Go Back   Cruise Critic Message Board Forums > New Cruisers > First Time Cruisers
Register here!
Forgot Your Password?


First Time Cruisers You May Also Want to Read: Over 6,000 Published Cruise Reviews by First Time Cruisers

Best advice for first-time cruisers; learn how to pick a cabin, find the best cruise bargain, tips on what to pack.

Browse Cruise Critic's First Time Cruiser Resources (articles)

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old March 6th, 2013, 11:19 PM
angeleyez273 angeleyez273 is offline
Cool Cruiser
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: NY
Posts: 4
Question 1st Cruise...

We will be going on our first cruise this coming September on Royal Caribbeans Explorer of the Sea out of Cape Liberty to Bermuda. Really have no clue about cruising and would appreciate any advice and tips anyone can give. Especially if you have been on this specific cruise before. It is the 7 night cruise to Bermuda only. I am interested in doing the Dolphin excursion but have heard mixed reviews on it. We are traveling with our 5 kids who will be 2,2,6,10 & 13 yrs old

Thanks in advance!
Reply With Quote

Old March 6th, 2013, 11:24 PM
Scrapnana's Avatar
Scrapnana Scrapnana is offline
10,000+ Club
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Virginia
Posts: 18,373

Welcome to Cruise Critic and to cruising. A good way to start is to check if there is a roll call for your cruise. http://boards.cruisecritic.com/forumdisplay.php?f=260
You can "meet" some of the people on your cruise and find out more about shore excursions. Also check the Bermuda port of call board. http://boards.cruisecritic.com/forumdisplay.php?f=196

I'm sure you will love your cruise.
Evangeline - Nassau - 1960
Johan Van Oldenbarnevelt - EB TA - 1962
Queen Mary - WB TA - 1962
Raffaello - Caribbean - 1968
MV Three Gorges - Yangtze River - 1988
Atlas - Nile River - 1995
Olympic - Aegean Sea - 1996
Constellation - Baltic Sea - 2005
Disney Fantasy - Caribbean - 2012
Queen Elizabeth - World Voyage 2014
Queen Elizabeth - Southampton to Fort Lauderdale - 2015

Westerdam - FLL to Seattle with the "Sail-away Gang" - 2015
Liberty of the Seas - Canada/New England - 2015
Westerdam - Hawaii, Tahiti, and the Marquesas with the "Pearls of the Pacific" - 2016
Nieuw Amsterdam - Alaska - 2016

World Voyage Blog - http://kathisworldvoyage.blogspot.com/
A Winter Crossing - http://cunard2015.blogspot.com
The Sail-Away Gang's Cruise - http://westerdam2015.blogspot.com/
Fall Foliage Cruise -http://fallfoliagecruise2015.blogspot.com/
South Pacific/North to Alaska - http://halcruises2016.blogspot.com/
Reply With Quote

Old March 6th, 2013, 11:34 PM
Colorado Kat Colorado Kat is offline
5,000+ Club
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Northern Colorado
Posts: 6,836

Are the 2 year olds old enough for the dolphin excursion?
Reply With Quote

Old March 6th, 2013, 11:54 PM
Northshorecruisers's Avatar
Northshorecruisers Northshorecruisers is offline
Cool Cruiser
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Andover, MN
Posts: 2,443

Welcome to cruise critic!! I encourage you to write a review of your cruise when you get back. I have never done this trip but it sounds like it would be a nice relaxing cruise.

Looking at the ages of the children...wow, you need a cruise I admire you!!

My husband did a dolphin excursion when we were in Puerto Vallarta and loved it. He did one where he actually interacted with the dophin, swam with it etc. I don't know if your youngest children could attend or not. You might want to find out who the vendor is for the tour and find out what rules they have. Just google dolphin swim bermuda and see what comes up. If you can book the excursion privately, it will save you a lot of money with taking the whole family. And, they might have some options for your size of group and age ranges. Sometimes the cruiseline will lock up vendors where they're not allowed to sell to cruise passengers. Since you're docked in Bermuda at least overnight, it's not like you have to be back to the ship at the end of the day to depart. You don't have to tell the vendor you're on a cruise.
Deb & Steve

Oosterdam - Mexican Riviera - Jan 2006
Grand Princess - Western Caribbean - Nov 2007
Oosterdam - Mexican Riviera - Oct 2008
Zuiderdam - Inside Passage - July 2012
Reply With Quote

Old March 7th, 2013, 07:19 AM
Krazy Kruizers's Avatar
Krazy Kruizers Krazy Kruizers is offline
100,000+ Club
Join Date: Jul 2001
Posts: 103,523

Welcome to Cruise Critic.

From what I understand, the minimum age is 3.

You can also ask questions on the RCI board here:


Check out and ask questions on Family Cruises here:

Cruising is a wonderful way to enjoy retirement!
Stopped counting a few years ago -- have done over 140 cruises.
Reply With Quote

Old March 7th, 2013, 07:21 AM
Krazy Kruizers's Avatar
Krazy Kruizers Krazy Kruizers is offline
100,000+ Club
Join Date: Jul 2001
Posts: 103,523

Found this -- maybe this is what you are thinking about doing?

Check out this site:


Cruising is a wonderful way to enjoy retirement!
Stopped counting a few years ago -- have done over 140 cruises.
Reply With Quote

Old March 7th, 2013, 07:37 AM
angeleyez273 angeleyez273 is offline
Cool Cruiser
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: NY
Posts: 4
Default To clarify

Sorry I was not clear about the dolphin excursion. It is for 6 yrs and up so it will be myself and the three older children only.
Reply With Quote

Old March 7th, 2013, 09:26 AM
maryred's Avatar
maryred maryred is offline
Cool Cruiser
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 527

Only you know your family and how much they would enjoy such an interaction. All you will get here is other people's opinion, so reserve your judgement since they are no better than the reviews that you will see reported on places such as on Trip Advisor, the cruise line's website, or even the direct book web site for the interaction.

With that said here's my opinion; it's not the best or worst option for a dolphin interaction. It is more expensive than other venues on other cruise destinations that offer similar programs, but if this trip to Bermuda will be your only chance to do something like this then go ahead and book it whichever way you choose to.
My advice though would be instead of booking with the cruise line would be to first go to the National Museum of Bermuda ($10 for adults, children under 13 are free, & it's right in the dockyard so no transportation needed) where the encounters are held and spend at least a half hour observing how the interactions are held. This observer only option for just the admission to the fort is unique in the realm of dolphin interactions, from there you can form your own opinions as to if the children and yourself would enjoy spending some level of time in the water w/ the dolphins or if you/they are better off w/ the at the wall petting & kiss experience (& in some rare cases some children are satisfied w/ just observing from the close by spectator benches). At that point if any of the available programs appeal to your family you can customize a package directly w/ the tour operator rather than being stuck with the whatever limited options/times the cruise line has negotiated. If you want to research what's available ahead of time Dolphin Quest does have it's own web site.

Sept. 2016 Pride
June 2016 CCL Pride
Mar. 2016 CCL Pride
Oct. 2015 NCL Breakaway
Sept 2015 CCL Splendor
Feb 2015 CCL Dream
May 2013 CCL Splendor
Apr 2013 CCL Splendor
Sept 2012 RCI Explorer of the Seas
May 2012 CCL Miracle
July 2011 CCL Glory
Oct 2010 CCL Pride
Sept 2010 CCL Glory
Aug 2003 RCI Sovereign of the Seas
July 1992 Premier Oceanic
June 1992 Premier Oceanic
May 1990 Premier Atlantic
Reply With Quote

Old March 8th, 2013, 09:24 AM
chipq chipq is offline
Cool Cruiser
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Southern California
Posts: 2,292

Welcome to cruising, its a great family vacation experience. Have a great time planning the excursions and researching all of your cruise options here on the boards and most importantly, once you get on board relax and have fun. Enjoy.

Reply With Quote

Old March 8th, 2013, 05:00 PM
lissa42886's Avatar
lissa42886 lissa42886 is offline
Cool Cruiser
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Levittown,pa
Posts: 835

i sailed EOS myself. longer trip but we went to Brumuda. stop at the glass blowing factory it was very cool. you got to watch them actualy blowing glass items. we also went to... horsebay beach i believe it was called. not crowded and beautiful. took the pink bus there ( careful thsoe rides are crazzzzy ) and the water taxi back

i dont have a trip review but i do have pics on my FB page.

~ Past Cruises
Carnival Liberty 8*27*07
Explorer of the Seas 5*28*09
Carnival Imagination 11*19*10
Carnival Destiny 08*16*12 ( and Disney B4)
Carnival Glory 05*24*14

~Land vaca
Aruba 2010 * everybody's hands go UP, and they stay there!! *

Next on Deck!


Last edited by lissa42886; March 8th, 2013 at 05:01 PM.
Reply With Quote



Ad Sponsored By
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:08 AM.

© 1995 - 2016, The Independent Traveler, Inc. All rights reserved.
"A Community of People Who Love To Cruise"
All of the information contained within Cruise Critic is protected by copyright. You may, however, download a single copy only for your personal use.