1st cruise!

Hi all! 1st time cruisers!! I will be boarding the Carnival Paradise with my husband and 3 kids (ages, 9, 13 and 21) in June! Any advise will be MUCH appreciated!

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I will have to agree with mrcruzeaddict.... you ARE on vacation so relax and enjoy your self. We're crusing on the Magic 4/22/2012, don't sweat the small stuff. Explore the ship and talk to people, most folks will be happy to help you find the cool stuff. If your going to relax and unwind I guarantee within a couple of hours on the ship you will forget all the stuff going on at home. Good luck and have fun !!!!
I sailed on the Paradise back when it was non smoking. It was the only ship of it's kind at that time. They couldn't sell 7 day cruzes @ $299.00...so they caved in and allowed smoking. Ahhh those were the days.
Welcome to cruising! My 5 top tips - 1) Unlimited Soda plus card - $6.50 a day - unlimited sodas, juices, mocktinis, soda water, tonic. Worth it,trust me. Mix your own beverages :-) 2) Pack outfits where you can rotate out a top with a pair of trousers etc. You don't need 3 outfits a day - this includes shoes too! 3) If you love the SPA - don't book early, wait - you may get a better special on certain days while on ship. 4) Be flexible - don't be upset of you can't get seated for dinner or it takes a minute or two to get to something - where are you going anyway? If you can't get in somewhere, just try something different. 5) ENJOY the crazy mix of people - the best times we have are people watching - don't take it seriously - that includes yourself - this is all about fun.
Document! Document! Document! E-mail yourself all of your Boarding documents so that if you happen to lose them (luggage lost purse stolen at least you can retrieve them (libraries have computers) and also print out confirmation of any on board credits. Sometimes the missplace them. Buy rumrunners! Woo hoo!
Document! Document! Document! E-mail yourself all of your Boarding documents so that if you happen to lose them (luggage lost purse stolen at least you can retrieve them (libraries have computers) and also print out confirmation of any on board credits. Sometimes the missplace them. Buy rumrunners! Woo hoo!
suniskies....you will have a great time! I have a group sailing in Jan on this ship so I went to check it out...here's my pics if your interested! https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150657807518853.400862.142061353852&type=3 Enjoy your Vacay!
suniskies....you will have a great time! I have a group sailing in Jan on this ship so I went to check it out...here's my pics if your interested! https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150657807518853.400862.142061353852&type=3 Enjoy your Vacay!
I agree, the soda cards are a great deal if you have kids. We get one on every cruze. I just wish that they had Coke Zero.....
head over to the carnival website for forums specific to carnival and even your ship,
oh, you'll have to log into the Funville section of the site

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