Welcome to CruiseMates! As you prepare for your cruise, I'm sure you will have a lot of specific questions. Please don't hesitate to ask, regardless of how trivial it may seem.
Since you mentioned that this will be a "family cruise," be sure to check out Adventure Ocean on the first night. I have a 5 year old granddaughter, and she has been on 7 cruises! The staff are well trained, and the children love being there.
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I would have to agree about packing less clothes...take half of what you think you will need.....You never wear it all......as for money....well you can really watch your spending if you eat on the ship...think about it...you already paid for food in the cost of the cruise.....it's the souvineers that will cost ya!
I've been on 5 RCCL cruises and only 1 Princess....RCCL has been the winner!
Looking cruise again myself next year!
Any other specific questions?
Originally Posted by Queen of Diamonds
Take half the clothes and twice the money you thought you would need.
We were just on the Adventure end of Sept first of Oct. it was one of our favorite cruises. Not sure of which itinerary you are on, but if it goes to Barbados it may be worth it to book an excursion with the ship, the taxis there are horrible they won't leave until the vans are full and it took 45 min before they would leave when we were there. There also is not much shopping there. However some of our most favorite ports were on that cruise, St. Lucia, Antigua and St. Croix were absolutely gorgeous and we can't wait until we can do that cruise again (even though the Adventure will be moving.) Hope you have a great cruise and remember to post a review when you return.
Oasis September 3, 2011
Adventure November 20, 2011
Mariner January 8, 2012
Radiance April 2, 2011
Mariner January 9, 2011
Oasis 9 October 2010
Majesty 20 August, 2010
Mariner January 31, 2010
Adventure September 27, 2009
Explorer March 27, 2009
Monarch January 9, 2009
Liberty September 2008
Mariner June 2007
Monarch June 2006
Dont expect perfection....but don't expect to be miserable...
take an open mind.
try new foods...if you don't like something, SEND IT BACK!! Your wait staff is SUPPOSED to be sure you're happy!!
see the ice show and production shows..they're lots of fun
you don't HAVE to do everything....try to relax....walk around the ship...take lots of pix.
the professional photos are nice..and you don't have to buy them! So...i would suggest letting the photographers do their jobs..then you can see if you like any of them....and if so, buy a couple. if not, no worries....
i DO take travelers cheques...they are harder to find, but i've not had problems.
do NOT take those prepaid VISA cards or travelers cheque cards (looks like a Credit card) as they can't be used on the ship for your on board account and they're a PITA in port.....