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AARP Rewards Online Community Cruise Contest 2023

Want to set sail this summer? Share some of your best tips for making cruise travel easy and fun, and how AARP Rewards can help you travel, for a chance to win!

 

The contest runs from July 10 through Aug. 6, 2023. We will choose three (3) winners to receive a $500 Carnival Cruise Gift Card! 

 

To enter, reply to this post before August 6, 2023, with your tips for cruising and how you use AARP Rewards to help you travel.  

 

Official Rules for the contest are posted here -   AARP Rewards Online Community Cruise Contest 2023

 

Example for a Post Entry:

When my family and I travel on cruises we always arrive at port at least one day earlier so we don’t have to rush the morning of and can explore the area. Last year we used AARP Rewards to purchase a discounted Hotels.com gift card to save on our hotel stay in Port Canaveral, Florida the day before our cruise.

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Taking a Cruise is a wonderful way to experience multiple adventures in a short period of time. Especially convenient for aging seniors with limited mobility. 

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Would be great way to celebrate 50 years of marriage!

August 4th and have enjoyed being a long term AARP member.

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Itʻs best to stay near your port the night before so you are relaxed and ready to go the next day.

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Don’t skip out on the nightly shows. They are great!!

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Cruise is an adventure journey where you explore with optimism of new cultures and aesthetics of architectural designs. 

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Space to put things can be limited in your cabin.  Brining along magnetic hooks that can attach to the cabin walls, doors and ceilings are a wonderful way to expand what available.  Ideal to hang your toiletry page from the in the bathroom, an extra hanger for beach bags and purses, etc.  I also bring one of those cloth foldable bins that fit flat in my suitcase.  With the opening facing up it is great for additional storage or a laundry bin.  With the opening facing to the side you can put it on a shelf an use as vertical storage for folded clothes.  

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Upon boarding the cruise ship, we take a bit of time to walk from bow to stern to locate activities and rooms we might want to visit later.  Many ships have little libraries or other nooks passengers miss. If there’s no assigned seating at meals, we also scan the restaurant’ to identify the seats we’d want.  

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In my experience going with a specific group of friends on a cruise makes the cruise more pleasurable. I went on anAlaskan cruise with a group of AARP card carrying bicycling seniors. In Ketchikan we rode a train to the top and rode our bibles down the mountain. We also cycled to a salmon bake. Great fun, friendship, and exercise. Patricia Fuhrman 

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Check out all of the Rewards here, there are some awesome ones for members! Cruise in style!

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Im very happy with AARP 

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Use AARP guidelines, rewards and coupons

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Tips for Cruising:

  1. Book early, plan ahead.
  2. Research cruise lines to find one that suits your preferences.
  3. Choose the right itinerary based on destinations and duration.
  4. Pack smart and light. Dont overpack.
  5. Budget for extras like specialty dining, tips  and shore excursions.

Using AARP Rewards for Travel:

  1. Earn points for travel expenses like flights, hotels, and cruises.
  2. Get exclusive discounts on accommodations, transportation, and tours.
  3. Access travel insurance options for peace of mind.
  4. Enjoy member-exclusive travel deals and promotions.
  5. Use the AARP Travel Center for easy booking.
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I printed out the online charges to my account the first day and recommend printing it again before you leave the ship.This was a help with staying on budget and checking charges on my account. I was charged twice for excursions.

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  • Research Your Ports in Advance. 
  • Don't Tip Double on Alcohol. 
  • Pack With Space in Mind (and Consider Only a Carry-On) 
  • Take Yourself on a Ship Tour on Embarkation Day. 
  • Board Your Ship As Soon As You Can on Embarkation Day. 
  • Pick a Cabin That Works for Your Cruise Needs.
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Use discounts available through AARP like for hotels before or after the cruise. We like to arrive the day before a departure. When on the cruise enjoy all the different foods and step outside of your comfort zone. Taking ziplock bags to stash away midnight snacks is a helpful thing we have learned. Bringing your own straws/cups help us out as well. And of course remember all your necessities such as medication, toiletries, sunscreen, clothing and comfortable shoes. 

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Use all of the discounts available here on the AARP website. You would be surprised the deals you can get, and the wonderful vacations you can take using them. Enjoy!

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We always arrive a day early to just in case there are travel problems (like snow or not enough pilots) that would delay you from making the Cruise. Another advantage of this philosophy, is that you can arrive at your ship feeling excited and rested.  Be sure to keep the necessities, like sunscreen, bathing suit, medicines, the items you might need before your bags arrive to your cabin with you. and #1 is:  Make sure your passport has NOT EXPIRED. Do this at least 6 months before your departure.

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We Love Cruising!  I realized on my first cruise that this is the ONLY vaca when I actually get a VACA w/ no cooking and cleaning!!!

 

A few suggestions are:

…use the AARP travel to book flights if needed and book early for the best discounts. 

...bring extra meds along just in case you get delayed!

...Sea Sickness pills or patches are a must.  Save $ and buy BEFORE you sail!!! 

...order water bottles for your cabin.  They are very handy to drop in your bag for excursions.

...purchase gift cards (AARP has them on this website) and use these for your On Board Credits

...arrive to the port area a day in advance.  You never know about flight delays or car troubles. Use AARP website to book a hotel at a discount

…bring your AARP card just in case you happen upon a business on your excursions that give you “extras” or discounts for AARP members. 

...remember to set your embarkation (loading onto the ship) time as early as possible because earlier is always better!

…pack a change of clothes and bathing suit in your carry on so you can hit to hot tub or pool prior to your suitcases getting delivered. 

...if you plan on washing clothes, bring your own soap and softener.  Theirs is expensive and sometimes not even available.  Or just pack enough so you don't have to.

...SUNSCREEN, tennis shoes and a big floppy hat for the excursions.

...Bring a bag that you can "Wheel" onto the ship and that you can take on shore.  I have one with a zipper on top and 2 wheels to pull and it was a God-send!!  I got so many compliments too!

…Research and plan 6-12 months ahead and use the AARP website for extra tips and tricks. It never hurts to be prepared for anything. 

...PLEASE bring a great attitude because some guests can be a bit crazy.  You gotta be able to laugh and go about your business.  No One likes a sour puss on a cruise!!!

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I can't say that I've ever used AARP Rewards in connection with a cruise.  I usually use my other travel rewards for flights and hotels.  I do book a hotel for at least one day before and one day after the cruise, maybe more if it's a city I really like, like Barcelona.

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YES, I would love to set sail this summer! The best tip I can give to help you travel and enjoy your cruise is start planning early and take the time to find the right ship and right destination for you!  There are cruises for young adults and then there are cruises for the more sophisticated traveler, and there are cruises for medical professionals for continuing education, for rockers, singles, etc.  There really are a lot of choices. Depending on your budget you can plan your destination and how many days you would like to travel.  I suggest a short cruise to get your feet wet before you decide to take a month long cruise.  Another tip I have is researching this by visiting the AARP travel section and visiting the cruise lines website for online brochure and you can also request a brochure sent to your home.  Planning is the key to a successful cruise to keep you on budget and to make the best decisions for you!

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Have not been on a cruise, but have a couple of friends who share their adventures.

Can't wait to make my first trip to enjoy all the wonderful food and the wonderful scenery.

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If going to Alaska, get a balcony. Watching glaciers, wildlife, sunsets, mini-icebergs, other ships, etc is wonderful while sitting out!

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Entering for the cruise:

Tips for cruising - pace yourself, enjoy what is on the cruise ship,

 

How I use AARP Rewards to help me travel - keep the AARP app on your phone 

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Book your spa treatments before you cruise, it's less expensive.

 

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For those going to Alaska if you can swing a balcony it's so worth waking up and having a cup of coffee with a snow capped mountain right next to you. Quiet place to watch for whales, sheep and bears.

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My husband and I always get an inside stateroom because we are hardly ever in it. We sleep, shower and change, rest of the time we are somewhere enjoying the ship accommodations. 

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Buy cruise cards through AARP so you save money!  And eat lots of ice cream!  🙂

 

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I found that if you are positive you want to go on a particular excursion, its best to book in advance before sailing since some can actually sell out before the sail date. 

On a personal preference, my husband and I enjoyed the balcony stateroom way more than an inside or oceanview room. It costs a little more but if you love fresh air, sunrises, sunsets and moonlit nights...it is totally worth it!

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enjoy every second it goes quick

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When taking a cruise I find it’s best too never over pack and this will leave room for extras to return home.  

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