You should plan ahead where to go before arriving on every port. Some are easily accessible through local trains & that will save you money.
If it is your first cruise watch the cruise ship channels. Pay attention to the port of calls and the map. Plan every evening for the next days schedule. You can't do everything so plan out your day. Take pictures. The ship is beautiful!
The ice show is great and very popular. It should be booked in advance so as to get a seat.
Cupcake decorating is NOT just for kids. I'm 61 and loved it.
Room service breakfast on days in port is the way to go. The buffet is packed with everyone wanting to get off the ship early.
The salad at the Cafe on the Prominade was great. Fabulous amaretto cookies at Sorrento's.
Water stations are throughout the ship and a few on Deck 5 (the promenade) were our favorites. Both in the Starbucks and Sorrento’s they have flavored the water with lemons, oranges or mint along with having plain ice water available. It was a great place to grab a drink to stay hydrated without going all the way to the Windjammer. Premium drink package was worth every penny!
Don't race to get off the ship at Belize ... the lines are long and poorly organized by the cruise staff ... Belize City is really an undeveloped dump with a very nice ship terminal (but don't leave the terminal!) ... good shops & bars. There are four pharmacies at the terminal selling cheap counterfeit pills to tourists ... beware!
PLEASE MAKE SURE TO TAKE CARE OF THE PEOPLE WHO CARE FOR YOU. BRING ENOUGH EXTRA MONEY FOR THEM TO TIP THEM EXTRA. THEY WORK SO HARD AND GO ABOVE AND BEYOND TO BE A BLESSING TO YOU. THEY ARE AWAY FROM THEIR FAMILIES FOR A LONG TIME.
Purchase all packages before embarkation
Don't travel when there is a hurricane predicted.
Have fun, relax and trust the crew. That's how to enjoy a vacation.
Don't drink the coffee. (Yes, I said it multiple times in my review.)
Prepare to spend extra money for at least one meal per day at a restaurant
Advance planning for excursions is recommended. The best activities get booked up fast. I also recommend the deluxe drink package if you plan to have at least 4-5 drinks per day. This drink package includes specialty coffees on the Promenade as well!
Drink packages, dining packages and internet packages are well worth the investment.
Just enjoy yourself!!
The water slides and rides on the top deck are A BLAST! Take advantage of them while people are at port, because it can get crowded.
Make sure to sign the activity waivers on the RCI website before you board, you'll save a ton of time. There's a volume control know on your desk in the cabin. yo can turn it on to hear the announcements normally heard in the hallway.
When disembarking you can save some time in line if you get a porter to haul your luggage out. We were in the first line and they were allowed to skip the first line and go to the second line. When you get in line there you have one more line to get to customs and then you are out to catch your shut
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