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Ever talked to a family member, friend, or heard someone post on social media advice for going on a cruise that was just plain bad?

From make sure you take local currency in Puerto Rico, to no one needs travel insurance, share what advice you've heard that is just plain bad.

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Matt, the comment I hear the most is "you don't need a Travel Agent to book a cruise and you will get a better price booking directly through the Cruise Line.  I consistently get better deals through Paz my TA.  Along with better deals I have an advocate who works for me and behalf not the cruise line should there be a problem.  I am glad to say in my 69 cruises with RCCL there hasn't been a problem we couldn't work out.  Great question.

Bill

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1 hour ago, Matt said:

Ever talked to a family member, friend, or heard someone post on social media advice for going on a cruise that was just plain bad?

From make sure you take local currency in Puerto Rico, to no one needs travel insurance, share what advice you've heard that is just plain bad.

Years ago, I asked a travel agent how far in advance I should book a cruise.  I was told it didn't really matter, but 6 months was probably good.  I have since learned to book early, when deployment schedules are announced.  

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I know that Matt might take offense, but….

For first time cruisers, don’t book a short cruise.

I have personally given this advice, and more often than not, I found that cruising wasn’t for everyone and those people complained that they wanted off after 2-3 days.

I say go in a 3 night cruise and if it left you wanting more, spend the money you would have spent on a long cruise and go on another. 

Don’t hate on the answer, hate on the people who don’t like cruising. 

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Another one: don’t worry about getting seasick. 
 

I have NEVER gotten sick on roller coasters, airplanes ranging from single prop Cessna to jumbo jets, fishing boats, or any other type of transportation. Then, on one cruise, I was in an aft room during turbulent seas, reading a book next to the window. That combination took its toll on me. Now I take a bottle of Dramamine regardless of whether I need it. 

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8 minutes ago, Psycho and Barb said:

1.  This piece of art will be worth double what your paying before the years out.

2.  This Invicta watch is a quality timepiece and you can’t find it cheaper anywhere but here.

3.  You can only order two lobsters on lobster night.

To be fair, those aren’t really “advice,” they are plain false and dumb assertions. But yes, those are terrible assertions!

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10 minutes ago, CruisingNewb said:

I know that Matt might take offense, but….

For first time cruisers, don’t book a short cruise.

I have personally given this advice, and more often than not, I found that cruising wasn’t for everyone and those people complained that they wanted off after 2-3 days.

I say go in a 3 night cruise and if it left you wanting more, spend the money you would have spent on a long cruise and go on another. 

Don’t hate on the answer, hate on the people who don’t like cruising. 

I have a daughter that is totally and completely against. cruising.  I've been trying to get her to cruise for a few years now.  She has relented, just a little.  She says that she will go only on a 3 day cruise.  My response:  You won't get the full experience of the ship, especially an Oasis Class or Quantum Class ship in 3 days.  A three day cruise cruise "USUALLY" amounts to leaving a Southeastern port, cruising over night to the Bahamas, dock in the morning, take advantage of the Perfect Day or Island City, get back on the ship and cruise back to the Southeastern port, and get off the ship.  How can you experience the whole experience like that.  I've been on 3 Oasis Class ships, on 7 and 8 night cruises and I'm sure that there are STILL things that I didn't know exist or didn't get to it.  I told her that if she wants to go on a cruise like that, it wont be with me.  The shortest cruise I'll take is a 7 nighter.  

When I hear people say that they were not happy with cruising and only went on ONE three day cruise, I can only ASSUME that they didn't have a full experience.  I never wanted to cruise until I did.  Now I'm hooked.  My first cruise was an 8 day to the Panama Canal on Brand X.  Haven't looked back, well except for not cruising Brand X anymore.  

I do RESPECT your opinion though!

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2 hours ago, Paid4c4 said:

Matt, the comment I hear the most is "you don't need a Travel Agent to book a cruise and you will get a better price booking directly through the Cruise Line.  I consistently get better deals through Paz my TA.  Along with better deals I have an advocate who works for me and behalf not the cruise line should there be a problem.  I am glad to say in my 69 cruises with RCCL there hasn't been a problem we couldn't work out.  Great question.

Bill

I would say the opposite, I’m not saying don’t use a travel agent but they definitely aren’t necessary. The times I’ve used them it was me contacting them to tell them I found a better price.

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8 minutes ago, 10-42 said:

I have a daughter that is totally and completely against. cruising.  I've been trying to get her to cruise for a few years now.  She has relented, just a little.  She says that she will go only on a 3 day cruise.  My response:  You won't get the full experience of the ship, especially an Oasis Class or Quantum Class ship in 3 days.  A three day cruise cruise "USUALLY" amounts to leaving a Southeastern port, cruising over night to the Bahamas, dock in the morning, take advantage of the Perfect Day or Island City, get back on the ship and cruise back to the Southeastern port, and get off the ship.  How can you experience the whole experience like that.  I've been on 3 Oasis Class ships, on 7 and 8 night cruises and I'm sure that there are STILL things that I didn't know exist or didn't get to it.  I told her that if she wants to go on a cruise like that, it wont be with me.  The shortest cruise I'll take is a 7 nighter.  

When I hear people say that they were not happy with cruising and only went on ONE three day cruise, I can only ASSUME that they didn't have a full experience.  I never wanted to cruise until I did.  Now I'm hooked.  My first cruise was an 8 day to the Panama Canal on Brand X.  Haven't looked back, well except for not cruising Brand X anymore.  

I do RESPECT your opinion though!

Thanks. I get the counter argument. I really do, especially because I love cruising. Think if it this way, when my kids are at a buffet, and this goes for my spouse too, I tell them, even if something looks amazing, get a small portion to see if you like it first. Then go back for how ever much you want. 
 

for us, shorter cruise options are limited to 3 night cruises to Ensenada. Smaller ships. 3 nights was plenty to experience a great deal of things in the ship. Of course, I don’t know that I would ever recommend a short cruise on an oasis class ship. That’s a whole lot of ship!

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20 minutes ago, CruisingNewb said:

Another one: don’t worry about getting seasick. 
 

I have NEVER gotten sick on roller coasters, airplanes ranging from single prop Cessna to jumbo jets, fishing boats, or any other type of transportation. Then, on one cruise, I was in an aft room during turbulent seas, reading a book next to the window. That combination took its toll on me. Now I take a bottle of Dramamine regardless of whether I need it. 

My last cruise - May 13 - 20, 2022, Alaska, we got those patches you put behind your ear.   I've never been more than feeling a little woozy on any cruise ship.  But, I figured that we were going to cruise in the North Pacific and I watch a lot of TV, so I'd get the patches.  Well, we did have one day/nigh of heavy seas, not too bad though.  I never felt bad at all.  So, I wasted paying for the prescription behind ear patches.  

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8 minutes ago, Ogalthorpe Haywood said:

I would say the opposite, I’m not saying don’t use a travel agent but they definitely aren’t necessary. The times I’ve used them it was me contacting them to tell them I found a better price.

My experience with TA is 50/50 good/bad. I can agree either way on this one.

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8 minutes ago, 10-42 said:

My last cruise - May 13 - 20, 2022, Alaska, we got those patches you put behind your ear.   I've never been more than feeling a little woozy on any cruise ship.  But, I figured that we were going to cruise in the North Pacific and I watch a lot of TV, so I'd get the patches.  Well, we did have one day/nigh of heavy seas, not too bad though.  I never felt bad at all.  So, I wasted paying for the prescription behind ear patches.  

Good to hear you didn’t get seasick! May I ask why prescription patches and not just a $10 bottle of Dramamine?

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9 minutes ago, CruisingNewb said:

Good to hear you didn’t get seasick! May I ask why prescription patches and not just a $10 bottle of Dramamine?

Scopolamine 1 MG/ 3 day patch.  Apply 1 patch every 72 hours by transdermal route as directed.  From CVS.

To be clear, we never used them. That's why I say that it was a waste of my money.  They aren't expensive though!

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