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1. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member, 1824 posts) 6 Apr '11 20:41

Hey everyone,

What are your thoughts on ocean-going cruises? I've never been on one but I do not think I would enjoy them at all. The reason I ask is, my partner's mum is remarrying and she wants to have her wedding on a cruiseline. I'm not sure which one; probably one that goes to Hawaii.

It's not the crowds that bother me, per se; what bothers me is the prospect of spending 1 week inside an overstuffed, floating mall. I'm hoping someone here has some tips, secrets, or advice for me if I end up having to go on one.

2. Posted by madpoet (Respected Member, 409 posts) 9 Apr '11 03:36

Well, I haven't gone on a 'cruise' exactly, but I love travelling by long-distance/international ferry. The 30-hour passage from Incheon, Korea to Qingdao, China was an interesting experience. So was the ferry to Crete. Those ferries had restaurants, small stores, etc., although they weren't exactly cruises, with all the amenities.

Even on a crowded cruise ship, there are probably a few places where you can escape the crowds and enjoy the experience of being a speck in the middle of the ocean. Certainly, it's worth trying just once.

But bring a novel just in case.

3. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member, 1824 posts) 9 Apr '11 08:58

Thank's madpoet,

That's true, the thought of being on the ocean with no land in sight sounds great. That is certainly a redeeming factor. Yes, and certainly a novel or two

4. Posted by Isadora (Moderator, 13924 posts) 9 Apr '11 12:02

Check to see if the ship has only saltwater swimming pools... They tend to refill those in port while the bilge water is dumped. If they have a freshwater pool - go there.

I haven't been on a cruise and don't relish the idea of being stuck on an 'over-stuffed floating mall' either. But, it sounds like you may not have a choice on this one. (You have my sympathies.)

If they have the climbing wall, surfing pool and those types of activities, you might just have a good time. Plus, your partner will be pleased you are there.

(ps: Happy 'belated' birthday! Forgot to mention that yesterday. You probably missed the 'swan song'.) ;)

5. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member, 1824 posts) 10 Apr '11 19:00

Hey Isa, thanks for the info.
I'd certainly try and make the best of it. A surfing pool does sound fun.

If it happens I'll be sure to post a picture or two here on TP

Thanks for the birthday wishes too ;)

6. Posted by rubytan (Budding Member, 8 posts) 19 Apr '11 21:05

Hey Brendan, I know i'm a little late on the reply but I've been on a cruise and it docked at 2 places so it wasn't half bad, I was able to get out and walk around a little. i did not go into a single shop on the ship.

Find out how many days you're going to be on it and whether it docks anywhere.

Also, id say its worth spending the extra on a room with a balcony that you can escape to. I found it very relaxing to order some room service (normally completely free on a cruise) and just sit there and enjoy the sea going by! sunsets and sunrises are great :).

Coz otherwise the "standard" rooms can get pretty claustrophobic. you're going on a cruise anyway, make sure you enjoy it!

I was on a Royal Caribbean cruise so they had the rock climbing wall and a nice deck to hang out at. When you've done everything else, why not just explore the whole of the ship? that should take up some hours.

i hope you manage to have a good time!

7. Posted by rubytan (Budding Member, 8 posts) 19 Apr '11 21:44

ooo just came across this, thought you might like it!

10 Stupid Assumptions about Cruise Vacations
http://www.gadling.com/2011/04/16/10-stupid-assumptions-about-cruise-vacations/

8. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member, 1824 posts) 19 Apr '11 22:10

Hey rubytan, thanks for the information. Good call on getting a room with a balcony -- I'll look into that. Thanks for the top 10 myths too.

I do like the ocean, and exploring the ship sounds great too. Thanks for the advice :)