Cruising Hints and Tips for Newbies

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Australia
66 Posts
Joined Jan 2010
the other writers who send in their information,i am reading just about everything.I am going on my first cruise in march, on the sun princess.Cheers from maryjo62.
NSW, Australia
1,064 Posts
Joined Feb 2010
Hi everyone, thanks so much to all the contributors to this thread, it makes planning for our trip so much easier. You guys are great!! Things have changed a lot since I went on my last cruise.

We are going on Pacific Sun on 18 September 2010 out of Newcastle. I have not cruised in many years and this trip will be the first for my husband and 7 yo son (hopefully they will fall in love with cruising) so cruising can become our yearly family holiday like my family did when I was a kid.

Jenny

Past cruises
Tjiwangi x2 - 1971 and 1973
Marco Polo - 1972
Cathay - 1974
Fairsky - 1975
Arcadia - 1975
Fairstar x5 - 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979 & 1980

Future cruises
Pacific Sun - 18 September 2010
Perth
1 Posts
Joined Feb 2010
13/2/2010
Just back from a 12 day cruise to Indonesia. Sailing conditions were excellent apart from a bumpy ride into Fremantle but that was night time so it wasn't so bad.

Food was very good and crew are wonderful, so kind and giving wonderful service. Most of the entertainment is good although a lot of it is geared to the over 70's crowd. Smugglers and Speakeasy Bars are the best for alternative music with their juke boxes and more intimate surroundings.

If you like quiet holidays for just the 2 of you , forget cruises as after a while it becomes like a 12 day party and that can be rather wearing. Also having to line up for meals is rather wearing after a few days. Finding a chair to sit on outside can be difficult as the best cane chairs are bagged early in the morning.

Port stops are fun but go too quickly. I think that the Bali stop should be 2 days not just 1 day.

All in all a good holiday but I don't think I'll ever become a cruise junkie, as I like more unstructured holidays with fewer people around day in and day out.
Melbourne
28 Posts
Joined May 2011
Thank you everyone for your wonderful tips. Lots of great work there.
Taking hubby and 10 yo daughter - she will be 11 next year - on Pacific Pearl on 7th April 2012. Very excited, as the last time I went on a cruise was almost 20 years ago on the Fairstar.

Hubby and daughter have never been on one before.

Can anyone give me tips on the kids clubs? She is on the 11-14 year old group and from what I can see it goes through to 1am . Are there any shows that she can come to with us at night or are they all off limits?
Also cruise cards for kids - can they only spend money on it when they are with a parent? I assume the kids club don't have them using it without parental permission?

Thanks
3 Posts
Joined Jun 2011
First time cruiser, my wife and I on the Pacific Sun on July 1st to Noumea. Thks for all the tips guys, alot of stuff we didnt think of. But just had a few unanswered questions for anyone who has been on PS recently.

What unexpected costs can we expect once we are onboard? Dining, spa's, etc?

With the Oasis area being free, are there any other quite areas you can chill in peace? ..or is it still spacious enough for those times you need some peace.

How crowded does it get? We realise we are going at the start of school holidays, which will be.....interesting, but everyone states that meal times in the buffet area can get bad.

Thks in advance for any replies.
Wollongong, NSW, AU
9 Posts
Joined Sep 2011
Originally posted by jovigirloz
Thank you everyone for your wonderful tips. Lots of great work there.
Taking hubby and 10 yo daughter - she will be 11 next year - on Pacific Pearl on 7th April 2012. Very excited, as the last time I went on a cruise was almost 20 years ago on the Fairstar.

Hubby and daughter have never been on one before.

Can anyone give me tips on the kids clubs? She is on the 11-14 year old group and from what I can see it goes through to 1am . Are there any shows that she can come to with us at night or are they all off limits?
Also cruise cards for kids - can they only spend money on it when they are with a parent? I assume the kids club don't have them using it without parental permission?

Thanks
When I went on my first cruise (2009) I was 15 and LOVED the kids club (TEEN HQ+). The youth staff are great and soon become your bestfriend.
It does run through to 1am, however from 10.30m onwards its usually just a movie playing and only a few people stay.

Shows: Almost all the shows are for all ages, except for some of the smaller (comedy type) shows in some of the bars. So you are more than welcome to take her to them.

With the cruise card, parents can put a limit on there children's. Say you put $50 on your daughters card, and when she reaches it you can decide to increase it or not.
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Past Cruises:
P&O Pacific Dawn, 2009, W934, Pacific Islands (9/12/09)

Future Cruises:
P&O Pacific Jewel, 2012, P211, Pacific Islands (9/4/12)
P&O Pacific Pearl, 2012, Pacific Islands, (TBA)




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Dubai
3 Posts
Joined Apr 2012
Thank you for the great informative post. i mainly wanted to ask about the money used on the Islands but you seem to have covered that. Have cruised before but never in Australia so we are really looking forward to it.
helen
Came from the land above to the Land Downunder
6,403 Posts
Joined May 2008
Just to advise that most cruise lines not just PO now confiscate your power boards due to fires they have caused I would suggest you take a double adaptor instead
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