Aldrich - Answered a Question by Dennison (24 Nov 08 20:50)

How about advise on shore excursions - No need to do any of the ship overpriced shore excursions - all it needs is a bit of research. If you use a browser and type in the words 'message and cruise and barbados' - of the results returned you need approx 3rd link down that begins with the word barbados and contains the word 'boards'. Of course I have no idea where you are going so the word 'barbados' is purely an example - so replace with the appropriate island. If you let us know what ports you were visiting we could provide more precise information and help.

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Bowker - replied to Aldrich (24 Nov 08 22:11)

I have been using the web site you recommended for quite a while now and yes it is very useful. Many thanks. But may I add when you do the search on the Browser click on "search the web" and not "pages from the UK" it took me quite a while without any success before I realized I was clicking on the wrong part.

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King - replied to Aldrich (25 Nov 08 20:36)

Hi, have read some of your previous answers to peoples questions. In one, but I can't remember which you mentioned getting to know some of your fellow cruisers before you cruise. Can you explain how to do this, is there a link anywhere? I am cruising on RCI vogager of the seas next April from Galveston.

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Wilba - replied to King (26 Nov 08 08:19)

Go to RCI website / FAQ/ Meet & Mingle. Regards Wilba.

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King - replied to Wilba (26 Nov 08 18:48)

Thankyou so much.

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Taylor - Answered a Question by Dennison (24 Nov 08 20:26)

Well go with an open mind and with an intention to really enjoy yourself. The Caribbean will be really warm and you'll enjoy sunshine whilst us in the UK will freeze. Many people become completely hooked on cruising, but as with everything, there are a few who don't particular like it. The big advantage as far as I am concerned is that you see lots of different places which would cost you a small fortune if you weren't on a cruise, so go ahead and enjoy the islands, each of which has their own character. There's also the small matter of the wonderful food and entertainment. With Thomson's, you can't expect luxury, but you can expect real value for money and a very friendly atmosphere AND no compulsory tipping!! I'm sure you'll have a great time - let us know how you get on.

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Cooke - Answered a Question by Dennison (25 Nov 08 09:29)

You can expect to have a great time and to be hooked on cruising. The crew will be wonderful and get you anything you need, but you have to ask, they are not psychic. You will be in lovely weather while we are freezing our thingies off at home, so enjoy the relaxing atmosphere and good company. Enjoy dressing for dinner whether it's informal or formal night, if you are unsure about dress codes ask the maitre'd, that's what he's there for. Be willing to be entertained in the shows, don't go looking for things to complain about. If something is not to your taste there's always somewhere else to go. Have a very happy Christmas and let us know how you get on.

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Lacey - replied to Cooke (25 Nov 08 11:11)

Well said M Cooke. I echo your comments. I'm off in February on the Celebrity Solstice and again in April on the Destiny. An open mind is essential to adjust to these two very different styles of cruising and I can't wait for them to come around. As you say, the Caribbean weather is so beautiful at this time of year and its great to escape our cold, dark winter.

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a - replied to Lacey (25 Nov 08 15:12)

Destiny to Solstice - that is a bit chalk and cheese isn't i!! Wonder if you will spot any differences..?!

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sparey - Answered a Question by Dennison (28 Nov 08 15:29)

We have just done our first cruise on the destiny, well what can we say ,,the entertainment first class, nothing to much trouble for any of the crew, all the room service excellant, food superb, eat on the lido deck if not to cold lovely, always a suprise in the cabin on our return at the end of the day ,,try to do an all inclusive package we did ,and spent £76, 00, all week so don't worry go and enjoy it relax, .

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