We have just booked our first cruise for our 10th Anniversary next year. We go March 2019 on a 1 week Tui cruise called Seven Shores sailing on Marella Explorer which is apparently a new ship. Starting Bridgetown Barbados and visiting the following St George's Grenada, Kingstown St Vincent, Fort Dr France Martinique, Roseau Dominica, Point-A-Pitre Guadeloupe, Castries St Lucia and then back to Barbados. As this is our 1st Cruise I would love any advice for excursions or does and don'ts from the more seasoned cruisers.
1st Cruise booked
Congratulations on the first cruise and on your 10th anniversary. I am not familiar with the cruise line or ship you are sailing but in my opinion all cruises are good. Looks like a beautiful ship. Best advise is to enjoy every minute. Soak up experience and enjoy.
Best advice: prepare yourself for your new favorite addiction. We cruised once and never looked back, now it's our favorite way to vacation. Enjoy!
Welcome to the forum, and congratulations on your anniversary and upcoming cruise. I’m not familiar with the ship you will be on, and haven’t visited the ports, but it sounds wonderful to me. My recommendation for excursions would be to book them through the Cruiseline. If you book privately, and for some reason there is a delay in getting you back to the ship on time, you risk having the ship sail without you. Excursions booked through the Cruiseline are guarantee that the ship will not leave the port without you onboard.
I also don't know anything about this cruise line or ship. I am sure it will be a great time. We went thru Spencer Ambrose on St Lucia to Jalousie beach. They take you on a speed boat to swim and snorkel between the Pitons.They also took us to see a volcano where you could see the steam coming up. We stopped at a waterfall and seen quite a bit of this lush green beautiful island. They took us back to the pier and guaranteed to get us back to the ship. We have been here 3 times and as BonMike said you may be more comfortable with excursions with the cruise line.
We have done island tour in Barbados and saw old churches we were told Tiger Woods was married on the island and the house where Rihanna grew up. We went to the golf course and stopped to feed monkeys on the side of the road on the way. We really love the white sand beach at the Boat Yard on Carlisle bay in Bridgetown. I haven't been to the other ports but they sound great. Have fun.
Welcome to cruising and the forum. Congratulations on 10 years together. We will be visiting some of the same Islands for the first time in Feb. 2019. So although we have been cruising for a long time the Islands you have chosen are the seldom visited. This was a wise plan on your part, since you are not sure you'll like cruising and you might as well get some of the less traveled islands visit, just in case. If you are like most of us on this forum, you'll become addicted and need a regular fix now and again.
As for advice: I totally agree with what has already been posted. Plus a few more:1) Relax this is a vacation and stress is unnecessary. 2) Don't try and do it all...there is just too much available to do everything 3) If there are minor problems...let them slide as nothing is perfect. Focus on the positive. 4) Please ask any specific question you may have. It is hard to answer the generic "what do you think" when we don't know your thoughts first.
Remember, we are just ordinary people like you who enjoy cruising. Most of us have no connection to the industry can only give you opinions and not absolute answers.
I've no advice for you, but congratulations on your first cruise, and more so, on your anniversary. May there be many more (of both :D )
2 days..,my first cruise
One of my favorite Islands
Welcome to Cruiseline, and Happy Anniversary!! You've chosen a wonderful way to celebrate.
Be sure to come back and tell us about your experience. I'm interested in hearing about different lines/ships.
Relax and do not sweat the small stuff. Line ups are par for the course.