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Old October 29th, 2009, 01:51 AM
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Yes, we are THAT couple. We are first time cruisers, newly graduated doctors, looking to have an awesome vacation. We are setting sail March 6th 2010 on the Carnival Dream. Because we are first time cruisers, we are looking for any advice possible - we have no idea what is going to happen... What is the best way to book shore excursions? We are a very outgoing couple and have no doubt that we will meet people on the ship, but would really enjoy to spend time with other couple's that like to dance, drink, and generally not act our age... Please give any and all cruising advice!
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Yes, we are THAT couple. We are first time cruisers, newly graduated doctors, looking to have an awesome vacation. We are setting sail March 6th 2010 on the Carnival Dream. Because we are first time cruisers, we are looking for any advice possible - we have no idea what is going to happen... What is the best way to book shore excursions? We are a very outgoing couple and have no doubt that we will meet people on the ship, but would really enjoy to spend time with other couple's that like to dance, drink, and generally not act our age... Please give any and all cruising advice!
A few suggestions:

Ask for late dining, as that is when the majority of younger people seem to dine. Also, ask for a large table, the Maitre'd will try to sit other couples your age with you.

When you go to a crowded venue (Lido to eat or dance club), if you see a couple your age sitting at a table, ask them if they mind if you join them. The only time I have had someone say "No", is if they were waiting for someone to join them.

Go on excursions that will draw a younger crowd; party boats, etc.

Hang out at Carlo's and Charlies (there seems to be one in every port).

Hope that helps.
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Old October 29th, 2009, 08:40 AM
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Ditto the advise of Cruise Lass.

If there are any shore excursions you really want to go on book them in advance through the Carnival website. If not just wait until you are on the cruise. You may find you just want to grab a cab with some of you new friends and head to a beach.
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Let's see if you've heard this before. 8) "What happens on the ship, stays on the ship." Go aboard with a positive attitude. (Sounds like you're well on your way to this one already.) Don't let little things spoil your holiday. As the previous posters have noted, you're going to find that people are generally on a cruise to have a good time, and not to impress you with who they are, or how important they are. As a result, most people are open to new friends, and having a good time. Enjoy your cruise, and the many, many new friends you're going to make while aboard. (Some may turn out to be lifetime long friends!)

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Oh yes,,,one other thing. When you go to Carlos & Charlies, don't forget to take your watch, and keep track of the time. They say the sight of the ship sailing away from the pier without you,,,is breathless!
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One more bit of advice, please DON'T be that fun couple who misses the ship because your having way too much fun on shore. Make sure you get back on the ship at least 30-45 minutes before its scheduled to depart.
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Try not to over pack..Have a good cruise...
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if you can, book a balcony and enjoy the moonlight don't try to schedule to much in your day..leave lots of open time just to hang out..take part in some of the ship's group games...find a nice secluded spot on one of the beaches and hold hands

a cruise is both fun and romantic..make sure you do alot of both and then post a review when you return so us old timers can live vicariously thru your adventures

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Just to expand on one of the previous responses, when you board, find out what time the maitre d' will be available and where. Go there as soon as he or she is available and ask to be seated at a large table with people your own age. That maximizes the chances that you will have dinner with young people every night. Whether or not they will be partiers is not something the maitre d' will know, , but it ups your chances.
Also, there always seems to be one bar where the partiers hang out. Not always the same one. But, the poolside bar is usually a good starting point.
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I am so jealous i had to cancel this cruise do to the economy/work!! You will have an awesome time and post a review when you get back!!!
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Had another thought. The first night, there will be a singles get together. Even though you are a couple, the singles are often the partiers, so go to the party and meet them. Nobody really cares if you are with someone or not. Everyone is just looking for others to enjoy the cruise with.
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Had another thought. The first night, there will be a singles get together. Even though you are a couple, the singles are often the partiers, so go to the party and meet them. Nobody really cares if you are with someone or not. Everyone is just looking for others to enjoy the cruise with.
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Good advice. This always works. At least that's what our kids tell us.
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Well, we just had 3 at my table on the cruise I went on. I went into the nightclub a couple of times. Some people enjoyed it but I thought it sucked on my ship(the Imagination). The dj played music that was mostly at least five years old. Check out the piano bar if you have one on board. There are people of all ages that go into these and you get to sing alone. We had the best pianist in the fleet(Laurie Anne Gardner) on the Imagination, but unfortunately she will be leaving to NCL. As for dining, take advantage of the dining room every meal you can, but also sample the food on the lido. The pizza is especially good. Do not hesitate to ask for extra food in the dining room or even a whole pie at the pizzeria. You can pretty much take any food on the lido back to your stateroom as well as drinks. Just go with the attitude to have fun and find what you want to do on board and you can't go wrong. You will find all the activities happening on the ship and what times which dining venues are open along with dress code on you copy of the Capers each day. You can tear out the schedule at a glance to carry with you. Also there are extra copies throughout the ship(usually near bars and dining areas). Casino will not open up until late the first day, around 6pm. You may want to try the supper club if your ship has one. Mine did not. There is always something fun to do but you will have a lifeboat drill around 3:30-4:30 roughly(it was 4:15 on the Imagination). Head up to the Lido immediately after you get anything you need dropped off in your stateroom. Only place for lunch the first day and it is hard to find a seat. There will also be a party on the Lido at some point. I noticed you will be stopping in Cozumel. I enjoyed that port of call and if you have a few minutes you can walk towards downtown along the side with the piers and you will come across a place called the Bandana Bar & Grill. I highly recommend the food there and their mojitos. As far as shore excursions, you can book independently, pre-book on Carnival's site(mostly overpriced if you ask me, considering you can get the same excursions for less if you look around yourself) or book on board the ship(easy enough the first day). Keep in mind that the ship will stay on Eastern time since you leave from Port Canaveral and that once you get to a port it is near impossible to get a last minute tour once ashore for most options. You have time to do some thorough research, and if you want some sites to look at for tours, pm me and I will give you the best ones I can find(easier if I know exactly what you are looking for so pm is the best option, though I will also post the sites here for those who want the info).
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