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!
Pack lighter than you think you need.
Our cabin was about as far forward as you can get and our dining room was way at the back of the ship. We found to go to dinner it was way easier to take the elevator down to the 4th deck, go outside on either side and walk down the deck to the end and then come in to the dining room.
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.
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