Couples Who Cruise

Posted by Caribbean World Magazine on 22 August 2014 | 0 Comments

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22 August 2014
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Cruising is a great way to see multiple destinations, and a Caribbean cruise allows you to island hop and take in a great variety of landscapes and cultures. Here  four couples and a family group talk about their ships and their experiences.


TINA AND CHRISTINA FLETCHER (MOTHER AND DAUGHTER) FROM COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO

Which ship are you on? Celebrity Summit  What was your port of embarkation and itinerary? Embarked in Puerto Rico and then we will visited Basseterre, St. Kitts, Georgetown, Grenada and Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas.
Are you experienced cruise aficionados or new to cruise? Tina: This is our first cruise. We wanted to try it out and thought the Caribbean would be a good first experience. What have you thought of the experience so far? Tina: If we aren’t on an excursion, we enjoy experiencing the culture of the destination and particularly shopping for an unusual or special souvenir. I thought there would be more shopping generally though I’m impressed with Grenada as there are loads of shops here in the cruise terminal. Half of the shops in St. Kitts were shut on the day we were there which was disappointing.
What do you think of the ship? Service on board exceeds all expectation as do the amenities. We have enjoyed lounging on the pool deck and are particularly impressed with the food in the main restaurant.
Do you have different interests from your mum? Christina: I am really interested in finding out what the schooling is like here. I am very interested in seeing rainforests and I am finally getting used to the humidity.

ANN JUSZCZYNSKI, RICH JUSZCZYNSKI, ALEX JUSZCZYNSKI, TOMMY JUSZCZYNSKI AND YVONNE BRINE FROM BISHOPSTOKE, HAMPSHIRE

Which ship are you on? Princess Cruises’ Grand Princess What was your port of embarkation and itinerary? New Year’s Eve Cruise from Galveston, Texas. It was the Eastern Caribbean itinerary: Cozumel, Honduras and Belize.
Any particular reason for choosing the Caribbean? We’ve chosen the Caribbean a few times as it’s a great choice for a winter holiday – warm weather and low rain fall.
Is this a good family holiday choice? I love the Caribbean for its beaches and also the duty free shopping! So we all get to have some fun. The beaches are usually close to most of the ports. Hotels will, for a small fee, let you use their facilities. I think any destination is good on a cruise because, if you don’t fancy getting off, there is usually a lot to do on the ship. 
What do you think of your ship? The ship was really great with lots of facilities for everyone and the kids’ club was fantastic. They even had a dedicated outdoor space for kids including a paddling pool and slides. The restaurant allowed children to eat early. The amenities were superb – restaurants, shows, bars all were excellent. And the New Year’s Eve party was probably the best we have ever been to!
Was there a particular highlight on this cruise? For us a cruise in the Caribbean means we all get a really great break in the sunshine. The kids clubs and private islands make the cruise extra special.

HILARY & PETER HARRISON FROM JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

Which ship are you on? Star Clippers' Royal Clipper
What is the port of embarkation and itinerary? Seven night Windward Islands’ round trip from Barbados.
What is your reason for choosing a Caribbean cruise? Is it good for couples? We chose the Caribbean because we like islands and the sea! It is a very good choice for couples as there are great opportunities to go exploring together on shore and it’s easy to get to shore using the tenders. And then you can just chill in a local restaurant or bar. There is a real plethora of activities for those who stay on board, the drop down Marine Deck allows you to swim or take sailboards directly from the ship.
What do you think of your ship? Royal Clippers is our favourite in the Star Clippers’ fleet and is the most spacious. To sail on a five-masted ship with real sails is indescribable. Departing from port into the sunset with the sails unfurling and to the strains of Vangelis music, is totally magical. But we also liked having fun with everyone on board and participating in evening activities like the Frog Racing and the Music Quiz. It is a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
Was there a particular highlight on this cruise? We loved hanging out on the bowsprit net (the area where the ropes are intertwined and suspended at the front of the ship) and watching the waves and water beneath us. It really is like being transported back in time to be on a replica of an old-fashioned clipper ship, but you have smiling and friendly staff all around you.

ALAN AND KIRSTY ELLIS FROM CHINGFORD, LONDON, ENGLAND

What you do for a living? Alan, Asset Manager; Kirsty, Nurse.
Which cruise ship? We were on the P&O Ventura
What was your port of embarkation and itinerary? We were on the re-positional cruise that brought the ship back to Europe from the Caribbean for the European summer schedule. We embarked in Barbados and then sailed across the Atlantic to Southampton.
Is a Caribbean cruise a good holiday choice for a couple? Yes, although we were actually a party of six (three couples) and this was better than just being the two of us. I still would go again even if it was just Kirsty and I as we would not have been bored. 
What stands out in the itinerary for you? We enjoyed all of the ports of call and, as most passengers did, got off at every chance. Having said that, the “At Sea” days were never boring and there was no lack of things to do. Even though Kirsty’s sister Jane and her husband Alan were only two cabins down from us, some days we did not see them until dinner. 
What do you think of your ship? The ship is one of P&O’s largest and we enjoyed all aspects it. There were plenty of dining choices and you could eat nearly 24 hours a day. We also liked the “Formal Dining” nights (there were four) as it gave everybody a chance to get dressed up. There were a few visits to the casino and we liked the Manhattan-style cocktail bar on the 19th deck at the rear of the ship. 
Was there a particular highlight on this cruise? The size of the ship does take you by surprise when you first get on-board. There were several times when we got lost, but this only added to the fun. 

MIKE AND MAUREEN CRONIN FROM METHYR TYDFIL, SOUTH WALES, CURRENTLY LIVING IN WOOD GREEN, LONDON

Retired couple Mike and Maureen, stopped working in their 50s and have been world-hopping on cruises since 1979. 
Which ship? Fred. Olsen's M.S Balmoral
What was your port of embarkation and itinerary? Southampton to Southampton via the West Indies. The duration was 32 days.
Is a Caribbean cruise a good choice for a couple? If you share hobbies, like dancing, there is no better way to enjoy time together than on a cruise. So, it’s very much a mindset. If you get on well together, then it's something I fully recommend. However, if you're prone to arguing or the like, then spending this much time together could be daunting and a wasted holiday.
Did you like the ship? The Balmoral has a really friendly crew and the food is always superb. If we wanted any food not on the menu, the chefs would bend over backwards to make it for us. Our cabin was really nice and well looked after. Perhaps if there was a downside, it was the entertainment. Whilst the artists who came on board were brilliant, the Production Team fell way short of what we are used to. 
What was the highlight on this cruise? First of all, no flying was involved. We don't mind flying to our destination, but we are normally a lot happier if we can sail back home. And there is always one place that stands out for us: Phillipsburg, St Maarten. This is a jewel in the Caribbean. This was the third time we visited this Island in 2013, and we still look forward to going back. It has lovely beaches, is great for shopping and natives are so friendly. St Vincent is also nearly always top of our list; as is St Lucia.

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