First Time Cruiser!

Hello all,

 

my boyfriend, a couple friends, and I are going on our first cruise in just a few short days! We've had all kinds of advice from our families (who have cruised numerous times in the past) - as well as other friends that have cruised, but I'd love to hear from you guys! Any advice for new cruisers? We leave on June 2nd (this Thursday) for a short cruise, it's kind of a birthday trip for me since my birthday is June 8th. Any tips would be extremely helpful, especially if you've previously been on a Carnival cruise line. I'm so excited that it seems like I won't be able to get any sleep for the next couple of days. ^_^ Nice to meet all of you!

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Have not been on carnival, but pack a change of clothes and a bathing suite in your carry on bag and enjoy every bit!

Welcome to your new addiction!  Cruising is an amazing experience and go in with an open mind and try not to look for faults.  You will have an awesome time.  Get on early, grab a bite to eat and find the adult pool!  Then grab a nice frosty something and forget about the rest of the world for the duration of your cruise!

 

Look forward to your review!

Welcome to the community!

Hmmmmm.   

1.  Take all toiletries in your carry on bag along with change of clothing.

2.  Pack a power strip or extension cord as cabins only have one outlet and you will need to charge Phones, Camera and tablets.

3.  Pack small flashlight.  light switch is on outside of bathroom wall and is blinding at night in a dark cabin.  I also pack a small LED night light for the bathroom.

5.  If your a big bottled water drinker,  order a 12 pack before you go to be delivered to your cabin,   only $4.00 for 12.  You can do this in the Carnival Website.

6.  Do not over pack.  The formal night you have everything from a Tux to nice jeans and a nice shirt in the dining room.

7.  You can bring a 750 ml bottle of wine each on board when you get on the ship.  If you buy wine in port it will be collected and given back the last day.  If you bring the bottle to the MDR they will charge you a corkage fee.   If you pour in your cabin and walk into MDR with a glass of wine,  no issue.

8.  you can order 2 or 3 starters,  main dishes or anything you want.  try some food you have never tried before.   If there is something new and different we order a plate of it and share with the table so everybody gets a taste of it.

 

9.  Most important....... have fun,  see a show,  book an excursion,  try and do something new.     Have a great time Big Smile

If you are going to spend money on something, spend it on good pictures. So often we do not collect good pictures of ourselves so this is your chance.

Also be sure to do a good review and post some of the picture YOU will take on this cruise.

Welcome to the addiction.Big Smile

I see that you don't have a cruise counter going. We will be here for you when you are "going thru" due to not having a new cruise booked yet. Big Smile

OOO, check out booking your next cruise on the ship too! If you are an addict like me, then you will be jonesing for another cruise within a few days back to reality..

 

But yes, order as many apps or dishes you like, and my BF and I take our fist day/night as an exploring night. Get the lay of the land, find a good bar, and enjoy everything. 

Thank you guys so much for the warm welcome, and the tips (especially about the flashlights - those were not previously on my list, it didn't even cross my mind)! I have been so excited ever since we booked in January. This week I've been losing my mind with excitement like it's finally here!

We're big foodies so we are definitely trying everything. I've heard via online reviews that we should check out the Taste Bar. We are also doing a bar hopping excursion in Ensenada, so I'm looking forward to that - I've only seen positive reviews for that. We got a FTTF package, so we're excited to board early, relax, and have a few drinks.

I've also heard that I'm going to regret booking such a short cruise, and that I probably should've gotten us one that was longer....but we're not sure if any of us are prone to sea sickness (I have Dramamine packed just in case).

I'm still getting the hang of this message board. I wanted to join one that would be around for a while, especially since I saw that Carnival's is being taken down for some reason? :/ If we like this cruise, we're planning on doing a longer one next year. I just feel like there will be so much to do in such a short period of time, so I'm hoping that I don't get too overwhelmed. But as long as I get to eat good things, go to the casino, and relax at the Serenity Retreat I will be good.

By the way, has anyone seen any of the shows? We were thinking about going to see a comedian or something while on the ship - perhaps during our fun day at sea.

 

I just joined a Roll Call, so now I'm even more excited. Sorry for the long message everyone.

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Thank you guys so much for the warm welcome, and the tips (especially about the flashlights - those were not previously on my list, it didn't even cross my mind)! I have been so excited ever since we booked in January. This week I've been losing my mind with excitement like it's finally here!

We're big foodies so we are definitely trying everything. I've heard via online reviews that we should check out the Taste Bar. We are also doing a bar hopping excursion in Ensenada, so I'm looking forward to that - I've only seen positive reviews for that. We got a FTTF package, so we're excited to board early, relax, and have a few drinks.

I've also heard that I'm going to regret booking such a short cruise, and that I probably should've gotten us one that was longer....but we're not sure if any of us are prone to sea sickness (I have Dramamine packed just in case).

I'm still getting the hang of this message board. I wanted to join one that would be around for a while, especially since I saw that Carnival's is being taken down for some reason? :/ If we like this cruise, we're planning on doing a longer one next year. I just feel like there will be so much to do in such a short period of time, so I'm hoping that I don't get too overwhelmed. But as long as I get to eat good things, go to the casino, and relax at the Serenity Retreat I will be good.

By the way, has anyone seen any of the shows? We were thinking about going to see a comedian or something while on the ship - perhaps during our fun day at sea.

 

I just joined a Roll Call, so now I'm even more excited. Sorry for the long message everyone.

 

First of all, no message is ever too long here. Your talking about cruising and we are here to list.

 

Yes, order "everything" that you want to eat at dinnertime. Don't hesitate or second guess yourself-just ask for it all if that's what you want. Also, don't be ashamed if you cant eat it all. You will be on vacation!Big Smile 

 

As far as getting sick, did you book your cabin "mid ship" just in case? If not, its ok...Its not winter time so you shouldn't be having ruff seas. 

 

Oh, good luck in the casino. 

 

Take a small umbrella and ponchos, just in case.

 

Umm Bon Voyage Charlie Brown!Big Smile

 

One thing is make sure you get back to the ship on time when you are in port. They might hold the ship a few minutes but they have left people behind. If you go on a cruise line sponsored shore excursion they have to wait for the tour to get back. If you go on your own & something happens (like a taxi or bus breaking down) they are under no obligation to wait. If you go away from the port area do leave some extra time. Traffic in the ports gets really heavy when the ships are about to leave, especially if there is more than one ship in port.

There are usually two lines for the lunch & breakfast buffets. Check both sides. Sometimes people tend to congregate on one side & there will be virtually nobody in line on the other side. Some Carnival ships have the same items on both sides but some do have different items on each side.

If you plan on doing shore excursions, I recommend you go the Shore Excursion Desk the first day because sometimes they will sell out.

Make sure you take sunscreen & water. I just got back from Cozumel, Belize & Isla Roatan. It was very hot & humid & I did get some sunburn.

I hope you have a lot of fun. I have done 10 cruises with Carnival & every one of them has been great. Once you've cruised once, you will most likely become addicted. Your food, lodging & transportation is taken care of. On a land vacation you have to pay for every meal & you have to drive from place to place if you want to see something. All you have to do on the ship is relax & enjoy.

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