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?