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Old July 6th, 2007, 06:15 PM
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What was the one thing you discovered on your first cruise that came as the biggest surprise to you?

The fact that you didn't have to pay in the restaurant, or even be accountable or limited in any way for what you ate on the ship (as in thinking you got a daily allotment of food, which you had to sing for, and that was all you got?).

Was there anything that just took you awhile to get adjusted to?
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For myself it was the first time I saw size of the ship. I had never seen a cruise ship before , just driving up to in a taxi for the first time seeing
it . I couldn't believe it. that was in 1986 , it was the Mardi Gras and that was 27,000 tons. Imagine if it was the Freedom of the sea today.
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Earl, I have been trying to remember what surprised me, and since you mentioned the size of the ship, I think the same is true for me.

I don't remember the tonnage, but recall that the Dolphin was 507 ft. long! And I thought it was HUGE! Even though I was in my 20's I felt like we had to walk FOREVER to get from one end to the other.
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Entering the atruim and looking up. The glass elevators and just the way it looked. I never expected so much inside a ship.
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I was pleasantly surprised at the size of our cabin. I had expected something very cramped. We had plenty of room. The whistle as we left port "surprised" me. I think I jumped a bit.
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I was told that you eat well on cruises. What surprised me was how well we ate. Wow!!!!
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I was surprised by our first lunch onboard, in the buffet area, that we just got up and left and didn't have to pay!

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I was surprised that I could actually drink Alot of Beer....
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I was actually surprised, more so shocked, that we were upgraded from an oceanview room to a penthouse suite with balcony. I had read many posts on this site before our cruise that upgrades are unusual when you book a specific cabin, as we did.
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I was actually surprised, more so shocked, that we were upgraded from an oceanview room to a penthouse suite with balcony. I had read many posts on this site before our cruise that upgrades are unusual when you book a specific cabin, as we did.
That only happened to us once on a 4 day cruise. It was great!!!
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I guess there were no surprises, only pure pleasure! Back in the days when you could "visit" cruise ships, Keith and I toured the public areas of the Royal Viking in San Pedro, CA. After that, cruising was the only way to go!

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I was surprised they would let a guy like me on the ship.
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I, too, was taken aback by the sheer size (Carnival Ecstasy) of the ship and how open it was. I had envisioned something llike a military ship,
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Before that bad day of 9-11, We toured the bridge,& galley.
I was very surprised how the ship was steered... only a small joy stick,not a big wheel like you see in the movies.
Also, the galley was so big, and lots of huge pots & pans.
It takes a lot to feed every one the amount of food they told us...WOW!
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Premier Starship Majestic in May of 1989. I was surprised how small the cabin was. It could not have been 90 SF. There were 4 of us, 2 couples, two lower berths and two uppers. You had to turn sideways to pass between the bunks. You had to step over the doorway. 3 nighter to the Abacos. It was the officail cruise line of Disney World back then and the characters were on board. The private island was really cool.
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I was surprised on our first cruise to be personally invited to visit with the captain on the bridge, where he let us actually take the helm (a big wooden wheel with spokey things sticking out that you grab) and have our pictures taken. Nobody had ever heard the term "joystick" then. And GPS meant "gasoline powered ship."

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I would have to say the size, and beauty of the ship, along with the cashless society. It felt weird not having to have my purse with me, yet nice too. Then there was the food........... I thought it was very good especially considering how many people were being served all the same time.

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Thank you all ...

My first job was on those Royal Viking ships from San Pedro. Back them we usedto throw streamers.

My biggest surprises:

The quality of the food, it wasn't just "free food, all you can eat" it was true gourmet, lobster, caviarm truffles, fois gras,"

The room stewards really cleaning the rooms - twice a day!

Free room service - I still marvel at it.

The way the ship looked so comfortable, not like a ship, buit more like an elegant hotel.

The staterooms looked like hotel rooms. I expected steel beems and cots with mattresses on spring supports. I did have a porthole though.

televisions in the rooms (I had no idea that was even possible - we were going to be at sea, what stations could we possibly pick up?)

a full movie theater.

how much time we spent in port, I thought we would be on the ship most of the time on every cruise. First we had 10 days at sea, and I thought that was normal, then we hit Tahiti and we had five port days in a row, that was heaven. I couldn't believe I was getting paid to be there!
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that someone actually pick up your cabin and prepared your food and you had the whole day to do nothing

wow..so that's what a vacation is suppose to be !!
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*** bump tp top ***

In case no one had a chance to answer, I want to use these in an article.

Please give me some more "first-time cruise surprises!"
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Ok people, stop it. You are getting me way too excited about my first cruise. I can hardly wait as it is, and you keep going on about how awesome everything is....ahhhhh...hurry up October. All this talk of great food all the time, ugh, i'm gonna gain 50 pounds and have to be rolled off the ship. Actually, I'm gonna have so much fun, I'll just hide somewhere and never get off !!! Can I get in trouble for that ???
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Entering the atruim and looking up. The glass elevators and just the way it looked. I never expected so much inside a ship.
Kind of the same for me. I've been on an aircraft carrier that was over a thousand feet long, but nothing on that ship could prepare me for walking into the atrium the first time... Glass elevators!!!

The word "Wow" seems to ring a bell.
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Baylee, something tells me your biggest surprise is how much attention you get from the officers on board. Fortunately, they are all (usually) gentlemen, and if not just ignore them.

But you are quite pretty, in your picture anyway ;-) I am sure you will have a great cruise.
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I was surprised that we didn't get sea sick.

We were also surprised how quickly we adjusted to great service!

Now when we don't get that level on shore, we really notice.
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Baylee...alright..another Louisiana person..what parish do you call home ?
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Yes, that "lack of service" when you get home is a killer.

When my wife first met me she had not been on any cruises, and I had been on bunches. She couldn't believe how much I picked apart the service in most restaurants we went to! She thought I was crazy, even though I explained to her how spoiled you get.

Now she is the one who picks apart the service all the time.

That is one thing about cruising, you don't really know what good service is until you experience it, and once you do, you never forget it. In that sense, it really does broaden your horizons.
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My biggest surprise was when we first seen the Grandeur back in 2004!! We were just amazed how huge she was, and then when we boarded....WOW....talk about gorgeous.

We have since been on the Voyager of the Seas and the Explorer, but the Grandeur still remains my favourite.

Also, another surprise on our first cruise, was when we got to the pier, there were reps from RCL handing out pieces of paper to everyone
Being our first cruise we had no clue what was happening, then we read what it said....because of Hurricane Jeanne our whole itinerary was changed, no Key West, Cozumel, Belize or Cococay. Instead we went to Bermuda for 2 days and then onto Labadee and Nassau and Freeport.

But let me assure you all, that we were NOT UPSET AT ALL!! We were going cruising for the first time and we didn't care where the ship took us. As long as I didn't have to cook or clean or answer phones for 10 days I WAS SOME HAPPY GIRL!!

Cruising is the VERY BEST and we are all so very happy to have found it and now I can also add that I am happy I found Cruisemates to share these kind of stories with!

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My biggest surprise was the BLUE BLUE WATER! Second surprise, muster drill ( I looked awful in that life jacket and it lasted FOREVER!), third surprise towel animals~!
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As a mom of 6, the best surprise was having someone else make my bed every morning...but even BETTER? Having them come and pull it down every night with a chocolate on the pillow to boot!
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In the days before towel animals they used to make the animals or flowers out of the ladies night gowns. I was always surprised at how they got the right gown on the right bed when there were 2 or 3 of us traveling together.
I am always amazed that so many people do not even know the name of their ship or anything about it. When asked what ship they are on they answer "Ohhh, the Carnival one"

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