CRUISE QUESTION - EUROPE CRUISE- HELP!?

Mar 30th, 2005, 06:46 AM
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CRUISE QUESTION - EUROPE CRUISE- HELP!?

First question - does the cruise below seem like a good deal? 2nd question - has anyone ever been on this cruise? Thinking about booking it for my honeymoon. thanks!!!

12 Day Europe from Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy $1899 a person
Carnival Liberty
http://www.carnival.com/Itinerary.as...ubRegionCode=E
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Mar 30th, 2005, 09:13 AM
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I am not a carnival person..I feel there are much better cruises in the MED>..

IE. Celebrity, Windstar,or RCL...

Look at those cruise lines and I am sure you will find comparable pricing..

Of course, pricing depends on time of year...

DO NOT do the MED in July and AUG--WAY too hot-Europeans are all on vacation and super crowded....

Best time for Med is SEPT and OCT..
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Apr 10th, 2005, 11:39 AM
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mikieguns
You didn't state what type of cabin you were getting for $1899 a person. Nobody has been on this cruise since the Liberty is new and doesn't sail until July 20. Besides, Carnival will be new to the Med so it remains to be seen how good a cruise it will be. My husband and I have sailed on most of the "nonpremium" cruise lines, including the Carnival Glory. We loved it. The food was super, (better than RCCL) and the people were great. Since the Liberty will be a new ship, I'm sure it will get all of the attention it deserves from Carnival. Enjoy!
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Apr 10th, 2005, 10:10 PM
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I agree with others that the best time to cruise the Med is in Sept. or October when the weather is better and the crowds are thinned out. I would make sure you're on a ship with a balcony and preferably the smaller the ship the better! The smaller ships get into ports the larger ones do not. It makes it so much easier to embark and disembark each day as well. Also, since this is your honeymoon, you will probably want to avoid any ship that offers a children's program or a special fare to promote bringing children. I too am not a big Carnival lover...There are much better options that are well worth the difference in price.

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Apr 11th, 2005, 05:37 AM
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mikieguns, you may want to do some more research before selecting a ship for your honeymoon. Did you know that Carnival Liberty will carry almost 3,000 passengers? I don't think this would be a very ideal honeymoon. There are lots of smaller, more intimate ships that cruise in the Mediterranean. Splurge and go with one of the better cruise ships that will give you a memorable experience. In cruising you really get what you pay for.
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Apr 11th, 2005, 08:51 AM
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We are doing the Silversea Cruise this May 29th. I have done alot of research and the smaller ships seem to have better itineraries and easier to get into the smaller ports. Our cruise is $4400pp - this is considered a small luxury cruise ship. The rooms are spacious (240+ sq ft) w/ balconies. I have done the larger cruise and they are well suited for places where you spend ALOT of time on the ship. The Med seems like a more intimate ship would be suited BUT that's my opinion.
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Apr 11th, 2005, 09:18 AM
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I also would not do Carnival, especially in the Med.

RCI, Celebrity, perhaps MSC if you are looking at price vs luxury.
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Apr 11th, 2005, 04:07 PM
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Mikieguns-

Look into the WINDSURF by Windstar Cruise lines..

It has 330 passengers-open seating dining( great for honeymooners! ) watersports off the back of the ship while in port--ie.kayaking,windsailing, etc ( free), small lounge and small casino and best of all, a 4 masted sailing ship!

It is WAY less expensive than Silversea , Crystal, Seabourn--but it is still a premium line...

Food is out of this world..and best of all--casual elegant ( ie. NO coat and tie ) but definitely UPSCALE!

The ship gets into all the tiny ports and we did it from ROME (civittevecchia) to Nice...INCREDIBLE cruise..

And friends of ours in their 30's did it a few years ago in June for their honeymoon and had a blast!

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Apr 12th, 2005, 05:26 AM
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mikieguns,
Depending upon the type of cabin, a 12 day cruise for $1899 is a decent fare. I paid $1699 pp for a balcony cabin on the Golden Princess in 2003, but it was right after the Iraq conflict began and people were afraid to travel so prices were very low. Carnival has never sailed in Europe before, so no one can say how good it will be. I was also on a large ship and I think that in the Med, the ports are more important as you are not on the ship a lot anyway.
I would find the cruise that has the ports you want in the price range you can afford. My Med cruise was awesome and even more fun than my honeymoon cruise in Tahiti (which of course was more romantic). I had fantastic service on Princess and felt it was an awesome deal for the money. Remember that a Med honeymoon is much more active than other destinations, so take that into consideration as you plan. I went in May (end of the month) and it was a great. Although June - Aug are busier and warmer, you will have a gret time whenever your honeymoon is planned. May and Sept are nice because the temps are more moderate and the crowds are smaller. I've been to Italy in May and July (both during heat waves) and had great times on both trips. The Med would make for a memorable honeymoon on any ship. Do plan to arrive at least one day in advance, either way, so you can adjust to the time zone difference.
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Sep 18th, 2005, 06:56 PM
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Mikieguns, did you ever take this cruise? We are looking into it for Summer 2006 and would like to know about it if you went. Or did you take another cruise? Would be interested in hearing about that as well.
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