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A Supposedly Fun Thing that Will Hopefully Actually Be Fun

Cruise recommendations for two female BFFs in their 30s? [more inside]
posted by Jess the Mess on Jan 2, 2014 - 11 answers

Can we have a stealth wedding at sea?

My fiancée and I want to get married at sea on a cruise. Unfortunately, we can't find a cruise line that sails from our nearby ports that offers a wedding package that works for us (all the lines we checked require that everything be done by the book on their schedule with their vows, music, food, etc.). Has anyone ever staged a "stealth wedding" at sea where you bring your own officiant, gather a small number of family and friends together at an agreed-upon time in a quiet corner of the ship, and carry out a short impromptu ceremony? Will the cruise line have a problem with this? Would there be a penalty if we were caught? More importantly, would a marriage license from our state be valid if signed at sea in international waters? If not, what if we handled the paperwork in port? It's just a germ of an idea right now and at this point we really want to know if this is all possible and legal. Any advice for us?
posted by Servo5678 on Nov 19, 2013 - 12 answers

How do I avoid gaining weight and stay on a diet while on a cruise ship?

This year I made a resolution for healthier living and have been successful so far. Overcame a lot of bad habits compared to where I started. But I'm going on a cruise with a group of friends next month. From what I've been told it's going to be an around the clock buffet. I'm planning on using the gym but don't know how to deal with all of the food. I'm not going to be on the alcoholic drinks package and figure I can enjoy dinner that way. Breakfast and lunch are a free for all though. Any ideas for what my best options would be so I don't gain 15 by the end of the week.
posted by adapt on Jun 2, 2013 - 34 answers

Any Tips for Booking a Cruise over New Year's Eve?

I'm interested in booking a cruise with some friends for a New Year's Eve vacation. What cruise lines and ships do you recommend, and given the holiday, what recommendations do you have to make the trip affordable, since it seems that most lines have marked up sailing dates around the holidays? [more inside]
posted by cdemay on May 5, 2013 - 3 answers

Help me go on vacation this fall!

In November, I will be flying to Paris, then going to Barcelona and taking a cruise from there to New Orleans with my husband and our 12 month old girl and possibly two other adults. What are your tips for a successful vacation with a young child? [more inside]
posted by Night_owl on Feb 25, 2013 - 9 answers

How to get the most out of Disney Cruise?

Going on a Disney cruise with both adults and kids. It will be on the Magic and to the Western Caribbean. Any tips/tricks/suggestions to get the most out of the experience?
posted by shivohum on Dec 28, 2012 - 3 answers

Never been at sea...help.

I've never been on a cruise, but will be going on one next year...would appreciate any cruise "hacks" I should take into account as a first timer. The cruise is on the Mediterranean and will be 9 days.
posted by teg4rvn on Oct 26, 2012 - 29 answers

The ultimate vacation: starting at the ocean by myself

Recommendations for a quiet, budget-conscious solo vacation consisting of staring at the Atlantic Ocean? [more inside]
posted by pavane on Jul 15, 2012 - 23 answers

How long would it take for helicopters to rescue people in the middle of the Atlantic?

Say you're on a cruise ship in the middle of the Atlantic and something happens and it capsizes. How long would you have to be out there until the Coast Guard rescues you? Hours? Days? How fast can those big helicopters get to you? I am talking middle of the ocean here. Thanks.
posted by Sully on Jun 5, 2012 - 20 answers

What to do in Falmouth, Jamaica?

So next week, my girlfriend and I are going on a cruise for our third year anniversary booked through Royal Caribbean that leaves from Florida and stops at Labidee, Haiti; Falmouth, Jamaica; George Town, Grand Cayman; and Cozumel, Mexico. This is my first cruise, and my girlfriend’s eighth cruise. We have already booked awesome excursions in Labadee (parasailing!), George Town (turtle farm and stingray city!), and Cozumel (snorkeling boat tour!), but we are unsure what to do in Falmouth since it’s a relatively new port. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by oceanjesse on Jun 1, 2012 - 4 answers

Who drinks the dregs of champagne?

What do they do with perishable alcohol at the end of a cruise? [more inside]
posted by Ruki on May 18, 2012 - 10 answers

Cruising to Alaska - what should we know?

We're thinking about going on a cruise to Alaska in late August/early September and we have no experience with cruising or Alaska. What do we need to know? How do we work within our budget? Two adults, no kids. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Mar 11, 2012 - 10 answers

How to give something back while luxury cruising?

How can I do something nice for the locals while my family and I are on a big phat cruise? [more inside]
posted by ToucanDoug on Mar 7, 2012 - 8 answers

Valentine's ideas when traveling

I'm looking for Valentine's Days ideas for my girlfriend of 7 years. The complication is that we are traveling this year, leaving Feb 1. [more inside]
posted by now i'm piste on Jan 26, 2012 - 6 answers

What happens to the Costa Concordia?

The Costa Concordia; what happens next? How will the ship be removed? Rescue efforts were suspended indefinitely on Monday after the stricken cruise liner slipped on its rocky resting place and settled farther into the water, according to the firefighters heading the operation... Mr. Foschi also said the vessel was carrying 2,300 tons of fuel but there were no signs of leakage so far.
posted by R. Mutt on Jan 16, 2012 - 12 answers

All Aboard the U.S.S. Las Vegas!

I’m going to be going on a cruise next year with my parents (at their request and expense). Not to sound like a little brat, but I’m a bit nervous that I’m going to be trapped on the U.S.S. Las Vegas when that is NOT my scene. Help? [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Jan 1, 2012 - 45 answers

Halong is it gonna take for me to find a good tour company?

A friend and I will be in Hanoi in January. We want to do an awesome trip in Halong Bay. How? [more inside]
posted by broadway bill on Dec 2, 2011 - 7 answers

Help me stay in touch with the fam?

How do I use my iphone on a cruise? [more inside]
posted by pearlybob on Nov 19, 2011 - 10 answers

Where can I travel this winter?

What is a cheap international trip I can take this winter? [more inside]
posted by grimace636 on Oct 21, 2011 - 3 answers

Can you give me some advice about a Mediterranean cruise this spring?

My parents (in their 60s) and my brother and I (both in our 30s) are planning to take a Mediterranean cruise this spring. However, that's as far as we've gotten in the planning! I'd love some advice, especially from people who have done this before. [more inside]
posted by cider on Sep 19, 2011 - 7 answers

Rock the boat!

Working on a cruise ship? Excellent adventure or more trouble than its worth? [more inside]
posted by thejrt on Jun 3, 2011 - 16 answers

I've memorized Port and Starboard. What else do 2 cruise n00bs need to know?

The Lady and I are taking our first cruise this Sunday. Leaving New Orleans and heading to Belize, Roatan, Costa Maya and Cozumel. I've been to N.O. before, but neither of us have been any of the other places. Any pro-tips, suggestions or amusing anecdotes about any of those places? We really have no idea what to expect... [more inside]
posted by indiebass on May 24, 2011 - 18 answers

Men's Fashion

What are some examples of men's fashion on casual cruises, and more importantly, where can I buy them? [more inside]
posted by zain on Apr 5, 2011 - 9 answers

How to get replacement passports for my parents?

How to help my parents get new copies of their passports so they can re-enter the US at the end of a Caribbean cruise? [more inside]
posted by Pocahontas on Feb 20, 2011 - 14 answers

Cruising with a toddler

We'd like to go on a family cruise in the second half of May: myself, my husband, Baby J and my parents. What will this be like? And also, got any specific recommendations? [more inside]
posted by sillymama on Dec 21, 2010 - 6 answers

Best cruise out of Tel Aviv?

My wife-to-be and I want to take a week long cruise from Tel Aviv to Greece in May. Mano was recommended to us but none of their dates work with our schedule. [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog on Dec 20, 2010 - 1 answer

What will my mom need for her cruise?

What does my mom need for her first cruise? [more inside]
posted by torisaur on Nov 24, 2010 - 14 answers

Stress-free family vacation

Where to vacation with three generations of family near Houston, TX? [more inside]
posted by MsMolly on Nov 16, 2010 - 7 answers

Can you tour a cruise ship while its docked?

Does anyone know if it is possible to tour a cruise ship while it's in port without having to actually purchase a cruise trip ticket? [more inside]
posted by Cyrie on Sep 19, 2010 - 11 answers

Help with New England cruise

New England/Canada cruise. October. Never been on a cruise before. Help, please. [more inside]
posted by mr_crash_davis mark II: Jazz Odyssey on Jul 29, 2010 - 6 answers

Help me see a whale

I want to see a whale in the wild. [more inside]
posted by stoneweaver on Jul 3, 2010 - 36 answers

Who will plan the global vacation that I'm too stressed to plan for myself?

What are the best reputable Web sites for booking packaged, affordable global travel from the U.S.? Not looking to actually travel until 2011. [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on May 19, 2010 - 10 answers

Is it time to worry about a late crawler/walker?

ParentFilter: Is it time to worry about a late crawler/walker? [more inside]
posted by Joh on May 6, 2010 - 23 answers

Travel insurance for Greece?

I'm thinking about going on a Greek cruise and need advice about travel insurance, given the turmoil happening there now. [more inside]
posted by tomwheeler on Apr 9, 2010 - 1 answer

How's the veggie dining on a cruise?

You took a 10-day Princess cruise (to Alaska) and you're a vegetarian. You ate... [more inside]
posted by Pocahontas on Mar 12, 2010 - 17 answers

Things to do in the Mexican Riviera

My wife and I are planning to take a Mexican Riviera cruise (Carnival). The three stops are Acapulco, Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa, and Manzanillo. We know nothing about this area and are looking for ideas for things to do. [more inside]
posted by mmoncur on Feb 12, 2010 - 3 answers

Am I about to get screwed by Sundance Vacations?

Am I about to get screwed by Sundance Vacations? [more inside]
posted by cheapskatebay on Feb 3, 2010 - 7 answers

Activity Suggestions On A Cruise

After two years of savings, my wife and I are going on a a cruise to the Western Caribbean. Islands we are stopping at are St. Maartens, St Thomas, and San Juan. I would like to know if there are UNIQUE places, restaurants, shopping or fun things we can do on each island. I am not necessarily looking for the "canned" trips organized by the cruise lines. Both my wife and I are in our 60's so mountain climbing, ect would be a bit too much for us.
posted by Mckoan1 on Jan 23, 2010 - 12 answers

Carribbean Cruise Negotiations

I am planning a Caribbean cruise for my wife and myself. I am using a Cruise Travel Company with a good reputation. This agency has quoted me prices for several cruises. Besides attempting to negotiate better pricing and a room upgrade, are there any other amenities I am overlooking that would further enhance this cruise? Any suggestions for this negotiation would be appreciated. Thanks in advance...
posted by Mckoan1 on Dec 3, 2009 - 9 answers

Help me pick the better cruise

Please help me choose between two cruises in the eastern Mediterranean (Croatia and Greece). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 25, 2009 - 5 answers

Should I take a cruise if I'm liable to become sea-sick?

I get sea-sick. Should I go on a cruise? [more inside]
posted by crossoverman on Oct 7, 2009 - 26 answers

Advice on taking a cruise from Southern California

Got any advice on taking a short cruise leaving from Long Beach, California (or thereabouts)? [more inside]
posted by TheClonusHorror on Jun 23, 2009 - 6 answers

Cruising solo to Alaska?

I'm considering splurging and taking an Alaskan cruise next year. I'm a single female in my 40's and will be traveling alone. Please give me some feedback so I can decide if this is the right trip for me! [more inside]
posted by bookmammal on Jun 15, 2009 - 12 answers

Hey Hon! Baltimore Cruise!

Hey Hon, I want to cruise! [more inside]
posted by imjustsaying on Jun 9, 2009 - 2 answers

San Diego-filter

We're setting sail from San Diego on May 25 for a cruise, but we have two days in San Diego beforehand. How can we work the transportation to Sea World and the wild animal park before our cruise while not being stuck going all the way back to the airport for a rental car? Is there a better area to stay or a better way to arrange transportation to support this?
posted by answergrape on May 11, 2009 - 8 answers

Drinking in International Waters/ Cruise Recommendations?

My sister and I want to take a cheap cruise over the summer. I'm 22, but she's 19. Are there cruise lines that let you drink at 19 in international waters? Also, does anyone have any recommendations for cheap-ish (doesn't have to be dirt cheap, just reasonable) and fun cruises?
posted by slowcat on May 10, 2009 - 14 answers

Alaskan Cruise Travel Tips?

Heading on an Alaskan cruise with my 2-year old son, my husband and my 64-year old mother who just finished chemo/radiation for lung cancer. Suggestions, tips, thoughts on making sure everyone enjoys the time? [more inside]
posted by cyniczny on Apr 29, 2009 - 8 answers

The lone scientist in the Caribbean

So, it's me, mom and dad, sister and her ex-Marine husband, handsome football player cousin and his fiancee, and my southern aunt and uncle. Together. On a boat. For a week. Oh god. [more inside]
posted by palindromic on Jan 23, 2009 - 31 answers

Advice on Cartagena, Columbia

Has anyone visited this Cartagena, Columbia, and can you offer any up-to-date advice regarding safety and the best places to visit on a one day cruise stop? [more inside]
posted by pianoboy on Jan 1, 2009 - 8 answers

Last-minute cheap travel tips?

Me and my friends would like to go somewhere warm this February. We don't care where, and we would be fine with booking at the last minute. How do we get a great deal? [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus on Nov 6, 2008 - 13 answers

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