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You should find a good local travel agent if...
You should find a good local travel agent if you're not comfortable navigating Disney Cruise Line's website on your own. Look for one who specializes in cruises. Ask your friends and neighbors for...
I also prefer salt water because of its buoyancy....
I also prefer salt water because of its buoyancy. It's been a long time, though, since we've been on a cruise ship with salt water.
We took my mother-in-law on a cruise when she was...
We took my mother-in-law on a cruise when she was 85. Our one regret is that she did not bring her walker (rollator) with her. At the time, she was not using it regularly at home. Of course she had...
I'd go for the longer one as well. Three days is...
I'd go for the longer one as well. Three days is too short.
We take $200-$300 in cash. Everything on the ship...
We take $200-$300 in cash. Everything on the ship goes on our onboard account and then to my charge card except for tips to room service, extra tips to a few staff, and a little for the slot...
Our shortest cruise was a three-day one--but we...
Our shortest cruise was a three-day one--but we took it back to back with a four-day one. Having to go back to Fort Lauderdale wasn't great. And it was a different clientele from a longer cruise. But...
In all of our cruises, I've only seen one dog and...
In all of our cruises, I've only seen one dog and he was a genuine service animal. I guess we've been going on the wrong cruises.
I like the Hyatt Place when we can get it for a...
I like the Hyatt Place when we can get it for a reasonable price. The Renaissance is nice. Embassy Suites is very convenient to the shopping center behind it.
One problem, though, is that just because they...
One problem, though, is that just because they have one doesn't mean it works. The men's sauna on the Zuiderdam did not work when we sailed on it last February. The spa staff kept telling me that...
Our tablemates last year on the Zuiderdam told us...
Our tablemates last year on the Zuiderdam told us about missing the ship on a previous cruise when they were in St. Thomas. Apparently they took it in stride and had a good time on the island for a...
We had a similar experience last month on a...
We had a similar experience last month on a Princess cruise, except it was at the security checkpoint that the preferred line was backed up. Unfortunately, it took until we turned the corner before...
I'd be livid. It should be Hotwire's...
I'd be livid. It should be Hotwire's responsibility to protect its customers. In the OP's case, a booking from last April should have priority over any made since then.
I avoid cruises to the Bahamas when possible....
I avoid cruises to the Bahamas when possible. Nassau and Freeport are not that attractive to me. Plus the water around the Bahamas isn't as warm in December as it is farther south.

My suggestion...
Between your three choices, I'd go with...
Between your three choices, I'd go with Celebrity. It's more upscale than Royal Caribbean and doesn't attract as many children. Princess and Holland America are also possibilities. Or step up a bit...
I'd suggest Royal Caribbean or Carnival in the...
I'd suggest Royal Caribbean or Carnival in the Caribbean if a friend with children that age asked me.
I think the travel agencies that are able to...
I think the travel agencies that are able to offer lower prices or generous on-board credit have worked it into their business plan to be able to do so. When I first started taking cruises in the...
Great start for our review. I'm glad we can avoid...
Great start for our review. I'm glad we can avoid holiday sailings now that DH has retired from teaching. We used to prefer HAL for them due to the fact there are fewer children on HAL ships than...
I'm one who waits to book cruises. When DH taught...
I'm one who waits to book cruises. When DH taught at a community college, we could go only during his school breaks--a week in March, sometimes a week in May, two and a half weeks at the end of...
Thanks for posting your comparison. HAL is our...
Thanks for posting your comparison. HAL is our second choice of cruise lines, but Princess is our first. Celebrity comes in third for us. Lately, we haven't found a bargain on X compared to the other...
We did a slightly different itinerary on Princess...
We did a slightly different itinerary on Princess this past summer. We did Guernsey on our own, spending most of our time touring Castle Cornet but also a considerable amount walking through St....
We stayed there once. It's nothing to write home...
We stayed there once. It's nothing to write home about, but it was clean and less expensive than nearby hotels.
I've found bargains, relatively speaking, at...
I've found bargains, relatively speaking, at hotels away from the port/beach. Just plug your dates into one of the major travel websites to see what's being offered. We like to rent a car, though,...
But how can you know it's $69.95 and not $96.95,...
But how can you know it's $69.95 and not $96.95, $126.95, or even $269.95? I realize companies make mistakes on their websites. In the big scheme of things, honoring a wrong price for a few customers...
We had a balcony on our last Alaskan cruise due...
We had a balcony on our last Alaskan cruise due to a free upgrade. It was great to have one, but I don't think it would be worth the cost. Fortunately, our balcony was above the bow of the ship. When...
Mine comes from British metaphysical poet George...
Mine comes from British metaphysical poet George Herbert (1593-1633).