Views of a New Cruiser through the Eyes of a Seasoned Cruiser

My husband had cruised years ago in Florida (1980s) and immediately saw a huge difference in the entire process.

Embarkation was ez because I had all our documents in one zippered Lug and took out what was needed when needed. We dropped our luggage early (around 9:30) and returned to the pier around 12:30, boarded and went straight to our ready cabin. The Cabin Steward was not a plus to him - too much popping in and out (we kept forgetting to double bolt) too much fussing and rearranging. We told him twice a day was more than enough and private meant private. Getting around the Ship was a challenge for him but for me a familiar path. It can be confusing at first and the sooner you establish a "routine" - this way for food, that way for shops, etc ..stairs here, elevators there...the easier it is. Food (or I should say the abundance and choices) was a bit overwhelming at first. He adapted to my coffee/fruit early room service, then breakfast at buffet, snack at Trident Grill (pizza or hot dog), Lunch at Buffet, Snack or salad at International cafe and then MDR for dinner. Always stop at Intl Cafe at night to bring cookies for bed. He definitely loved Movie Under the Stars when it wasn't raining. Surprisingly, he let me run the show for the ports and simply followed my guidelines. We saw a lot, spent very little and easily enjoyed the ports. This is where cruise experience comes in handy - he was impressed!

Many of the tips we share here make cruising more enjoyable ... keep it up.

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One of my friends, who I convinced to try a cruise with his wife. They went to Hawaii with Carnival with his brother and sister in law. They are hooked and will cruise as soon as they can again.

Many tips he saw on this site and a bit of information from me made the experience even better.

There are some out there that will never be cruisers, I'm not one of them.

Good post Debbie.

We had a group of 14 on our last cruise and 7 were first time cruisers. One has already booked another, two are talking about it and the family of 3 plans another when their finances allow. The other single lady has not said if she would book again, sooo.... We had perfect weather for our cruise and I think that was helpful. The most frequent comment we heard from the newbies was about the size of the ship (Carnival Dream) and the amount of food. When we docked next to the Allure of the Seas they were amazed at her size. I really like cruising with newbies.

The Star Princess was quite smaller and older than the Royal or Ruby I had been on recently, so he had nothing to compare to other than the Cattle Crossing Cruises we took in the 80s out of Florida. But I silently noticed the difference with disappointment especially the very small size of the buffet compared to the 6 or eight rows on the Royal. The buffet food to him was very comparable to local casino buffets we frequent occasionally - sometime good - sometimes poor, always edible and filling. He did comment on the lettuce around day 5 and I replied hmmmm, that's unusual for Princess. He stated - what do you think - a band of waiters take off in a submarine and go get fresh lettuce? Good point ... duh.

Thanks for all the tips. I do the same thing remembering to go left for shows and right for dinner, etc. Keeps me from getting lost on those mega ships especially.


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