Tips for new and not so new cruiser!
I have compile a list of things that some people may not know. Please feel free to add to it:
• If you don’t like what is offered on the main menu, you can ask the waiter for either a steak or grilled chicken.
• Any pasta item on the main menu CAN be ordered as an appetizer. Just ask.
• Post cards, foreign postage stamps and playing cards are available at the purser’s desk.
• Get a FREE lanyard at the Casino. Purser’s desk will punch a whole in it for you.
• 24 hour pizza place also serves Calzones and Caesar salads. If you want a special topping and they have it they will make you that pizza.
• Go to tea-time they have different snacks and its a nice place to relax
• Ask the steward if you forget something ie toothpaste...they often have samples
• Bring baggies of assorted sizes. For saving snacks for excursions and wet clothes.
• Take the tour of the galley
• They have an early and late night seating as well as captains party...take advantage of both for double free drinks.
• Bring on own bottles of water, and soda and save $$$
• Bring a reusable cup with lid...less trips to get a drink
• Ask for your drink in a plastic cup (not the fancy one ) saves $$$
• You may be able to eat free lunch at the places they charge for dinner
• Orange juice is available at the same place all day they just remove the label
• You may get a free facial if you call the spa and ask to be a volunteer.
• Tie a bright ribbon/scarf to your luggage for easy spotting. Also can work on cabin door
• When the regular hot tub is too full, use the spa one.
• Use of the sauna/steam room is free
• Use the spa shower if multiple people need to shower at same time
• Ask for children’s dessert menu (banana splits)
• Bring Duct tape
• Bring a highlighter
• Bring post it notes
• Sit close at the port talks sometimes they toss out free stuff
• You can ask for extra pillow chocolates
• Bring an extension cord/power strip
• Early and extra tips for stewards = more perks for you
• You can order free drinks from the bar in the room at Captains dinner as opposed to those on the tray.
• Bring travel hooks to hang stuff in your room
• Bring a few paper funnels to make filling the water bottle easier.
• Bring towels from home to avoid fearing losing one
• Take a hand towel with you to the beach it will help remove sand and is handy for lots of other things too
• Baby powder helps remove sand
• Use a magnet to trick the balcony door into thinking its closed to keep the air on
• Most ships have a secret door...find it
• You can also print cards to take with you on the layout of the ship...simply use a word document...format in normal 8pt bold: Times New Roman: 8pt and divide into for equal columns.
• Self disembarkation is FASTER
• It is possible to ‘smuggle’ alcohol on board
• Make sure to stock up on "snacks" before debarkation. The wait can be pretty long and everything is closed during this time. Except for the coffee shop which takes cash
• Cards become demagnetized don’t use your credit card for the room safe
• If the safe will not open call the desk they will send someone to open it
• If you get sea sick you can go to the Pursers desk and ask for pills. They are free there
• Use your telephone for leaving each other messages in the cabins
• Did you know you can call Carnival's Bon voyage department and pre-order alcohol to be delivered to your cabin? You can order bottles of hard liquor so that you can make your own drinks. You can't order on line. You must call to set this up. It is a little pricey but worth it and cheaper than buying by the drink.
• Do walk the entire ship on your first day
• You can also ask your Room Steward for the book that is in your cabin
• Bring a night light/ alarm clock
• Bring water shoes
• The ship uses two types of toilet paper. Both are made by the same company. The sandpaper they call "envision" you will not want to subject your bottom to for 8 days. Ask your room steward to make sure that your stateroom is stocked with the "preference" paper instead.
• Bring a sweater the dining room can be cold
Good ideas! I'm definitely bringing post its on my next one as there will be a total of 4 of us in the cabin...and I'm sure we're not all going to be doing the same thing at the exact same time!
WOW, Marty...what a great list!
I've only got a few to add, (so far, anyway!)
* you can use the cabin phone to get a wake up call (then you don't need an alarm clock! :D )
* body wash and shampoo are provided
* there is a clothesline in the shower to hang wet swimsuits
8) Wow, Marty that is the best list I have seen; I am saving it as a file.
Thank you for all of the inside info it will make our cruise so much better.
Great list. A lot of things I haven't thought about.
Re: Tips for new and not so new cruiser!
Here's my tip for paying for cruises. Whenever we get a check for something like an insurance overpayment, stock dividend, or if we buy something for someone and get reimbursed, we take that money and put it aside in a special fund just for our cruise (or vacation.) We also utilze a change jar that adds up quick. Before you know it, you've got $$$$ to do a cruise, and it doesn't hurt the budget.
We also have a Carnival credit card, which we use to book the cruise, and to charge the sail and sign card to because of the double points. Soon we'll have enough points for a discounted or free cruise!
Marty, you mentioned demagnetization of your Sail & Sign card...just wanted to mention to the ladies that those small, dressy purses usually have a magnetic clasp...do not put your Sail & Sign card in the purse, it will render your card useless and you will need to go to the Pursers Desk for a replacement.
Also, in addition to the entrees offered, there are lots of items in the formal dining room that are now on the "Always Available" menu....hamburger, grilled chicken, shrimp cocktail (had one or two every night), baked potato, ribs, salmon, sirloin steak and chocolate melting cake.
We always purchase very inexpensive beach towels from Wal*Mart to bring along if we plan on visiting a beach...if they get lost or stolen, no big deal. If you lose the Carnival towel, they will charge you $25.
There are no "secret" doors on the ship, just exit doors located on the Lido and Empress decks as far as I know....keep walking forward until you can't go any further, the doors are located on the port and starboard side. These doors lead out to a small observation deck where passengers like to go when entering or leaving a port, nice place to take photos. However, there are staterooms located on these decks facing out. We were in one of these rooms and everyone kept knocking on our window and trying to peek in. There are no lounge chairs on these observation decks and there are no lights at night.
Re: Tips for new and not so new cruiser!
Great list Marty, I wish I'd known about the night light suggestion before I took my 1st cruise (inside cabin). There we were, sound asleep, in the pitch dark, when the phone/wakeup alarm went. It was a comedy of errors with the 2 of us stumbling around in the dark trying to find the phone to pick it up and stop the infernal ringing alarm!! LOL LOL
I have another one for you, well it's a two parter in reality. The muster drill can be long and wearing the life jacket can make you sweat excessively. I bought a wet facecloth to mop the sweat and to cool myself off, that and don't rush to the drill, wait 10 minutes or so. My bags arrived and I was unpacking when it was called and kept unpacking for 10 more minutes and then went down.
One other tip for the drill is to have the hand towel around your neck to keep your neck from sweating too much.
One other tip for buying jewellery-ask a reputable jeweller their opinions of the large chain stores like Diamonds International because you may not be getting the best deals.
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