You are going to love cruising
Just wait until you feel the sea air
and see the blue Caribbean water. I have a few suggestions for you.
First: Book your dining time around your normal schedule at home.
If you eat early and go to bed before 11pm, then you will want to
have a early dining time, thus if you normally eat dinner around
8pm and stay up late at night, then you need the late dining time.
As another cruiser pointed out, the late time gives you more time
in port. However, you can't enjoy the evening shows if you are
falling asleep because you are usually in bed at that time.
I have always researched each port we will visit. Just do a web
search. Learn all you can about each island and what you want to
see. Then check out Carnivals shoretours. If you don't see what you
want then check out other cruiseline websites for shoretours. And
finally, look for independent shoretour operators at each island.
Keep in mind that some ports have a lot to offer right at the port and
and tour may not be necessary.
Also, go on line and research your ship and articles on cruising.
Cruisemates has a great 3 part article on what to expect. Also,
check out cruisecal.com, it will tell you what other cruiselines will
be in port the same day you will.
And finally, bring: a power strip (only 1/plug in per cabin), bungee
cord (for balcony door), and bring duct tape ( for minor repairs and
makes a great strapless bra). We always bring antibacterial wipes
for our hands and the room. We wash our hands frequently.
We cruised during one of the Norwalk virus outbreaks and did not
Other ideas, take a water bottle (fill it in your cabin) to take to the
beach, take a back pack, sunscreen, and a small first aid kit.
You can get free sea sickness medication from the Pursers Deck
located in the atruim of the ship.
Have a wonderful vacation and if I can answer any questions
feel free to email me.
Happy Sailing........... 8) 8)