MISTAKES FIRST TIME CRUISERS MAKE....oh boy!

The list could be extensive...and I'd bet real money that the cruise lines, each and every one, know and count on it. If suddenly everyone somehow became an educated consumer, the fares to cruise would skyrocket. I'll start with one of my favorites...buying excursions and specialty restaurants on board, rather than on line, in comfort. Watching folks do it onboard, surrounded by 500+ of your closest new friends who know as little as you do with basically only cruise excursion desk literature to go on, leaves me totally disgusted....no research, no opines from peeps who've actually done a particular excursion, is like throwing your $$ into the ocean...

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Moving on...bidding on upgrades when they didn't know what they had to begin with....or what they're bidding on....remember, theyre newbies, so be gentle...

Now see, I have no clue about this bidding you speak of.... I have not sailed on that line and it is like being a newbie all over again, if I were to try an unfamiliar line. One of the benefits of this forum is getting this information as needed. Thanks all of you!!!!

Lets start with a compliment....its not often an experienced cruiser admits to not knowing something...kudos to you AUNTIE...on NCL (and I thought other lines as well), you may be afforded an opportunity for an upgrade to your existing cabin...all done on line...the short version is you bid for an upgrade based on cabin classification...the hook is you get that class alright, if you're bid is accepted..but the exact location?? I have always advised against it, unless you're in the lowest box they (or any line) has...then, perhaps you wouldn't care where theyre going to put you. just my .02...

Got it! Like so many others have said, I like to choose the location of my cabin. Carnival does have a similar program that you book the minimum and hope for better, done at the time you book and pay for the least you will accept. We did this once many years ago... it is one of the "never again" items in our cruising basket. It is just not called bidding for an upgrade. Thanks for the information.

We want to go on a first cruise with my brother thru the Panama Canal. Is September a good time to go? Anyone like the Norwegian Cruise Lines? We want to go with them because of the free drink packages and specialty dining. Which ship is best for adults? We just want a nice cruise ship, not old, without a million restaurants and water slides!

We did a 15 day cruise on the NCL Star. We really liked that ship and sailed on it twice. It has been renovated since then so it should be even better. If you like Freestyle, unhampered fun, you should like NCL. We did the Panama Canal cruise in October, 2011, so September should be just as good.

Here are some photos: https://cruisingmemories.shutterfly.com/panamacanal/4

Don't confuse the age of the ship, with it being old as they are constantly being upgraded. The newer ships probably would not fit through the canal and most of the ones that do will have some age to them.

The Panama Canal is an amazing cruise. Do the full cruise. We started in LA and ended in Tampa Bay. Good luck!

Thanks so so much for your reply and I've checked out your pictures too. I think we'll wait to book until the last minute as I've noticed that one gets more freebies on NCL. I would love to do a cruise with Cunard Line but they seem to be so costly. Back in the day, two girlfriends and I went on a Transatlantic cruise with the Queen Mary I think. We were only 18 or so. When we got to New York to take the cruise, the stevedores met us at the arriving taxi and took our luggage. Asked us what ship we were going on and asked for a tip. Being so young we offered them Canadian Dollars and they threw it back at us saying: we only take American money! We apologized profusely, but they got us back by putting all of our luggage on a boat to the Bahamas. The whole way we had no clothes or anything. Luckily we were young and had a good time anyways. Only thing was we had to stay in Southampton for a week before we got our luggage back! Haha

Anyone used Cunard through the Panama Canal?

Well that was rude!

Well I'm 67 years old now, so that was a long time ago! Never thought of telling that story before; it's because I'm thinking of a cruise again! To me it's a funny story..

It sounds like you handled it the best way possible!

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