Choose the early dinner seating and ask to share table with at least 4 other guests. You will make new friends and spend the dining time sharing experiences. Take a shawl (or dress warmer) when dining. Don't miss any of the shows and get your seat 30 minutes early to be able to get a seat.
If you have a chance to meet the guys at the egg station... they will make you a great breakfast.
If you want to see the shows in Princess Theater, opt for the 1st seating for dinner.
My tip would be to pick another ship. Seriously, this ship has been made too small by adding 300 passengers. The numbers of people on our cruise was 300 above the pre-renovation capacity of the ship. Seasoned passengers! Do not even think about taking a cruise on this ship.
- Go on a diet before the cruise because you most likely will gain weight with all the great food. - Anytime dining is really convenient especially when you go into port. You have more flexibility. - Great comedy shows and Danny, the acoustic guitar player and singer was excellent.
If you can purchase a case of water to bring on board. In room water was expensive.
Choose a set time for dinner. The lines for anytime dinning were sometimes an hour or more wait. If you want to see a show, get to the theater at least 30 minutes early in order to get a seat. Do try the specialty restaurants.
Choose anytime dining and sit with different people. The cruise is about destinations but also about learning about other people countries and customs.
Just relax and enjoy yourself. We chose the anytime dining which I would recommend. It gives you a chance to enjoy the early shows and eat later. Also enjoyed first run movies with the "movies under the stars" program - usually started at 7 and were over by 9 so you could dine later.
Be sure and purchase a coffee card. Fifteen specialty drinks for $29.00 plus tax. Included is free coffee in the bar. Believe me you will want that good coffee as the coffee in the buffet leaves a lot to be desired. Also get to the shows at least half an hour early. They fill up fast.
Don't get confined to structured dining. Do the free style and either dine solo or share table to make new friends.
You will probably need a map to get around your first couple of days; all the elevators don't go to all the floors, and it takes a while to learn "fore" and "aft" !
If you're going to Horizon for breakfast, go early, or you won't have a seat. Otherwise, go to the dining room. It doesn't take too long to get your breakfast and they always have seating. ABSOLUTELY get a cabin with a balcony if you can afford it, it's worth it for the tour of glacier bay.
if you do the full transit on this ship, it is worth the extra money to purchase a lounge chair at the rear of the ship, check it out.
Get up early to get a good spot on board when going through the Panama locks.
Take y our time. enjoy yourself. Lines in buffet were not a problem.
The Captain was delightful as well ass the crew.
Take a lanyard onboard.
Look up previous guests comments, and when it was last overhauled. (we were told 2015, but the ship must have only had a touch up then).
Make sure you try to make some good acquaintances.
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