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Thread: I can't believe it -----WE ARE GOING ON A CRUISE !!!

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    Please bear with me while I celebrate my good news.

    I just booked our first cruise...I am so excited I can hardly stand myself :lol:

    We will be going to Alaska next June on the Regent Seven Seas "Navigator" I was able to get our 1st choice cabin that is located mid-ship.

    This cruise line is all inclusive...air travel, luxury hotel for the night before the cruise, all gratuities, dining in all the restaurants on board without additional charge,wine/spirits, soft drinks/water/specialty coffees, and excursions are included. They do have some extra special excursions that have a supplemental charge.

    They have already emailed us documents, including the dinner menu from one of the specialty restaurants, a 6 page wine list, a 4 page liquor list, and a 30 page spa catalog.

    :lol: :lol: :lol: We aren't big drinkers, but we might be by the end of this cruise. :lol: :lol: :lol:

    We never have traveled. Oh, maybe a trip up the coast to Solvang for 2 days, but never a "real vacation". This is a big splurge for us, so I am over the moon with excitement.

    Between now and then I want to lose a few pounds so I can eat without guilt, and who knows, maybe take a dip in the pool, or hot tub.

    Thank you to all who shared their cruise experiences with me and encouraged me to go for it.

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    Congrats! I am an avid cruise fan. I'm so envious...unfortunately, I just had to cancel mine that was for November. I hate not having one in the future to look forward to.

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    Huge Congrats to you!!!!!!

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    Congratulations, I have been on a cruise ship and was so much fun

    also the best thing to eat so you don't get sea sick is apples and crackers

    (when I went on the cruise, the waiter told us this and he kept us filled with apples and crackers for our rooms, we never got sick)

    we flew to Florida (visiting Florida Keys, Cozumel in Mexico, Cayman Islands and Jamaica)

    was so much fun and would love to go on a cruise to Alaska

    be sure you get off at any of the ports that they visit, so much fun!

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    bon voyage!

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    Can you take your sewing machine???? (LOL)

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    The ultimate vacation!!! Pampered!!! No cooking, no driving, no lost luggage, you can do so many things, or do nothing at all!!!
    LOVE - LOVE - LOVE A CRUISE!!!
    My next one will be to Hawaii! It will be my 65 th B-day, 25th wedding anniversary and retirement party all in one!! :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by katier825
    Congrats! I am an avid cruise fan. I'm so envious...unfortunately, I just had to cancel mine that was for November. I hate not having one in the future to look forward to.
    Oh, I am so sorry. You must be so disappointed. You didn't say why you had to cancel, but I hope whatever the reason, things work out and you can re-book another cruise. {{{ HUGS }}}

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    Quote Originally Posted by suzee
    Can you take your sewing machine???? (LOL)
    :lol: :lol: :lol: I might be too drunk :lol: :lol: :lol:
    :shock: just kidding.

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    Thanks Craftybear for the tip about the apples and crackers. To be safe, we are thinking of getting the presciption motion sickness patches that a QB member recommended.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grama Lehr
    The ultimate vacation!!! Pampered!!! No cooking, no driving, no lost luggage, you can do so many things, or do nothing at all!!!
    LOVE - LOVE - LOVE A CRUISE!!!
    My next one will be to Hawaii! It will be my 65 th B-day, 25th wedding anniversary and retirement party all in one!! :thumbup:
    Oh, Hawaii...lucky you!!! We have wanted to do this for years. I know we will love the pampering. My husband is already saying that he might not leave the ship when the cruise is over..."I'm ready, lets go again"

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    How exciting! And for it to be all inclusive like that is really the best, no surprises at the end when you get your bill unless you go crazy shopping on board. I am sure you will have a great time.

    Edited to add, if they have a spa go check it out. It is often worth it to pay the extra fee to use the spa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JanetM
    Quote Originally Posted by katier825
    Congrats! I am an avid cruise fan. I'm so envious...unfortunately, I just had to cancel mine that was for November. I hate not having one in the future to look forward to.
    Oh, I am so sorry. You must be so disappointed. You didn't say why you had to cancel, but I hope whatever the reason, things work out and you can re-book another cruise. {{{ HUGS }}}
    Very disappointed. We try to go every year. We had a fire at our other house and the insurance doesn't cover the total cost of repairs. i will be on the lookout for a bargain...hopefully next year if we do ok with our tax refund.

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    I do hope your tax refund is a healthy one and you can score a bargain...maybe a last minute cancellation that happens to be a good cabin, on a ship going somewhere you want to see.

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    We have been on several and the last one was Hawaii !1 I love to cruise and its one vacations my husband enjoys too...We always go in Feb now, the weather is fabulous and we have never had a bad one yet ..ENJOY !!!!!!!!
    We did have one where we were at the tail end of a hurricane (Halloween) it was a different ....but we didnt let it ruin our trip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by feline fanatic
    How exciting! And for it to be all inclusive like that is really the best, no surprises at the end when you get your bill unless you go crazy shopping on board. I am sure you will have a great time.

    Edited to add, if they have a spa go check it out. It is often worth it to pay the extra fee to use the spa.
    The "all inclusive" really appeals to us. We don't want to think about every espresso, diet coke, or glass of wine we drink, or how much the the specialty restaurant meals are costing.

    When we bought our current home (new construction) the builder nickled and dimed us to death. "Oh, you want rain gutters?? That will be $$$ extra" "You want a full backsplash behind the cooktop??? That will be $$$ extra"

    I know we are paying for all these "it's included" in the fare, but psychologically it feels better than seeing a lower fare price and then a long list of extra charges. This just works better for us.

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    Sounds like a great trip. Have a great time.

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    Congratulations!! How exciting!

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    Congrats. Lucky you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JanetM
    Thanks Craftybear for the tip about the apples and crackers. To be safe, we are thinking of getting the presciption motion sickness patches that a QB member recommended.
    That might be a good idea. When my hubby went on a cruise with his parents my mother in law was in bed for the first day and a half sick sick sick. She had bought every motion sickness pill, patch, what have you. She knew she would need it and wanted to be prepared. It didn't help. But what did help her was when she finally went down and got the motion sickness pills they had on the boat.
    So when we went on our first cruise together my hubby insisted that I didn't need to buy anything. I was so apprehensive. I get sick on swings, car rides, everything. When we got on the boat one of the first things he did was hunt down those special pills they had on the boat for me lol. They worked. Not sure what they are. He is convinced that it was something totally different then what you can buy since his mom was so sick and they made her SOOO much better when the other stuff didn't.

    On a side note: I LOVED our cruise! We went as a homecoming trip when my husband came home from Iraq. It was wonderful. So much fun. And the all inclusive is very nice. Having almost everything already paid for makes you vacation easy. You don't have to worry about how quickly everything is adding up! I would go again in a heart beat! Congratulations and happy cruising!

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    I am excited for you. Enjoy your vacation.

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    Sounds wonderful! Know you'll have a wonderful trip. Don't forget to share details of your cruise.

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    That's nice that it's all inclusive. I'd rather pay more up front then be nickel and dimed-well now a days it's more like $20 or $100 here and there every day. It adds up on a week long cruise.

    I spend a lot of time on cruisecritic.com when I've planned a cruise, to find out what shore excursions are worth the money, what's available close to port stuff like that. It's a message board like this one, you find the cruise line you are cruising and read about what people thought of their cruise.

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    Ask your doctor for an Rx for the patches and put one on BEFORE you get on the ship. When sailing to Alaska the water can be choppy as you get more into cold watet. When we went with another couple she denied that she would get sick and would use dramamine if she did. Well, she really ruined our lovely formal dinner as well as for everyone sitting within "smelling" distance of our table.

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    How lucky! I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to take a cruise, but DH swears he'll be seasick the whole time (says he gets seasick watching a rocking boat on TV!!) In Vanuatu, we get 5 or 6 cruise ships a month come into town-and have talked to so many passengers in my cafe, and always wanted to go. The closest DH has gone is a harbour cruise for 2 hours on a twin-masted sailing ship, and only when the harbour looks like glass when he boards. Once, we were scheduled to go, drove to the harbour and he said "I'll pick you up in 2 hours!" Refused to go at the last minute because he couldn't count the hairs in his eyebrows in the water's reflection-(well, an exageration, but you get the point!) Have a TERRIFIC time!

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