You are right about the ship time in relation to excursions. Just stay on ship time and you'll be fine!
Sorry, but i did not keep any of the spa papers. We did a tour of the spa on embarkation, heavy salesmanship but not a lot of pressure. I'll tell you what I remember as that should help.
There are lots of different spa and salon treatments. For dry styling for med. hair(think formal night) is $35. As far as spa treatments go there are facials using some type of little machine "rollers" on the face(can't remember the name) that is supposed to be "better" than traditional Euorpean Facial. I think about $110-120 lasts I think 60 maybe 90 minutes. Different massages warm stone massage-this looked really nice would consider doing this one myself- I think in the $120 range for hour. There are couples massage, seaweed wrap, scalp treatments, typical manicure, pedicure. I remember if you take the embarkation tour and book before departing there were specials about 25% off. There are always specials every day and specials while in port, nothing of any great savings usually 25-30% off, but better than full price.
Dining on first night and all nights is at your time you selected and at your table-no open seating in dining room. We had late as well, 8:15. Be sure to check your sign and sail card to confirm seating time. Ours was incorrect, just had to go to dining room after we borded and switched to late and were able to get table for just us 2, which we really enjoyed. Late sitting worked really well for us and didn't miss shows, ports, or felt rushed in any way.
Embarkation was kind of crazy. We had not heard of the early bording from our TA, which I was disappointed. Got there about noon. Lots and Lots of people! Bags got to porter quickly and went from there. Saw 2 lines and tried to find out what each was for. That's when I found out about the QM early bording!
! That line was much shorter. It seemed to me that there was a bit of confusion with cruisers and staff, as the lines were not marked. Got a few different answers from different workers. So, hubby and I went in differnt lines to see which was moving faster-at that time there were 3 lines! A little crazy, but just had to keep calm and patient. My line was moving pretty good and than my hubby came from his line and said his was very close to door, let's go. Turned out part of his line got moved to the QM line by another CCL Member ! Sounds crazy, I know
This was all in a 10-15 mintue time. So we got in, when through security, bording pass line, then to another line to get Sail and Sign card, then on to the SHIP!!! This whole process wasn't very bad, we were on the boat I think by a little before 1! We kept saying how did we just get throught that so fast!?!
Did a little browsing on the ship, and by the time we made it to our room, 6198 Empress deck near midship,our bags were waiting for us!! It seemed too good to be true! We were thrilled embarkation went smooth.
For lunch, it's served on the Lido deck,9.Buffets, pizza, deli sand. (turkey was great), desserts, lemonade, punch, water, tea etc. This is where you sit where you want. If you get on early you'll have time to eat where ever prior to leaving at 4. Remember as you leave you do the emergency drill so you can't stay where you want until that's over.It's all announced, long and hot and boring but necessary.
I believe that we had a mini bar in our room that was locked up. We have no need for that, so didn't bother. May be a mini-fridge in that area- about the right size. Had ice bucket that was always filled.
For Cabo, I don't recall seeing mopeds there. I had a BAD accident on our honeymoon in Hawaii on a moped. On day 2, had to get stiches, very, very bad road rash on top of feet, ankles, legs and arms. Pretty much took a bad slide on the road. So I now stay away from mopeds!!
still didn't notice many. We were able to walk from the pier to downtown: shops, Cabo Wabo as well as other dining in about 10-15 minutes. It gets hot so have water and cool clothing, good walking shoes.
We loved our cabin! I'm not sure if we had regular or extended balcony. We had 2 chairs and little table on ours. Seemed pretty good size to me. We liked proping the door open and listen to the ocean at night. Played cards out there. Very relaxing and romantic.
For our next crusie we are trying to think what we might do with our 3 girls. Ages now 11, 6, and 4. All 3 keep asking when can we go? Disney cruise is obvious choice, but still considering.
Hope this helps. Keep asking if you need to know more! My family doesn't want to hear as much as we do on this board!