Originally posted by Frase:
I only have one tradition so far. Whenever I am about to board the ship for the first time, I always snap a photo as I am about to cross the gangway for the first time.
I did this on my very first cruise. I think it was because I was taking photos inside the cruise ship terminal, and the security told me to stop. So I had to put away my camera, until I was past security.
So here is one of my photos I took when I was about to board the cruise ship for the first time:
I love that pic! What a feeling when you first board!
I've only cruised with my wife and our first of 10 cruses already was on our honeymoon on the Ecstasy. Our traditions include taking a picture of the bow of the ship showing the name of the ship. Boarding as early as possible. Buying a Fun Ship Special cocktail, then drinking it on Lido deck the at the front of the ship as the ship pulls out of port. Finally, restocking on Cruzan flavored rums for about $7 per liter.
1999-RCCL Viking Serenade-Baja Mexico
2001-Carnival Ecstasy-Baja Mexico
2002-Carnival Ecstasy-Baja Mexico
2003-RCCL Soverieign of the Seas-Bahamas
2004-RCCL Legend of the Seas-Mexican Riviera
2005-Carnival Paradise-Baja Mexico
2007-Carnival Elation-Baja Mexico
2009-Carnival Spirit-Mexican Riviera South
2010-Carnival Paradise-Baja Mexico
2012-Carnival Splendor-Mexican Riviera
2013-Carnival Miracle-Alaskan Inside Passage
Just before dinner we go down and my hubby has a bud light, and I get a rum punch (1/2 the rum I don't care for alcohol) but this one is good! Then after dinner about 11:00-11:30 we go to deck 9 to the back pool and have ice cream and a hot cup of tea and just relax!
It is very exciting and all the anticipation. Most of us work our butts off all year long so we can cross over for a short while.
One other tradition I still keep even though they have auto tipping now is giving an extra gratuity to the crew the last evening of the cruise. Those that went above and beyond my expectations, or did something extra for me. I go to the Info Desk and get tip envelopes to give them something extra and thank them.
Me, too, Dwayne. I really enjoy seeing their faces light up. I totally understand the reasons behind the auto-gratuity, but I really think the crew miss the last night envelopes, hugs, handshakes, and picture taking.
Originally posted by Dave:
1. Board the ship.
2. Go to Lido Buffet.
3. Get corned beef on rye at the deli, with kosher pickle and cole slaw on the side.
4. Get beer from nearest bar or waiter.
5. Get two slices of pizza and another beer.
6. Go to cabin and settle in.