Going on a Carnival Elation cruise and have questions! 10 points!?
Question: I'm going on a 4 night cruise to Ensenada and Catalina Island. 1. On cruises are you always up and about or do you also spend a lot of time by yourself in you stateroom? 2. Are the shows/theater and Entertainment any good? 3. Are the Clubs offered for children fun and enjoyable? 4. Is there a big table at dinner and sit around with people you don't know? 5. Would brining a passport and drivers license be good for covering the documnets part or there is more you need? 6.Should we bring bottles of shampoo? 7. Do you need to pay for playing the arcade games? 8. Can you "buy a cruise on a cruise" and have it be a lot cheaper?
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The time you spend in your stateroom should be limited to sleeping and showering. I spend as much time as possible up on the Lido Deck. The shows in the big theatre are very good, but don't spend all your time there either. Club O2 and Camp Carnival are very good for kids. You do sit with people in the main dining room. You do have the option of requesting a new table assignment if you're less than satisfied. Most definitely, bring your passport and photo ID. They are both required to go on the cruise. You are supposed to have your photo ID on your person while in port. Shampoo and cream rinse are provided. Also are razors, hair dryers, and toothpaste samples. The arcade games are coin operated. While on board, you are able to make a down payment on a future cruise. Carnival introduced a new program in 2009 guaranteeing the lowest price. If the price of your future cruise were to go down anytime before you sail, you'll get a refund for the difference. Be sure and sample the chocolate melting cake in the Monet Dining Room an any night. You'll be able to have breakfast at Tiffany's, literally. Bon Voyage!!!
Was on the cruise in November. In Nassau, the shopping is right at the dock so no need to rent a car or even get a taxi to shop. If you want to go over to Paradise Island (which is right across the way from the port) take a taxi and don't mess with renting a car. In St. Thomas, there's a shopping area at the port (strip mall type) for shopping. Taking a taxi is the easiest to get around the area and to beaches with less hastle. Renting a car would be okay but if just going to a few places, kind of over-kill in my experience. In St. Maarten, the only way is to take a taxi. The taxis are right outside the dock in the shopping area (right behind the Duty Free store - can't miss it, you'll see it when you get out on the dock (it'll be to your right)). Tell the porter where you want to go and when in the taxi, tell the driver what time you'd like picked up and it's done. If you want to go shopping in town while you're still at the dock, take the water taxi across the port into town (it's on your left side right outside the Port security gates). A taxi is so easy and they are so accommodating and very reasonable it's worth it (they also suggest a return time to pick you up to get back to the ship on time depending on the traffic that day). Suggestion while in St. Maarten: Go into the Duty Free shop (you'll want to go over that way anyhow to get your picture taken in front of the "Welcome to St. Maarten" sign) to the little deli/snack shop and get snacks and cola there which is a lot cheaper than getting them on the ship, and take them back on the ship with you. If you get liquor, you'll have to check it in when getting back on the ship for them to hold until the end of the cruise - and yes, they find it when you run your bags through the x-ray machine. But they do let you get away with bringing pop and snacks back on board. For a little of what you'll see on your cruise, go here and see a few pictures I posted from the cruise: http://chez884.orfay.com/photo/394241
1. On cruises are you always up and about or do you also spend a lot of time by yourself in you stateroom? That's entirely your choice, there is plenty to do on the ship. 2. Are the shows/theater and Entertainment any good? They offer something for everyone. 3. Are the Clubs offered for children fun and enjoyable? The kids LOVE them! 4. Is there a big table at dinner and sit around with people you don't know? You pre-select the table size when you sign up for the cruise. If you choose an 8 person table you will sit with others you don't know at first. Seating is assigned, which means you will sit at the same table for the entire cruise. 5. Would brining a passport and drivers license be good for covering the documnets part or there is more you need? All you need is a Passport. 6.Should we bring bottles of shampoo? No, it's provided. 7. Do you need to pay for playing the arcade games? Yes you do. 8. Can you "buy a cruise on a cruise" and have it be a lot cheaper? The cruise itself will be cheaper and you'll also get a substantially reduced deposit. My wife & I were on the Elation for our first cruise, a 7 day Eastern Caribbean which sailed out of Miami. It was an incredable ship with a top notch crew.
All cruise cabins are sold based on double occupancy which means your story's friends will likely be in a cabin together. If they each booked a cabin alone it would cost them a double fare anyway. Cruise ships have 4 basic types of cabin: Inside cabins are the cheapest prices and have no window or porthole Outside cabin are also not as expensive but have a window or porthole Balcony/veranda cabins are more expensive but have their own private balcony. Suites are the most expensive cabins and have more space than the other three and can be VERY expensive for a suite like the Penthouse or Owner Suite. The first three type cabins are all about the same size, each having two twin beds that can be made into a queen, a bathroom, closet space, Tv, safe, telephone, a vanity area with mirror, and a chair or sofa for sitting. There is no kitchen but there will likely be a mini-refrigerator. Three people can fit in a cabin but it will be close. I would suggest that you have your "friends" in a suite as it will have more room. The suite will have two beds and a sofa bed to sleep all three. The suites will have more amenities like maybe a coffee service, maybe a butler. All cabins have a steward assigned to clean the cabin twice a day and bring fresh towels. In suites the steward may also bring fresh fruit and flowers each day. If they get a grand suite or Penthouse suite it could even have a wet bar, a piano, and a dining table vs just a coffee table in regular cabins. A big suite will be like an apartments, some with a couple separate bedrooms. On Royal Caribbeans' new Oasis of the Seas ship they have a suite that has two floors with a bedroom and bathroom on the second floor in addition to the one on the first floor of the suite, also a huge balcony with a hot tub and several lounging chairs on it. That suite cost about $5,000 per person for a 7 day cruise. So yeah, put them in that one (google images of a "loft suites on Oasis") It will show you exactly what it looks like: http://www.google.com/search?tbm=isch&hl...
okay! i have been on that EXACT cruise ship! and i must say it is a little run down......but it is still fun 1. There is always things going on, but you may not like the activities. At night there are a lot of dances and such, and during the daytime there is swimming (the water is pretty cold because it is filtered in from the ocean), shows sometimes, lots of food to eat, arcades, clubs and activites for kids, etc. At the beginning of each day they drop off a newsletter with all the activities going on that day. 2. There are some pretty good shows and some decent ones. Every night there is a performance. It all really depends on what you like for entertainment. 3. Yes they are. There are always activities going on and kids are separated by age so they are with kids their own age and they meet new people. There are rooms that they can go and hang out in too. 4. It really depends on how many people you are traveling with. I went with 4 people (including myself) and we had to sit with another family. They like to pack you in there! I would count on sitting with another family unless you have 6 or more people. 5.You could if you wanted to or if it makes you feel more secure. If you get hurt on the cruise while in Mexico and need to be airlifted to a hospital, then you do need a passport, but other than that, you do not. 6. Yes. It is like a hotel. They only give you those little 1 ounce bottles. 7. Yes. I cannot remember exactly if they had a machine to convert cash into coins or what. I would bring cash and coins for the arcade, just in case. 8. I don't know. sorry! Hope this helped!
Congrats on your engagement ! For me I would never book an inside cabin. I really like having the natural light in my cabin when I wake up. I also prefer having a balcony. The ability to go outside first thing in the morning get some room service and have breakfast on my private balcony is well worth the money. Same in the evening having a private drink out on our balcony. That is just my preference and those things might not be important to you. There are folks who would never pay extra for a balcony. It is all about what your preference is. Middle of the ship is usually best less motion and close to all the action. With that being said ... I am biased but please call an independent qualified cruise specialist (not a big call center or the cruise lines directly) as they can answer your questions about ALL the different options and give you personalized service. They can get you the same if not better prices than 'the big guys'. They will also help you narrow down your options and match the right cruise at the right price point that is the same or less than the cruise lines directly. It cost you nothing extra and they will handle all the details so you can focus on your wedding! Good Luck! Dave
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