You know as I sit here, it has been almost a week since our first cruise on the Esctsay. I realized that we did a few things wrong. For those of you who don't know about our trip, we booked at the last minute, because my husband is associated with the military, and we never know what they have for him. In a week and a half, we scrambled around trying to find out everything we needed to know. Many nights I sat at this computer, asking questions, making notes, and finding out all I could. Once we finally got to the port, we allowed ourselves to get caught up in everything. The capers did not say, Luanne you have to do everything on here, but in our minds it did, and that's the way we did our vacation. I cannot believe how fast the trip went. Before we knew it, it was over with. Now I can't help but think, that if we had taken some time to relax, we might feel better now. I suppose this has to do with being our first time, with everything being new and exciting, but I
feel like Christmas morning, as a kid, getting all these toys, and then having to leave them to go to grandmas all day. I didn't get a chance to relax and enjoy.
Before someone thinks that I am blaming someone, or somebody, that isn't it.
This last week I have had many newbies e-mail me, for advice, and I was so happy to help, but not once did I say, DON'T TRY TO DO IT ALL" You will cruise again, and you can do something each time. I am already planning my next cruise. Don't know when, or where, but you know, I might go back on the Esctsay, just to enjoy not doing anything.
One thing we did do that I have forgotten to advise is if you have a window in your room, open the curtains at night, and look outside. Think you are alone out there? You aren't. The travel route is lined with oil rigs, and other ships. People, doing there jobs, but all were well lit at night. It was so peaceful. I spent the time, thinking of these people, and of all of you, and thanking God for all that I have and the chance to see
another piece of the world.
See if you spent time looking out the window at night then you did relax.. Now I remember every email and post I told you to go and "relax" and at least once I said "Don't try to do it all. Leave some for the next cruise." Nobody listens to me!!!! Actually I have nightmares before every cruise that the cruise is over and I didnt' ever walk on deck at night and look at the stars nor sit by the water and enjoy... It scares me to think I might miss the "ship" part of the cruise... Most days at sea we actually sit by the water on the deck above the band and hang over the rail and look for flying fish - there are a lot - and every once in a while in port we see a dolphin.. We went on the Rhapsody of the Seas by RCL and they had the lounge chairs over looking the pool and the jog track by the railing. We were so disappointed as we couldn't have our chairs right by the railing and relax.. This is why we go now...
So when's the next one? I'm always thinking about it but we book last minute now too and have since 1999 when hubby's job started being iffy as to if he would have one. One thing that is fun is looking forward to the next cruise so now I look forward to it whenever it may be.. Debbie
You are describing our first cruise (1991) as well. We too, tried to do everything. The worst part was that our last 2 days were at sea and it seemed like we were constantly on the go (I do remember splitting a bingo pot for $99.50). When we got off the ship to go home, we were exhausted.
On our subsequent cruises we did much better about learning to relax. Of course, it helped that we had been to many of the ports multiple times.
We are leaving next Thursday on the Celebration. Right now, our plan is to not even get off the ship in Freeport, but just take it easy (there is a fru-fru drink with my name on it!). In Nassau, we have 3 things to do - 1) Blue Lagoon Island to snorkel, 2) Buy Lorenzo Double Chocolate Fudge Rum Cakes and 3) visit one of the casinos (good thing we will be there from 7A till 12 midnight). Of course, the last sea day will be spent mostly in the casino
now that you learned your lesson (BG), go on your second cruise and relax and do fewer things but really enjoy it. I once went on a 7 day cruise to the western caribbean and because i had been there several times before, I did NOTHING and had a great time with my then GF. When the ship was in port, we stayed on the ship and had it almost to ourselves and it was wonderful
Thanks guys for understanding. At least I can have an answer to everyones questions, cause i did it all. Got out my capers (yes I saved them) we even went so far as to circle stuff. lol I guess it was good that I did so much, otherwise i would be saying I didn't get to see much. lol
My husband is also military. We had to book last minute (on the Elation July 10th )also. Darn those fuzzy block leave dates!
Did you notice any anti-military sentiments on board? DH recently returned from Iraq, and is a little paranoid that, and it ruining the cruise.... But he still wants to wear his Class A's to formal night
By all means, have you husband wear his Class A!!! We have 3 USMC sons, 2 just returned from Iraq and 1 from Okinawa. We have seen a few in their Dress Blues at the formal dinners and they are usually surrounded by other men shaking their hands and women hugging them, my DH and myself included. Thank him for his services and have a wonderful cruise! Luanne, thank your husband too!
Teresa and Larry
#36-Carnival Splendor 9/16/12
7 night Mexican Riviera
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7 night Eastern Caribbean
You know you guys might be surprised at my answer, but we did everything we could to not be mulitary on the ship, and in ports. We did not want to draw attention to ourselves. It all goes back to living in Europe for so long. We did not have a problem on the ship, but in Germany, you were told to be careful so many times, that it stuck. Remember in the 80's when the highjackings were going on, and that one plane the only person harmed on the plane was a military man. He was picked out because of his military ID card. On the ship you run into people who are drunk, and not in there right mind. We didn't want something to start in front of the boys. Not everyone is as Go America as you guys have shown us, but after I identified myself on here as military, I got an e-mail from a person who blamed us for everything but the bombing of the world trade center. Before someone says that's what I get for giving out my e-mail, I will tell you that I have helped others since we got back with their first trip, and it makes up for it. For the person who sent the e-mail, You didn't allow me to answer, because you had something to stop the reply, but now I can tell you, and I hope you read it. My husband is one of the best people I have ever met in my life. He is an honorable man, who loves mankind. He's the one who would in this day and age stop to help you on the side of the road, he gives and gives and gives. My husband and thousands of men and women like him have probably helped stop the terror attacks like we saw in New York. They didn't wait around for it to happen again, they went to the sourse to stop it. You know why we have never taken a cruise before? We didn't have the money. You don't get rich in the military. You save and save and hope that nothing happens before you can use it. My husband wasn't military on our cruise, he was my husband............ and i thank God I had the chance to experience it with him. When he has to go back over there to do his job, and i am lonely, and scared, i will get out my box of memories, and smile and cry both and remember.
To Mr. Bragg, Kiki and all the others.. I have probably broken some rules saying all this, and for that I'm sorry.
Hold your loved ones tonight, Ladies and gentlemen, Complain less and praise more. God Bless you guys
Oh, yes the first cruise is always the cruise where you try to do everything aboard. It is just so tempting. I remember that too. The second cruise you begin to slow down and relax because you will know you can not possibly do everything offered. By the third cruise you will know what you want to do before you board the ship (probably everything you could not do the two prior cruises).
You took me right back to my first cruise 17 years ago. Like two kids in a candy store.
Took me 15+ cruises to get the "let's do it all" out of our systems.
Now we do it all over again with our 6 year old, and live it through her. She will be on her 6th cruise next June.
Past Cruises: Explorer of the Seas 2008 Explorer of the Seas 2007 Carnival Victory 2007 Explorer of the Seas 2006 Legend 2005 Miracle 2004 Disney Wonder 2004; Pride 2003 Legend 2002 Disney Wonder 2002 Destiny 2001 Victory 2000 Triumph 1999 Jubilee 1998 Imagination 1997 Imagination 1996 Fascination 1995 Ecstasy 1993 Fantasy 1990 Jubilee 1990 NCL Seaward 1989 Jubilee 1988