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    Back again, might give it a go this time

    Hi,

    Joined a while ago with a view to cruising in August. Never came about due a variety of reasons, main ones being 1.Money and 2. the complex pricing/booking system of cruises.

    Decided sod it, i'll give itr a try and look at a Carribean cruise next year, maybe March/April time.

    Lots of good advice here but such a chore trying to find the right package. Booking a holiday is so simple, why do the cruise lines make it so complex and difficult??

    If I can find the right package, I'll look forward to cruising next year.

    p.s Did an overnighter from Hull to Bruges a few weeks back, seervice great but cabins tiny, entertainment crap and I was bored after 15min. Is cruising going to be more of the same???

    #2
    Cruise ships are NOT ferries. Entertainment varies between ships and lines so you pays your money......

    That may explain the complexity. It is perfectly possible to choose a cruise from a brochure, book it in a high street travel agent and enjoy your cruise without worrying; just as you might book an "all inclusive" package. It gets complicated when you decide that you want to change things to suit yourself. Your Caribbean cruise can start from Fort Lauderdale or New York, you can choose the class of cabin you want (or can afford), you can choose to arrange your flights yourself (either to save money or to allow extra time before or after - or both), you may want to select a line with a younger or older demographic and there are many other options.

    If you have neither the time nor the inclination to do the work yourself then just call up a specialist cruise agent like cruise dot and talk to a consultant - that is what they do. All you need is a time frame, a budget and a destination.

    Simples
    The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.
    T Pratchett.

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      #3
      Thats maybe the best option. The sheer number of considerations baffles me.

      One of by biggest fears is the 'entertainment' on the cruise ship is cheesy like the ferry trip I endured. Two little ducks...22......

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        #4
        Originally posted by Rick101, York View Post
        Hi,

        Joined a while ago with a view to cruising in August. Never came about due a variety of reasons, main ones being 1.Money and 2. the complex pricing/booking system of cruises.

        Decided sod it, i'll give itr a try and look at a Carribean cruise next year, maybe March/April time.

        Lots of good advice here but such a chore trying to find the right package. Booking a holiday is so simple, why do the cruise lines make it so complex and difficult??

        If I can find the right package, I'll look forward to cruising next year.

        p.s Did an overnighter from Hull to Bruges a few weeks back, seervice great but cabins tiny, entertainment crap and I was bored after 15min. Is cruising going to be more of the same???
        don't judge cruise ship cabins or entertainment on overnight ferry, i agree cabins on ferry tiny. wife and i were on THE PRIDE OF YORK july this year.cabins on cruise ship can be 5to 10 times larger than ferry it all depends on price you want to pay,as for entertainment,well as for ferry enough said.
        entertainment on cruise ships lots better than ferry.

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          #5
          Good to hear.

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            #6
            perhaps you could give us an idea of the kind of entertainment that you like/dislike and then more experienced cruisers could advise on the cruiseline best for you, but it's always worth remembering that you should be able to find a quiet bar or space where you can chill out if organised entertainment just isn't your thing..

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              #7
              Originally posted by liauq, w mids View Post
              perhaps you could give us an idea of the kind of entertainment that you like/dislike and then more experienced cruisers could advise on the cruiseline best for you, but it's always worth remembering that you should be able to find a quiet bar or space where you can chill out if organised entertainment just isn't your thing..
              It might also be useful for you to think about whether 'sea days' appeal or not. BTW, entertainment on Queen Victoria was absolutely top notch.

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                #8
                I understand your concern Rick, we have done 8 cruises now and entertainment does vary greatly, personally i find the American ships less appealing as the entertainment is geared more towards american taste (fair enough!). Liauq's suggestion makes sense as there are lots of people who can give brill advice. for me i like a good comedian, but whats good for me may be rubbish for others so it is best to be specific. most singers we have experienced have been kind of "stars in your eyes" type winners but have been enjoyable. we like a ship with a cinema too but to be honest the evening meals tend to be our "entertainment" as you meet some lovely folks and get to know the staff -i do like the Azura and Ventura as they have a "pub" with quizzes so if we dont fancy the "show" we just take ourselves off to the pub and chat n chill
                re the size of cabins-they will always be small in comparison to a hotel room but they have everything you need, they are certainly NOT like ferry cabins, neither is the whole sailing experience -hope you get sorted and if you do come back and let us know what you think

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                  #9
                  Hi,

                  Thanks for all the replies.

                  Without wanting to be rude, i'm not overly keen on Americans so would proably not be that keen on the style of entertainment.

                  I think I'd prefer a bigger boat.

                  I like music, will listen to anything as long as it's done well.
                  Comedy show sounds great
                  Cinema sounds great
                  I like a decent beer so a choice of bars would be good.

                  Essentially I like a professional set up. I don't want to go expecting a West End show and end up watching panto.

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                    #10
                    Hi Rick, we particulalry liked the P&O Azura, big ship (hubby thinks too big but i like a lot to do) - the shows, IMO are not as professional as the west end but they are good quality, there are plenty of bars, most are function type rooms , the pub in the middle of the ship feels like some of the pubs in York so you would be well at home! entertainment wise no real BIG names, unless you count Toyah who did a talk about her career which i really enjoyed but im of the age that remembers Toyah as a big star , often the British ships do a melody of musicals type of show which is put on by the ships cast and gets good reviews, we saw Jackie Graham once and she was good but again i remember her from her heyday. the Azura has an outdoor cinema which was huge but not that effective (again IMO) -they had a duo in one room who were fab, not usually my cup of tea but fab quality - im more into queen, U2 etc but have enjoyed the music on offer on the P&O ships we have been on. they cater for a broad age group so im sure you would find something to "amuse" you most nights. other than P&O Thomsons are very British but ships are a bit "rust buckety" now and in need of some TLC -but ask most people who have done a Thomson cruise and they will rave about the freindlyness/helpfulness of all the staff -def a selling point I think

                    p.s some bars only sell beer in bottles and not in draft thats why i like the pubs on Azura/Ventura

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                      #11
                      please, don't go on a cruise expecting a show of west end quality...they haven't got the size of stage or budget.
                      cruise ships buy in packages of west end style shows scaled down for a smaller troupe.
                      go with a light heart and sense of fun (wry, if neccessary!) in the knowledge that while other people are playing bingo and "mr and mrs", you won't have to...although the "mr and mrs" on our last cruise was brilliant in a guilty, oh,my goodness do they really know what they're doing kind of way!

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by liauq, w mids View Post
                        please, don't go on a cruise expecting a show of west end quality...they haven't got the size of stage or budget.
                        cruise ships buy in packages of west end style shows scaled down for a smaller troupe.
                        go with a light heart and sense of fun (wry, if neccessary!) in the knowledge that while other people are playing bingo and "mr and mrs", you won't have to...although the "mr and mrs" on our last cruise was brilliant in a guilty, oh,my goodness do they really know what they're doing kind of way!
                        You've been cruising on the wrong ships I fear, lack of West End style Shows and "Mr and Mrs" OMG. ....Neil

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Rick101, York View Post
                          Hi,

                          Thanks for all the replies.

                          Without wanting to be rude, i'm not overly keen on Americans so would proably not be that keen on the style of entertainment.

                          I think I'd prefer a bigger boat.

                          I like music, will listen to anything as long as it's done well.
                          Comedy show sounds great
                          Cinema sounds great
                          I like a decent beer so a choice of bars would be good.

                          Essentially I like a professional set up. I don't want to go expecting a West End show and end up watching panto.
                          I am beginning to think that your first decision to not go on a cruise was a good one..... for you.

                          not overly keen on Americans
                          Entertainment probably not your style
                          prefer a bigger boat.
                          like a decent beer

                          Not wishing to be rude, to paraphrase you, but these are not indicative of you finding what you want on a cruise. Just to be on the safe side though Ventura seems to be the most likely candidate for your limited requirements.
                          Yours in good faith. .....Neil

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                            #14
                            Just in case you do go down the Azura/Ventura line....
                            On our Ventura cruise we had entertainment as listed by others, plus new films shown each afternoon in the theatre; comedy ( Richard Digens and Martin Daniels were skilful!) and variety acts; classical music by pianist and cellist; lectures by several people- wide range of subjects; various classes including art, choir, circus skills.
                            Don't forget that you'll be off the ship much of the time in the Caribbean, and on board you'll have the choice of several pools, a gym, a library.
                            I still love ferries, though!
                            Jo.
                            Jo.

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                              #15
                              Jo has summed up P&O beautifully IMO - the Azura doesnt have a cinema indoors but other than that Azura/Ventura are very similar. to be honest the best part of the cruise for me is being "spoilt" at mealtimes, meeting nice (& sometimes not so nice) folks LOL! and seeing little snippets of countries/islands that i may want to return to................ since cruising we learnt that we love the caribbean more than any stops in the Med (we not very cultured LOL) , carib very relaxing, people amazing and (mostly) very warm & freindly - we have since stayed on a couple of carib islands and the snapshot really helped us choose our favourites

                              good luck in your choosing a cruise

                              p.s im like Jo, love ferries too BUT no comparison at all to cruising , rest assured

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