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Old March 15th, 2007, 06:37 PM
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Default First Time Cruiser has some general Carnival Questions

Hey there everyone-

I am preparing to go on my very first cruise- Insperation 3-22 from Tampa and I have some questions.

My boat leaves at 4PM- what are the producdures- is it similar to checking in at the airport- do I need to leave extra time to go thru security? Anything special I should know about just getting on the ship?

Thank for all the help...
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Old March 15th, 2007, 06:50 PM
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I would try to get to the pier at least a couple of hours before the ship is scheduled to leave. They will actually close the gangway about a half hour before it gets under way and they usually have the mandatory lifeboat drill before they leave port.

Personally, I like to get to the port around lunchtime. There is lots to do onboard ship. We always get some buffet lunch on the Lido deck, explore the ship, check out the spa, find where the 25 cent poker machines are in the casino, and unpack our bags when they arrive in the cabin.

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http://www.cruisemates.com/articles/...uki-Basics.cfm

The link I wrote is to a 3 part series of article I wrote awhile back... but it still should apply and give you a feeling. It's called "What To Expect"
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Ditto on getting there early.

We generally fly in the day ahead just so we can get to the port early. Usually by 11a or so. Yes, it is a little bit of a wait (usually board by 12:30p or so) but worth it.

One thing we do is pack our bathing suits and dinner clothes in one of the bags we carry on just in case our luggage doesn't arrive in time.

We drop our bags at the room (usually staff will allow if you are not staying since they are still trying to get the rooms turned around).

Then head to lunch, tour the ship, sign up for spa services, dinner changes if necessary, check out where things are. And of course we always have one of the special drinks in our hands. We believe the vacation begins right after lunch

We usually head back to our rooms by 3p or so, unpack, get settled in and get ready for the life boat drill.

Then let the fun begin.

You will love it. We have done 3 Carnival, have 1 booked for this summer on the Liberty and finalizing our February 2008 trip on the Victory.

Have a great time and don't hesitate to ask any other questions. Always willing to help out a fellow cruiser.

Safe sailing.
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Old March 16th, 2007, 03:14 AM
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Definitely get to the pier early. Say around 11Am. They usually let you board around noon and you can walk around the ship before alot of people come onboard. I usually get video or pictures of the ship during this time. I love it!
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Old March 16th, 2007, 09:41 AM
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You're gonna love that itinerary outta Tampa. If I had a nickel for everyone addicted to cruisin because of that trip, I'd retire. Come to think of it, I DID!
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Old March 16th, 2007, 10:47 AM
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I just got off the inspiration last week! It was my first cruise too. We got there about 11am and had the ship not come in late we would have got right on. Even with that we were on by 12:30, eating lunch on the lido deck.

The ship is a little confusing so navigate at first. Take the time while the ship is still pretty empty to wander each of the floors and get a feel for the layout. I tried to study the deck plans online before I left but it really didn't help

BTW pay close attention to social host Phillipa (sp?). He was a riot and made the trip a blast.

Have a great time and give the ship a little love for me. Wish I was going back with you, Carla
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We will be taking our 3rd Carnival Cruise in July of 07. You can add another half day to your cruise itinerary by arriving early. The buffet is open and the drinks are flowing why would anyone wait??? I was fortunate enough to travel with friends who had done it before so all of the kinks were ironed out for me. I now call my friend my travel agent and am so grateful to have her and her family in my life. Enjoy your trip, but don't spend all of your money while you are away, if you are anything like us we are planning our next cruise while we are on that trip.
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Yes arriving early allows an extra 3 hours onboard the ship which is more vacation time!
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darn I am on the sailing right after you, could have shown you the ropes .

when you are getting on board, make sure you have your photo ID and travel documents (either passport or birth cert); your carry on stuff will go through an x-ray scanner just like at the airport and you get to go through a metal detecter as well; they break the check in process into stages: after you go to through the security stage; you go to the counter and finalize your sign and sail card info and an agent checks all your travel documentation; then you go to another section and get your room key; then you almost get on the boat, cause you go through another section and have your picture taken for the embarkation photo that the cruise line will try to sell to ya later (it is optioinal you can skip this part, but as a first timeer, it is a great keepsake); then you are closer to the ship and they take a final photo as they allow you through the gangplank; this photo is mandatory as they use it to track you off and on the boat.
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Quote:
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darn I am on the sailing right after you, could have shown you the ropes .

when you are getting on board, make sure you have your photo ID and travel documents (either passport or birth cert); your carry on stuff will go through an x-ray scanner just like at the airport and you get to go through a metal detecter as well; they break the check in process into stages: after you go to through the security stage; you go to the counter and finalize your sign and sail card info and an agent checks all your travel documentation; then you go to another section and get your room key; then you almost get on the boat, cause you go through another section and have your picture taken for the embarkation photo that the cruise line will try to sell to ya later (it is optioinal you can skip this part, but as a first timeer, it is a great keepsake); then you are closer to the ship and they take a final photo as they allow you through the gangplank; this photo is mandatory as they use it to track you off and on the boat.
What do they charge for the optional photo?

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What do they charge for the optional photo?
Thanks,Brian
8x10 - $22
6x9 - $9
5x7 - $8

But you have to purchase the original size print first before you can purchase the other sizes. The embankment photo should be a 6x9. Formal pics on the other hand are printed in 8x10's first.

You might want to check out this thread: http://www.cruisemates.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=570488

BTW Love your user name Carla
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