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Cruising TUGgers--It's that time again! [merge]

Discussion in 'TUG Lounge' started by mas, Jul 9, 2009.

  1. EZ-ED

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    Hi mas,
    Well except for the cruise our travels kind of match yours, Orlando, Sarasota and Fort Lauderdale for almost 4 weeks in Jan and then Phoenix, Gilbert for 2 weeks before heading home to repack for the cruise. Cruise was ok and the weather was warm (which is what we were looking for). We have been to all the ports many times so only got off the ship once in Manzanillo. Ship was so so as it was headed for drydock after the cruise so many things were out of service and waiting for repair and demo teams were on board and initially working behind the scenes till the last couple of days then in public removing lights, railings, and moving items to storage areas. Crew we interacted with were always smiling and helpful so no problem there but we prefer RCCL or NCL to Princess. We are now busy planning our next travels to the Oregon Coast, back to Phoenix and Carribean Cruise next Jan. Maybe our paths will cross in Florida next year.
    Great Travels to you and yours.
     
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    Adding another cruise with land tour - Princess Caribbean going to Alaska - August 7 - come on along:banana:
     
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    Make that Coral Princess.
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    Adding another cruise with land tour - Princess Caribbean going to Alaska - August 7 - come on along:banana:
     
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    We will be doing a multi stop Japan, Korea, Taiwan finalling in Hong Kong in November on Celebrity.
     
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    I still have an official TUG cruise photo from the Alaska Cruise in 2006. I recognize many faces but let them identify themselves.

    It was a nice cruise but weather was very disappointing.
     
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    Thought this might be a good place to ask about cruising. I just retired and Hubble and I were thinking about taking an Hawaiian cruise. I see there is one leaving from Oahu , I believe it was for 7 days. Well, we’ve never been on a cruise and don’t even know where to begin. So, any suggestions, tips and/ or advice for a newbie?
     
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    I have not seen that photo in a while. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    The better place for all things cruising is www.cruisecritic.com/ It REALLY is the TUG of cruises. But for a quick starter. 7 nights is enough to give you a taste. Don't try to use timeshare points for cruises- it's a bad value for your MF. The best buys are at consolidators like www.vacationstogo.com or www.cruises.com. Different cruise lines aim at different demographic groups- Carnival aims at drinkers who like 'spring break' atmosphere. Holland America, generally middle age to older, more sedate, Celebrity, Princess, NCL, middle aged fairly active, think 'country club' style. Personally, a cruise is a lousy way to get any more than just a scant taste of a locale, so don't think you'll get a 'Hawaii' experience by spending 8 hours on any one of the islands then going back to the ship, dressing for dinner, catching a show and doing the same thing on a different island tomorrow.

    Jim
     
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    Thanks Jim,
    I was thinking the same thing about not getting a real taste of Hawaii. I keep thinking we would be better staying on land, but I think Roger was trying to do something we hadn't done before.
    Barb
     
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    An item you may want to consider is the cruise crew will all be USA citizens because the cruise does not include a non USA port. I have heard (but not experienced) that foreign based crews work harder than USA based crews .and this may impact how you experience a first time cruise or a first time visit to Hawaii. I would recommend a Caribbean(on RCCL), Mexican(on Princess) or Alaska(on NCL) cruise would be a better first time experience and to save Hawaii for future land visits as you can easily spend a week each on Maui, Oahu, Kauai, or the Big Island.

    YMMV
     
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    Planning a great cruise for 2021, yes 2021. Already have 4 cabins booked. So far it's all women but men are welcome. The Sky Princess is a new ship whose maiden voyage will be later this year. I have sailed the Caribbean several times but this one is all ports that I have not visited except for St. Thomas. Come party with us!
    10 DAY PRINCESS CARIBBEAN CRUISE
    MARCH 20-MARCH 30, 2021
    SKY PRINCESS
    Itinerary –
    3/20 – Ft. Lauderdale
    3/21 – At Sea
    3/22 – Amber Cove, Dom Rep (Private Island)
    3/23 – St. Thomas
    3/24 – Dominica
    3/25 – Grenada
    3/26 – Bonaire
    3/27 – Curacao
    3/28 – At Sea
    3/29 – At Sea
    3/30 – Ft. Lauderdale
    Pricing – Includes taxes & Port Fees
    Balcony, Cat BD - $2094/pp, Deposit - $390/cabin
    Mini Suite, Cat MC - $2494/pp, Deposit - $470/cabin
    Previous Princess cruisers will also get $50/pp off the price.
    Deposits are fully refundable. Additional prices on request
    $50 OBC/per cabin, priority check-in & complimentary specialty dining plus an additional amenity based on # of cabins from AAA. Current Princess promo provides $250/pp OBC for balcony & above if booked before promo ends which is currently 9/3 but may end earlier.
    Contact – Stephane Wise, AAA Travel, 843-815-3775 Ext: 15901 or sxwise@aaacarolinas.com. Refer to Hart Group.
     
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    Looks like a fun cruise and by booking this far out you can get some great prices. I hope you can attract some of the former Cruising Tugers. Enjoy
     
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    Since this thread is so long, I'm going to start a new one.
     
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    Alaska land tour/cruise - June 2020 - The Royal Princess. First time cruising the Princess line and Alaska.
     
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    We just completed a Princess Coral Alaska/land tour cruise this past Saturday and really enjoyed it. Tour guide we had in Denali said June was the best month but we had no problems with August (although Denali was mid 40's and raining). We would sign up for the cruise you posted but already have a 14 day England bus tour scheduled for June. Hope you get some CT's to join you. Have fun.
     
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    Thank you. So far two couples :)

    The more, the merrier :)
     
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    We did the Alaska land/cruise on the Coral also but in May. The weather was terrific. Every place we went locals were telling us that the weather is not usually that warm. We loved it.
     
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