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jody March 20th, 2005 09:31 AM

What to bring on our first cruise?
 
We are going on our first cruise April 23 on the Glory . We were wondering any cool suggestions on what we must need to bring? We are a family of 4 Two adults and two sons. Also we were wondering when we should book our excursuins. We are going to Key West and Cozumel , Belize, and Progresso. We were gonna book the Cave tubing in Belize and a snorkel in Cozumel. We dont want to be sold out. Also is there alot to do at Key West? Could you just walk to beach and hang out? Does anyone have any suggestions on what to do in Progresso. Do we need to pack beach towels for when we leave the ship? Any other suggestion on what to do on our first cruise would be a great help. Thank You Jody

Melp March 20th, 2005 10:00 AM

Re: What to bring on our first cruise?
 
Ok the first thing that will be helpful, bring a bottle of downey wrinkle release, the best thing on the market. Cave tubing, go buy some water shoes at walmart, you can wear them when you walk through the jungle, I did and they were great, they will sell them on the ship for about $20.00, Walmart: $5.99.
I heard in Key West (for the ladies) there is a place where you can go and design your own sandles.
Have fun,
Melissa

cajuncrab March 20th, 2005 01:14 PM

Re: What to bring on our first cruise?
 
Key West is pretty cool, I went there when I was 17. Yes, you can just go hang out. The beaches there are not really sandy beaches, they are rocky. Be sure to have those water shoes or sandals - I love my Nikes. I remember there is a street called Duvall, where everybody just goes to hang out. I think was a market place to go shop for local items like seashells and other stuff made by locals. Somewhere in Key west, not far from Duvall (I think) there was a place like a boardwalk. IT is supposed to be the greatest place to see a sunset. There were street performers - very entertaining. Keep in mind, that was about 10 years ago. Things probably haven't changed that much. But key West was pretty cool.

DENISE H March 20th, 2005 01:56 PM

Re: What to bring on our first cruise?
 


bring bug spray when you go to belize if you have a inside cabin bring a night light
when you go to bed it will realy dark you don't want to trip in the night put realy
bright pom poms on your luggaue so you can find it realy easy rember to carry your sign
and sail card at all times you will need them to get back on the ship they will also open
your cabin door will also need them if you buy any thing on the ship don' buy all the pictures they take of you pick out the ones that realy look good the pictures cost $9.,oo
here is a list of things that are include that will cost money

shore trips
drinks
items you buy from the ship stores
the phots they take of you
casino
spa treaments
going to the super clubs i hope this helps you

Don Smith March 20th, 2005 02:37 PM

Re: What to bring on our first cruise?
 
Key West has lots to do and see, but not the greatest place to swim. Duvall Street is the main street for things to see in Key West. You can walk the width of the island on Duval passing shops, cafes, and drinking places all along the way. Have fun.

BoosterMom March 20th, 2005 03:25 PM

Re: What to bring on our first cruise?
 
The place in Key West is Kinos. You can have your own sandals made there. Pick the style, color, etc. Anyone around Duvall Street and the shops will know where it is. Take the Conch Train Tour. Good lay of the land type tour...... It will take you to the southern most point of the United States. On a clear day you can see Cuba from there. Interesting site.

Snorange March 21st, 2005 10:19 AM

Re: What to bring on our first cruise?
 
We just got back yesterday from our Miracle cruise and went to Cozamel & Belize also.

We did the cave tubing through the ship and had a great experience. Lots do it on their own, but I felt more comfortable booking that one through Carnival.

At Cozamel, there was OUTSTANDING snorkeling at Chankaknob. But don't pay the cruise to do it. There are tons of taxis and we paid $15 for 5 of us to go there. It is $12 to get in. And the snorkeling is like swimming in an aquairum. It is unbelievable. We got off the boat at 8:30 and we were one of the first ones there. We got excellent seats by the water and it was people free snorkeling. By the time we left at 1:00, it was packed.

They have snorkeling equipment that you can rent. We had one set of our own and rented the rest. Also, you don't need life jackets unless you aren't a good swimmer. THe salt water keeps you at the top. It's a weird feeling but you float.

We brought our own beach towels, old ones that we had had for years. Then we didn't have to worry about losing the ships ones. And we left them behind when we came home. Room for more stuff that way.

Bring multiple swimsuits, coverups and 1/2 the clothes you think you'll need. Everyone told me that and I didn't believe them. It's true.

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Donna

Thomas March 21st, 2005 02:11 PM

Re: What to bring on our first cruise?
 
Bring some walkie-talkies. You can buy them at WalMart for around $35 a pair. They're great for keeping in touch with everyone on the ship and in the ports. Make sure you get the kind that have sub-channels so you aren't bothered with everyone else's chatter.

Also bring a shoe organizer. The kind that hangs over the door. They are great for storing your stuff in the room and keeping the clutter off the vanity top. You can get these at WalMart for about $8.

Regards,
Thomas

RobRen March 21st, 2005 03:10 PM

Re: What to bring on our first cruise?
 
- 2 Way Radios with sub channels (a must!). Bring charger or extra batteries. Get a
a walkie talkie for every member of your family.
- Net type of water bottle holders (pick them up at a sports store). They are light weight
and you can refill the empty water bottles as needed and is much cheaper then
buying onboard.
- Dramamine pills (non drowsy formula) . This saved my trip!
- Extra memory cards for your digital camera
- Battery charger for your digital camera
- Cell phone charger (your cell phone will be dead after a week)
- Small bottle of tear-free baby shampoo (if you plan to snorkel). Rub some inside your
mask and swish in water to rinse. It will keep the inside of your mask from fogging up.
- Underwater casing for your digital camera. Great for the beach and underwater shots.
No comparison to the disposible cameras (check out the underwater shots on my
photo gallery titled "Explorer of the Seas - Eastern Caribbean).
- Beach bag

Rose M March 23rd, 2005 02:52 PM

Re: What to bring on our first cruise?
 
In Key West, if you want to swim in the ocean, there is a beach close to where the ship will dock, Fort Zachary Taylor State Park, don't walk in the heat, take a cab, it's a five minute ride...there is a small admission fee to the Park. The beach has small pebbles so wear those water shoes everyone is talking about....the water is beautiful and you can snorkel here...there is a snack bar on the beach and I think you can rent chairs. There is a fairly new restaurant in Key West by the name of Monty's, it's a 10 minute walk from the ship....ask one of the locals to point you in the right direction...they have delicious fresh fish sandwiches, and a varied menu, ice cold beer and beverages and a huge fresh water swimming pool right in the middle of the restaurant for use by their customers only, just bring a towel, there is no cover charge, a lovely place to spend a couple of hours. There is so much to do in Key West, you'll wish you had more time, i.e., Conch Tour Train or Trolley, Hemingway House tour, Mel Fisher's Treasure Exhibit, Audubon House, Shipwreck Museum, President Truman's Summer White House, and the always intriguing Duval Street where there are tons of restaurants, bars, souvenir shops, and the famous Sloppy Joes. If you're a Jimmy Buffet fan, stop at Margaritaville, even if you just visit the store. Mallory Dock at night is truly amazing with the throngs of people celebrating the sunset and the entertainment, mimes, jugglers, the cat man, etc., but the ships sail before sunset. The Hilton Hotel is situated on the dock and there is a bar on the top deck that you access via a stairway on the outside of the building which offers a panoramic view of the gulf while you're sipping on a Mojito or Margarita, beautiful place!


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