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Old 08-18-2005, 03:21 PM
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In Search of Tips for Taking a Cruise to the Bahamas

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"My hubby and I are taking a cruise soon. Neither of us have ever taken one before. Any tips? What is the best medicine to prevent sea sickness? What kind of clothes should I bring? We are flying from Texas to Miami and then cruising to the Bahamas...& I haven't flown in 20 years!!.Any must sees in the Bahamas? Thanks!"


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Old 08-20-2005, 09:46 AM
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If you are very prone to sea sickness, your doctor can prescribe Scopolamine which is the oral version of the Scopace patch. It works for my husband. He only takes it if we're in a rough storm and he's feeling sick, the rest of the time he is fine and doesn't take anything--because he doesn't want to feel the groggy or other effects of dramamine, etc.

I would suggest that you do some online research through Cruise Critic. They have discussion boards set up by ship--so you can read reviews and questions from other people that have done that itinerary on the exact same ship. That gives you the ins and outs of your specific cruise line and ship. Also, you may find other people on there that will be on your cruise, and you can arrange to meet for a drink or to say "hi" after talking and sharing info online before your cruise.

The ship's dinner format will determine how to pack---if they have formal and semi-formal nights. But don't over pack, it's too much work to get it all there and back.

If you cabin has a refrigerator, you may want to hit a supermarket in Miami and pick up some bottled water/sodas for your room or to pack for excursions(assuming your ship allows that). I also pick up a few bottles of wine usually (they don't usually allow hard alcohol, but will allow you to bring on wine or champagne). Alternately, if you like to drink sodas, some ships have a soda card they sell you on the first day for around $30 that gets you free fountain sodas during your entire cruise. This usually doesn't apply to bottled or canned sodas on board (which can add up), that's why we bring those on board with us if possible---it's nice to have bottled water especially when you are going on excursions. I've heard stories that people's bar tabs were higher than the cost of their cruise.

Re: excursions--if you're feeling up to it, you can usually arrange your own tours off the boat for about 1/2 the price of what the cruise line will charge you. Just remember, you must be back before departure time, they won't wait on you if you aren't. But the vendors in the ports know this and are quite good about it. Again, read the message boards on Cruise Critic and ask questions about which excursions are "must sees".

Most of all, prepare to relax and enjoy. It's a great experience.
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Old 08-21-2005, 12:40 PM
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Cruise Advice!

Thank you Meritage! I am gonna check out cruise critic now!
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Old 08-27-2005, 06:20 PM
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When my hubby and I went on our cruise we had a blast we went to free port . I suffer from sea sickness so the cruise ship offered the pill to combat for free . My husband said you can requst to have them brought to your your . Sincerely, Cherkle
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Old 09-06-2006, 02:41 PM
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You'll love it! We've been on two cruises in the Caribbean. I get motion sickness too, but the only time it bothered me on the ship was one day when the water was really rough and a Bonine tablet worked for me.
We sailed with the Royal Caribbean Cruise line both times. There is soooo much food to eat. The views from the ship are fabulous. They had lots of show type things to do on the ship like comedians and bands. They also played some games that were really lots of fun to participate in or just to watch.
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