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Old August 12th, 2013, 03:43 PM
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We're cruising for the first time in Sept. for our 25th anniversary, on Royal Carribean Explorer of the Seas to Canada. We've already prebooked all of our shore excursions, but I'm wondering how/where you meet up for each of the excursions once the ship docks in each port. I want to make sure we get to the correct one, on time.

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I'm terrified of rogue waves washing over the ship, among other things like the Italian disaster (scared of water). I'm joking I'm going to wear my life vest the entire time - please make me feel better

I also have a fear of bugs and sea gulls. Our stateroom is on the aft (?) of the ship, right above the dining room. I would love to order room service to eat on our balcony, but will we be bothered by bugs, or worse sea gulls grabbing our food?

I know these fears seem silly, but they're very real to me

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Old August 12th, 2013, 03:58 PM
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Hi, and welcome to CM. I'm glad that you've booked your cruise. I know that you are excited and a bit anxious. You really don't have much to worry about. Things can happen anywhere, at home or on vacation. I think everything will be fine.

As for the excursions, they will make sure that you go where you are supposed to go. Everything is set up that you know where to go. Please don't worry about it.

Try to relax if you can. Things will be fine. Enjoy your cruise.
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We're cruising for the first time in Sept. for our 25th anniversary, on Royal Carribean Explorer of the Seas to Canada. We've already prebooked all of our shore excursions, but I'm wondering how/where you meet up for each of the excursions once the ship docks in each port. I want to make sure we get to the correct one, on time.

On other paranoid notes:
I'm terrified of rogue waves washing over the ship, among other things like the Italian disaster (scared of water). I'm joking I'm going to wear my life vest the entire time - please make me feel better

I also have a fear of bugs and sea gulls. Our stateroom is on the aft (?) of the ship, right above the dining room. I would love to order room service to eat on our balcony, but will we be bothered by bugs, or worse sea gulls grabbing our food?

I know these fears seem silly, but they're very real to me

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Your fears are not silly but you will find that the chances are slim to none that you will encounter them.

Don't worry about not finding your ship's excursion when you leave the ship. There will be shore excursion personnel directing everyone and there will be people with large "lollipop" signs for your excursion. You may also meet in the theater or other venue and be escorted off the ship.

If you have booked your own, non-ship, excursion make sure you communicate with the tour provider on where and when they will pick you up. They will be familiar with the port and can give YOU directions.

The chances of a rogue wave hitting the ship you are on is about the same as winning the Powerball and getting hit by lightning on the same day. They are very uncommon and a cruise ship can handle a large wave.

Bugs will be no problem at sea. I have seen a few gulls land on the balcony but I have never had them try to steal my food. There may be some bugs while in port. I have not read or heard of anyone complaining about bugs on a Canada cruise.

Have a great time and enjoy the cruise and breakfast on the balcony.

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Once you board, either the first day or the next, your shore excursion tickets will be delivered to your cabin. On each ticket, it will tell you where to go and what time and like Mike mentioned, the tour providers will have signs as to what the excursion is and you wait by them....

I am sure you will have a wonderful stress-free cruise, no worries.. I have never seen the sea gulls on a cruise ship, also no problems with bugs and the wave thing is so not likely to happen....Just have fun and enjoy the sea and sun...
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Thank you all for your words of encouragement and helpful advice! I am feeling much better about it now! If never hitting Powerball means my cruise will be wave free, I'll be happy with that!
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Thank you all for your words of encouragement and helpful advice! I am feeling much better about it now! If never hitting Powerball means my cruise will be wave free, I'll be happy with that!
I said "Rogue Wave" free. You may get some regular waves. The ocean has a lot of them. I'll bet that you hardly notice them.

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Enjoy your cruise. I hope that you'll be hooked!
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Old September 23rd, 2013, 03:54 PM
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Thanks everyone. The cruise was beyond wonderful!! No seagulls, no bugs, and even though we went directly through Tropical Storm Gabrielle, no rogue waves. The balcony made the trip!
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Welcome back Asilach,
Great to hear you had a wonderful time....Now, do you have the next cruise booked already, or at least thinking about one?
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I am glad to hear you had a great time. Your question about seagulls and bugs surprised me, but I could understand asking. The only cruise I remember having any trouble with insects was when we went on a cruise down the Amazon in Peru. It was one of our favorite cruises, but there were a few times onboard that the mosquitoes got a little thick, especially around dusk. There were some great areas on deck with screens so we could enjoy the river and scenery, without those pesky bugs. Even in midst of the wildlife of the Amazon, we never had a bird or other animal attempt to steal our food on deck.

I had the same fears about making connections on our first cruise with Disney. We never experienced a problem. On the Amazon cruise, it was impossible to miss connections. When there are only 70 guests and the cruise company plans all the excursions, you just go with the flow.
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