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About TravlnStyle3

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    Cool Cruiser

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  • Location
    Long Island, NY
  • Interests
    Travel, photography, blogging.
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Princess, Royal Caribbean
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  1. TravlnStyle3

    Alaska cruising with babies - ages 1 and 4

    @1025cruise do you have an idea of how they fit 4 people into a balcony room?
  2. TravlnStyle3

    Alaska cruising with babies - ages 1 and 4

    Someone brought up a good point to me yesterday about car safety while traveling. We're flying from NY to Seattle and i know there will be transfers there as well as at the ports that will require car travel. Legally, we need both kids in car seats. In the past we've traveled with a lightweight carseat when we only had one child, but i can't imagine how we can travel with two plus strollers, etc. How have others handled this kind of "gear" situation with more than one child? Is it a better idea to rent carseats (or at least the additional carseat) and/or strollers in Seattle? Where would i rent from if i did that?
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    Alaska cruising with babies - ages 1 and 4

    @kitkat343 we'll be on Princess Cruiselines on the Ruby Princess. @Essiesmom everything is already booked, this is a gift for our family from our parents - we have a balcony room for 4. I'm having a hard time finding pictures of the 4 person configuration, but from past experience i'm assuming and hoping that there will be a couch that pulls out into a bed. I'm anticipating having one adult and one child in each bed.
  4. Hi all. I’m a seasoned cruiser with at least 10 under my belt, but i’m In uncharted territory because this June we’ll be cruising with kids for the first time, in Alaska. I want to be well prepared in all aspects...I’m already anxious thinking about how we’ll handle naps, stroller vs carrier, etc. We’ll be on the Ruby Princess for 7 days stopping in Seattle, Victoria, Ketchikan Skagway, Juneau, and Glaciar Bay National Park. I cruised there around 10 years ago but was single and able to do anything and everything. I’m looking for general baby cruiser tips (what to bring, onboard tips, excursion tips, etc.) and also more detailed suggestions/information about what excursions are best for those ages. We babywear so i anticipate doing a lot of that. I’ve never had to use the kids club/babysitting services and would love to hear reviews of your experiences with that onboard service. We are traveling large - my parents and sisters plus families - 26 of us with kids of all ages - the youngest ones will be 1, 2.5, 4 and 6. ALL of your suggestions and insight are appreciated!
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    Live-Coral Princess Feb 21, 13 Panama Canal

    [*] The average age on this cruise was definitely senior! While there were many active seniors, the ship was almost desserted by midnight. I have done a 10 day Caribbean cruise and think it may be more suited to a honeymoon But what you just went on was the 14 day full transit or the 10 day partial? We're hoping to do the 10 day partial. Maybe that will be younger?
  6. Great insight! I like your style...being the party starter is always the way to go. We've gone on a Southern caribbean cruise together, and i've been on a western caribbean cruise with family. I've pretty much been to EVERY caribbean island with the exception of Aruba, St. Martin and St. Kitts. While i always enjoy the caribbean, i'm looking for something memorable and different. I'm sure all of the seasoned travelers can relate that it's almost difficult to choose where to go as you get older because you've already experienced so much that your biggest decision factor is that it's unique.
  7. Cruising any longer than 10, 11 days is not an option for us because i only get a certain amount of days off and have to keep time for air travel in mind. We also have 2 dogs at home and i'm a sad mommy when i'm away from them TOO long. HAHA. I'm interested to know why you think hawaii is the more romantic option because, to me, a cruise is a cruise...the onboard experience is pretty similar regardless of the destination...is it because of the choice of excursions? Obviously hawaii seems more "honeymoon" than the panama canal but in my opinion, everything is what you make it and we fully intend to make this a romantic vacation wherever we go. Sidenote: Both my fiance and I have travelled to other states and countries for mission work. Not together, yet, but i believe even that type of "vacation" can be romantic if you want it to be. We considered honeymooning in Ecuador where we'd be assisting at a big cat sanctuary. Now THAT is a dream vacation for a serious animal lover like me :) Definitely someday...
  8. You know, i hope no one is taking my "older demographic" thing personally, and maybe it's better that i explain what i'm talking about. A few years ago i went on a Princess cruise to Northern Europe... Finland, Russia, Denmark...a SPECTACULAR trip by the way, i highly recommend. BUT it was the last leg of a world cruise and i will tell you that i was the youngest person on the boat by at least 20 years. As a result, my boyfriend and I (23 at the time) would go to the disco around 9:30, 10:00pm and there wouldn't be a single soul there. The ENTIRE cruise was like that. I enjoyed talking to a number of my fellow passengers but the nightlife was so nonexistent it left me wanting. My fiance and I are the party type... we like to dance and have fun til the wee hours of the night (at least on the nights before a sea day). The importance is not on the age, but rather on the inclination to party! (and i know many of you, regardless of age, like to party too!)
  9. I heard this was the case from the travel agent and it does make sense, however i think everyone refers to the 14 night cruise, as opposed to the 10 night cruise we're looking into. From what i can tell the longer cruises skew older. There's also the consideration of time of year. We'd be going in October, November or January, although i'm not sure what time of year would yield a younger demo.
  10. You all bring up really good points and are very helpful. Yes, i am definitely siding more toward the Panama Canal cruise for many of the reasons you all mentioned. Longer, more convenient for the Disney pre or post-tour, a good mix of beachy relaxation, adventure, and history. I think we've made up our minds on it but i'd like to hear more as this thread gets older...particularly from people who've been on both cruises. Tikipeople, your review was an incredible help because comparing these exact two cruises is really what i'm trying to do. Additionally, since you all know this is for my honeymoon, i welcome any OTHER suggestions you might throw out... in terms of other cruises or just other destinations. Our original intent was Tahiti and we seriously considered the Princess cruise from Tahiti to Hawaii in January 2014. My only qualm was the 5 days of sailing in between. I'm the kind of person who likes a day on, a day off so that i can re-energize for the next day of activities. It's a long cruise with one VERY long flight to Tahiti, and i also question how much we'd really enjoy the Tahiti excursions when most of it is beach and snorkel and such that we can see pretty much anywhere. But maybe i'm wrong. Any insight?
  11. That sounds awesome! Thanks for the congratulations by the way. I think i saw your thread on the Panama Canal cruise... can you tell me if there were younger couples aboard when you went? My travel agent said it skews older and i don't have a problem with that but it would be nice to have some younger couples to do activities with.
  12. Are these responses coming from past NCL cruisers who have a preference or is it because we're all loyal to Princess and on the Princess board? :) Just curious!
  13. TravlnStyle3

    Live-Coral Princess Feb 21, 13 Panama Canal

    We're thinking of doing this cruise for our honeymoon later in the year...were there any younger couples (20s and 30s) aboard? Just curious as we were told by our travel agent that the age demo for Panama Canal cruises skews older. I find the companionship of the older couples i've met while traveling to be great and very informative, but i know my fiance would like to meet up with some very active people and enjoy some excursions with them maybe.
  14. Hi all, I am in charge of planning our honeymoon for anytime between the middle of September 2013 and January 2014. Background: I'm 26 and a seasoned traveler (first vacation was at the tender age of 3 months!) and there aren't many places I haven't been before. My fiance is 35 and has only been to a few other countries and islands outside of the US (Mexico, a few Caribbean islands, Jamaica with me, Central America with me, and Italy with me). We both LOVE cruises...we went on one together last year...a Carnival (ugh) cruise to Central America (Roatan Bay in Honduras, Belize, Cayman Islands, Cancun) and although we weren't happy with the cruise line itself, we had a great time. We decided the most economical way to travel for our honeymoon would be to cruise again. I looked into quite a few options and i've narrowed it down to 7-night Hawaii on Norwegian (i've never sailed on this line before) and the 10-night Panama Canal partial transit on Princess (i have sailed on princess numerous times and loved all of them). We'd like to do spend 3 nights pre- or post-cruise in Disney World at Universal Studios if possible. I've been to Hawaii before and know that there are a lot of things i haven't seen, as well as many things i'd like to see again and show my fiancé who hasn't been there before. Diamond Head, Haleakala Crater, black sand beaches, Pearl Harbor, etc. I know we'd have a great time with all the awesome excursions, but here are my questions: How is norwegian cruise line in terms of experience, food, excursions, etc.? Is it more worth it to do resort stays on a few islands than to have only one day at each island by cruising? Is the flight to and from Hawaii from Florida going to break the bank? (we live in New York and the flight to Orlando is very cheap but i wonder how much it will be from FL to HI). The Panama Canal cruise goes to a ton of cool places: Aruba, Cartegna Columbia, Colon Panama, Limon Costa Rica, Ocho Rios Jamaica (we've only been to Jamaica out of all of them). It is convenient because it leaves from Ft. Lauderdale which is only a short drive from Orlando. I am really interested in seeing the mud volcanos in Columbia and the sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica. My biggest issue is that a travel agent my mom has used for years told us that the Panama Canal cruises are very popular with the older crowd (no offense intended). It doesn't bother me at all but it WOULD be nice if there were was a younger crowd that we could make friends with and spend some time with. When we went on our last cruise we met 2 great young couples and spent the entire vacation with them. SO, all you experienced travelers/cruisers who have insight on what i've mentioned above... what are your suggestions??! Thanks in advance!
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    Brazil Excursions

    We're booking the South American New Years cruise on the Splendour, departing Dec 28th, 2012. They don't release excursions this early, so does anyone have recommendations or advice on the sights/tours for Brazil? We're going to be in Sao Paulo, Santos, Salvador de Bahia, Buzios, Rio de Janeiro, Copacabana Beach, and Ilheus. thanks!