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Old October 29th, 2013, 10:51 AM
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Is there any website that has pictures of the facilities on the ships so you can compare
and choose which one you want?

When the ship stops in a port for the day can you take food off the ship?

After you get off the ship can you get on for free lunch and then get off again?

If you're a late night person is there anything to do other than drink?
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Surprised your agent wasn't able to answer these questions for you, but here you go;

There are several websites that have pictures, just do a google search or you can go to the cruise line's website.

You are not allowed to take food off the ship - this is due to local laws about agricultural and meat products.

Yes, you can go back on the ship, have lunch, and then get back off the ship.

Unfortunately, after certain hours, usually around 1:00 - 2:00am, entertainment stops and there are only a few bars open and perhaps one or two 24-hour places to get food. Some ships will have the hot tubs and/or pools open, but all of this depends on the ship and the cruise line.

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Hi Rafiki,
What ships are you looking at, or a specific cruiseline? We may be able to answer some more questions, etc...
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Old November 11th, 2013, 07:09 PM
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Need a little expert advice.

Looking to book a cruise for my son and his soon to be wife for their honeymoon. He has never been on a cruise but she has with her family a couple of times.

They are set on wanting to go to the Caribbean (area) on a 7 day cruise leaving from Florida (we live in California so they will need to fly as well).

She seems to want to go on the Royal Caribbean line because her grandparents told her that was the best one.

I have never been on a cruise and have never booked anything more than a hotel for us online and have never used a travel agent so this is all very new to me and a WHOLE lot scary at the same time.

I have been looking online but not really sure what I am trying to look for as far as ports and how many days at sea is too much or if that's even an issue. I would love any advice/tips/suggestions anyone here would like to share as well as any other cruise lines I should look in to other than Royal Caribbean?

They are getting married at the end of June 2014 and apparently the choices for cruises are limited in what I have seen so far. Also, I was hoping to get them a balcony room - is this a decent idea?

And should I find a travel agent to help with this or try to do it on my own. Will a travel agent charge me for this service or will they get a kick back from the cruise line if we book with them?

So many questions, so little time and I'm sorry for the newbie questions!
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Welcome Heaven,
So, glad you found us, welcome to Cruisemates....Actually, this one is for Pete....

Yes, it would be a good idea to book with a travel agent, but you can also try to narrow down your picks for a ship. I will agree, when it comes to Royal Caribbean, but that is my favorite as well. If the newlyweds like to have lots of activities while onboard, Oasis and Allure of the SEas are wonderful, plus some decent ports. Since this is their honeymoon, yes, a balcony would make it special for them...

At the same time, they may enjoy Princes, NCL, and Celebrity, all depends on their interests and how active they want their cruise to be....

Please, feel free to ask any questions you may have....
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I agree with Donna!

First and foremost, it's important to book with an agent, preferably a Cruise Specialist, who can discuss all your options and help you find the perfect cruise.

Keep in mind that like I always say, what one person loves, another will hate. So just because her grandparents loved Royal Caribbean, does not necessarily mean that your son and his wife will.

As Donna has stated, some of the other cruise lines may be more well-suited for them and there are some great ones out there.

It's important to work with an agent who will ask alot of questions and help you find a cruise that meets your requirements based on their lifestyle, needs, and budget. They are all good, but each offers something different and this is such a wonderful celebration, you need to get them a wonderful cruise to match.

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