Most of us know these tips but they are very helpful for new folks on the forum and cruises


Just thought Id share with the new folks.

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Great tips. Many I wish I had known when I started. I tend to go the opposite way on flights home. I book so late that a few times I changed to earlier flights after getting to the airport.

Yes, When I first cruised I didn't know anything. Ive learned all of this from trying experiences.

I think my biggest revelation from past experience is if you have the time, arrive at least a day before and stay at least a day after ... more on either side if time and money permits!

All good advice. Sometime we experienced cruisers do these so automatically we forget that new cruisers don't know them.

Thanks for the thread!

I am so thankful for the internet! Today, we can plan, search, review and book a cabin/cruise on our computers. Even then, we can still do research and plan, learn from others input. AND, give our input as well!

All you youngsters take this for granted! (lol) Back in the day, you went to a Travel Agent, picked up your brochures, and booked thru the TA hoping for a great cruising experience.

If positive, you repeated in another year or three, if negative you tried something different.

I am partial to the environment technology has provided us today -- not my youth.

Thankful here too. I didn't do cruises back in the '80's but I remember the process for getting airplane tickets. Make a phone call and wait for the ticket to be sent to you by mail. Or go to the airport or airline office in one of the larger cities to buy the ticket.


"I think my biggest revelation from past experience is if you have the time, arrive at least a day before and stay at least a day after ... more on either side if time and money permits!"

I did this for the first time in San Pedro before a cruise and enjoyed it quite a bit. Think I'll be staying a night or two more often before a cruise. Very relaxing on embarkation day and it was fun site seeing in the area the day before.

I learn something new for every cruise. Cruiseline is an awesome resource. There are several Carnival cruisers here, but there are also folks who have cruised many other lines. I always figure there are questions I don't know enough to ask, so reading the forums is my best cruise prep.

I have done this for my last 5 cruises. I drive down the day before and enjoy the port area. My next cruise in August I'm staying 3 days prior in Port Canaveral. It's worth it as stated by JCOAKML if you have the time and money.

One thing I have found is that some people will film their stateroom and post it on u-tube.

I search that for a friend of mine and discovered that his room had a door to the next room. His brother booked it and they cruise on Carnival to Hawaii... They are now hooked.

Much of what I read I got from my TA when we first cruised. She's a keeper.

Good advice for newbies, and good reminders for all of us. I've read angry comments on a FB page I follow, about guests arriving late for dinner throughout the cruise, which really is rude and holds up service for your Tablemates. It also surprises me how many new cruisers don't go to the MDR for dinner, but choose to eat at the Lido buffet. Even without tablecloths, we love the atmosphere in the dining room, and it's so nice to be served instead of lining up like we do for breakfast and lunch.


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