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Cruise info

posted 28-12-2010 @ 03:53 AM www
Cruise info

we are looking to go on a cruise next year for our family holiday so would like info as we have never been on one. Will be for 2 adults 5 kids (16, 8, 6, 4 and 2) whens the best season, good place to look for the best deals etc. Any help would be appreciated

Thanks
xxx
posted 28-12-2010 @ 04:14 AM www


Join ozcruiseclub.com.au, as a first time cruiser last year I found everything I needed to know from experienced cruisers. I have only been on Pacific Dawn.It leaves from Brisbane.had a fantastic time both times.Just came back two weeks ago we went to NZ.I found online sites have the best prices.We booked with ozcruising.com.au.There is also justcruises.com.au, cruiseaway.com.au,just to name a few.
posted 28-12-2010 @ 04:34 AM www


Kibby were in the same boat, as we speak. have booked a cruise for November on PO for our family 2 adult, 17,14,12 for 14 nights doing the South Pacific
posted 28-12-2010 @ 04:37 AM www


I would be interested in this to as we are tossing up what to do theres 6 of us and got a ship load of vouchers to unload LOL
posted 28-12-2010 @ 04:41 AM www


yer i just dunno where to start..would prefer later in the year to give me time to save to pay for it...is that the best time weather wise to go?
posted 28-12-2010 @ 05:10 AM www


I have a friend who wanted to cruise and her biggest dilemma was the age of the kids. Apparently they allocate a certain number of ages to each cruise. She couldn't get vacancies on any cruise that would allow both her kids. On the cruises that had room for her 9 year old, the allocation for children under 5 was full and when she weas able to get her 4 year old on, the allocation for 5-10 year olds was full. With so many kids in tow this may be something you have to take into account and may determine when you can travel. I dont know if this is true of all cruises as I havent been on one but it was causing her great angst.
posted 28-12-2010 @ 05:16 AM www


yeh maybe if i book far enough in advance it wont be an issue. i know a few people have been on cruises on here with families that is why i though it the best place to ask. i dont really trust travel agents
posted 28-12-2010 @ 05:20 AM www


bestcruises.com.au & ozcruising.com.au are the ones I use and are very helpful.
posted 28-12-2010 @ 05:32 AM www


visit www.cruisecritic.com for the answer to any question you could think of!

Cruising is great - very stress free. I haven't cruised with kids, but I do know that they have excellent kids clubs and activities for teenagers too. With all the activities on the boat (well most of them) included in the price, you can keep the kids entertained for next to nothing. You save a fortune by not having to buy food too and the food is normally amazing.
posted 28-12-2010 @ 05:47 AM www


Kibby
The Pacific Island cruise would be a good starter for you and family as it includes lots of beaches, Islands, swimming, snorkeling etc which would keep kids occupied. You will have approx 4/5 stops, view beautiful scenery and learn a bit of other culture in the process. Heaps of kids activities aboard to prevent boredom. When you return you will be planning your next cruise!!! Then suggest NZ 13/14 day cruise and then venture over to the US and leave from Miami or somewhere for a 'real' experience on a larger ship. Start your planning now as time will catch up! Good Luck.
posted 28-12-2010 @ 06:23 AM www


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Originally posted by Kibby
yeh maybe if i book far enough in advance it wont be an issue. i know a few people have been on cruises on here with families that is why i though it the best place to ask. i dont really trust travel agents


We booked a NZ cruise with P&O 18 months in advance as they had a really good sale on, and we can pay it off. Long as it is paid in full 30 days before departure. So paying $6K off over 18 months you dont really notice it!!
posted 28-12-2010 @ 07:05 AM www


Once you've been on your first one, you'll want to book your next one!

The kids will love it.
posted 28-12-2010 @ 07:48 AM www


whats the differences between inside and outside cabins really? also being afamily of 7 would we get 2 rooms joined or something?
posted 28-12-2010 @ 07:59 AM www


Kibby inside rooms are no window rooms, I couldn't go in these as I felt a little closed in, but my BIL lives by those cabins as he says they are the cheapest, and he's really only in the cabin for a few hours to sleep off his drunken stupor!

outside rooms are those on the outside of the ship, in that you get some type of outside view, whether doors, windows or portholes.

There are some rooms that open up on some of the boats, but I also know of people who had rooms across the hall from each other, the parent made sure they had a 'key' to both rooms.
posted 28-12-2010 @ 08:05 AM www


bestcruises.com.au for all your great deals,just fabulous to deal with.
Have only cruised in April in the Pacific - perfect weather - and September in Alaska, so can't help there.
Go an outside room, inners felt slightly claustraphobic I thought. You may end up with 2 rooms depending on the ship?
And go middle to lower decks if you are concerned about anyone getting seasick.
posted 28-12-2010 @ 08:13 AM www


Kibby,
We came back from our Cruise on the 9th (hubby, me, 19 yr-old son and 15 yr-old daughter).
We had a fantastic time, we went on the Pacific Sun for 10 nights- we only booked in August (GREAT last-minute special- booked directly through P&O).
Miss 15 has been looking at future cruises ever since we returned!!!!

Worked in well as hubby was able to get the time off work, son's Uni course finished for the year, the week before and daughter completed her School Certificate 2 weeks prior. I was looking at a school holiday cruise at first, but was told the child quota was filled (this was for a 15 yr-old!! I think some ships classify kids as ANYONE under 18).
Definately go an outside cabin, you get a great window (for light and view), inside you have to have the light on all the time and it can be a bit 'strange'.
Feel free to u2u if you want any more info, also I know carmaz went on the Pacific Jewel for 10 nights and is due back today.

Good Luck, you will all have a ball.
Sandy.
posted 28-12-2010 @ 11:46 AM www


Kibby, you will need two rooms unless you do a cruise with a liner other than P&O as they don't have family cabins. I have been told that if you want a family cabin you have to get in early. Our first cruise was wonderful but our youngest was 1 and couldn't go to kids club unless you sat in there with them, they have to be 3 to go into kids club without you being there.

We loved the beaches and just the stress free holiday, the kids will love it and you will enjoy the rest.:):):)
posted 28-12-2010 @ 12:11 PM www


yer koby will be about 2 when we go but since its a family holiday i dont really wanna put them in kids club all the time so its not going to bother me to have koby with me. we just want to do something different cos we have done the theme park thing several times and are a bit over it. 2 rooms is okay as we will have to pay for all of us anyway. will give us more room between 2 rooms. will have to have a look at some of these sites suggested but any other things that you think we need to know that they dont tell you would be great

thanks i appreciate all the info so far
littleeagle5
posted 28-12-2010 @ 12:14 PM www


HI and cruising is def. the only way to travel.

We use onlinecruises they are based in Perth..........from experience they are the best priced..........and the most efficient of any of the Companies.

Best if possible to get an outside cabin.........they have nice big portholes........you dont really need a balcony for us simply a waste of money.

Best duty free we feel and you can haggle is Fiji.........try and get on one that takes in Port Denaru and also Suva.........Noumea is dirty and way over priced..........Vila can be fun.........but the traffic is a bit nutty:)

Best to go out of cyclone season ie dont book till after say the end of March otherwise the humidity can be vile
posted 29-12-2010 @ 03:38 AM www


P&O Cruises have a great website and you can find a cruise which suits your family.

http://www.pocruises.com.au/findacruise/pages/default.aspx

Cruising is a really economical way to have a holiday as everything on board is included, except alcohol and some restaurants if you choose to eat in them.

You will need to allow extra spending money if you want to do shore tours but I think you can now plan and pay for these before you go. Don't feel that you have to do a tour in every port if you do a South Pacific cruise. Some of the smaller islands have lovely beaches and you can go for walks and explore.

Best time in South Pacific is autumn and spring when the weather is warm but remember that it will be cool/cold on the ship.
posted 29-12-2010 @ 03:46 AM www


I love cruising, been a few times and going twice next year.

I always book through http://www.vacationstogo.com

fabulous deals up to 70% off.

Lu;)
posted 30-12-2010 @ 09:31 AM www


maybe i can go in your suitcase then Lu :D
posted 30-12-2010 @ 09:54 AM www


Were booked to do a 14 night cruise with PO in November. We have 2 cabins, hubby and I and accross the hallway 16, 13, and 12 year old. We booked months and months in advance. we found Royal Carribean do have family cabins but had no cruises that we were intyersted in. Does anyone know how much a day roughly is a good amount for spending money etc. Any tips would be great appreciated, escepially trying to pack for 14 nights
posted 30-12-2010 @ 10:36 AM www


nesral
Hard to answer your question as everyone is different. If you want a beer it is around $5.50, wine dearer and of course there are shops, casinos, beauty shops, coffee shops. shore tours and the like all of which will cost you. All meals are free and food is plenty but always good to have plenty of money on hand as duty free shop and others normally have a sale towards end of cruise. My advice is to take plenty as you can always bring it home again. I should mention that most cruises are cashless with all items purchased onboard being charged onto your room account for payment at the end of your cruise however cash for onshore activities will be required and currency conversion is available at the pursers counter.
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