective
Oct 29, 2011 8:00 PM CST
Name: Susan
Zone 5
Charley's Girl Too/ HeHaw, HeHaw
The only rule RCI enforces is no smoking in rooms and no smoking areas. They are threatening to remove towels from the saved chairs at the pool, we will see. I also avoid spring break cause I think the breakers could get too roudy for me. Most the time I'm having so much fun I don't even notice. My mom likes the solarium, adults only pool. I have seen people bring kids in the area but never into the pool. I've never seen it get roudy in the solarium. What I couldn't understand is why RCI also served hamburgers, fries, and pizza in the solarium area...who do they think that attracts Confused Sometimes they just bring on their own problems.
Imagestormyla
Oct 29, 2011 8:47 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Yes You are right about that. Susan. On their European cruises the Solarium is usually set up as a spa.
Imagehaighr
Oct 30, 2011 6:40 AM CST
Name: Candee Gaye
Western Maryland
Been there, Done that!
The only aft suite we ever had was on a Carnival cruise, cheapy over Christmas out of Baltimore. Nice suite, but lousy cruise ship.
We would love to take one of the river cruises, but now that I have retired the $ just doesn't flow as freely!
We have met some very interesting folks on cruises. When we did the Mediterranean I was amazed at the # of folks on the ship that were there because it was a job bonus or part of their world cruise. I think Steve and I were the only ones who saved for a year to make that trip!
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Imagestormyla
Oct 30, 2011 9:41 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Extended Family cruises are a big thing now as are group cruises for different organizations. During my career I won a few cruises, but if you can believe it only took 1 of those. There is only so much time a person can take off from work and I belonged to a travel group which planned great trips every year plus had lots of family and friend events to travel to every year as well as get aways with my DSO. Even free cruises involve a lot of expense and I had other trips to budget for.

Then with the exotic destination weddings, costs really escalated all around. Those weddings are always a lot of fun but are a hardship on a lot of family members.
Imagegardenersdetective
Nov 1, 2011 10:52 AM CST
Name: Susan
Zone 5
Charley's Girl Too/ HeHaw, HeHaw
Stormy speaking of theme cruises there are some awesome gardening cruises being offered, only wish the prices were more reasonable. I'de have to hit the lotto to be able to afford one of those. Still it would be an amazing big 60 dream cruise and a girl can dream for free☺

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