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#2
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Because of current security issues, the answer is basically No.

My suggestion is to start with a 3 or 4 night cruise. That's what we did. Now we don't take anything less than 10 nights and prefer 14.
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#3
Colorado Springs, CO
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Originally posted by lolakitty37
as i never cruised before - can we visit a cruise ship before we decide if we want to book? thanks
Check with Princess, I just read where for a minimal charge guests can board the ship for 3 hrs and have lunch with their hosts, tour the ship but will get off before the ship is to leave the port
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#4
Vancouver, BC
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You should try a mini cruise. I did an NCL "Cruise to Nowhere" for 2 nights. It was a sample of cruising from Vancouver to Seattle. We're now trying an 8 day cruise in November and really looking forward to it.
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#5
Romsey England
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Joined Mar 2009
Originally posted by tessa681
Check with Princess, I just read where for a minimal charge guests can board the ship for 3 hrs and have lunch with their hosts, tour the ship but will get off before the ship is to leave the port
And one minor UK cruiseline (Thomson) is offering a day-visit for about $75 with food etc, much like a day-pass to a resort. I've also heard of such visits with other cruiselines.
As with bridge tours, or inviting friends on at ports of call, too many folk are too quick to post that such things are impossible due to security etc. They may not be the norm with most major lines, but they do happen and it's always worth asking.
Another plus for the minnows.

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#7
Southwest Florida
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Joined Sep 2007
Perhaps you can call the cruise line that has a port close to your home (RCCL is out of Port Liberty) and ask the question.
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#9
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Originally posted by lolakitty37
as i never cruised before - can we visit a cruise ship before we decide if we want to book? thanks
Just a question - what would you hope to find to either help or discourage your decision. I am asking out of curiosity as I know many folks that are unsure about this type of vacation.
#10
The Third Coast - Nashville
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Joined Mar 2001
My question also - what do you hope to learn by visiting a ship? Maybe if you have specific concerns or questions, you could post them and we could help you out. Visiting a ship that's docked is not going to give you a feel for the cruise experience, in my opinion.

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Moon Township, Pa
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If you live in Florida, cruise lines regularly have luncheons on board ships just to allow potential customers the chance to see the ship. I have friends who live in South Florida and they go on these things a few times a year. They even did a free cruise to nowhere on Sea Dream. They've had lunches on HAL, Regent, Princess and MSC using this method. And, all those lunches were free. They do this in connection with their travel agent, who happens to be with a large agency that's primarily known for car problems/road travel.
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