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Bahamas Cruise

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Hotels & Casinos' started by DavidR82, Jan 17, 2016.

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  1. DavidR82

    DavidR82 Low-Roller

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    I figured I would come here for advice since I've seen many members in the past talk about going on cruises. I need any and all advice.

    I'm looking to go with my girlfriend for a cruise at the end of May to cruise anywhere between May 29th and June 6. She wants to go to the Bahamas or Caribbean and I'm assuming all the Ports of Sail will be in Florida area. I've started a short list of cruises between NCL, Royal Caribbean and Carnival. They are all the 4 Day cruise options I have been looking at.

    A few difference in prices I'm coming up with is that between RC and Carnival for the same type of room, there is about a $90.00 difference for fare and taxes and both are under $1,150. The NCL cruise that advertises the all you can drink stands at $1,646 total. I've read that you can add a drink package on for RC and Carnival, but you may be limited on the amount of drinks you can order each day. We will mostly be drinking beer, craft beers preferably...brown ales, IPAS and such. I doubt there would be much liquour drinking except for an occasional bourbon or grey goose. Is there any added real value for just going with NCL versus what we would be paying for two drink packages from the other cruise lines?

    Casinos. I understand each cruise would have a casino. What do I need to know about playing in the casinos on each cruise? Is there a loyalty program? How are the limits/payouts for craps and blackjack? Do they have a poker room?

    Shore excursions. The only advice I have gotten so far from a friend was that you can plan your own shore excursions on the islands for less money than what the Cruise lines sell them for.

    I'm really not wanting to go blindly into a cruise and miss out and regret not getting a better package. Does one specific cruise line stand out above the rest?
     
  2. loonytoony

    loonytoony VIP Whale

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    Number 1 i recommend you check out cruise critic dot com.

    Im a novice cruiser, but would say if you want a younger party crowd choose carnival otherwise choose RCI.

    Casino will be tiny and will have one poker table that will rarely have action most likely.

    Best part of a cruise is to relax, enjoy, have fun, go with the flow, and see a few ports on one trip.

    If you really want to gamble you could arrange to go to Atlantis during your Bahamas visit.
     
  3. mafig

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    The ship casino will be closed while the ship is in port.
    If you are interested in drinking craft beers and Grey Goose, etc., check out the details of the drink packages. There are levels. The one that is given "free" with booking usually limits your choices. You will probably have to upgrade the package.

    Carnival is more of a party cruise line, but most of the 4 day cruises are geared toward younger, partiers .... especially if your 4 days are over the weekend. The Sun-Thursday cruises usually have an older, quieter crowd.

    Try asking lots of questions on Cruise Critic.
     
  4. Pea

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    Bar tabs can really add up so it's good you're looking into the options.

    Shore excursions - yes, usually they are less expensive if you book on your own although it's often just easier to book through the ship, and can feel more secure if you're new to cruising. Also I believe the ship will wait for you if you aren't back when the ship is due to leave port if you book through them. Cruise critic will have a lot of posts about this & and recommended non-ship options.

    Also don't feel you need to book an excursion every day if nothing looks appealing, especially for a shorter cruise - for many of the ports, it's just fun to walk around the town, and it can be a pain to have to leave at a certain time; seems the ship excursions often leave at some ungodly hour in the morning, and/or take up the whole day.

    I've only been on Royal Caribbean, and wouldn't hesitate to go on that cruiseline again.
     
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    Yes to CruiseCritic.com

    After 15 cruises, let me add

    * shorter cruises are OFTEN, but not always on older ships and tend to be more party cruises. I would advise 7 day if you can

    * add on costs are the real costs. Daily tips, expensive drinks, special meals, tours, shopping

    * casinos on ship are tighter. They can be because they have no competition next door. Some will offer drinks when playing, but not until you have reached a higher level of play

    * most of the ports in the Carribean will seem to be about the same. Yes, there are differences, but often not much for first timers.

    Meanwhile, go to cruisecritic
     
  6. mafig

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    How are you booking this cruise? $1646 seems expensive for a 4 day cruise. I've been on 26 cruises and unless you're in a suite that's way too high.
     
  7. Film-Noir

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    DavidR82

    1st the time your picking will be more $Memorial Day$, any Holiday/Near Holiday will be pricey.

    4 day cruses will be on the older smaller ships & called "Booze Cruses"
    If your goal is a "let's see if we like it" a 4 day can give you a taste.

    The longer cruses are on newer & bigger ships w/superior choices.
     
  8. jerseyguy

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    That $1646 sounds like a lot to me also. I hope that includes Air at least.
     
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