Remember it's YOUR vacation, just because the ship is at port doesn't me you HAVE TO get off the boat. Do what works for you, if your 'my time' dining doesn't work, then change it. If service is bad, SAY SOMETHING to a manager. And if someone is great, recognise them. :)
Jan 20, 2015
get the Thermal Suite package on the first day! it averages out to about $14/day per person which is absolutely worth it. Also, we really enjoyed the Evening Stretch class provided in the gym which was free & as challenging or as relaxing as you choose to participate.
Nov 30, 2014
Fixed dining time worked great for us since we had kids and didnt want to wait.
Jul 04, 2014
Don't rush to be seated for dinner - there's always enough and they serve dinners relatively close to each other, so you wouldn't have to wait long!
Oct 06, 2014
If you are on My Time dining and a couple who wants some privacy, ask for a table along the rail.
Jan 19, 2015
Avoid the main dining room on the first night (Food gets better from day 2), also book your stateroom towards the middle of the ship.
Feb 04, 2015
The vitality staff was vey good to work with.
Feb 11, 2015
Do the Mystery dinner. It was fun and the food was really good!
Feb 17, 2015
We did one of the spa packages and was very pleased with the quality of service and the price.
Feb 17, 2015
Get the drink card. They have lots of packages. Easy to use and well worth the money. We got the basic card, soft drinks etc since my hubby and I are not huge drinkers but we were able to get all our lattes, sodas, virgin drinks etc and we just paid a little additional for a glass of wine.
Mar 05, 2015
The Serenity area for adults only was beautiful and very relaxing!
Mar 24, 2015
While the Ultimate Beverage package is expensive at $55/day/pp, if you like to drink, including fresh-squeezed OJ, champagne, and lattes, it is a good deal compared to the high per drink prices.
Mar 24, 2015
Make sure you go to the diningroom in the evening. Food and service are excellent and you get to share your day on board or at port with those at your table. Great conversation and relaxing slow down time for social exchanges. You learn about those at your table and become friends by weeks end.
Sep 19, 2015
When picking your stateroom, make sure there are no public areas above it . Deck 10 is where most of the suites are but unfortunately Deck 11 is where the pool, Windjammer, Park Cafe, the Solarium and the Spa are located. If you are a light sleeper, you'll be able to hear all the movements at night
Dec 26, 2015
The Solarium was a quiet serene place to hang out and read. They also have a nice deli that offers something different from Windjammer.
Ordering pre-dinner room service cheese plate and artichoke dip is always complimentary.
Level 12 aft was a quiet sunning spot on sea days.
Mar 28, 2013
Be sure to tell guest services if you're traveling for a special ocassion while on board. They did lots of nice things for my mother who was celebrating her birthday, including a complementary call to the US, decorated her cabin door and cabin, had special desserts delivered during dinner + more.
Dec 30, 2014
Reserve your My Time Dining online in advance - expect the first night to be very crowded. We reserved 8 PM and ended up going about 7:40 each night without waits after the first night. Visit the Park Cafe in the solarium area for the most amazing roast beef sandwiches!!
Dec 09, 2014
A tip, if you are going to enjoy any of the entertainment in the Centrum (middle of the ship with bar), get there early. Seating is very limited. They had some arial shows (which were good) and dancing every night.
Mar 21, 2014
Make sure that the kids know that drinks are already tipped and taxed so that they do not put a tip on top of what is charged. Our young teenagers hung out at the same bar regularly but was never told that he was double tipping on sodas.
Mar 07, 2014
1) If there's a movie showing you're dying to see. Go early. The theaters are small and everyone else is dying to see it too. 2) Ask when the happy hours are. There are two for one drink happy hours that aren't well advertised. 3) We parked at the port. More expensive, but we were on our way...
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