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    Default Have you ever taken a cruise?

    Have you ever taken a cruise? Where did you go and which cruise line? What was your favorite part of the trip? Was it expensive? How long was the trip?

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    I have never taken a cruise but would like to. I think Disney would be a hoot and a trip to European places would be very interesting.

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    DH and I took a 5 day cruise from New Orleans to Cancun/Cozumel. Cruise line is now defunct. It was a small ship, had an affiliation with a casino we went to, so it was only $99 per person. Ship itself was a converted Black Sea car ferry.

    I liked it, DH found it a bit boring. I love being on the water. The kitchen crew was Italian, so the food was excellent. It even impressed DH, who had an Italian grandmother, and never found an Italian restaurant that measured up to her cooking. But the midnight buffet the first night was Italian, and he raved about it. Of course I missed it.
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    We took a Caribbean cruise with Carnival about 15 years ago. It was fun, but they are cheap and will nickle-and-dime you for everything extra. They messed up one of our shore tours and wouldn't refund us. Also they don't have a great rating for health and cleanliness. Won't use them again.

    We went with Viking for a European tour and it was wonderful. Costs more up front, but you never have to open your wallet again except for souvenirs.

    Cruise rates vary so much according to the line, the destination, length of trip, time of year, and size of the room you want, and any specials they are offering. Also, prices don't include airfare. Viking picked us up at the airport in Switzerland, Carnival expected us to figure out our own way to the port from the airport. Our Viking cruise included pre-dinner cocktails and wine with dinner. Carnival charged extra for all (alcoholic) drinks.

    I suggest you do a lot of research into the line you are considering, and the tour you want to take so you fully understand what you are getting. There is a cruise tour review website that is very good, but I can't recall the name just now.
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    My wife and I took a 20-something day cruise to the South Georgia Islands, Falkland Islands, and Antarctica. It was a very small boat, and cost somewhere around $16,000 for the two of us.

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    Mndtrp- I bet it was a nice trip and you have many memories. That sounds really interesting.

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    Many years ago took a trip from Alexandria VA (smaller ship came up the Potomac River) up Atlantic Coast to St Laurence seaway into Montreal Canada. I disliked feeling "trapped" on the ship. Food was good but not much to do otherwise. We did take some shore excursions in New England. However I would rather drive to these destinations.

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    We did the Celebrity Solstice to Alaska, which was AWESOME.

    We did the Pride of America in Hawaii, which was a fantastic trip, though of the two boats, we strongly preferred the Solstice. the food on the Pride of America (a Norwegian ship) was not as good as Solstice.

    There are tons of reviews and tips online (check cruisecritic.com for LOTS of information including general cruise info, specific to ship - right down to individual room reviews and tours).

    They were both awesome trips and we really enjoyed them. There are many ways to make them cheaper and there are many ways to make them way more expensive. LOL Do your research. Don't forget to include transportation, hotels before or after, shore excursions, etc.
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