I have made plans and paid our deposit to sail on Eastern Caribbean cruise on Freedom of the Seas on Oct 20th 2013. I know it’s a full year away. I am planning on taking my girlfriend and another couple on this wonderful cruse. This will be my 2nd cruise but for all my guests will be their first. They are really looking forward to it. However, my birthday is on the 26th of Oct and my girlfriend is on the Nov 1st. But I really would like to give my girlfriend a surprise birthday party on the cruise. I am really looking for ideas that will give us the “WOW” factor in our cruise.
My first thoughts would be first class tickets, limo from the airport, and tell her you got inside but upgrade to balcony/suite. It's also possible to prebook things like a birthday cake, champagne, flowers, etc for your room. That way you walk in the room and you start the party.
Just going on the cruise IS THE WOW FACTOR. The cruise, as you know, is non stop fun and excitement.
I agree with Donna that going to one of the specialty restaurants is a good idea for minimal money and a private dining adventure without much effort.
Save the money, don't bother with a balcony or fancy cabin. In fact, avoid hanging out in the cabins and be up and out and meet people. Participate in many of the events. READ the Compass (left in the stateroom each evening) throughout the entire day and highlight what interests you the most. You should typically find something specific to attend in the morning, afternoon and evening besides just food and the entertainment. For example, go to "The Love and Marriage Game" go to the Quest and PARTICIPATE (unless you find it offensive or objectionable. Go to the "cake decorating" or the napkin folding or the dance classes or Zumba, etc. Go to the Karyoke or any other events that you've typically never done before.
Enjoy the ports of call but DON"T MISS getting back on the ship by drinking too much or wondering around and losing track of time. The ship wait's for NOBODY except their own excursions.