First timer sailing Dec 19 harmony of seas

My amazing older sister and her husband surprised me for Xmas and taking their three boys and myself on 7 days of fun , they all veterans been on Multiple sailings ,and they said I’m gonna lose my mind ,Any tips for first timer esp. on clubs and casino and food.

So excited like a little kid

Tags: Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas

23 Answers

Welcome to the wonderful world of cruising. So much advice....1. don't try do do everything, but do as much as you want (or can) 2. relax and don't worry about the little missteps (they happen) 3. listen to your guides because they have probably done the wrong things at some time and know the ropes. 4. have fun

Someone else's turn.

Thank You Aunt PinkieHappy

You will have an absolutely awesome time. Be prepared to be awestruck when you step onto the ship and ... WARNING ... you WILL become addicted ... Bon Voyage

Much appreciated Wolf

Welcome Aboard! You are about to experience a method of travel & vacationing that tyhose of us who love it are finally rejoicing that it's back.

While I'd hesitate to call this "advice", here's what we usually do, or plan to do on our next cruise.

1. Meet your cabin steward as soon as you can after you get to your cabin. IMHO he or she is the most important cruise line employee you will interact with on a daily basis. They will keep your cabin clean & tidy, make up your beds, craft entertaining towel animals, and generally make your "home-away-from-home" relaxing for the week. They work incredibly hard and are there when you need extra towels, shampoo, soap, directions, etc... so tip them generously, because that's how they make their living. I usually give them a $10 bill right away, and ask for some robes. Robes are not usually included unless you're booked in a suite, but he/she will get them for you. All you have to do is ask.

Get the muster drill out of the way. You're coming in at a great time for the muster drill has radically changed. We all used to have to assemble at our muster stations in the late afternoon before setting sail. We had to watch a demo of how to put on a life vest and listen to instructions as to what to do in an emergency. It was always crowed and uncomfortable. Now I'm told all you have to do is watch the safety drill on your room TV, then go to your muster station and check in. Get it out of the way as soon as you can so you can start your vacation.

Normally we avoid the buffet for lunch on the first day because it would be be packed. This still may be the case for you, or it may not because the ships still aren't sailing at full capacity. We usually have lunch on embarkation day (day one) in the main dining room. Very quiet & relaxing.

Download and learn to navigate the ships app. It has all the information of the ships daily activities. You can also make reservations for specialty dining or shore excursions.

Listen to the cruise directors onboard announcements. He/she will also have a lot of information that you may find useful.

If you're on a ship that you will have the same waiters every night in the main dining room, make sure you tell them right away on the first night of any dietary restrictions (allergies etc....) or other things you will want/need to have at dinner every night.

Don't buy any souvenirs (tee shirts, water bottles, beach towels etc... ) until near the end of the cruise. That's when they go on sale.

Most importantly, even if you don't follow any of my other suggestions, you MUST do this. HAVE FUN.

Oh, one more thing. There have been many time I could not make up my mind as to what to order at dinner in the MDR. Usually I narrow it down to [2] choices, then ask the waiter to have the chef make me half portions of each entrée. They are usually very accommodating.

Much appreciated and Good looking out will respond back after cruise.



Just enjoy.


I like that idea...will try it next time. and, I disagree with your #1...those folks are important, tip em when you meet em...$20 or more , and again toward the end, $20 or more...BUT...for those of us who like to "settle in" at what will become your fav watering hole, just ask the bartender if its his regular shift, (and therefore be there all week) and drop another on them too..(you won't have to tip each drink at all).HE (or she)will soon become your new best friend....don't assume that because the "gratuity" is figured in you don't have to tip at all....a few bux goes a loooong way on these can't believe the hours and days and months they have to work....


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