SparkPeople Cruising Sparkers Team Messageboard This team is for people who love to travel and especially cruises. Cruising is perfect for health and fitness, they have great fitness center, spas and the amount of walking you do is incredible. SparkPeople Cruising Sparkers Team Messageboard Merry Christmas Merry Christmas to All. <BR> <em>446</em> <em>445</em> <BR> Leona Wed, 25 Dec 2013 09:59:50 EST Happy Thanksgiving have not been on for ages. <BR> Want to wish all a nice Thanksgiving Day. <BR> <em>430</em> <em>429</em> <BR> Leona Thu, 28 Nov 2013 11:17:11 EST New to this site. Hi! I just joined this team. I am a first time cruiser. My hubby and I will be celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary and we are going to Hawaii on the Princess Star next year for a 15 day cruise. We are very excited to be able to take this cruise. After searching out all the information we could we booked a mini suite as the price seemed reasonable and it is a very special occasion. <BR> <BR> I have been on SP for about three years and I look forward to being part of this team. <... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 17:15:42 EST Princess has a new ship...the Royal Princess! I love cruising on Princess and I am dreaming of some day being on this new ship...the Royal. Fri, 21 Jun 2013 08:43:28 EST June Check-In Leona from Minnesota <em>213</em> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 08:22:07 EST April Check -in Leona from Minnesota <em>213</em> Wed, 3 Apr 2013 09:36:02 EST River Cruises I did an AMA Waterways in Europe a couple of years ago ago and loved it. I did the Tulip Time cruise. <BR> <BR> Friday , I received their brochure and this is the list of their cruises. <BR> *Theme Cruises <BR> *Tulip Time Cruises <BR> *Paris & Normandy <BR> *Provence & Spain <BR> *The Romantic Danube <BR> *Melodies of the Danube <BR> *The Legendary Danube <BR> *Blue Danube Discovery <BR> *Black Sea Voyage <BR> *The Enchanting Rhine <BR> *Vineyards of the Rhine & Mosel <BR> *Europe's Rivers... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 09:48:23 EST Purchasing Insurance Yesterday when I gave a deposit for a client for a cruise, the reservation agent confirmed the guests are taking insurance. <BR> <BR> She told me she has had several calls because people did not take insurance and now having problems with the storm Nemo. <BR> <BR> I always highly suggest insurance and have a waiver signed in the client declines. <BR> <BR> Insurance can be purchased from the cruise line, tour comapany or another independent plan <BR> <BR> Leona Sat, 9 Feb 2013 14:50:09 EST February Check-in Leona from Minnesota <em>213</em> Thu, 7 Feb 2013 08:40:36 EST December 2012 Check-in Please check in for December. <BR> Leona <BR> <em>340</em> Wed, 5 Dec 2012 06:39:36 EST October Check-in Leona from Minnesota <BR> <em>213</em> <em>340</em> Sat, 6 Oct 2012 08:44:53 EST August check-in Leona from Minnesota Wed, 1 Aug 2012 07:28:52 EST Freedom of the Seas Hi! I'm going on my first cruise in June, traveling to the western Caribbean via Freedom of the Seas. By chance is anyone else from SP, going? Advice for a new cruiser? I'm going with my extended family, my DH and 2 children ages 6 and 8. Thu, 24 May 2012 23:51:10 EST February check in <em>67</em> Sun, 5 Feb 2012 17:35:25 EST Costa Concordia tragedy I am sure most of you have heard of the tragedy at sea with Costa Concordia off the coast of Italy. The ship is on it's side and has lost at least three people. Hearts and prayers go out to them and the families. <BR> This is the email message sent to the travel professionals. <BR> "All emergency procedures were promptly activated and ship was excavated. This is an extremely difficult situation and our thoughts go out to the guests and crew affected. We appreciate your patience, are sensiti... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 15:09:36 EST Midnight Buffet- Food or Pictures? Do you wait for the grand midnight buffet for pictures or food? Sat, 14 Jan 2012 10:51:51 EST January Check-in Lets check-in with an Emoticon. <BR> Sat, 14 Jan 2012 08:21:25 EST December Check-in <em>446</em> <BR> Leona Sun, 4 Dec 2011 11:06:30 EST I'm leaving on a Jet Plane then Cruise Yes yes yes...I have not been around much but I am leaving on a cruise we are flying out to NYC and then leaving on a transatlantic cruise to Rotterdam NL on HAL's Rotterdam for their 40th Anniversary! 9 days at sea with all kinds of special stuff and then we will move on to Germany for five days. I so need this. Miss everyone and hope everyone is doing good. Take Care RK <BR> Sat, 9 Jul 2011 20:53:24 EST Ohh yeah I get to Cruise! Ok I have not been around and it is hard for me to find extra time to be on Sparks, but I am still trying to Spark. We being going on a TA cruise out of NY city to Rotterdam on HAL's Rotterdam for their 40th anniversary and then we are doing extra days in Germany afterwards. So this will be our big reward for still keeping our business doors open!! And as all of you that on all of the same forums that I am you will see this re-posted. :-) Sun, 1 May 2011 22:39:54 EST Daily check in <em>67</em> Wed, 13 Apr 2011 09:48:14 EST Problem on NCL I've been very lucky this year. Cruised on Carnival last fall and just home on Norwegian. NCL had a problem for me. <BR> <BR> On Carnival the menu always listed the "spa" selections with a calorie count, so I could make an informed choice. <BR> <BR> NCL listed no calorie/spa/nutritional information on any of the menus that I was given. <BR> <BR> Am passing along this suggestion to NCL, but until they make a meaningful change, I am chosing someone else! <BR> Sun, 10 Apr 2011 09:52:57 EST I'm ready to go! Hi everyone - I just booked my first ever cruise for October 2011! I've been a Spark member on and off since 2007 but this is great motivation for me to finally reach my goal. <BR> <BR> I'll be cruising on Royal Caribbean's Serenade of the Seas out of San Juan - if any of you have taken this cruise, I'd love to hear any advice you might have (both on staying healthy on board and cruising in general!). <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance, and I look forward to getting to know you all! Wed, 9 Mar 2011 10:45:27 EST Whose went on an alaskan cruise? Hi, we've only been on 2 cruises so far - both Royal Caribbean. 3 night bahamas May of 09 and 5 night western caribbean Dec of 09. We are thinking about going on an alaskan cruise June 5-12, 2011 but we are a little hesitant since it is so long (7 nights). I guess I'm leary because I'm worried we will be bored - I don't want to spend craploads of money on excursions, maybe just 1 or 2. so what else is there to do on the boat and places when it's only 50-60 degrees out. is there more than... Sat, 5 Mar 2011 12:37:07 EST Smooth Jazz Cruise - 2011 I'm getting excited. I'll be going on the Smooth Jazz Cruise 2011 at the end of the month. I'm looking forward to it. <BR> <BR> Anyone else going on this cruise?? <em>340</em> Sun, 9 Jan 2011 11:22:30 EST Leaving team It was nice getting to know you guys. I have to leave this team due to a lack of time. I am spending too much time online and need to get my priorities in order. Good luck everyone. Happy cruising. Fri, 19 Nov 2010 21:03:35 EST Anyone Cruising the Pride on 12/12? Wondering if anyone will be on the Carnival Pride sailing out of Baltimore on December 12. If yes, please let me know. Thu, 4 Nov 2010 17:12:52 EST Ready to Cruise again....but I went on my first cruise last November and had the best time of my life. We sailed to the Eastern Caribbean on RCCL's Freedom of the Seas. Because money is a little tight these days, I want to plan my cruise around a conference I will attending in Tampa next Sept or Oct since the airfare will already be paid for. I really wanted to stick with RCCL, but from what I can tell, they aren't sailing out of Tampa from May-Nov. I'm thinking of going on Carnival but I'm leary about trying another... Mon, 25 Oct 2010 20:11:26 EST Royal In January Just booked our first kid-free trip - cruise - January 23rd - 30th; leaving Galveston, TX and heading to Honduras, Belize and Cozumel. Anyone else going on the same trip? Mon, 4 Oct 2010 13:43:16 EST China cruisetour Has anyone done the China cruisetour with Princess? We are about to go Sept. 23rd. It includes the Yangtze. Any suggestions on what to take or not take. Any info will be appreciated. Thanks Mon, 13 Sep 2010 21:07:56 EST Seasoned SparkCruisers: Advise a Newbie Hi. I'm heading out on my first cruise (just 4 days out of Port Canaveral on Sunday 9/12). This is my first cruise since I started changing my life 3 months (and 25 pounds) ago. <BR> <BR> Any advice?? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Regina <BR> Fri, 10 Sep 2010 12:02:34 EST New to Team I am new to this team! <BR> <BR> I have recently recommited to SparkPeople and I have been doing really well in healthy lifestyle. My husband and I are taking our 4th cruise in October from NYC visiting posrts in New England and MAritime Canada. I have joined the team to chat about cruising but also gather some tips for while on the ship. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Fri, 27 Aug 2010 10:55:30 EST Just Checking In..... Hope all of you are hanging in there and Sparking. I am trying in the mist of moving my business back down to smaller building and trying to keep the doors open. I miss all my Spark Friends but have to do what I have do. Keep on Sparking Hugs Sun, 11 Jul 2010 22:52:33 EST Hi, I'm new here, and love to cruise! Hi everyone. My husband and I just joined a travel biz/club last year that allows us to travel at wholesale, so we took our first cruise in May of '09, and just loved it! (it was our first vacation ever really) it was just a short 3 night cruise to the Bahamas, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, stopped at their island CocoCay and then Nassau. had such a fun time. did parasailing by the Atlantis Hotel, took a Segway tour which was so fun! and rented a jet ski, which I found out isn't my thing on th... Fri, 9 Jul 2010 14:10:39 EST Jillian Michaels to host Wellness Cruise on NCL Just saw this story on USAToday Travel/Cruise. "The Biggest Loser's "Jillian Michaels to host 'ultimate wellness' cruise " <BR> <link><BR>.aspx?type=blog& </link> Wed, 12 May 2010 00:06:27 EST Carnival Cruise Lines new ship. I got this message a little while ago. <BR> Lots of new ships in the market. <BR> <BR> "Dear Travel Partner, <BR> <BR> We are excited to announce that the Carnival Breeze has been selected as the name for our brand-new ship which will join the fleet in spring 2012. <BR> <BR> The 3,690-passenger cruise ship will be constructed by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri, the current builder of our gorgeous Carnival Magic (debuting in Europe May 1, 2011!) <BR> <BR> As the third ship in the Dream-cl... Mon, 10 May 2010 12:24:14 EST Cruise lovers unite Group cruise scheduled for November 12, 2011. <BR> <BR> Carnival Liberty <BR> <BR> Some of us are going on a cruise and we would like you to join us. It is going to be a great time. We want you, your friends, your family, and everyone else to come along. No obligations for group activities. Join other members as you feel like it. <BR> <BR> Leaving from Miami and taking a 7 day cruise that includes stops in San Juan, St Thomas, Grand Turk, and Half Moon Cay. <BR> <BR> Fully refundable dep... Fri, 9 Apr 2010 19:09:11 EST April Daily Check In <em>451</em> Wed, 31 Mar 2010 19:16:19 EST MSC Cruises signs agreement for new ship in 2012 <link><BR>.aspx?type=blog& </link> Tue, 2 Mar 2010 14:38:11 EST March Daily Check In March means spring, right? <em>439</em> Sun, 28 Feb 2010 15:47:51 EST Hawaii? We have a 14 day cruise booked next Jan for Hawaii. It will be a 14 day round trip from LA. Has anyone done this? <em>218</em> Mon, 22 Feb 2010 17:21:10 EST Anyone cruising the Oasis of the Seas? Hi all, I am booked in May for the Oasis. I am curious if anyone has gone and what you liked or disliked. I noticed on the RC website you can book all the shows and times in advance. It must be to avoid long lines when you get on board. <em>41</em> Mon, 22 Feb 2010 08:30:58 EST Princess Cruises orders two new ships My wife and I love to go on Princess, so this is great news for us to hear. <BR> <BR> Read about it here at USA Today Travel Cruise Log <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>.aspx?type=blog& </link> Wed, 17 Feb 2010 11:46:12 EST February Daily Check In Key West on Feb 1, never been there Sun, 31 Jan 2010 15:37:47 EST Possible Group Cruise I have been given permission to organize a group cruise for members of Spark People, their friends, and their family. If anyone is interested, I have created a new team to determine if there is enough interest to move forward with the idea. Please visit the team: Cruising Friends and give me input. Also, spread the word to others that you know who are members of Spark People. There are so many teams and I want to involve as many people as possible so that anyone who might be interested has a ... Tue, 19 Jan 2010 22:27:42 EST Just got back today... We just arrived home from our second Carnival cruise. I didn't Spark on this trip and I have been really unmotivated and have had a lot of negative feelings about my Spark Journey... but not today. I cruised with a fellow Sparker, and while we ate too much, drank too much, and had a blast, she gave me a copy of The Spark on the trip. I read the first 4 chapters on my train ride home and find myself this evening to be completely committed and motivated to get back on the wagon. <BR> <BR> H... Mon, 11 Jan 2010 20:01:04 EST January Daily Check In 2 more days, new month, new year, new decade <em>411</em> Wed, 30 Dec 2009 11:14:27 EST What was your favorite Christmas present? Given or received? Fri, 25 Dec 2009 21:46:04 EST How do you handle dinners? Okay, so this is a silly question I am sure, but alas I do it. If you like 2 main courses or appetizers - do you order them both? Thu, 17 Dec 2009 13:18:15 EST When you cruise...what do you do to Spark? Everyone has a plan of action for when they take a cruise. Whether it is to only gain 5 lbs or only one plate at the buffet each meal, walking, running..whatever it is tells us all about it! Wed, 9 Dec 2009 13:55:23 EST December...what all will you or are you doing? Oh yeah it is that time of the season, let us all know what you are doing or will be doing? <em>442</em> <em>443</em> Sun, 6 Dec 2009 21:41:11 EST USA TODAY Cruise Log w/Gene Sloan I'm sure you know about it, but just in case you don't. <BR> <BR> I like to view the Cruise Log on All the current news about ships, events and so on is told here. <BR> <BR> Specifically right now Gene Sloan along with a contest winner is onboard Oasis this weekend. And blogs about it with updates throughout the day with many pictures too! And the contest winner has video blogs. <BR> <BR> Check it out: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ult.aspx </li... Sun, 22 Nov 2009 22:26:54 EST Oasis on ABC this morning! (Friday 11-20) Good Morning America is on board Oasis of the Seas and giving a first hand look around the world's Largest Cruise Ship. From 7-9am EST. <BR> <BR> Enjoy! Fri, 20 Nov 2009 07:17:56 EST Would you ever go on RC Oasis of the Sea???? Who would really want to go on a ship this Big?? I would love to know who and why you would? Fri, 13 Nov 2009 22:29:13 EST Tropical Storm Ida I just went to and the first thing I see is "Tropical Storm Ida Develops in Caribbean". I got a sick feeling in my stomach because I set sail on my first cruise this Sunday. Fortunately, the path is in the Western Caribbean and I'll be in the Eastern, although the forecast is calling for rain every day over the next 10 days. Has anyone been on a cruise during a hurricane or tropical storm? Wed, 4 Nov 2009 22:03:51 EST November Daily Check In What's going on with you? Tell us! Fri, 30 Oct 2009 10:40:27 EST Track or Fitness Center?? I will be cruising for the first time in about 2 weeks and want to know if you prefer running on the ship's track or using the treadmills in the fitness center. I've seen couple of pictures and it looks like there are lounge chairs around the track. This could mean I'd be dodging people who aren't actually walking or running. Fri, 23 Oct 2009 09:16:16 EST SparkGuy on Oprah Hi fellow team members, <BR> One of my other teams is trying to get everyone to write to Oprah to try and get Chris D and his new book on her show. I copied her letter and the oprah address if anyone is interested in helping. Feel free to write your own or use this as a template. <BR> <BR> Hello, <BR> Please have Chris Downie on your show. He is the SparkGuy behind which has helped hundreds of thousands of people to lose weight, for FREE. Here is a fact that Oprah would ap... Wed, 21 Oct 2009 10:42:30 EST What will you do in the next hour? hopefully, I will be done sparking and can go back to my book <BR> another good thing would be if I could sleep! Sat, 17 Oct 2009 20:53:40 EST Long Distance Runs..... My husband is thinking now that we should look at doing our longest distance run for our half marathon while in port in Aruba. Has anyone actually run there for training? I can't run with him, he is too fast, but I could do my 11 miler there at the same time. Any safe routes or is it safe?? <BR> <BR> Thu, 15 Oct 2009 10:52:02 EST What is the first thing you do when you get aboard Maybe not just the first thing but some of thefirst things you do; maybe what you do that first evening? <BR> <BR> First of all, I accept the glass of champagne they are offering to me! <BR> My 1st stop is the fitness center to check out the facilities then to the spa to schedule a pedicure. <BR> <BR> After that explore the ship (if I've never been on it before) figure out the lay of the land, the restaurants etc Mon, 5 Oct 2009 14:40:49 EST Advance Cruise Credits This is the second time I have bought future cruise credits. I am wondering if anyone else has done this and what they think of the idea. I am not really sure if they are worth it or not. I know that we have five years to use them and depending on the room as to how much OBC we get. We just used our last ones to book a cruise to Hawaii in 2011. One one site they wanted 1800.00 deposit, but ended up using the FCC and paid nothing with $275.00 issued for OBC. But still have to pay the same ... Tue, 22 Sep 2009 13:53:20 EST Mexican Riviera Cruise We are getting so excited. The ship leaves this Saturday! Tue, 22 Sep 2009 07:45:38 EST Wish there was a port in Minnesota! Hi all, <BR> I just found this team, via another teammates page. Looks like my kind of crowd! My husband and I LOVE cruising! I am dying to get on the new RC Oasis, but I don't think it'll happen anytime soon. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, looking forward to meeting all of you. <BR> <BR> Ketti in Minneapolis Thu, 17 Sep 2009 11:55:00 EST Hurricanes We are leaving in five days for another wonderful cruise, but we did not do the planning on this one, another couple did. Has anyone ever planned a cruise in the middle of hurricane season? <em>40</em> Mon, 7 Sep 2009 20:47:24 EST Question about cruises every wonder about a cruise and the places you will be traveling to while on your cruise? Well DH found a site when we first started cruising that he refers to every time now when we go on another cruise. To see what others have said about the cruise and/or place. So I wanted to give the site to all my SP friends check it out as its full of info <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 4 Sep 2009 07:37:46 EST How do you keep your weigh in check on a cruise I know we have been on quite a number and each time I come back with a 5-10 pound gain depending on the cruise length. <BR> <BR> This time, I will be doing 3 days of running each week combined with walking the other days, that is before we even get off the ship. <BR> <BR> Do you all limit your food or just enjoy. Tue, 1 Sep 2009 12:00:29 EST Hello from Florida Hi, I am new to this group. My family and I have been on lots of cruises. We are going on Princess during the Christmas and New Year's Holidays this year. The most exciting part of this cruise for us and the most challenging is that my husband and I will be in our last two weeks of training for a half marathon. When we return that coming weekend we will be running the Disney Half Marathon. How is that for a challenge. Sun, 30 Aug 2009 15:49:23 EST Hi Everyone! Hi there!!! <BR> <BR> I am so excited I found this section of Spark People!!! I am newly addicted to cruising!!!! My husband and I have been on three cruises (Carnival Glory (2007), Carnival Liberty (2008) and RCCL Freedom of the Seas(2008). We loved the Freedom so much that we are going back on her next month (Sept 09) with some friends! We are also booked on the Oasis of the Seas for next year(2010)! Cruising has now become my motivation for losing weight. My ultimate goal is to wear... Wed, 12 Aug 2009 13:10:15 EST Great Cruises on the Travel Channel Tonight Tonight, July 9 at 10pm the Travel Channel will show "Great Cruises: Why Not the Mexican Riviera" <BR> <BR> It's a journey on board Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas like you've never taken before! Join us for an exclusive, behind-the-scenes week in the life of this magnificent ship from the crew's perspective as it sails the stunning Mexican Riviera! <BR> <BR> It also airs at 2am later on that night on July 10th Thu, 9 Jul 2009 10:37:58 EST Going On A Cruise <em>244</em> Not my ideal cruise since we have already done it four times, but just booked a RCCL down the Mexican Rivera leaving July 19th. Hubby 70th Birthday will be July 25th so we are also taking three adult children and one teenage grandson with us. But also have a good friend who's birthday is the 21th and he is taking fiancée and two children (14 & 10) so it should be a great trip, heck any cruise is better than no Cruise!!!!! Fri, 3 Jul 2009 16:55:58 EST Hey Everybody! I only found this SparkTeam from someone's siggie. I am going on a cruise to Mexico on August 6th (my b-day is Aug 8th) so I have a lot of work to do but I am in it to win it! Fri, 3 Jul 2009 15:53:51 EST The Cruise Itch That's right! I have the itch. The Cruise Itch. And it needs to be scratched. I found myself looking through cruise websites the last couple days. Reading stories, checking itineraries, looking at pictures. All which have got me itchy! <BR> <BR> So how about you? Do you have the itch too? Thu, 25 Jun 2009 11:42:06 EST Economy / Cruise Prices I was just curious who is seeing some great deals and who is taking advantage of them. ANd trying to start something new on this Team too. <BR> <BR> I have been receiving many offers and they have reflected the economic times as well. One offer we got was for less then $1400 for the BOTH (not pp) of us on a Princess Cruise in Alaska for a balcony cabin. Of course we couldn't just rush right out the door, but we have been getting many offers like this lately. We really want to go to Alaska ne... Mon, 1 Jun 2009 12:03:08 EST New show about cruises on Travel Channel Dubbed Cruises We Love!, the half-hour show premieres Saturday at 10:30 PM ET/PT and will air multiple times each week through the summer. Fri, 29 May 2009 16:59:51 EST Three Things You Will Do Today! List 3 things that you WILL get done today. Come back and let us know if you achieved them, or just edit your original post. <BR> Sun, 24 May 2009 22:11:25 EST Where have you been? There is several places I have thought about cruising to but not sure what to really expect. So, I was thinking maybe we could chat about the places we have been and what was good or bad about the ports. I know I was not real thrilled about Isle de Margarita was a was of time. We were there about four hours and there was NOTHING to do. They had a bunch of vendors, a bar and several sitting areas. That was it. The music was great, but not the best port I have ever been to! <em>188</em> Tue, 12 May 2009 15:51:44 EST What would you change? If you could change something on the cruise ships, what would you change? I don't like the muster drills, but know they are important. I wished there was a better way they could do them. Maybe like after you get your boarding pass, take a group into a room and go over it and then once you are on board your free. But then again you might not make your self aware of your muster station location. I really don't like them. Nobody listens and everyone talks. <em>101</em> Sat, 9 May 2009 14:54:40 EST How do you choose your cruises? I was wondering how others pick their cruises, do you look at the itineraries, cruise lines, prices, length of cruise or other factors? For us, it would be the itineraries first. We don't want repeat cruises when there are so many neat places to go. I also really look closely at the length of time in ports. There isn't really a lot of things you can get done when you are in port for four or five hours and you are late getting docked. I guess embarkation also would be a factor. I really d... Sat, 25 Apr 2009 09:45:08 EST What Do You Think About Royal Caribbean Cruise? What are the pros and cons? (Royal Caribbean) I always travel Carnival and this is the first Royal ship and I heard the employees are rude and not caring at all. I read some reviews and I wasn't happy. Sat, 11 Apr 2009 20:29:06 EST Weekend Adventure Provided by permission by Spark member Hallaluyah. <BR> <BR> I went on a date with Steak <BR> his drivers name was Cake <BR> throughout the whole evening <BR> they both were so pleasing <BR> "BUT NOW I CAN'T FEEL MY WAIST" <BR> <BR> Chicken and gray come by <BR> said "wouldn't you like a try" <BR> I told them "I wouldn't" "I couldn't" "I shouldn't" <BR> "BUT THAT WAS A FLAT OUT LIE" <BR> <BR> Start hanging with oranges and apples <BR> next morning won't feel like your Crap oh' <... Sat, 28 Mar 2009 22:57:38 EST Random Acts Of Kindness In today's world, it would be nice if we could show random acts of kindness. Joining Sparks means we care about ourselves, lets try and show we care about others. Let's list a act of kindness everyday! Fri, 27 Mar 2009 12:37:19 EST Where do you go to book your cruise? Where do you book your cruise? Do you go to the cruise line of preference? Use an online booking site? Use a travel agent? How do you find the best deals? <BR> <BR> I know lots of questions. I just found out both my husband & I like to cruise. So I'm looking to find the best deals so we can cruise more. Tue, 24 Mar 2009 13:47:24 EST 1st timer...Wester Carribbean questions Hubby and I are going on our first ever cruise for our 20th anniversary this summer. We are exchanging a timeshare week and going for 7 days in July for $642 per person, which seems to be a pretty good deal from what I have seen. We are going to Jamaica, Grand Caymans and Cozumel (leaving out of Galveston). <BR> <BR> What are some "must do" and "DON'T do" things that you all have learned? I definitely want to snorkel or scuba (have never scuba'd before). Are there any ziplines at any o... Fri, 6 Mar 2009 10:46:14 EST Five Random Things About Yourself A quick and easy way to get to know each other, just five things off the top of your head. Sun, 1 Mar 2009 07:55:15 EST Cruise and Scuba Please let me know about some of your favorite cruise and scuba vacations. I can't wait to get back out there. <em>252</em> Tue, 24 Feb 2009 11:41:23 EST My Reward I want to go on a cruise but am afraid of shorts and god forbid a bathingsuit. Joined SP a month ago and have really been working hard to lose weight and get in shape. My ultimate reward WILL be a cruise. Wish me luck and I'll see you onboard. Sat, 21 Feb 2009 09:37:07 EST Favorite Food on a cruise I was just wondering what every ones favorite food on a cruise is. I know a lot of people like that Lava Molten Cake, I haven't seen what is so great about it. But here we are "conscious" eaters, so I was just wondering. I'm so bad, but love the Fetticini. <em>4</em> Thu, 19 Feb 2009 09:32:18 EST What equivalent have you shed? What equivalent have you shed? <BR> <BR> 1 pound = a Guinea Pig <BR> 1.5 pounds = a dozen Krispy Kreme glazed donuts <BR> 2 pounds = a rack of baby back ribs <BR> 3 pounds = an average human brain <BR> 4 pounds = an ostrich egg <BR> 5 pounds = a Chihuahua <BR> 6 pounds = a human’s skin <BR> 7.5 pounds = an average newborn <BR> 8 pounds = a human head <BR> 10 pounds= chemical additives an American consumes each year <BR> 11 pounds = an average house cat <BR> 12 pounds = a Bald Eag... Tue, 17 Feb 2009 09:54:10 EST Valentine's Day Treat Ok so I am going to join two other couples for dinner at one of their homes and I am in charge of desert! So what am I doing....Chocolate Dip Strawberries. Yes a great desert that is not that bad for you. What are you doing for Valentine's Day that will keep you in line? <em>45</em> <em>129</em> Thu, 12 Feb 2009 22:01:59 EST The Worst Healthy Foods in the Supermarket Very interesting article, a great reminder about reading labels. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>30/the-worst-healthy-foods-in-the-supe<BR>rmarket/ </link> Tue, 10 Feb 2009 09:27:54 EST Could you really work on a cruise? At times I think, boy if I was single and younger it would be neat to work on a cruise. It sounds so glamorous, seeing the world, living on a ship, having great weather all the time. But then you get down to reality. Not only do you work six to nine months straight, but you don't see that much of your family. It is easier now with the internet. You don't work just a eight hour day, it could be a few hours here, doing this or a few hours there doing that. Yes, I guess they have like a mini... Mon, 9 Feb 2009 10:08:34 EST My Tip on Dressing for Cruise Holidays There are some fantastic deals for Holiday clothes right now. I just bought several dressy tops for next Christmas. 75 per cent of the lowest mark down. Wonderful tops for two to five bucks. At that price you can even get some outfits for your goals. <BR> <BR> <em>146</em> Thu, 5 Feb 2009 18:51:42 EST The Days In Between THE DAYS IN BETWEEN <BR> By Bob Perks © 2007 <BR> <BR> Sometimes I need to see my life differently. Like stepping outside it and seeing it from a different angle. Maybe walking around it, underneath it or climbing on top. <BR> <BR> <BR> Better yet, through the eyes of a child. There is nothing complex about what I am about to share with you. In fact, the beauty of it lies in the simplicity. <BR> <BR> <BR> I was talking to a friend about all the things I've been going through lately. We ... Thu, 5 Feb 2009 10:45:50 EST Cruising and the economy I was just wondering if the economy is going to effect any ones future cruising plans. I get all these great deals in the mail, yesterday I got one from Princess, two for one, pretty good deal. The airfare is down now too, but kind of cautious about spending the money <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> Thu, 5 Feb 2009 08:44:37 EST Port Everglades in Ft Lauderdale I've sailed out of Ft Lauderdale a few times, flew in a day or two in advance and then took a cab to the port. Going on a cruise in Nov and thinking about driving. Has anyone parked at the port or how about a hotel where you stay but then leave your car--similar to park and fly hotels near airports. <BR> thanks Wed, 4 Feb 2009 14:48:53 EST What are your goals for February? February goals-- <BR> keep it going from January, food portions, 1.5 to 3 hrs exercise a day (that includes shoveling snow) <BR> book a cruise! Mon, 2 Feb 2009 07:13:54 EST Today my biggest challenge is Going to a black tie ball tonight with really good food and drink. Will be quite difficult to over indulge. Sat, 31 Jan 2009 07:30:40 EST Ships & Dip V on the Norwegian Jewel I leave for Miami tomorrow, and we set sail on Sunday! *squee* <BR> <BR> I just wanted to post this, to let you know to expect updates here when I get back! LOL! Fri, 30 Jan 2009 07:08:56 EST What cruise deals are you seeing? I have my eye on Oceania. <BR> Free air, 2 for 1, pre paid gratuities to Europe in 09 or Panama Canal and Carribbean in 10 Fri, 23 Jan 2009 06:23:27 EST Just a little female humor THE BOTTLE OF WINE <BR> <BR> For all of us who are married, were married, wish <BR> you were married, or wish you weren't married, this <BR> is something to smile about the next time you see a <BR> bottle of wine: <BR> <BR> Sally was driving home from one of her business <BR> trips in Northern Arizona when she saw an elderly <BR> Navajo woman walking on the side of the road. <BR> <BR> As the trip was a long and quiet one, she stopped <BR> the car and asked the Navajo woman if she would lik... Tue, 20 Jan 2009 14:17:27 EST Information Anyone left from Charleston S.C. port? If so, how was it? Would like to drive and park in a terminal...any suggestions...has anyone sailed Celebrity's Mercury recently and could inform me on its condition...Thanks for any help you might give!! <em>304</em> Sun, 11 Jan 2009 17:28:11 EST How Will You/Or Did You SPARK Today? I actually tracked all of my food today <em>4</em> Thu, 8 Jan 2009 21:20:08 EST What Did You Learn in 2008 I learned that gaining weight is easier than losing it. Thu, 8 Jan 2009 21:16:59 EST Hi, I'm new Hi, I'm new to the team. I've been on 9 cruises starting with a cruise to the Bahamas on my honeymoon in 1992 on Carnival. Although, I wasn't too impressed with my cabin; the travel agent put us in an inside cabin 1A and it was terrible, but that started my love of cruising. I had been boycotting the Carnival ever since, but in 2008 I decided to give them another chance. I look forward to talking about cruising to my fellow sparkers. <BR> <BR> Dawn <em>213</em> Wed, 7 Jan 2009 16:48:56 EST Number 1 favorite thing about cruising. SItting in a deck chair, drink in one hand, book in another, looking at the blue water, blue sky, feeling a breeze along with the sunshine, RELAXING!! Tue, 6 Jan 2009 07:50:27 EST Yes Yes Yes Please... I am hoping that everyone will jump in this Forum and tell us all about the Cruise they just went on! So looking forward to hearing all about them. Mon, 5 Jan 2009 22:07:13 EST What is your favorite cruise line? Regent Seven Seas <BR> All inclusive luxury <BR> talk about being pampered <BR> last year we had a butler suite--what an indulgence! Sat, 3 Jan 2009 08:20:28 EST Fuel Surcharges Dropped! December 8, 2008 <BR> <BR> <BR> Update: Regent, Oceania Next to Drop Fuel Surcharges <BR> Despisers of fuel surcharges, this is your moment. As the price of a barrel of oil continues to fall, Carnival Corp., Oceania Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. have all announced plans to eliminate fuel surcharges. <BR> <BR> Carnival Corp. was the first to reveal that it will suspend fuel surcharges for cruises on six of its lines departing... Tue, 16 Dec 2008 22:06:50 EST Kids can Cruise in Their Own Cabin? December 12, 2008 <BR> <BR> <BR> Costa Cruises Offers Kids Lower Rates ... and Their Own Cabins? <BR> Costa Cruises is the latest cruise line to offer low rates to families -- but this particular deal's got a bit of a twist. <BR> <BR> The Italian line has announced a family promotion with attractive children's pricing. For example, on a seven-night cruise on Costa Victoria -- departing from Dubai on 4 April 2009 to Oman and Bahrain -- adults pay £529 and children pay £349. Another -- a... Tue, 16 Dec 2008 21:56:26 EST Holiday Cruising...? Anyone else going cruising during the holidays? We are going on 11/22/08 on NCL to the Mexican Rivera will be our forth time to the Mexican Rivera but first time on NCL, so we shall see. Sun, 2 Nov 2008 22:28:31 EST Please ChecK Out My Blog I am just so excited about what I did, that I want all my team members to read it. If I can do it anyone can..I am finally really getting back to me! <BR> <BR> Fri, 10 Oct 2008 23:34:40 EST Hi I'm new and have enjoyed 9 Cruises with the Lady I used to work for. I'm happy to Sea a Spark team for Cruisers...Hope to hear from you all. <em>175</em> Wed, 10 Sep 2008 22:22:55 EST Want to Cruise just need to Lose!! My Hubby and I love to cruise! We are going on our 13th cruise the end of this month. I am just really trying to keep everything under control. But I think Sparks is the best place in the world to keep on Keeping that to happen. Sun, 7 Sep 2008 00:28:30 EST Hi! Hi guys, I'm new here. I'm trying to drop a few pounds before I go on my next cruise -- Sept. 21 on Adventure of the Seas. I can't wait! Mon, 25 Aug 2008 14:23:08 EST New 2 Team , on RC's Freedom of the Seas next week Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm new to the team. I saw it on the featured teams and thought it looked like a good group. <BR> <BR> I leave next Saturday to the Western Caribbean so I'm excited. It will be my 3rd cruise but my 2nd time with Royal Caribbean. I did their 3 day cruise to Ensenada which was my first time. No balcony but it was fun anyhow. <BR> <BR> My 2nd cruise was Norwegian Star to Mexico. That was even better because it was my first time with a balcony. I won't go any other ... Fri, 30 May 2008 01:05:35 EST New to this team Like Suebee42, I was not looking to join a new team but also saw this team featured and thought it would be interesting. I will be going on my 6th cruise in January. I LOVE cruising! The food, the shows, the ports of call!!!!!! The last cruise we went on, consisted of 19 family members. We had a ball!!! I'm looking forward to this next one although January seems so far away. Thu, 22 May 2008 10:00:00 EST New To The Team... ...but not to cruising! :D <BR> <BR> I'm actually booking my third cruise, tomorrow... :D I wasn't really looking for a new team to join, but you were one of the featured ones, so I figured why not? LOL! <BR> <BR> I have never been on a "normal" cruise, though. Both of the ones I have been on are Barenaked Ladies' fan cruises, called Ships & Dip. It's basically a floating music festival, with BNL and other bands and musicians that are friends of theirs. It's fantastic! The port stops are pr... Tue, 20 May 2008 15:19:15 EST Cruising Alaska from Vancouver Anyone cruised Alaska from Vancouver, B.C. ? Any tips on a good motel that doesn't cost an arm and a leg? We're going in the later part of August. <BR> Can't decide whether to fly or drive or take the train. Sun, 20 Apr 2008 17:45:45 EST New to the team and to cruisin! Hello! My name is Nancy and I joined because I have always wanted to go on a cruise but know absolutely nothing about it! After doing some reading it sounds like this is a very seasoned team! I know there are things everyone that goes on a cruise should know, the ins and outs, what to take with you and what not to take with you, where the best deals are and the best places/cruise lines, etc... I will continue hanging around and reading everyone's posts but if you have any advice and tips/t... Tue, 26 Feb 2008 18:59:44 EST Carnival Conquest anyone? Hello! My hubby and I are huge cruisers and would like to go on another in May. I am interested in the Carnival Conquest b/c we want to keep it cheaper/simple, so we can just drive to the port as we live in Houston. Anyone been on it? <BR> Thanks! Sun, 24 Feb 2008 13:13:07 EST Cruising Norwegian for the first time - any tips? We are cruising to the Western Caribbean in January on the Norwegian Sun. Any tips from someone who has cruised Norwegian before? Mon, 24 Dec 2007 05:30:26 EST Not about weight Lost Hello fellow cruisers! This has nothing to do with weight lost but I want to post this to see what kind of response I would get. I love to collect shot glasses from EVERYWHERE. I would like you guys to help me with this if you want to. Please send me a shot glass from where you live or great places that you have visited on your trips, if you have more than one. I usually get them from Walmart in the places I visit...for about 2.00 to 3.00. When we travel...they range from 1.00 (mexico) to 5.0... Thu, 13 Dec 2007 19:46:58 EST What can you tell me about Europe? It looks like dh will be taking on a new job within his company that will include 100% travel, mostly around Europe! And they will pay my transportation costs to follow him around! We have never been to Europe, so what can you tell me about it. We will be going on our next NCL (11 nights)cruise to Hawaii Jan. 11th and then will begin exploring Europe in February. <BR> Vicki Wed, 5 Dec 2007 06:05:43 EST Extra days before cruise? Has anyone ever added a couple of hotel days to their cruise? Do you have to go through the cruise line, or can you book them on your own? We're doing a transatlantic cruise and air fare to Barcelona is included. We'd like to go early and spend an extra day or two in Barcelona - but the charge for a couple of nights add-on is huge through the cruise line. Does anyone know if we can still use the air fare if we don't book the hotel through them? Tue, 30 Oct 2007 23:39:57 EST Cruisin' or not... What are you vacation/travel plans during the upcoming holiday season? <BR> <BR> We're going to the central coast wineries and Pismo...we do this every year, if we don't go to Napa. <BR> <BR> Then, off to the Russian River for a vacation rental from Dec. 26 through Jan 4, 2008. <BR> <BR> It's cold up there. I'm friendlier to my DH, he says. <BR> <BR> hahaha <BR> <BR> Dana Fri, 12 Oct 2007 17:48:29 EST Exercise and Diet on a cruise I am just wondering if anyone actually follows their diet while they are on a cruise. I don't because I figure that is half the fun. Also do you do any type of "organized" exercise while on a cruise? I dont do that either but I should. I use the excuse that I do so much walking but to be honest, I dont think I have actually gone in to the fitness center once on any ship, except to borrow a pen from someone. <BR> Thu, 27 Sep 2007 17:01:30 EST Most Interesting Cruise What has been the most interesting thing or the funniest thing that has happened to you on a cruise.? Fo me there are a few, the first one was when we ran aground on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. It really wasn't funny, it was actually a very big deal. It happened in the middle of the night and everyone was pretty much tossed from their beds. We were really stuck too, we didn't just hit it. They had to wait for some advisors from the Australia Government come out, they sent divers down... Thu, 27 Sep 2007 03:31:13 EST Dream Cruise If money were no object (yeah, right) which cruise would be your ultimate, trip of a lifetime, dream cruise. <BR> <BR> Mine is, a cruise around the world. Wed, 26 Sep 2007 13:31:55 EST Exercise: Month of September Hi guys, if you don't mind I thought I'd start an exercise thread. Here we can log in our daily exercise and hopefully it will keep us motivated to lose the weight for our next cruise!! Maybe seeing what everyone else does for their daily exercise will give someone (me) a nudge in the right direction! Also if you want you can post your weekly weigh in as well!! <BR> <BR> My next cruise is: December 9, 2007! That gives me 12 weeks from TODAY!; won't be able to get as much off as I would ... Sun, 16 Sep 2007 17:19:17 EST Please Invite your friends to join us Since this is a new group please invite your friends to join us. ilove hearing others experiences on the various cruise lines and just love to talk about cruising. Sun, 16 Sep 2007 13:27:19 EST Introduce Yourself I am 51 years old and although I dont need to loose any weight at this point, I really need to get into shape, I haven't been exercising and have a hard time motivating myself to do any kind of exercises. I don't want to die of a heart attack at this age. I am going to try to reward myself to keep myself motivated, if I exercise 4 times a week for an hour for 6 months without missing a single day, I am going on a cruise. I have also promised myself that when I do go on the cruise I have to go... Tue, 3 Jul 2007 04:08:12 EST