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KPfirsttimer January 15th, 2007 07:16 PM

first timer worries
This is my first cruse ever,

I'm a little bit worried, Im leaving on Jan26 on the Monarch of the seas with the women in my family, Im a little bit worried I'll be board, I don't drink, I don't gamble, and Im kindof a to my self person, but from the reviews I have read, the ship is the opposite of that, I can't seam to find anything I'll enjoy, any suggestions, also does anyone recomend anything I need to be sure I pack? other than clothes obviously, its a 3 night cruise

BrianTom January 15th, 2007 10:38 PM

Dont worry. It will be great. There are plenty of places on the ship to get away from it all.

1. If you want sun and dont want alot of people around, walk to the highest decks away from the pool. There are usually plenty of chairs and very little people.

2. Breakfast and lunch in the dining room. If you dont like the arrangement of finding tables and the amount of people at a buffet, have your breakfast and lunch in the dining room. It is usually not crowded, the food is better and it is a very peaceful atmosphere.

3. The promonade deck is never very crowded and they usually have nice chairs to relax.

4. Get to the shows early to pick your seat and not fight the crowds. Lounges with no entertainment venues going on are usually open and empty and a good place to be away from it all.

5. I forget there is a casino on board because I dont gamble. I will eventually pass by it and say "oh, theres the casino". While a cruise ship is a floating resort, it is NOT a floating Las Vegas.

Bottom line a cruise ship is like a hotel experience but better because there is so much public space that is not used by the guests at all hours. You will find your favorite spaces and times to go to them very easily. Do not worry. You will enjoy it.

BrianTom January 15th, 2007 10:45 PM

I missed the "I am afraid I will be bored" part of your posting. I will give you $10.00 if you come back from a three day cruise and say it was boring. As I stated before, it is not a Floating Las Vegas so it is not a bunch a drunks and the cruise ship has so many activities that dont require drinking that I think you will have plenty to do. They usually have trivia, art auctions (fun to attend, I never buy, but love watching what horrible taste some people have and what they pay for it) bingo, pool games to watch, Ice carvings...etc.. you get the picture. While they may sound boring, the usually are not.

Have fun.

skymaster January 16th, 2007 09:05 AM

Tom is absolutely right, especially for a 3 dayer. You'll find lots of interesting things to do. They usually have cooking demo's, ice carving, kitchen tours, (you can see how they serve so many great meals so effortlessly), digital camera seminars, and almost anything else that might interest you. I've even taken music lessons aboard ship! The bottom line is that you can do as much, or as little as you wish. If you want to get away from the crowds, and read a book or just watch the sea, then the Prominade Deck is usually the answer.
Don't fret, you'll have a great time, and probably wish it was a 7 day cruise when it comes time to disembark.


zotzer January 16th, 2007 04:02 PM

I thought 3-day cruises were a little more party-animal intensive than the longer ones. I dunno, never did one, but that's what I've always heard.

Regardless...there is something for *everyone* on cruises...that's what makes them so awesome!


seadog2 January 16th, 2007 07:56 PM

This will be the perfect time to break out of that "to myself" groove. Mingle and have fun. I was also a "to myself" person until I hit the high seas. But if you decide to have alone time that's fine too! Just enjoy your cruise. Enjoy

Divemaster January 16th, 2007 09:46 PM

BTW, there will be a library aboard - books, games, puzzles, and sometimes DVD's... 8)


Originally Posted by seadog2
This will be the perfect time to break out of that "to myself" groove. Mingle and have fun. I was also a "to myself" person until I hit the high seas. But if you decide to have alone time that's fine too! Just enjoy your cruise. Enjoy

selctsys January 16th, 2007 09:59 PM

To paraphrase Bobby McFerrin - "Don't worry, you'll be happy!"

Nothing better than hanging out and reading a book in the sun to relax with a tropical smoothie. Also, a cruise ship can be a great place to exercise with great equipment and no real time constraints.

KPfirsttimer January 17th, 2007 02:02 AM

thanks, im looking foward to it thanks for the advice we are having a pre meeting with our group in a couple of days so I will get to meet eceryone from my town thats going(Its a very small town we have 1 four way street light and 1 travel agency... lol)

Mean Dean January 17th, 2007 03:54 AM

Good Lord, man!

You don’t drink, you don’t gamble, and you don’t socialize….

And there you will be……

On board an ocean liner. In the middle of the ocean.

And so you have several options. Including coming eyeball-to-eyeball with your fellow passengers.

And yet you have nothing to worry about. A cruise through paradise is nothing to get worked up about. You see, you have several options.

Not the least of which is to enjoy your time in paradise. Take an island excursion, take a lounger by the pool, take a nap in your cabin. Enjoy yourself – you’re in paradise after all!

Your cruise is what you make of it. It’s the be-all-and-end-all of vacations, or it isn’t. It is entirely up to you.

So, what is it that you enjoy?

Perhaps you enjoy a quiet day away from any distractions. Perhaps a day away from it all is to your liking. Perhaps a relaxing evening in the piano bar.

Whatever your liking, you will find it aboard a ship. And it is this that makes cruising special.

So enjoy your cruise, my friend. Do your thing, at your pace. I promise you that you won’t find a better vacation bargain at any price!


KPfirsttimer January 17th, 2007 06:14 PM

well im 20 and from a small town(very small) so, from reading your posts I think it will be relaxing. I like music(rock music) and ceramics, someone mentoned that they took a pottery class on their cruise? is this class offered on the monarch?

seadog2 January 17th, 2007 07:46 PM

I'm not sure if it is offered on the short cruises. It's is on the 7day and longer cruises. Everyday of your cruise your cabin stewerd will leave a copy of the Compass (the ships daily itinerary). It will tell all of the days activities. Take a few minutes a day and read it. I hope it is there for you. Enjoy. By the way, where is this small town?

KPfirsttimer January 17th, 2007 10:54 PM

about 30 minuets from edwards air force base california(where the shuttel lands in california)

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