And the first thing you do when you step onboard? a ship you've been on?? a ship you've never sailed on?

Usually we head to the buffet...its a tradition, knowing the zoo embarkation day can be. Might be our last visit for awhile, depending...Next trip we're gonna try to do something different...."try to" are the operative words here...

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If our cabin is ready, we head there first. We drop off our stuff and head to the buffet for lunch. After that my husband needs his nap (and he's only 45) so while he does that I like to read thru all the "mail" we receive.

and if its not??

Yep agreed. Take in the beauty of the ship on the way to get some lunch and then tour the ship.

Agree...especially if we've never been on board...a side benefit is watching folks who are totally and completely lost..."which way is the front"????hehehehehe...I NEVER miss pulling away from the pier...that's a superstition of mine....leaning over our balcony if we're on the correct side of the ship...or on the deck rail if we aren't..

And I guess I should add, shortly after stepping on board, somewhere in there, we stop at Guest Services and "set-up" the remainder of our reservations...the ones you gotta do onboard...end of biz for the remainder of the cruise...not counting the good ol "CRUISENEXT" COUPONS.....what an addiction this is...sheesh!!!

We have never been on the same ship twice. Our first cruise we went to the buffet for lunch and ordered drinks when the waiter came. The 2nd cruise it took so long to check in and board we had to go straight to the muster drill.

If cabin is ready we drop off carry-on luggage and go get lunch, if cabin is not ready we still go get lunch. After eating we start at the top of the ship and give ourselves a tour of all the public areas (people watching as well). On Carnival we look for the ship's coin on these walk-abouts. During this time we find our "sail-away" spot and if needed put our luggage in the cabin and check to see if the rest of our luggage has been delivered. We then find a good people watching spot get a "drink of the day" and enjoy the moment. Life boat drill and then a tradition started with our first cruise; we fill our glasses with pre-ordered "champagne" go to our sail-away spot and watch the horizon as we set sail on our exciting adventure.

Unlike many of our fellow cruisers we have to travel from afar to get to an embarkation port, so we usually take the cruise line hotel and transfer package which puts us into the port a day early. They provide our transfer to the ship so we board latter than many thus our cabin is ready.

We first Check out cabin and meet new room steward when he brings us our glasses of champagne and let him know if we are missing something in the cabin, like pre-ordered bathrobes, also, we usually need additional coat hangers and let him/her know it is nice to have the ice bucket full by 5:00 PM daily.

--Call room service if pre-ordered liquor and beverages need adjusting and to make mini-bar set up changes.

--Call dining reservations and make specialty reservations for all formal nights on the voyage.

--If it is a ship we haven't been on before, when our luggage arrives, I put the bags on the bed and get out of the cabin letting the boss take care of it, then I do a recon and evaluation of the vessel.

--If my timing is on, I get back and put the empty bags under the bed, then I give her a rundown on what I discovered about the ship out on our balcony, relaxing, she with a cocktail, I with my red and discuss what we are going to do for dinner. We try to avoid the MDR hassle the first evening and make it informal.

--Life boat drill is next. Afterward, we go back to our balcony and drinks, as we take in the sail away from our balcony, I love sail aways. All, before dinner.

--Dress for dinner, then I give her a tour of some of the more interesting features on the vessel that might interest her. Also, we check out all the ship's dining venues, maybe even make reservations or maybe even eat there for dinner that evening. After dinner we usually check out the ship's amenities a little more and if need be make reservations for stuff like the lotus spa, etc.

I'm noticing a pattern here, amongst the vets......fluids!!!!!

Get a drink.

Drop bags off in room.

Get a drink.

Have lunch (Alfredo's on Princess Royal class, otherwise buffet or whatever looks interesting)

Get a drink.

Tour ship.

Get a drink.

Go to the muster.

Get a drink.

Go to MDR dining.

Somewhere along the line I may stop at the bar to refill.


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