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Where the Cruise people at? Thinking about doing one

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by dfalk, Oct 24, 2012.

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  1. dfalk

    dfalk VIP Whale

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    So I am thinking about switching it up from Vegas next year and taking a cruise for the first time ever. There seems to be many, many more options to this than just a simple trip to Vegas. I'm looking for the cheapest possible, so if I don't like it I won't be out much money. I'm thinking a 4-5 day cruise would be plenty for me. Please help me pick a good cruise line/destination based on this.

    -Late 20's who loves to get wasted and party till 5AM.
    -I HATE kids and would probably get in trouble for punting a few overboard
    -Would like to do a Caribbean cruise with at least 2 stops in different ports.
    -Flights to Tampa seem to be the cheapest for me if going to Florida.
    -The cheaper the better, best month to go? Would like to keep cruise price under $500
    -Basically looking for a Vegas party like atmosphere on a boat.

    So what'd you recommend?
     
  2. Max2589

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    Considering you have never been on a cruise and like to drink, i think you should know the following: I am pretty sure the cruise lines profit center is the booze. As far as I am aware, liquor is not included on any of the big cruise lines. You can't bring it with you either. They confiscate it at arrival and return it on departure. Your cheap cruise may become quite pricey after 4-5 nights. Food for thought...

    I have not been on cruise in a few years. However, playing on a NCL promo this weekend and getting a free voucher so I will be sailing again very soon.
     
  3. BKCallaway83

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    I booked my cruise not too long ago for Alaska in May 2013 on Norwegian Cruise Line. This will be my first cruise and I'm really excited about it.
    My cruise is for seven nights it cost 669. With taxes and fees, it came out to around 820. There is also a 12 dollar a day gratuity that I will have to pay. NCL seem to have a little bit of a younger crowd. I'm in my late 20's. I don't think there's a boat with the majority of the people in the 20's and 30's. Seems like they have a range of ages on all ships.

    Do you have a Caesars player's card? At certain levels, you get discounts up to 30%.

    I'm going to be drinking all day everyday too but the drinks are going to add up. The only free alcohol on the ship is in the casino on NCL and I believe you have to qualify to get a drink card or something like that.

    You can find cruises to the caribbean for 4 nights for around 250. Then you just pay for excursions and alcohol. Cruises are really affordable.
     
  4. dfalk

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    Ya booze isnt included and for me that could add up really really quick, especially when you don't deal with cash and everything is just put on a card. My grandparents went on on a cruise a couple years ago and I think they said they spent like $800 just on alcohol.
     
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    Alcohol adds up quickly. They will have drink specials, maybe that will help.
    Another thing is to try to sneak alcohol onto the ship. You put in liqour in different kinds of bottles. Such as Listerine or water bottles. Takes some work but i know people who have done it and it works. If you get caught, they just take it away. Not much to lose. There are videos on Youtube on how to do this.
     
  6. Max2589

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    I heard somewhere the cruise lines have Alcohol sniffing dogs now that inspect luggage. Anyone know if there is truth to that?
     
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    I think RCL Jewel of the Seas out of Tampa would work... cheap with a couple stops. Never done it myself though.
     
  8. LucyR.

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    The Carnival Fun ships is what you should look for.

    I am sure there are 3 or 4 night cruises out of Tampa on a Carnival ship.

    The Carnival ships are the ones where the fun people stay up real late
    to party. They have music and rated XX comedians late at night.

    You can buy alcohol coupons at a discount rate on the ships.
    They are the best ships for the younger crowd and for old lady me!

    I have a cruise booked for Halloween on Oct. 29th on the Carnival Inspiration ship this year. They are also very affordable too. Lucy
     
  9. Bazzito52

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    The Carnival Paradise cruises from Tampa during the winter months, aprox. Nov. thru April, or so.

    They cruise to the Yucatan (Cozumel) and other Caribbean ports.

    This looks like a good fit for your needs and I know you'd have a great time.

    South Florida (Ft. Laudardale, Miami) also have Carnival departures year 'round as well.

    Carnival Cruise Lines are well known for their "party" atmosphere and their value pricing. There is no guarantee that you won't see any children on any cruise you choose, even Carnival, but the late 20's demographic seems to like Carnival quite a lot. (And they do tend to have children:eek:, so be prepared to be flexible.)

    Royal Caribbean is more of a middle aged to older clientele and you'll want to avoid Holland America at all costs, as it's known for its decidedly older demographic and sedate style.

    You can get all the info. you need on cruisecritic.com, which is operated by Trip Advisor. Every kind of message board by the most fervent cruisers imaginable.
     
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    Not really. When the dogs sniff your luggage (which they will do when you retrun to the U.S.) they aren't sniffing for alcohol.

    The cruise lines will confiscate alcohol brought on board (which you, in fact, have agreed to when you sign the contract for passage). What they normally do is to x-ray your luggage when you board and before they bring it to you room.

    Any suspect luggage is sequestered in a separate area and you are required to go and claim it in the "naughty room." They'll open it whith you present and confiscate any alcohol that you bring on board. Whether you can reclaim it before you disembark seems to vary, depending on the cruise line and ship.

    There is a great interest in smuggling alcohol on board - and it's done all the time, usually in the carry-on luggage or disquised in the checked bags.

    Do a search on the cruisecritic.com message boards and specify "rum runners," the brand name of plastic containers for that purpose.
     
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    Oh! And don't think that you can buy a bottle or two at the first port of call and drink from that for the rest of the cruise.

    Any liquor that you buy in port is taken from you when you board the ship and delivered to your cabin on the last night of the cruise for you to take through customs on your return.

    So, you're sort of stuck paying the cruise lines to drink. Some of the various cruise lines have prepaid packages for alcohol and soft drinks where you pay a fixed fee per day, but these seem to change with a good deal of frequency.

    And worst of all, you have to buy your drinks in the casino!! It's a bitter pill for us Vegas regulars, for sure.:cry:
     
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    If you are looking for fun and a party --- Carnival is the way to go. I've been on all the major ones, and they are the most centered towards that activity. Unfortunately, they attract the kid clientele as well. To counter that --- go WHILE SCHOOL IS IN SESSION. Don't go in the summer, don't go over school breaks....and you'll be fine.

    As to the booze. Plan to pay. This is how the companies make their money. They aren't making money giving you a room, free shows, a boat ride, and all the food you can eat for around $100/day. Cruising is one of the best bargains as far as travel --- if you regulate what you buy on ship, including booze and excursions!!

    Try one -- you might like it.
     
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    Most cruises are based on double occupancy so I hope you're not planning on going by yourself.

    So you want to keep the total cruise for under $500?

    There are so many extra charges that others have talked about. In general you plan on doing alot of drinking? Let's say you buy a pkg for $50 this is a per day charge, not for the entire cruise, daily cabin gratuity $12 pp, this is the bare minimum charges you'll have at the end of your cruise. This does not include any other shipboard purchases.

    You must have a credit card because the ship does not deal with cash, everything goes on your sail and sign. This means you receive an identification card, the little strip has all your information, room, credit card, your picture etc.

    Do you plan on getting off the ship? Do you plan on spending any money at the other ports?

    I love cruising but you need to be aware of all costs involve. It is a great way to visit other parts of the world and only unpack once.

    The casinos do take cash to gamble but the machines also take your sail and sign so you really need to be careful.

    I don't want to scare you but only want you to be aware of all costs involved.
     
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    Does carnival have any drink packages? We just got signed up for a celebrity cruise and got an all you can drink package wich should save a lot of money. Worth checking into.
     
  15. dfalk

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    Thanks for all the helpful advice! Sounds like Carnival is the way to go for me. I'll do some searching and pick the post that is the cheapest to fly to.

    I'll definitely find someone to go with me, I think a solo cruise would be boring as hell.

    I want to keep the actual booking of the cruise under $500. Depending on when I go I can get some cruises plus flight for under $800. I would bring another $1000 or so to drink, do some excursions and what not.
     
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    A few of the Carnival ships have all you can drink packages. Visit Cruise Critic and do a search for lots of information.
     
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    I've heard if you're a gambler who gets comped in Vegas, it's very likely you would get comped for drinks and expenses on a cruise, too.
     
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    There is a trend starting in that direction. I've had my drinks comped my last two cruises on Carnival. Oh, only the drinks in the casino.
     
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    Does everybody gambling get free drinks or is there a certain limit to qualify?

    penny slots wouldn't work right?
     
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    No, you have to earn x amount of points and they'll give you a card. With mine lately, they send us an invitation from their gambling office or something like that. The offer has included, deep discount cruise, bottle of wine, $125 cash and free drinks in the casino. BUT, just like Vegas, free drinks aren't free.
     
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