Originally posted by lustforlife:
We will be embarking on our 3rd cruise on January 28th, this time on the Costa Magica.
Last year, we were on the Costa Mediterranea, hopefully we will have a better experiencethis time around!
Fort Lauderdale 01/28
At Sea 01/29
Grand Cayman 01/31
Ocho Rios 02/01
Grand Turk 02/02
At Sea 02/03
Ft. Lauderdale 02/04
- Which days will be the formal nights?
- Where can I find good instructions on the web to learn how to tie a toga properly?
- Any good excursions to suggest?
We just finished a Christmas cruise aboard the Magica. It's a big, beautiful ship, but be careful - my brother and sister in law got the Norwalk virus and missed 4 of the 7 days just laying in their cabin. I didn't see a lot of sanitary precautions we have seen on other ships (12+time cruisers), so make sure to wash your hands a lot, use your cabin's bathroom instead of public restrooms and see the doctor if you get sick - he can give you a shot to stop the nausea and alleviate a lot of the suffering. But to answer your questions, we had 2 formal nights, one on the first day at sea and the second on the 6th day of the cruise. The 7th day is for the toga night, which is a lot of fun. Max, the cruise director will show you how to tie a toga during his televised debarkation talk, and you will also get directions with your toga.
As far as excursions go, we've done Western Caribb a bunch..Grand Cayman has outstanding snorkeling - stay away from Stingray City if the idea of being surrounded by hundreds of stingrays scares you - we don't do cruise excursions if we can help it - they are way overpriced and as you get off the ship there are plenty of opportunities to find freelancers that can get you to the same beaches and 1/2 the cost. Cozumel has a lot of shopping, if you like that sort of thing.Have fun!