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    Archie I think I am in minority here but I definitely say go for the oceanview room. I went on a Mediterranean cruise in November and I purchased an interior room. I was not really looking forward to this but the person I went with we where trying to save money. Well when we got on the ship we found out we had received a free upgrade. We were put in an oceanview room. It was so nice in the morning when you woke up to have the sun shinning in. Like other people have pointed out you really don't spend a whole lot of time in your room but I personally like the window, it makes the room feel less claustrophobic.

    You will have a good time, they are like a huge floating resort with people eager to wait on you. I would not worry too much about Norwalk Virus, just wash your hands and your chance of picking it up is not that great.

    My only other tip is if you want good drinks from the bar, make friends with the bartenders. My friend and I did this and we drank at a VERY reduced rate and were served top shelf drinks.

    Have fun!

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    I didn't miss having a room with a view because I was only there to sleep. I spent a lot of my time sitting outside at night listening to various party music, sometimes just listening to the water rushing past the ship. We had our tips, port calls, etc included with the price. The only extra was the alcohol and extras. I had so much fun-I'd love to go again. This next time, I think I'd spend much of my time getting sun and relaxing with a book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbnbama View Post
    http://www.cruisecritic.com/

    http://landfalltravel.com/formsx.html
    (couple of sites I've used)

    ArchieComicFan....I've been on 3 cruises and my last cruise that I went on was in January on Carnival Celebration and we took that exact route-Jacksonville, Key West, Nassau........Key West was great...unique and you MUST get a frozen key lime pie on a stick ...Nassau...Atlantis was unbelievable...we were there from 11:00 a.m. till midnight and we didn't have enough time....I'm not at my regular computer so I'll try to remember to look for any additional info I have and please feel free to PM me..
    It's great to hear feedback from someone that took the same route I am. I'm definitely going to be cutting and pasting everyone's feedback and I've already bookmarked the web pages for easy reference.

    Thanks everyone!

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    I'm so envious. Could I stow away in your luggage somehow?

    My husband and I have been on four cruises and with each cruise, they are getting longer in days. We went from 3 days to 5 days, to 7 days, to 12 days. Now we're looking at a cruise that's 15 days.

    About the inside/outside room question. Our first three cruises, we had inside rooms and it didn't affect our cruise at all. We spent so little time in the rooms so we saved the extra expense and used it instead on an extra excursion. Our last cruise was from the continental USA to Hawaii, then around all the islands. We had a balcony room and we loved it. I would say if you're doing a long cruise like we did, then definitely, a balcony room is the way to go.

    I saw that bbnbama posted a website to cruise critic. We love this site. When you go to it, go to the boards section, click on it, then go to rollcall for your cruise. You'll meet so many people going on the same cruise and also get tips on the questions you posed about everything and anything cruise.

    On our cruise to Hawaii, we had about 25 people we met on the rollcall thread and once the cruise started, we met in a large room, exchanged souvenir gifts from our home state through a drawing so everyone each received something (gifts were under $5 each). During the 5 days at sea, we met a couple of times, played shuffleboard together (and we're relatively young in age-from 16-40ish ) played tennis, etc. and once we got on land, we toured together (only one day and one couple-shared a rental van). We even today keep in touch with a couple of people from this cruise and that cruise was three years ago. But it was ultimately through the cruise critic boards that we got so much good information.

    You'll have a good time, I just know it cause cruises are so much fun.

    Hope I've helped.

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    Today I finally committed and booked the cruise! I got a really good rate through our credit card company and military discount. I went ahead and got the ocean view because the rate was good and I'm even wait-listed for a suite. I chose the early dinnertime because we like to eat early and afterwards we can see the shows or go to the casino or whatever.

    I haven't book any excursions yet but can do that online so I'll probably do that later today after all my info has been loaded into the computer.

    The dates are May 20-25 so say a prayer for us that we have smooth sailing as it's my first cruise and I'm a bit nervous.

    Thanks for everyone's input, it was really helpful. And the good thing is that this thread will help future cruisers.

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    I'm going with a friend on a Pacific NW cruise in late May. I've been looking at average weather for that time of year and it says San Francisco, Astoria, Oregon, Victoria, BC and Vancouver are all about the same: Avg high around 61, average low around 40.
    Those of you that live out there, does this sound about right? I am going to FREEZE! if it is.

    Also, do you know if you HAVE to do the cruise excursions or can you find local ones to take?
    The only one I am really interested in from the ship is the one from Astoria where you go to Mt. St. Helens.

    The San Franciso ones are lame. There is a 4 hour bus tour where you see ALL the sights, but you don't get off the bus. Well, I want to see all the sights, but I want to get off the bus too. I've never been to SF and I want to see the Golden Gate Bridge and Fishermans Wharf. WE only have one day there, so I know I can't do EVERYTHING. But I don't want to be cooped up on a bus either.

    The ones in Victoria all involve food and I can't do that and am NOT paying 100 dollars to go have tea when I can't even eat $5 worth of tea sandwiches. or the same price for a wine and chocolate tour when I can have neither.

    I'm just really disappointed in the shore excursions. I know you don't have to take the ship ones, but those of you with experience, what should we do?

    And we have a LOT Of time in Vancouver as our ship lands in the morning and we are flying out on the redeye that night and of course there ARE no excursions in Vancouver from the ship, so what should we do? We will also have our luggage, so that limits us too.

    I hate to look a gift horse in the mouth (I was given this trip), but I have to say that now I know where we are going and see what is available, I am disappointed except for the Mt. St. Helens tour. The weather is going to be cooler than I expected and now I have to buy clothes (I live in Florida. I have 2 lite sweaters), I can't drink, I can't eat much (due to weight loss surgery) and the excursions sound really lame, so now I'm really not looking too forward to even going. Do I sound ungrateful? Even tho my friend is paying for everything, I still have to pay my day to day stuff and excursions and we will be gone 7 days total, so I'm really having to scrimp to come up with enough money to have as spending money and tour money and now I have to buy clothes to boot. I didn't expect the shore excursions to cost so much. Most are $50-$100 and don't even sound that good.

    Help, I need advice and some convincing that it will be fun.

    someone please tell me its going to be fun because right now, it sounds like more trouble than its worth and I don't know if I can fit 7 days worth of clothes (especially heavier, warmer clothes) in my suitcase and I hear its expensive to have laundry done on board.
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    Rosie,

    I'd suggest that you buy a waterproof jacket with a hood and a removable lining. I did this a few years ago when we went to London in January. If you get something that will protect you from the wind (and in our case, constant London rain), you will stay pretty warm and it doesn't really matter if you just have a light sweater on underneath it. You can also save a lot of room in your suitcase by wearing the jacket on the airplane. I put mine to good use as a blanket during that long flight! Since it's getting close to the end of cold weather season, you should be able to find some good deals
    online if not at a local store.

    Have fun on your cruise!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jewelsy View Post
    It's more like a glare.
    Thanks, I feel guilty enough as it is for even accepting the cruise as I know its expensive and I have a hard time accepting gifts especially expensive ones and now I am nervous about going and very insecure and don't know what to expect and needed help and advice.


    Quote Originally Posted by Doxie
    Rosie,

    I'd suggest that you buy a waterproof jacket with a hood and a removable lining. I did this a few years ago when we went to London in January. If you get something that will protect you from the wind (and in our case, constant London rain), you will stay pretty warm and it doesn't really matter if you just have a light sweater on underneath it. You can also save a lot of room in your suitcase by wearing the jacket on the airplane. I put mine to good use as a blanket during that long flight! Since it's getting close to the end of cold weather season, you should be able to find some good deals
    online if not at a local store.

    Have fun on your cruise!
    Good idea and I already have one of those! I would have never thought of that. Glad I posted and asked. I should be warm inside the ship, but its going to be cool for this Florida gal on deck and on land.
    I'm also watching some ebay auctions for some cute sweaters and stuff too.
    Our winter clothes here are a joke. What's on clearance right now would be what most of you in Canada and the Northern US would wear as a "spring sweater". Which is what I need I guess. It's just hard as we don't have winter and I get really cold because my blood is thin. I'm used to HEAT.
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    Quote Originally Posted by myrosiedog View Post
    ...Avg high around 61, average low around 40.
    Those of you that live out there, does this sound about right? I am going to FREEZE! if it is...
    Wear layers! Wear an undershirt or tank top. Then have a long sleeve blouse to put over that. Then a sweater over that. Then, your jacket. If you get warm because the sun is out, you can take off one layer without really undressing in your cabin. If it cools down with a breeze, do everything up. I would also suggest a baseball cap or something. Having a hat on, if you are a "cold" person, really makes a difference. And it can be scrunched up in your handbag when you don't wear it.

    The San Franciso ones are lame. There is a 4 hour bus tour where you see ALL the sights, but you don't get off the bus. Well, I want to see all the sights, but I want to get off the bus too. I've never been to SF and I want to see the Golden Gate Bridge and Fishermans Wharf. WE only have one day there, so I know I can't do EVERYTHING. But I don't want to be cooped up on a bus either.
    You can see those things on your own, but you will need to go by cab or rent a car which will add on dollars. But you will get to go where you want, when you want. Your choice.

    The ones in Victoria all involve food and I can't do that and am NOT paying 100 dollars to go have tea when I can't even eat $5 worth of tea sandwiches. or the same price for a wine and chocolate tour when I can have neither.
    Then don't go.

    You would probably enjoy going to Butchart Gardens in Victoria. But you will need either a car or cab to get there or something may leave from your ship if you are staying over. It takes a couple of hours to go through and is amazing, pretty much any time of year. A lot of walking so bring good shoes and your camera! http://www.butchartgardens.com/admission/hours.php (click on Gardens and then more images to view)

    ...And we have a LOT Of time in Vancouver as our ship lands in the morning and we are flying out on the redeye that night and of course there ARE no excursions in Vancouver from the ship, so what should we do? We will also have our luggage, so that limits us too.
    No ideas about the luggage. Vancouver is a great city. Don't miss a drive through Stanley Park. Pick up some sandwiches and a coffee before you go and have lunch. It's a big city. You need to know where you want to go. Parking is scarce and expensive.
    I hate to look a gift horse in the mouth (I was given this trip), but... I am disappointed ...The weather is going to be cooler than I expected and now I have to buy clothes ....I can't drink, I can't eat much ...and the excursions sound really lame... so now I'm really not looking too forward to even going. Do I sound ungrateful?
    Do you really want to know?

    ..Even tho my friend is paying for everything, I still have to pay my day to day stuff and excursions and we will be gone 7 days total, so I'm really having to scrimp to come up with enough money to have as spending money and tour money and now I have to buy clothes to boot. I didn't expect the shore excursions to cost so much. Most are $50-$100 and don't even sound that good.
    Ummm. with your U.S. dollar exchange to Canadian, it shouldn't be that bad once you're in Victoria and Vancouver.

    Help, I need advice and some convincing that it will be fun.
    If you need that much convincing you probably should bow out. Then spend the money on a trip you WILL enjoy; either that or save the money for your daughter's braces and your hearing aids. (If I remember correctly.)

    If you are expecting the trip to turn out bad before you even go, you won't be disappointed.
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