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Hi,

We have never been on a cruise but everyone who has tells us we don't know what we are missing. However we are still not sure that it would be for us. These are the things that concern us...

Being confined in a space with hoards of people.

lack of space to sit during the day to read or chat with some degree of privacy.

Not being able to have a quiet table for two at dinner unless we go to the specialist restaurant.

 

Also we have heard horror stories about the prices of drinks, especially wine at dinner and the feeling of being forced to pay fixed amounts in tips.  We enjoy good wine and when good service is given we tip well but there's nothing worse than feeling like you have been had over. 

 

If we were to try a cruise we quite fancy the Fjords, would this be a good first trip and knowing our doubts is there any cruise line that would suit us better.

 

Thanks

GiGi    

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GiGi

 

Good day to you, We had some of your concerns on our first cruise, we only started in 2010 let me reassure you that apart from embarkation/ disembarking you will not have hoards of people milling around some days you will think you are the only people onboard .

 

Even on the smaller ships seating is not a problem, meal times you can if you so wish( I can only comment on P&O) use Freedom dining were you can request a table for two, drink prices are not over the top average price for a good bottle of wine around £13 beer and spirits about London prices,

 

As for tipping you can request from reception to have auto gratuities removed from your account and pay your own.

 

As I have said we have only cruised with P&O we are now waiting to go on our seventh cruise end of this month.

 

we have never been to the Fjords but many members have.

 

Give cruising ago is my opinion you will be pleasantly surprised by the mix of passengers both young and old we are in the latter group.

 

Have Fun ;) Ron

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You' ll either love it or hate it...my bet is on the first.

And there's only one way you're going to find out.

Ron has answered your concerns which we all have when starting out.

My only advice would be to not start with a mini cruise as these can give a false perspective.

Oh and also....the higher up the cruise ladder you start the experience tends to be better..but at a cost of course.

Celebrity would be my suggestion and you'll love the fjords

P.S.Welcome to the forum...

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Hello GiGi and welcome to the forum.

The concerns you mention are felt by most people embarking on their first cruise as Ron & Terminator have already said .

Personally I thought I'd be so bored on sea days ......how wrong I was !

My first cruise was with P&O but I have also sailed on many other cruise lines. I would say that if you choose one of the premium cruise lines such as P&O , Celebrity , Cunard or Princess for your first cruise you should not really be disappointed. I would advise that you look on line at these companies ships or get some cruise brochures and decide which line you prefer.

The Fjords is an excellent choice for a first cruise destination as a lot of the cruise will be spent within the sheltered sailing waters of the fjords ,which offer magnificent scenery as well as a very calm sailing experience.

With regards to the drinks prices again if you check on line a lot of the cruise lines offer drinks packages and P &O prices are very competitive.

The tipping also causes great concern amongst people new to cruising but Don't let it put you off.

Go ahead and try it , sure you will get hooked like the rest of us !

Please let us know how you get on !

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Sorry but would hardly call P&O , Celebrity , Cunard or Princess premium cruise lines unless you are fortunate enough to be in a position to cruise in Queens Grill on Cunard.

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As not everyone can afford a premium cruise line, I think that something like P & O or Princess might be a good choice for your first cruise. You are not cramped in like sardines and can always find somewhere to hide away from people and enjoy your own space. The beauty of P & O is that, if you want a child free experience, then you have a choice of three ships. However, if you go out of school holidays then there are very few children on board and, in any case, they do have their own children's area.

 

I would have a go if I were you. I didn't think I would like it when I first started in 2009 and am well into double figures now. I am at the stage that I am running out of places to go.

 

Welcome to the forum by the way.  :)

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Hi GiGi

 

I would say try it or you will never know. Going to the fjords is a good choice as 7 days will give you a good amount of time to decide if you love it or hate it and the views are simply stunning.

So to answer your questions I would pick P&O the tips are more reasonable than some other cruise lines, you can ask to have auto tipping removed but if you do remember you will then have to bring cash to pay.

You can always ask for a table for two if you really don't want to sit with anyone and you can also do freedom and request a table for two.

Wine prices are much the same as you pay anywhere and if you only want a glass you can buy just a glass you can also just go with the house wine which is very reasonable, the price of drinks on P&O are around the same as our local pub prices.

Treat yourselves to a balcony and you can have your own space to sit and have a drink in peace and read your book I would recommend a balcony for the fjords. There is always a quiet space to be found on board apart from odd times it rarely feels crowded.

Hope this helps :D

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Hi Gigi

Welcome to the forum.

I would agree with the comments already stated and a week in the fjords is certainly a good choice for a first cruise.

 

My husband was dragged kicking and screaming on our first cruise almost 20 years ago but now it is the only way to holiday, as far as he is concerned.

Once you have experienced the ease of checking in at Southampton, you will never want the hassle of an airport again.

 

Drinks prices are comparable to a hotel or restaurant in the UK and the prices are indicated on the wine list. So you can budget accordingly.

 

Although Norway is very expensive, the scenery will amaze you. Absolutely stunning.

 

Book  it and I am sure you will have a wonderful time.

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Hi,

Thanks for all your replies. The concern about wine prices came from talking to someone who said at dinner the cheapest bottle was £45 and it was a brand you could buy in the shops for less than a tenner and he was appalled. Another concern was raised by a chap I worked with who made an uninformed choice for a cruise and found himself surrounded by 'Vicky Pollard' clones and was stuck there for two weeks!!!

We like nice things in nice surroundings and civilised people and thought that maybe P&O would be a safe choice but we don't know much about how the other companies compare such as Celebrity, Princess or Fred Olsen. Holidays are precious so we need to make the best choice we can.

GiGi         

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GiGi

 

      Good morning,

 

     When I have told people that we go cruising some say" oh that must be boring",when you ask why have you tried cruising they say no,well how do you know if you have never tried it.

 

I would listen to people who have such as members of this Forum we all cannot be wrong or biased.

 

Try it and enjoy you will be surprised. ;) Ron

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Hi  All your concerns which you reffered to can be elimininated or greatly reduced if you undertake a cruise on one of  "better" cruise lines (Seabourn, Crystal, Silversea or Regent) all offer a much higher passenger to ship space ratio drinks and tips are included and have open seating so you can have the table size you desire.  Unfortunately these come at an increase cost.  If the points you raised are really important to you this is probably the best course of action.  If you are constrained by cost considerations (most of us are) then consider a smaller ship on one of the mainstream lines the passenger to space is usually higher, P&O has some of the lowest priced drinks.

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It seems everything has been covered in all the previous posts , I have only sailed with P&O and have had some very nice cruises. Most people are hesitant about their first cruise,but usually if you choose the cruise that is going where you would like to visit and a middling size ship, you as most on this forum will be hooked.

There are many nice quiet places to sit on most ships but I always think sitting on your own balcony especially as you cruise into a port is superb.We are off to Norway in a few weeks my third visit but I am really looking forward to it.

Have a try and come back to the forum and let us know how you got on.

If you book with Bolsover they will answer your questions and give good advice.

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Hi,

We have never been on a cruise but everyone who has tells us we don't know what we are missing. However we are still not sure that it would be for us. These are the things that concern us...

Being confined in a space with hoards of people.

lack of space to sit during the day to read or chat with some degree of privacy.

Not being able to have a quiet table for two at dinner unless we go to the specialist restaurant.

 

Also we have heard horror stories about the prices of drinks, especially wine at dinner and the feeling of being forced to pay fixed amounts in tips.  We enjoy good wine and when good service is given we tip well but there's nothing worse than feeling like you have been had over. 

 

If we were to try a cruise we quite fancy the Fjords, would this be a good first trip and knowing our doubts is there any cruise line that would suit us better.

 

Thanks

GiGi    

 

Well good afternoon GiGi and welcome to the forum.

 

My view would be that as you have obviously done a considerable amount of research already, and still have the concerns raised, that cruising is definitely not for you.

 

There are so many exceptional land based options that for me it would be a no brainer.

 

Having said that though, you may find the better quality shore establishments also level drink charges above one's local club while also including a service charge on the room.

 

Your call.

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Yes, you are correct on every count. It's horrible. No space, over priced and absolutely no privacy. I guess that's why it's so popular.

 

Oh for goodness sake, are those real concerns? It seems like you've already made up your mind.

 

Try being positive. Cruising is great. Like all things, there are expensive things and some not so. You buy what you want to. There are no rip offs, but there are expensive things. You choose.

 

RayO

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Ouch !!!!!!!

I was asking for advice not a smacked bottom !!!!

 

We have some fantastic land based holidays in very nice places and happily pay for the privilege but fancied something different for next year (we have 3 holidays booked for this year).

We just wanted to get as many different opinions as we could on the different cruise lines to help choose the right one because as we all know 'one mans meat is another mans poison'.  If 99 people say positives about cruise line x and 1 says it's rubbish then you have a fair idea to go on. I thought the experiences of others with examples of why they feel one way or the other would be helpful.    

Oh well.........never mind........

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All i would say on this as most i think has been said, where else can you get "Full Board" near as dam it "five star treatment", waited on hand and foot, live entertainment, learn things like card games, dancing, various pc skills, photo shop etc, you can be as active or as lazy as you want, you get carted all over the world, and for what about £90.00  P/N per person, see how much that would cost you in London say for two weeks.!!! 

 

I think the only things you would have to worry about might be sea sickness, (take some stugeron with you if you maybe prone), i really dont think cramped confined, crowded really comes into it. So i would say go for it.

 

I did have a friend (since passed away) he could mo more have stomached a cruise than the man in the moon, his idea of a holiday was walking, come rain or shine, the fells the peaks, forests etc, open spaces, so no way he would have enjoyed a cruise, but he did do one so his wife could see if she liked it.

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Give it a go Gigi. I am sure that you will love it and if it cruising is not for you, well at least you can say that you tried it.

To be honest, it is also the best way to see the fjords.

Enjoy yourselves!

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