Now I've Done It!

@cynthiann (18619)
Jamaica
April 14, 2009 12:33pm CST
In a fit of madness earlier to day, I paid the deposit to have 7 days on a cruise ship! I so cannot afford it. But the price is very cheap - US$410 for 7 nights at sea, plus taxes. So I thought, why not go for it? I paid the $100 and am now committed to going. It goes from New York to Rhode Island, Boston, Maine, and then into Canada. New Brunswick, and Halifax, Nova Scotia. I just don't know why I signed as I also have to pay the fare from here to New York. But I can overnight with friends who will also be going on the cruise. Every year a group of my friends go off the Island and take a group trip to somewhere. I've always wanted to join them but couldn't afford it. I still can't but have until the end of August to come up with the money. I've never been on a cruise before. Have you been on a cruise or would you like to go on one?
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22 responses
@AmbiePam (50099)
• United States
14 Apr 09
That sounds like such fun! Yes, I've been on a cruise before, and I enjoyed it very much. It was as close to heaven as I have ever gotten. LOL
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
14 Apr 09
Now you have me so enthusiastic. I am glad that I made the deposit. Blessings
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@AmbiePam (50099)
• United States
14 Apr 09
Mine was a Christian cruise. So they closed down the bars and casinos on the boat. I know some Christians don't find anything wrong with that though. They probably just wanted to cover their bases, so that is why they shut them down for our cruise.
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
14 Apr 09
I have never been in a casino in my life and don't plan to either! I work too hard to throw away money. It must have been so wonderful for you both.
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@commanderxo (1496)
• Canada
15 Apr 09
Yes, I've been on a cruise before. That was back in 1982...my honeymoon. We took a ship from the Florida Keys (I think that's how you spell it?)...cross the tip of The Bermuda Triangle (THAT was "fun"???)...and made our way to Nassau. The trip was fantastic. But then again, I've always loved boats and the water. Any kind of boat, any kind of water. If you CAN manage to go, then do it. You'll regret it later if you don't, and may not get the opportunity again, or at least for a long while. GO FOR IT GIRL! cdrxo
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
15 Apr 09
Many thanks for responding. I live in the Caribbean now so I want to go somewhere different and the price is fantastic. Yep, I am going for it.
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• Canada
16 Apr 09
Good for you! I can guarantee, you won't be sorry. You'll treasure the moment for the rest of your life. ;-) cdrxo
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
14 Apr 09
Sounds great! Have fun... I went on one 4 years ago with my sister. We had a pretty good time. But next time I go to Belize I'm going to see Jaguars, so there!!!
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
15 Apr 09
I've never been to Belize and I didn't know they had jaguars! Well, I'm gonna see Canada for the first time - so there!
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
15 Apr 09
Yep Belize is famous for them. Canada is lovely (maybe not so much in winter brrr), so have a great time!!!
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@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
14 Apr 09
You still have plenty of time to come up with the remainder of the money. How about trying to sell some things on Ebay or Craigslist? Maybe even have a couple of yard sales between now and then. My husband and I just went on our first cruise ever last May to Bermuda. It left from Newark, NJ. We had a great time. The only problem was that when we left it was in storm which of course gave me some sea sicknesses for the first day and a half. All in all I would love to go on another cruise. Maybe in a few years if we start saving up now for it.
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
14 Apr 09
Well, I just received an order for two gift baskets. This is unusual as the tourist season is over so I will make another $100. My daughter called this morning and asked if I wanted a Spa Day for my Birthday next month. so I told her what I did and asked her to send me the money instead! I am determined to go. I don't have stuff for a yard sale but I will try Ebay as I do have some collectables that may sell. I had never thought of that so many thanks for the idea. Noter to self: Get something from doctor for sea sickness. I am so glad that you had a great time. Many thanks for responding
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@us2owls (1681)
• United States
14 Apr 09
I sailed from Liverpool to New York via Halifax Nova Scotia a lot of years ago and one of the stewards on the ship told me if I felt sea sick to eat something. Even if I was sick to eat something right afterwards and it sure worked for me. Enjoy your trip - that sure is a good price.
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@NIECIE21 (365)
• United States
15 Apr 09
I have never been on one, but I really want to!!! I am saving up for when I am done with school, to be able to take one with some friends and possably family if they can afford it. And you have PLEANTY of time to come up with the money :)
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
15 Apr 09
Many thanks for responding. I'm not usually impulsive - especially where money is concerned. yes, I will get it somehow.I hope that one day you will get to go ona cruise. I will let evryone know how it went latr in the year
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@LittleMel (14055)
• Canada
15 Apr 09
no I never have. I don't mind cruising but if I can afford it, I'd rather travel by land and air. I love beaches but not necessarily sailing into wide open sea, somehow it freaks me out. I would also try diving someday, but it won't be actual diving to the darker level of the ocean. I'd go as far as the sun still shines or it will freak me out. So you need $ 310 more, I think you can earn that in 3 months or so. I mean garage sale and part time work should be able to cover that. Post us some pics after you get back :)
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
15 Apr 09
Thank you for this response. I will try to post pictures when I get back but it is not unitl the end oif August. I am going to get here and am working on ways to raise money. Thank you for your suggestions.I already work part time but need that money for living expenses. I could never go diving but I love swimming. I would definitely freak out diving deep into the sea. Blessings
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@mira91 (988)
• Singapore
15 Apr 09
I have never been on a cruise before but i DEFINITELY want to be on one... because i love the sea, i love the beach and i love all things tropical or watery...whatever that means..Anyway, i think that it's a great opportunity you have there and if you really think that you can come up with the money by august then sure, why not yea?
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
15 Apr 09
I'm making all sorts of budgets to help me pay this. I love the sea too and havbe always lived by the sea. Growing up in the U.K. I was right by the sea and now, from my office window in the Caribbean I can see the sea. Thanks for responding
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• United States
15 Apr 09
Hi, Cynthiann! Thanks, for sharing your adventure! Who could possibly blame you for saying, yes? That price is amazing! It's obviously an experience you find delicious to think on, so you should go. And, if you allow yourself to enjoy the anticipation and have fun--zero regrets--I'll bet you'll not only find the money to cover it, but will make friends and contacts while you're there that will enrich you further than the cost of the trip. I'm not so much into the idea of cruises, though I may go on an instructional one, soon. My mother, on the other hand, went on two and can't stop talking about them! She loved every minute, and I'll bet you will, too! Beating yourself up about it won't help at all. Enjoying it will make you feel wonderful! Chow! Puppy Training Pal
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
15 Apr 09
Hi puppy, welcopme to Mylot. The place where we vent, share joys and sorrows,and also offer support to each other. I am going somehow - even if it is on the cheap - but I am going. chance of a lifetime with such a cheap fare. Thanks for responding and enjoy Mylot and make good friends
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@anniefannie (1743)
• United States
15 Apr 09
I hope you can come up with the money and go and have a good time with your friends. I've never been on a cruise always wanted to,Maybe someday I will get a chance to go.
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
15 Apr 09
I hope that you get the chance too annie. I am determnined to go - I've always wanted to go to Canada and this way I will see a little of the country. Life is short and the fare is cheap - so I'm going to grab the opportunity to go. Thanks for responding
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@bodhisatya (2384)
• India
15 Apr 09
Bon voyage dear friend. I know a bit about this place in Canada, Halifax. Boy ! its wonderful. Hmmmm I always would love to be in a ship going far away in an unknown place. The fascination developed while I used to watch Tintin the comic charecter. One evening me and one of my close freind were sitting on this promenade called the marine drive here in Bombay and there was this ship at distance we both were daydreaming to be in it and go around the world. Happy Journey.
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
15 Apr 09
Thank you Bodhi. I will have to go on Mylot and tell my friends about each place the ship stops at. It should be so much fun. One day you will go too. Blessings
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@rocketsky (1014)
• China
15 Apr 09
travelling somewhere like this is great ,i also hope to try i once went to travle by ship to dalian ,in china . it is a good place to visit ,you got on the ship, tou will be happy
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
15 Apr 09
Thank you for responding. My sister is going to China next month and is so looking forward to the vacation. I would love to see china too one day.
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@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
14 Apr 09
Hey cynthiann! I think you made the right decision! You have certainly earned this cruise! You work really hard, put up with a miserable boss, work 2 jobs and take care of your family! You should go! I think you will love it! I have always wanted to go on a cruise too! You will love all those places that you are going to see! Boston, Maine, Rhode Island and all the places in Canada are incredible! You will see such beautiful scenery and will just not believe the sites too! You made the right decision! Now don't fret about it just be happy that you are going and enjoy the trip because you will not be sorry for a minute! The price is very good!
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
15 Apr 09
Thank you Opal. It was the price that tipped the scales. when the economy gets better(?) I know that the prices will increase. I know Boston quite well and drove to Rhode Island once but have not been to the other places. So I will not get off the ship at Boston and go on other optional trips. Many thanks for your support.
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14 Apr 09
I would like to go on a cruise one day to the carribean, and visit the vast range of beaches. However sometime's when i think about it i don't think i can stay on a boat for to long because the fact, that im surrounded by water will just make me go crazy. I don't think i would be able to pull it of,however i heard the ride is very smooth and you can not even tell you are on a ship. So hopefully i shall go on a cruise one day.
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
15 Apr 09
I live in the Caribbean and yes, the beaches are wonderful. There appears to be so much to do on the boat and it does havwe four swimming pools so I don't htink that with a pile of friends going too I would be bored. The ship stops in a different place ach day and you can go ashore and do a trip or just wander around. Thanks for responding
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@marguicha (102115)
• Chile
14 Apr 09
I have never been on a cruise but last January I was invited aboard a sailboat where we were for 3 weeks at the Caribbean. It was awesome. And I´m still paying for the airfare to Colombia where the boat was. I have to pay arounf $70 a month until November but I don´t care. Usually, if I work a lot, the money comes from my online working. I´n trying although this month many sites I was counting on, went scam (like Arabux). But I WENT Have a nice trip
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
14 Apr 09
Thanks for responding. Sometimes in life we just have to grab at opportunities when they come. This is a group booking so it was discounted also the recession has lowered the prices too. I cannot afford it but I am going to go somehow. I am sorry that your sites went scam. I only use Mylot - not time for anything else!
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@uicbear (1903)
• United States
14 Apr 09
Good for you, that's what I say! I myself have never been on a cruise. The idea itself, has only been something that I have started to consider in a positive way in the last year or so. I just always thought that being stuck on a boat was not something I wanted to do. Then I saw a travel show where the host said the same thing, but then she said she was wrong. The neat thing about a cruise is that it basically lets you travel from place to place while you play and sleep on the boat, then you wake up in an entirely new place. That made the idea of a cruise sound really cool. So the family and I are starting to look into maybe doing one next summer.
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
14 Apr 09
I jumped on this as because of the recession the prices are very cheap. I will go on 2 of the optional excursions but don't need to go on shore each day. I am told that there is so much to do on board. I will get to swim and relax etc. Look into it. I don't have all of the details yet but from what I do have it is good.
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@jillhill (37383)
• United States
14 Apr 09
I have been on a cruise and inclusively it's the best vacation you will ever experience....I did a cruise with my sister to the Bahamas and we had a blast....I over ate though! the food is wonderful and exciting to taste....we did a few stops but the whole vacation was wonderful...I would go again in a heartbeat!
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
14 Apr 09
Ah, this is just what I want to hear! I need something to look forward to right now.
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@checapricorn (16066)
• United States
14 Apr 09
Hi cyn, wow..that is so cool! I've never been in a cruise but I would love too in the future! I hope I will be able to have some money for that. It will be very exciting for sure!
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
14 Apr 09
I am excited and will tell all my friends here at Mylot about it. You"ll probably all receive a day to day commentary!!LOL
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
14 Apr 09
It must be exciting. We went on an Alaskan cruise, but when we went to the travel agency, they gave us the price from where we were in Winnipeg, and we had a choice either take the plane to Vancouver or go up through the North West Territories into Alaska itself. We took the plane. We also learned about the car rental agencies and the costs of the motels. We stayed at a really crummy one, and me needing two pillows because of my snoring. So you have to pay for the transportation there, plus you need to tip the stewards, and there is extra charges coming up. So better start saving.
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
14 Apr 09
I have always wanted to do the alaskan cruise - it must have been beautiful. My GF called earlier and said that the Stewards must be tipped. I have an Itinary so I will choose what trips to go on. I know Boston well so won't spend money going on the optional tours there. I will just have to be very frugal from now on. This will never happen again. I will overnight with friends in New York going and coming back. Many thanks for the tips about going on a cruise.
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@lilybug (21148)
• United States
14 Apr 09
I have never been on a cruise before. I have never even been on a boat unless you count a canoe when I was a little kid. I think it is great that you are going on a cruise. I am sure you can come up with the money by August and you could use the break.
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
14 Apr 09
Hi lilybug, I am not an impulsive person as I usually have to look twice at each dollar before spending but this is a group deal. 12 of us are going so there is a whopping discount. I am going to come up witht he money and some extra to perhaps go on a couple of tours at the different places we go to each day. I'm going to do it but not quite sure yet how. Not fair to ask my children as three of them have lost jobs now and will be job hunting this summer. I wil do it somehow. Blessings
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• United States
14 Apr 09
I have never been on a cruise but think it would be a lot of fun. My Mom went on a cruise and said she had the time of her life. My two friends that live in another state went on a cruise and they told me that the cruise was over to soon for them. They had a lot of fun and hated it when the cruise was over. They were lucky because my sister-in-laws husbands work payed for the cruise. I wish I could run into something like that. I definitely would take advantage of it. This is only the end of April so you still have time to save up the money.
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
14 Apr 09
everyone is responding saying that it is such fun. I have a gf who will be going on this cruise and this will be her 4th cruise. she says that it is marvellous - like a floating hotel with all amenities. I will get the money somehow - just have to cut down. Many thanks for such a positive response
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• United States
15 Apr 09
When my Mom went on the cruise my sisters had paid for the ticket because she had holed herself up and wouldn't do anything after Dad passed away. So my two sisters decided to do this to get her out. She fought them on it but my sisters won out. They even bought her some new cloths. When she came home from the cruise she was a different person. She said that she enjoyed the cruise a whole lot. When she got back home she still missed Dad but she was ready to get out and start living. Go on the cruise. It will refresh you a lot and since you have a girl friend that is going that is even better.
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
15 Apr 09
I'm so glad that it helped your Mom. I am a widow too so I know what it feels like to lose your partner. I am definitely going - will not lose the deposit money at all! LOL
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