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Cooke - Answered a Question by pearse-clarke (24 Nov 08 13:34)

It all depands on the ship and the destination (and your luck with the weather). If you are thinking of the med. why not fly to say Barcelons and miss the Bay of Biscay completely? The Baltic is usually fine, but can get a bit choppy if it's very windy. Norweigian Fjords don't usually have waves. The bigger the ship, the less it moves and the lower down your cabin (in the middle of the ship) the less movement. I'm a poor sailor too, but have only been sick once between Orkney and Reykyavik in a force nine. It did not put me off, but I always take Stugeron as soon as I feel the ship rock slightly or if the weather forecast looks dodgy. Have a lovely golden wedding anniversary and enjoy your floating hotel.

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Neil & Ida Down - Answered a Question by pearse-clarke (24 Nov 08 13:51)

Even with the larger car ferries that are coming on stream now there is very little comparison between them and a modern cruise liner. I would suggest that you choose a medium to large ship and a newer one, you can check this out in the brochures or the cruise line’s web site or in the Berlitz Guide features on this site. As has been said you may find it better if you avoid the most likely tricky spots like the North Sea, the Atlantic and the Bay of Biscay but the choice is still very large. Now all you have to do is think about where you would like to celebrate and aim your attention in that direction. Don't be afraid to ask more questions when you have more idea of where you would like to go. .... Neil.

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BLYTH - Answered a Question by pearse-clarke (24 Nov 08 14:01)

The Caribbean during Jan/Feb/Mar/Apr/May and possible /June is on the whole very smooth but is does mean a 9 hour flight over from the UK and depending on which cruise company some lay ona hotel the night before you join the ship, but it is not free but part of the cost. We have cruised it in Jan/Feb/March and had no problems, we like Celebrity and they might be a good choice there ships all rank in the top ten in the world. Which ever you choose let them know in your booking form you are celebrating your Golden wedding anniversary if the date is whilst you are onboard and you should be treated accordingly. I should mention I did not inlcude July to October even November as in the Caribbean always the possibilty of a hurricane.

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Whittle - Answered a Question by pearse-clarke (24 Nov 08 14:57)

I can't think of a better way to celebrate your 50th wedding anniversay. It took my husband about 10 years to get me on a cruise and now I am totally addicted!!! I agree with all that has been said - the Caribbean during the winter/early spring (if you don't mind the long flight) or the Med during the summer. Most of the time you really don't feel any movement on the newer ships and, yes, it is like being in a floating hotel. I would suggest you choose one of the four/five star lines such as Celebrity, Royal Caribbean or Princess. We are off to the Caribbean again during March and whilst away we will be celebrating our 42nd wedding anniversary and yet another 'special' birthday for my husband. Can't wait! Go for it and enjoy!!

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Wilba - Answered a Question by pearse-clarke (24 Nov 08 15:01)

There are plenty of Med fly/cruises on offer where you can fly straight into warm sunshine rather than pitch & roll down the English Channel & look at grey water for 2 days out & 2 days back. The modern cruise ship is not just a floating hotel, it's a floating resort & sea sickness is a very rare event in the Med during summer & should be the least thing to worry about. Your biggest worry is that she'll want to do it again, very quickly. Regards Wilba.

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Taylor - Answered a Question by pearse-clarke (28 Nov 08 17:40)

The modern cruise liner are generally quite steady and I would not let the fear of seasickness put you off .There is medication such as Sturgeon which can be bought over the counter from most High St Chemists and injections are available on board. I would reccomend you consider a Caribbean Cruise the sea is usually quite calm and but it would involve a fairly long Flight.I would certainly avoid a TransAtlantic Cruise or anything involving crossing the Bay Of Biscay unless you are experinced Cruisers.But don't let the fear of Seasick put you off one the most enjoyable of holidays.

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