Originally Posted by asilach
We're cruising for the first time in Sept. for our 25th anniversary, on Royal Carribean Explorer of the Seas to Canada. We've already prebooked all of our shore excursions, but I'm wondering how/where you meet up for each of the excursions once the ship docks in each port. I want to make sure we get to the correct one, on time.
On other paranoid notes:
I'm terrified of rogue waves washing over the ship, among other things like the Italian disaster (scared of water). I'm joking I'm going to wear my life vest the entire time - please make me feel better
I also have a fear of bugs and sea gulls. Our stateroom is on the aft (?) of the ship, right above the dining room. I would love to order room service to eat on our balcony, but will we be bothered by bugs, or worse sea gulls grabbing our food?
I know these fears seem silly, but they're very real to me
Your fears are not silly but you will find that the chances are slim to none that you will encounter them.
Don't worry about not finding your ship's excursion when you leave the ship. There will be shore excursion personnel directing everyone and there will be people with large "lollipop" signs for your excursion. You may also meet in the theater or other venue and be escorted off the ship.
If you have booked your own, non-ship, excursion make sure you communicate with the tour provider on where and when they will pick you up. They will be familiar with the port and can give YOU directions.
The chances of a rogue wave hitting the ship you are on is about the same as winning the Powerball and getting hit by lightning on the same day.
They are very uncommon and a cruise ship can handle a large wave.
Bugs will be no problem at sea. I have seen a few gulls land on the balcony but I have never had them try to steal my food. There may be some bugs while in port. I have not read or heard of anyone complaining about bugs on a Canada cruise.
Have a great time and enjoy the cruise and breakfast on the balcony.