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Well I actually wanted to go on a cruise ship but ofcourse I chickened out! Just know that there's a heck of a lot of people all over the ship. The swimming pools are super crowded. There's lots of events and special activities all around the place designed to get people together (dances and stuff). I don't know about the assigned seats but I think that's for the dating programs lol. Lots of people look to date/make new friends on cruise ships. You'll be talking to lots of people. There's a huge nightlife on deck and don't forget about when you guys get to explore the islands by yourself.

All that said........GOO!!! Don't miss the opprotunity and it will be a great experience. I think people with S.A. really open up when they are in a new enviornment. What do you have to lose because you'll never see those people again! The Carribean is GORGEOUS so don't miss out!
 

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I REALLY enjoyed it. But I did have an anxiety attack as I boarded. This was many years ago and I don't have them anymore. But I would do it again in a heartbeat, especially if someone's paying. When you eat dinner, you can request a private table if eating with strangers is not your thang.
 

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Even if you don't want to lock yourself away in your cabin for the whole time, just knowing that you have a quiet, private room that you can retreat to if it all gets too much might be enough to get you through the other stuff :)

I think you should go, it would be a great experience if you think you can handle it. Not that I've ever been on a cruise, but any kind of break would be nice right about now.
 

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Dude. Seriously. Go! I've been on many crusies and I would say they are no worse for SA than any other experience. The nice thing about the big ships, though, is that there are plenty of secluded places to get away for a little while.
 

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You HAVE to go. Cruises are my favourite type of vacation. I've been on 3 of them now and they were all great, even the one where we missed the boat and our 7 day cruise became a 4 day cruise. A lot of the cruise lines have anytime dining now so you can even ask for a table for two like you were going to a restaurant. I noticed that a lot of the people did go out of their way to meet people, and I still didn't really talk much, but I was with my sister most of the time and she was very social so it was okay. I want my next cruise to be on Oasis of the Seas but it's super expensive. But I want to go on that ship more than anything! http://www.oasisoftheseas.com/
 

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My therapist actually suggested I go on a cruise for a vacation. It sounds nice, but of course I'd be worried about blowing the whole social aspect.
 

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I will be going on my first cruise in July. I am very excited about it! :D
 

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Don't go

Cruises are insane. You will be cramped with thousands of people, wait in line for everything, be told by others where to go and when to go there. If you go to your stateroom for relief whoever you are with will think you are anti-social. Plus there is nothing of any value to do, lousy shows and time on your hands. If are anxious in social situations, go to hell before you go on a cruise. There is no escape for 5 days?
 

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It's something I will never forget. I went on my first one when I was 16. There was a loooot of stuff geared towards teenagers on the ship. Parents were not allowed into some of the activities. Once we got into open waters I took full advantage of the bar and, the club, and the casino lol. I met an awesome young woman on board, her best friend, and we met two other guys, and we hung out together for the whole cruise. It was just...awesome. The food is just amazing. Pretty much anything you could ever want, they have, or will get for you.

Next June, my parents are taking me, my three kids, my sister and her family on a seven day, six night to the Caymen Islands, Cozumel and...one other port I can't even remember. He's paying for everything, even some excursions...my kids and I are going to swim with the dolphins and see some awesome places in some of the ports. We're going to be on the Liberty of the Seas, which is one of the biggest ships in the world. He got three rooms, ocean side, with balconies.

There are thousands of people on board, but anybody that has the opportunity should do it...you will not regret it. The size of the ships is something that will just blow your mind, pictures do not do it justice. It's something I will remember, forever.
 

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The idea of cruises being claustrophobic with masses of people crammed in tin can ships is based on Carnival being that way. Pick a better line and the experience tends to be much better. Start with the midrange like Celebrity, Princess and Holland America.
 

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I went on a single cruise and hated every minute of it. It didn't offer any activities I was interested in and I basically spent a week in a nice room playing video games on my laptop.

Basically I traveled across a continent to board a ship so I could do exactly what I'd do at home just on an old outdated laptop instead of my PC. Though they did offer some pretty good chocolate cake if you called for room service. That was nice.

I sincerely hope my comment helps you decide whether or not you go on a cruise ship 6 years ago.
 

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The idea of cruises being claustrophobic with masses of people crammed in tin can ships is based on Carnival being that way. Pick a better line and the experience tends to be much better. Start with the midrange like Celebrity, Princess and Holland America.
I agree...Carnival does not have a reputation for being one of the better lines. I would say Royal Caribbean does.

Also, just about every news story you have ever heard about cruise ships being stranded at sea or having problems, turns out to be Carnival.
 

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I went on the Royal Caribbean when I was 10. My parents made me and my brothers join a kids club. We had to see these kids every day. I also got lost and forgot which room I was staying at.
 
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