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Old September 27th, 2004, 10:54 AM
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Going on my first cruise. Any hint that you can give me to make it a little easier, or should I say to take away the anxiety of it all.
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Old September 27th, 2004, 11:16 AM
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Don't overpack! I took dresses for dinner that I could wear one pair of shoes with. Also, at the port, wear comfy shoes, not sandals-I recommend a good pair of tennis shoes. Also, consider taking a nite light if you have an inside cabin. They are very dark with the lights out. Also, maybe a portable alarm clock-our cabin didn't have one. By the way, what ship are you sailing on? I hope this helps.
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Old September 27th, 2004, 11:24 AM
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My best friend and I are going on the Triumph on Oct 2nd, the western cruise. Thanks for the good tips. We have been stressing about what to pack.
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Old September 27th, 2004, 11:53 AM
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You are welcome-glad to help. I cruised on the Triumph also. Your best shopping for T's & souvenir items is in Cozumel. Grand Caymen is gorgeous! The water is as clear as a swimming pool. In Ochos Rios, when they tell you not to venture out on your own or to take a taxi on your own-LISTEN! My husband and we didn't listen and regretted it. They hound you to death to buy things and women followed me around grabbing my hair telling me she wanted to braid it. It was a little scary...
Anyway, I hope this helps also. Just let me know if you need to know anything else.
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Old September 27th, 2004, 11:59 AM
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Bring along some baggies - various sizes - large enough to put wet swimsuit while on an excursion, and small ones to take lunch if you don't want to buy lunch out. order room service sandwich the morning of a port day and pack the sandwich and other things in your knapsack - voila - lunch! my other advice would be to research your ports - know what there is to do, and what you want to do. don't be afraid to book your own excursions - just use a reputable company - once you pick one that might be good, ask on this board who's used them and if they're good. if you're a gambler, don't get carried away in the casino - (talking from experience here) - I really believe that the slots on a ship are set lower - meaning very few people win. don't know if they're governed by the same gaming commission as land based ones, but i know that all the times i was there, i didn't see one person winning on the slots. hope this helps. enjoy!
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Old September 27th, 2004, 12:36 PM
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Sunscreen sunscreen, sunscreen - don't forget lips, ears and feet (tops & bottoms), a baseball or sunhat- and a good pair of sunglasses with UVA/UBV protection that cut the glare. A small backpack to take on excursions/beach to put your "stuff" in.
small portable CD or MP3 player to listen to your tunes on the plane or on the beach
keep your clothing simple: shorts w/t-shirts/tanks or halters for daytime wear
Capris, sundress/sheath dress or docker's type pants with flat sandals for casual nights.
Long dress, long dressy skirt w/dressy blouse, dressy pantsoutfit or a dressy cocktail dress for formal nights - 2 formal nights on a 7 day cruise - 1 pair of dressy sandals or shoes to go with both outfits.
Mix and match your separates you can get 2 nights wear out of 1 pair of pants, just change the top.
2 bathing suits w/cover-up
Good walking sneakers
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Old September 27th, 2004, 01:03 PM
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Thanks so much for all the responses. You have helped us out more than you know.
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Old September 27th, 2004, 01:06 PM
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For Ocho Rios contact Peat Taylor tours--he has a web page with contact numbers. Great tour and really inexpensive compared to the prices on the ship. You'll climb Dunns River Falls and get a fantastic guided tour of the island you'll never forget. Most importantly----NO HASSLES FROM THE VENDORS AND OTHER LOCALS. Have a great trip.
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Old September 27th, 2004, 01:24 PM
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Take two pairs of shoes:
1- pair of dress shoes
1- pair of comfortable shoes.

Take one outfit for dinner and a comfortable outfit for the day. Unless you don't want to eat in the dining room, and if that is so you could get away with one outfit per day. Gals take mix and match clothing. It cuts down on the number of outfits that you need. If you plan to exercise while aboard take comfortable clothing.

Take sea sickness meds. (if you get sea sick).

Make sure you discontinue your newspaper before leaving (providing you subscribe).

Remeber your cruise documents and passport or raised seal birth certificate.

Do you have any questions? That would help us help you.
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Old September 27th, 2004, 01:30 PM
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We really used the power strip and it is a great idea to hang a "shoe" bag on the bathroom door to hold hair dryer, curling irons etc. Have a great trip and stop the stressing - that's an order lol. A highlighter pen is great for choosing what you want to do from your daily "cruisepaper" TTFN Jennifer
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Old September 27th, 2004, 01:47 PM
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You have really answered everything, even the parts I didn't think of. Boy I should have done this about 9 months ago, then I wouldn't have been pulling my hair out all this time trying to make sure we didn't forget anything. Y'all have been great and we will have the best time. Hey if any of you are on the Triumph that leaves on Oct 2 just look for the lady that has patches pulled out of her hair. Boy I was starting to think I would need a vacation after my vacation.

Thanks again for all your hints.
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Old September 27th, 2004, 08:14 PM
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Bring a light jacket. The dining room is sometimes very cold (especially if you are sunburned!). Buy lots of film at Walmart (cheaper!!!). Different sizes of ziploc bags. I put my documents in a large one in my purse. When you get to the counter to check-in, just pull out your bag. Wear comfortable shoes (you don't realize how much walking you will do on the ship). I usually wear my tennis shoes the first day (they take up too much room in the luggage). You may do lots of walking for the safety drill (and stairs!!). Buy a fold-up tote bag or leave extra room in luggage for "stuff". We never realize how much we buy 'til it's too late. If possible, check the balance of your account each day (from your television). Don't get suckered into buying so many of the pictures that they take on-board. We usually buy one good picture. Check these websites for all of the advice and keep track in a notebook. I combined all of my notes on a few pages and put it in my purse. Have a great cruise.
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Old September 27th, 2004, 09:09 PM
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But the BEST advise you can get, and I know most cruisers will agree, is to bring your good attitude! If you come prepared to have a good time, no matter what, then you will. If you come looking for what's wrong, you'll certainly find it!

Relax and have a great trip!

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Here are a few more must brings:
bubble wrap for your breakables
manilla envelope with cardboard inside for the pics you buy
over the door organizer
duct tape cause you never know
plenty of film plus 4 more just in case
power plug
alarm clock
first aid kit
meds (asprin, tums, immodium, ect)
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Old September 28th, 2004, 07:09 AM
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Speaking of buying film before you go-try ebay. Last year before I cruised, I bought 24 rolls of advantix film for $10.00. There was not one thing wrong with the film. Worth a try...
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Old September 28th, 2004, 10:29 AM
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Dorothy has a great point ! Leave your everyday stress at home. Relax, and enjoy your surroundings to the fullest . Drink plenty of those cute little drinks with the umbrella's in it ! lol !
Your next problem is going to be dealing with post cruise withdrawels! Only cure known to man, is to book another cruise.

Hope you have a wonderful cruise !
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Old September 28th, 2004, 03:16 PM
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My best advice is DON"T SWEAT THE LITTLE STUFF.

Go and have a great time. Remember it is your vacation
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