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Winterfells wrote:

My older sister's organizing a surprise for the rest of my family. We're flying to Florida at the end of the week and hanging out with her husband and daughter, then boarding a cruise ship and island-hopping in the Caribbean.

It's a surprise for us she's been planning for a while, so other than letting us know it's a cruise ship she's been pretty mum about the details. All I know is there's a pool, restaurant(s?), bar(s?), casinos, even a nighclub.

Since it's my first time doing this, anyone here who has gone have any suggestions or warnings? General do's and don'ts? How was your trip?

I think I'll just pull a "Titanic" and end up doing a naked portrait of someone's fiancee in their luxury suite.



My parent went on a cruise not too long ago, and they had a blast. They said the were practically waited on hand and foot. Just a word of caution for those trying to stay in shape: They have food out basically 24/7, so it's easy to pack on the calories. You might also want to bring a bit of bug spray depending on the area and the weather. Other than that, have a great time [=
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Thanks for the awesome suggestions everyone. :D

I was able to squeeze a little more information from my sister and it turns out the ship is called the Carnival Dream?

I read up a little on the cruise liner and basically what everyone said is spot-on.

I'll make sure to leave my phone off.

As for stops I hear a lot of places are nice, except Belize is supposed to be pretty rough. Armed police wandering the streets, people begging for money, and you have to watch your back when you wander from the port. I wouldn't be so worried if I was by myself, but there will be little children in my group, young women, and also some elderly relatives. Don't want any of them to be abducted or mugged.

JoAnime3853 I'll make sure to bring something nice, don't want to show up under-dressed for a formal dinner haha.

Thanks for the drug advice rotisserie, good to know about the tylenol effect on the liver. Ibuprofen it is!

haikinka should I be wary of these pirates?



thesolarscion I heard most of my friends gain 5-10 lbs from their cruise vacations. I'll make sure to take advantage of their treadmills, since I doubt I'll be able to swim laps in their pool. Too busy. I forgot about bug spray, for some reason mosquitoes tend to find my blood delicious, so thanks.



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Winterfells wrote:

haikinka should I be wary of these pirates?




Did you say something? I was too busy looking at boobs.
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Okay ive been on a few cruises andi guess my warning would be they charge for everything and its easy to lose track because they give you a card to carry. The night clubs were never really busy but the lounges and comedy clubs always are fun. Dinner is awkward if they sit you with strangers but they usually try to aarange to sit you with people your age. Pools hot tubs spas gym you name it they have it.
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When you disembark from port for excursions, always remember where your ship is and when it leaves port. Hate to say it but the ship won't wait for you, docking fees for tying up port are not something they want. Also, while the locals at most ports of call will try to fleece you out of as much money as they can, at least around the port area your personal safety should be fine. The cities tend to run on the tourist trade, what would happen if people stopped coming cause it was too dangerous? As far as sea sickness goes, it can affect anyone regardless of the ship you are on. Heck I got my cousin sick while docked at port by swaying back and forth across the table from her :)
Finally don't forget to take lots of pics (use a camera not a phone), even the embarrasing ones, they make great conversation fodder at family gatherings.
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