Anyone ever taken a cruise?

  1. My boyfriend and I are thinking of going on a cruise with a few friends in April. I'm starting to research the options now. Does anyone have any good/bad experiences to share? Would you recommend a Carnival cruise? They seem to offer the best deals. We're thinking of a Caribbean cruise round-trip from Florida.

    Thanks in advance!!

    Mel
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  2. 36 Comments

  3. by   2banurse
    Hi Mel,

    I haven't yet been on a cruise but that is what I hope to do after I finish nursing school. I envy you! Now I can only act vicariously through others. In regards to Carnival, right now I'm kind of on the fence with them...I'm sure that you've heard the problems that they've been having with people getting ill. Another line you might want to try are the Princess cruises and though they leave from L.A., there is a wide range of areas to travel. If you are adventurous, you should check the Windjammer cruises...less formal, but my mom had gone on a couple of them years back and loved them, and she isn't one that enjoys cruises.

    Enjoy!
    Kris
  4. by   LasVegasRN
    I've been on one with Royal Carribean. LOVED it. I think it is THE best way to vacation. You eat, sleep, and drink non-stop. I am ashamed to say I stayed inebriated 95% of the cruise - but that's only because they made it a point to have my favorite drinks ready at all times of the day

    I went for a 4 day cruise, on the 3rd day I decided it was time to try and sober up because all that fun I was having was detaching me from reality. I cannot imagine staying on a cruise for 21 days - I would go into shock upon entering back into the real world and not having a cabin boy at my ready. Just too traumatic. So, I have to do cruises in short increments.
  5. by   Stargazer
    Originally posted by 2banurse
    In regards to Carnival, right now I'm kind of on the fence with them...I'm sure that you've heard the problems that they've been having with people getting ill.
    FYI: Outbreaks of Norwalk virus have occurred since May of this year in hospitals and nursing homes, kids' camps, & public transportation of all kinds--in North America, Great Britain, New Zealand, and among troops in Afghanistan-- and yes, cruise ships on ALL major lines in the industry. The CDC has stated publically and repeatedly that they do not believe that Norwalk is a "cruise ship" problem, but pretty much a "wherever large numbers of people are enclosed in a relatively small space for an extended period of time" problem.

    http://www.msnbc.com/local/khas/m254201.asp

    http://www.msnbc.com/local/wtvj/a1407836.asp
    Last edit by Stargazer on Jan 8, '03
  6. by   Sally_ICURN
    I have been on many a Carnival cruises! They are great fun and I would recommend Carnival over Royal Caribbean (which I've also been on) if you'd like a non-stop, action-packed, dance party-till-you-can't-party any longer type of trip. I think Carnival cruise lines attracts a younger crowd, not that I'm a spring chicken or anything.

    You really can't find a better price for the amount of things you can do, food you can eat, and places you can go than on a cruise ship!

    Enjoy!

    ~Sally
  7. by   Sally_ICURN
    Originally posted by 2banurse
    Hi Mel,

    I haven't yet been on a cruise but that is what I hope to do after I finish nursing school.
    My nursing class of 12 took a cruise as a graduation celebration. Oh man, what fun THAT was!

    ~Sally
  8. by   Stargazer
    Originally posted by Sally_ICURN
    My nursing class of 12 took a cruise as a graduation celebration. Oh man, what fun THAT was!
    Wow, that does sound fun! I bet you guys were popular.

    Still think we need to do an Allnurses cruise...
  9. by   Angelica
    My only cruise experience was a 7 day cruise to Alaska with Royal Carribean. My mother was kind and generous enough to pay for the whole thing. She invited my husband, my two girls (ages 7 and 9) and myself. My father was also there. It's too complicated to explain why I've separated my father in this story. Anyway, we had a fabulous time, even my husband who was sure he would hate every minute. The ship had terrific, age-appropriate camps for kids. I would pick up my kids at ten in the evening, and they would beg me to let them stay for after hours baby-sitting. I actually missed my children on that boat, as little as I saw them. The only palpable tension throughout the cruise was created by my children prior to each meal as they vigorously (and not too subtlety) jockeyed for a position at the table that would afford them the most obscured view of my father. My father eats like a half-starved, undisciplined animal. Nonetheless, it was rude of my children to act that way. So at each meal I would find myself correcting them for this behavior. To my great shame, and unbeknownst to them, I was actually in direct competition with them for the prime seating spots. When I lost out I would resort to rearranging things on the table to shield my view.
  10. by   DIPLOMATICRN4HIRE
    Been on a few cruises....
    New York to London QE2
    Asia Royal Cruise
    Greek Islands Norwegian
    Bahamas Carnival
    Austraila Windjammer
    Each one had its own appeal , I loved the wind jammer the best because It was a smaller ship and I love to sail.
    Zoe
  11. by   bagladyrn
    A scheduling note for your cruise - Do NOT go on a cruise during Superbowl week. Did that unknowingly (not a football fan). We ended up sharing the ship with 500 (!) drunken Superbowl fans from Cleveland, Ohio. (Visualize being stuck on a ship with the type of people you see shirtless and painted at the games). By the end of the cruise the rest of the passengers were considering having t-shirts made saying "NO I'm not from Cleveland"
  12. by   PennyLane
    Originally posted by bagladyrn
    A scheduling note for your cruise - Do NOT go on a cruise during Superbowl week. Did that unknowingly (not a football fan). We ended up sharing the ship with 500 (!) drunken Superbowl fans from Cleveland, Ohio. (Visualize being stuck on a ship with the type of people you see shirtless and painted at the games). By the end of the cruise the rest of the passengers were considering having t-shirts made saying "NO I'm not from Cleveland"
    Oh Man, that sounds awful.

    Thanks for your input everyone. I'm still leaning towards Carnival b/c of the good deals, but I'm not really into the Spring break scene. Altough I've heard they're trying to get away from that. I just want to go!!!!!
  13. by   indynurse
    We have been on two Carnival cruises and will go on our 3rd in April. We (me, DH and 12 year old DD) love to cruise and Carnival is a great deal. Your food is taken care of and there is some type of food available 24 hrs a day. There are lots of activities and in the evenings there are shows each night ranging from magicians to comedians to "Vegas-style" shows. As the commercials say, you really can do as much or as little as you want.
    If you have any specific questions you can PM or e-mail me.

    A couple of cruise mesage boards I like to visit are

    cruisecrazies It's a smaller message board, but many of the posters are experienced cruisers and are friendly and always willing to answer cruise questions.


    cruise @ddicts This board is a bigger board with more members, but it is also a very friendly board.

    What I like about both of these boards is the fact that the administrators allow "off topic" discussions. Some other boards I have visited won't tolerate any off-topic threads and some can be a tad clique-ish.

    Wherever you choose to go, I hope you have a great time!
  14. by   PennyLane
    Thanks indy! I'll have to check out those sites tonight when I get home...I'm not supposed to goof off at work, really. But...here I am!

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