Book shore excursions online before travelling - you will have the best pick of options and get the trips you really want - the lines are long onboard ship and excursions sell out
If you want to sit in the sun, be away from the crowds - go to deck 12 on the back of the ship - there are very few people that venture up there.
Voice your concerns and issues. Most of the staff especially the higher level staff want to know where they fall short and work to resolve issues. I complained to Luigi the cruise director and he immediately took steps to resolve our frustration.
Enjoy every amenity the ship has to offer. Try different foods.
I suggest using independent excursion at each port. They will return you to the ship on time.
For example: If you want to sit in the sun, be away from the crowds - go to deck 12 on the back of the ship - there are very few people that venture up there.
You can book all your excursions off the ship and save tons of money. Bring your own water bottles and fill them up with ice and water. The ports on this cruise are extremely hot.
This is a small ship - well suited for the older population
We booked a couple of tours that were occurring in the first days of the cruise from home, and booked the remainder on board. Thanks to the long hours that the Excursion Desk was open, it was absolutely no problem getting tours booked on board.
Our friends liked the dining room for dinner but one can have an excellent evening meal at the Oceanview Cafe also.
Fourth level Muster Station promenade was very nice to walk on. Beautiful view of the ocean. JC the cruise director came off a bit snobby for my liking, but he was a good host.
The pizza from room service is so much better than the buffet pizza.
Wine packagesare not really worth it as there is not a large selection. Tell your Somlier your price range and variety you want and she will givekeep you happy.
Prepay your gratuities to get Select Dining. It makes for a much better dining experience.
Study the deck plans online or in the brochure very carefully before selecting a stateroom. Be sure your room is not directly below or directly above a public room or public area. For example, you would not want to be directly under the pool area as you would hear deck chairs being moved around.
Book your dining hours ahead of time to get the time you want.
Don't expect the moon unless you pay for a suite or Aqua Class accommodations. The ship is comfortable and easy to navigate. They did have news channels on the in room TV which was nice. Shore excursions were not all great.
Don't ask! I am still pissed about my second class treatment at embarkation. Maybe their space was too small. However, I have sailed from that place before and never had a problem.
Do the excursion through the boat as we found out they do wait for you if you go through them
Spend time at the martini bar! The “flare” bartenders are awesome!
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