My husband and I will be on our first cruise on Aug 21st on the Inspiration and we are thrilled! However, I was wondering if you would have any last minute advice on anything i may need to know......what to pack, what to expect, ect... Thanks so much!!
My advice is to be flexible and enjoy yourself. It is hurricane season and ports can be cancelled or changed. If you're not happy with the service given, speak up right away to resolve the situation. Everyone works hard to make sure you are enjoying yourself. Try food you wouldn't normally try and join in the fun and activities. Since it is your first cruise, diary each day for memories. Enjoy...You're on vacation!!!
Teresa and Larry
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Call your credit card company and let them know you will be out of town and where. We got nailed in St Martin over this and I couldn't even buy a beer!!!!!!!!!!!! Who cares about the jewlery my husband wanted to buy me; I wanted a beer back on board. Took a bit of time to straighten that out.
Also, bring plenty of cash for tips and so forth. Room service especially.
I've got two things for you. #1 Don't miss the "Serenity" area. Right at the aft end of the ship. If you're at the buffet, walk to the rear of the ship, and look down one deck. It's GREAT. Padded chaise loungers, quiet music, and adult only hot tubs.
#2 Please leave "Inspiration" in good condition, because the lovely Mrs. Jones (Vita) and I sail her on August 25th, when you disembark! 8) Better yet, just stay aboard, and we'll party for another week together.
Have a GREAT cruise.
A flashlight to find your way in a dark cabin without waking everyone else up. An empty bottle of water (whateversize you want to bring) to fill up with water and take ashore with you (buy a bottle and just toss the empty in the carryon/suitcase.
EXTRA digital camera memory, batteries, and even an extra digital camera doesn't hurt....Videocamera--extra DVD/miniDV tapes and batteries.
Pepto bismal and advil/aspirin/tylenol
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pack an "open mind"...try different things but don't over schedule activities...one afternoon do nothing but hang out on the deck..get a massage..watch a sunset at sea and a sunrise at sea...don't look for "picky" things (i.e. condition of the carpet in the hallway)... a cruise can be very romantic if you allow it to be...buy something for yourself that you will remember the cruise by...since this is your first cruise..don't spend time on the internet cafe doing postings for Cruise Mates...we can wait until you return...sleep in late one morning and order room service
bring us all back a nice expensive gift
p.s. bring a 'stash' of emergency $$$$ just in case
See my answer to "Packing - Dare to Share" in this Carnival Cruise Lines section.
The main lesson I learned on that trip was to have easy access to my laptop when going through security. They want each of your electronic devices in a tray by itself for X-raying. I have an AlienWare backpack, which I bought at the same time I bought my laptop. The laptop goes in a pouch on the inside of the panel that rests against my back. I piled clothes, etc. on top of it, which meant that each time I went through security, I was obliged to unpack most of the backpack for inspection, then repack it whenever the security personnel were tired of inspecting me and my girl and our belongings.
In case you haven't learned this lesson already, customs and security, which you'll go through when you disembark at the end of your cruise, is the one part of your trip you are most likely to find unbearable. The best thing you can do is travel light, with lots of pockets to provide easy access to all of the little things you'll need.
And, btw, security literally inspected me until I bled once. I don't even know exactly what happened, but when they finally let me put my shoes back on, I found myself bleeding on my white socks!
Anyway, to alleviate the problem with my laptop during future ordeals with security, my girl cut a slit in the back of my backpack, and moved the flap, with some Velcro, to cover it on the outside, so that I can retrieve and replace the laptop without unpacking the rest of the items in the backpack! My girl rules!
I have gotten a lot of suggestions and just want to say thanks to everyone! I am sure you remember being a " 1st timer " and all of the nerves that go along with it. Only 7 days until we sail out, I will let you know how it goes!
If you have a different Visa card, from a different bank, I would take it. If both of you have a Visa card from the same bank or company it could be a problem. Visa cards share the same numbers so if your husband lost his and you canceled it then both of your cards would no longer be valid. Take the second one and just leave it in the safe.
BTW: What's this about "one" night being date night? Every night is date night
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I hope you did some searching on this site and on Internet for "Cruising Tips and Tricks". I did two years ago and found a wonderful document, but evidently, didn't save it...or filed somewhere and can't find on computer. I did find my hard copy. Also, I just found another list someone put together. If you email me, I will send. I don't see a way to attach files here. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Couple of things I found helpful: Make a copy of passport and have with you in case yours gets stolen. Easier to replace. Also, get a lanyard to put your Sail and Sign Card on. Makes it easier getting in and out of room...don't have to dig in purse all the time. If you buy the Soda Card, you can get a hole punched in it also. I took a pack of 50-$1.00 bills for tips. Pack swimsuit in carry on if you want to get head start at pool after embarking. Your checked luggage won't arrive to room for hours. The highlighter tip is a good one. Helps you see what your plans are for events for those days at sea. Also take some address labels to put on items such as film containers. Hand sanitizer is a must - travel size.
Don't overpack! That's the best advice. I did and regretted it, especially when we got back into port and had to find my luggage in the terminal. What a mess!
Have a great time!
My favorite saying: "If you can't fight, and you can't flee....flow!" What better way to fight stress than cruising!!