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On ‎11‎/‎12‎/‎2009 at 6:16 PM, MrsPete said:

Arrive in your port city a day ahead of time; it's the cheapest insurance you can buy, and it will save massive stress.

 

Pack lightly, but do dress appropriately for dinner.

 

Wear comfortable shoes, especially in port.

 

Research your ports ahead of time, and reserve private excursions. Never take a ship's excursion -- the financial savings are nice, but the real perk is the smaller groups.

 

Don't be afraid to try new things.

 

You don't have to take adavantage of everything to have fun. Don't feel that you must do an excursion in every port, must buy all the stuff they put out in the promenade, must eat at specialty restaurants, must have a suit . . . you can have a great cruise at a more moderate price.

Quick question, is it advisable to make seating reservations in the dining room or just show up when you want?

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9 hours ago, Dixieking said:

Quick question, is it advisable to make seating reservations in the dining room or just show up when you want?

If you choose traditional dining, then your dining time and seating will be assigned (you can ask to switch tables if your table mates are not to your liking). 

 

If your ship has "anytime" dining (called by a variety of different names) then check to see what reservation options are available.  When there were just two of us we often just turn up.  Sometimes we are given a pager and have to wait a short while for a table to become available, but most of the time we get taken to a table quite quickly.  If we are given a pager then there is usually a bar close by to go and get a pre-dinner drink.

 

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On 3/31/2019 at 5:53 PM, newbiewaves said:

What time did you get up Gemini? 🛌

On the cruises, many days, 10 a.m., and I see that could be a problem.    I rise at 5 am at home, not sure what is about cruising that is a sleeping pill for me!     

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49 minutes ago, GeminiBy4 said:

On the cruises, many days, 10 a.m., and I see that could be a problem.    I rise at 5 am at home, not sure what is about cruising that is a sleeping pill for me!     

If there is nothing you really want to do in the morning, then not really a problem.  Nice to have the flexibility to get up when you like.

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Ah but if you want a pool lounger then 7 am or earlier and take it in shifts to look after them if they have lounger police 🙂 lol Yes its ridiculous, someone started it and then if you cant beat them join them. Guess better that than pay to reserve one and price out the poor cruisers 🙂 🙂 

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Best advice l read on starting cruising was:

Lay out the clothes  you intend to take - then put HALF back in the closet.

 

Work out how much money you will need - then DOUBLE it.

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On 4/2/2019 at 6:18 PM, GeminiBy4 said:

On the cruises, many days, 10 a.m., and I see that could be a problem.    I rise at 5 am at home, not sure what is about cruising that is a sleeping pill for me!     

me too.  I get up early all the time.  I want to sleep in on a cruise.  but my mom gets me up by 8 so we eat breakfast and I get a chair in the shade and go back to sleep.  

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Oh and another i discovered;

 

Shoes / sandals that fit at home in the cold will end up too tight after a long haul flight and sunny climes. If they fit snugly at home leave them there and take/buy looser ones!

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6 minutes ago, newbiewaves said:

Oh and another i discovered;

 

Shoes / sandals that fit at home in the cold will end up too tight after a long haul flight and sunny climes. If they fit snugly at home leave them there and take/buy looser ones!

 

Wonderful advice!  I bring sandals with adjustable straps, and *always* have to let them out!

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On 11/5/2009 at 12:02 PM, cardbucfan said:

A couple of things: the food is not gourmet. It's good and plentiful but we had heard everybody raving about the food on a cruise ship and how wonderful it was and how you gain so much weight so we had very high expectations. The food is like banquet food-good but not great. (I don't have to cook it or clean up after it so it's that much better to me!)

 

Don't bring so many clothes-nobody cares if you wear the same thing twice.

 

Board the ship as soon as you are able on the first day. It counts as a cruise day and you are paying for it so enjoy it!

 

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On 11/11/2009 at 7:48 PM, lnw said:

I've seen a couple people mention to bring wine and sodas on board but check your cruise line. Ours did NOT allow those to be brought on board and held them for you until you left the ship to go home.

Same with self service laundry.  NCL doesn’t offer this (or bringing any sodas/water/etc) although they do offer a deal on day 3 or 4 where u can wash as much as u can fit in the laundry bag for 19.99.  (Line it with a pillowcase and u can fit A LOT in the bag!). NCL also will not allow you to bring bottles of alcohol purchased either in port or on ship to your room.   It’s held until the evening before disembark and then delivered to your stateroom.

I find the shipboard hair products to be very drying to my curly hair.  I always bring my own shampoo and conditioner because of this. Also, def agree with the air freshener.  Bathrooms are small and it can be close quarters.  We most recently stayed in a Haven 2 br on NCL and there is a thick curtain closing the bathroom off from the master BR so the spray definitely comes in handy.  Most of this advice on this thread is not cruise line specific so I’d definitely recommend checking with the cruise line prior to following some of this advice.

Edited by Brat81978

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On 9/3/2018 at 12:48 AM, ddddgraceee said:

**Power adaptors - there is one/two available in your cabin. Enough for the 4 people in our room. Want to charge something? Simply wait your turn.

lol, not enough, and they don't fully charge within an hour either. Between the 3 of us we have at least 3 electronic devices that need to be charged (you don't want to be stuck in a foreign country with a dead phone, do you? and you don't want to be stuck with an irate toddler who doesn't have the patience to wait for his tablet to charge to watch a cartoon, and you don't want an irate toddler in MDR without his tablet fully charged). Even than we still needed a portable battery to carry with us because the devices drain pretty quickly.

Plus electric toothbrushes.

So, we definitely bring a splitter and a usb adaptor/splitter.

Edited by Itchy&Scratchy

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Check on the cruisecritic board for your line/ ship to see what types of plugs are available in your cabin.  Many have both European and American plugs and bringing the appropriate adapter will give you an extra plug or two to be able to plug in your devices.

 

 

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On 4/18/2019 at 9:31 PM, newbiewaves said:

Oh and another i discovered;

 

Shoes / sandals that fit at home in the cold will end up too tight after a long haul flight and sunny climes. If they fit snugly at home leave them there and take/buy looser ones!

 

For long haul flights, wear compression socks.  They will reduce the swelling.

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if even you are traveling somewhere warm, bring a sweater to wear in the evenings when you are inside at dinner, watching a show, etc. inside it can get chilly

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