On a lighter note...well...there you is...freshly minted key card in hand and standing on deck..where dyou go FIRST (and then?)..I stop at Guest services, immediately...I have some biz to attend to but only on CERTAIN NCL ships...the its off to one of the MDRS for a pleasant lunch. I know theres a huge rush to the buffet...have at it....we're not in it...

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The first stop is at the nearest bar. Then drop the bags in the room. Then somewhere to eat other than the buffet.

We first drop our bags in the room (we have never had to wait for our room), then head for the nearest bar for a frozen drink followed by picking a spot to watch the sail away.

Stop at the atrium bar and have a drink and watch all the excited passengers coming aboard and discussing what to do next.

First bag drop (when possible), then lunch and hopefully meet up with friends sailing with us, then tour the ship top to bottom, (maybe a drink here) then check to see if luggage has been delivered to unpack, (definitely a drink here), watch fellow passengers board, safety briefing, and sail away. Or some combination but usually in that order. I'll come back about the 1st of March and let you know. Wink

Go find food. I've never been lucky enough to take a ship with the MDR open for lunch on boarding day and my room is rarely available. Soooo, it usually means the made buffet rush!

Then explore the ship and find a good quiet place to watch the sail away

Bar, food, cabin, in that order. I agree with anywhere but the buffet.. Yaknkke, where did you eat on Breakaway, when you embarked?

Gaaah!! My cruise is only just over two weeks away!!! Norwegian Sky for 5 days. I haven't been on a cruise since Carnival Glory back in 2010?2011? I'm so excited. I just keep googling cruise stuff!! I picture myself keeping my cool when first getting on the ship, but that's not gonna happen!

Either TASTE or SAVOR...they're interchangeable, with a big bar conveniently in the middle. by then we're hungry! and want to sit down..;and be served...and bs with all the other folks who avoid the buffet on embarkation day!

You aint alone...I don't care how many times a person has lose that excitement and anticipation...its time to do something else...oh...and I forgot...been thinking about it....the VERY first thing I do is take a BIIIG deep breath....

First thing is bag drop in the room, and an attempt to visit with the room steward, to give them their initial $20 tip. Ive found it goes a LONG way for cabin service. After that, its on to the bar...

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