Had these posted on our roll call but thought I would post them here:
1. Rear decks are quite nice(all the way down to deck 6?), especially at sunset
2. There is not a bad seat in theater, but from the upper deck center, you get one of the best theater seats at sea.
3. Beds can be hard, but ask your cabin steward for a topper (they will not always have them because they are supposed to be for Suites and CC cabins, but it does not hurt to ask.)
4. Get a vase and flowers from your local Walmart, they will last all week (at under $20, you can't go wrong.)
5. You can now prepay your tips at the Celebrity pre-cruise online registration.
6. You can get daily bus passes in Bermuda, and go just about anyplace, and get on and off as often as you like. I believe it covers the ferry fares also.
7. Shareholders having 100 shares of RCCL get a $100 cabin credit, if you ask for it.
A few more tidbits:
1. Sushi almost every night at 6PM? at the Windsurf Cafe (WS) Great for a pre-dinner snack if you have a late seating.
2. I am told their waffles at the WS are the best. Freshly made on the spot.
3. Can get drinks other than water tea or coffee, at the poolside WS. They some times have punch, orange, apple, guava.
4. Make special request to your waiter. Like most cruise lines they will accommodate, but they seem to go a little further.
5. Michelangelo's is mostly abandoned during the daytime. Nice quiet place to read in quit, right next to the library.
Some dinning suggestions (not specific to Zenith);
1. There is no better seating. We prefer second to give us more time walking around in port.
2. There are table sizes from the intimate, to the large extended family size. We like a table were you can meet new friends.
3. If you don't get the seating or table size you want, see the Matre d' immediately upon boarding to try and get it changed. If it is available, they will be happy to accommodate, but they are constrained by the availability.
4. If you are not happy with your table mates after your first meal together, immediately ask the Matre d' to change your table. Tell your old table-mates to excuse you as some friends have asked them to join them (you will be seeing them all week.)
5. The menu is extensive, and except for my son, nobody can eat everything on it. However, feel free to order anything you want, including multiples in category or item. If they can accommodate you they will.
6. Make your drink likes known the first night, and that you would like the same every night. The waiter will have it ready for you.
7. Bread plate to the left, water to the right.
8. Utensils are used from the outside in. Desert, butter knife and coffee spoon at the top of the plate.
9. Many waiters will insist placing the napkin for you. Don't hit the waiter, he is not making an advance.
10. There is usually a separate person, a sommelier, for drinks that you pay for (wine, soda, specialty coffees, etc.) Sometimes the sommelier will only handle the wine.
11. The bread on Zenith is the best. Sorry, but South Beach will be out the windows. Make up for it by using the stairs instead of elevators, if your knees can do it.
12. The aft staircase on Zenith, only goes to the dinning room. Midship and forward go to the rest of the deck (unless you want to walk through the dinning room.)
13. The recommended dress will be in your daily news. Try and stick to it as part of the experience. If you have a tux, bring it along (I have a few I bought on Ebay.)
How about a few tips on entertainment:
1. During the days, some of the pool activities can be a hoot. The good news is that you don't have to participate, but you will never see most of these people again if you want to.
2. BINGO is the sport of choice for many. Not my cup of tea.
3. As for tea... look for afternoon tea, my wife loves it, and I have to come up with a new excuse every day why I will not go.
4. Get to the show early enough to get a good seat (about 15 minutes will do.) Do not send 2 people down to hold a whole row an hour early. Bad Form.
5. Plan on being the object of a joke if entering or leaving while the comedian is on stage.
6. Karaoke is available every night... and it starts right around when I go to bed.
7. There is not a midnight buffet every night, but it is a big deal when they do have it on the pool deck. BIG PARTY!!!
8. If you want to you can learn the Macarena, and about 20 other dances. My two left feet got me an excuse to abstain.
1. Not all rooms have an alarm clock. Might want to bring a travel one.
2. The cabins on most ships are almost identical or very small differences in all categories, with the exception of suites. Main differences are window, and/or balcony. No balconies on Zenith, so the main difference is location and a window.
3. There are not a lot of outlets in the rooms. Might want to bring a small power strip with a long power cord (Under $10 in most dept stores.)
4. Most people forget you can store the suitcases under the bed once unpacked.
5. Most people know you can have the beds moved together to form a King bed, but on Zenith, you can only access the bed from one side. (that's the side my wife gets.)
6 Make sure to store the valuables in the room safe. All modern ships have them.
7. The TV on Zenith is interactive. You can daily check your account balance, and I believe you can order room service for breakfast.
8. As for the first timers I have one word for you: VACUME. You will know what I mean once you have spent under a day on board, and usually within minutes of boarding.
9. Inside cabins can be very dark. Might want to bring a night light, or leave the bathroom light on and close the door. That usually shed enough light to make your way around at night if necessary.
10. Make sure to let your steward know your likes early in the week. Treat them with respect. You will rarely see them but swear they are under your bed, as they are in and out of your cabin to clean as soon as you are out.
11. Tips are recommended, however, my room steward has always done such a good job, I have given them a little extra.
How 'bout boarding?
1. You can get there a little early, once the previous cruise has disembarked. ( We try to get there 1- 1:30 hours early.)
2. If you get there early, they will usually ask that you not go to your cabin until normal boarding time. Go to get some food, and sit out on the back deck, and soak up some priceless views.
3. Use the Celebrity.com website to enter all your information. Then print out your boarding ticket. They will get you through registration very quickly with it.
4. While a passport is not required for many destinations right now, they will be needed within the year. If you will be traveling, make the investment now.
5. Drop your luggage at the curb. Tip these guys at least a $1/ bag. They are not Celebrity employees. Well worth the investment to keep it safe.
6. Your luggage will not arrive until later in the day/evening. Bring some essentials with you, that you don't mind carrying for about 1-2 hrs (medicine, toiletries, bathing suit, etc.)
7. If you bring alcohol, be prepared to have it confiscated. (How do you think these guys party once the ship is gone?) Your contract says you can't bring it, and they are within their rights to take it away.
8. Port Liberty is a huge improvement traffic wise over a NY city boarding. But it is pretty isolated in NJ. Make plans for getting from the airport, or hotel to the ship. I don't know how much a cab will be.
9. If driving, you can park at the port. Just drop your things at the check in, and let the crew off to check in. Park go join them.
10. Keep a stack of $1's. You will need them for several tips. Luggage drop off, being shown to the cabin (optional), hotel tip, getting luggage in the cabin (optional),and about 2-3 other things you will be doing this day.
11. Life boat drill is usually the first day. For Zenith is is different than most I have gone to. Directions are on the back of the cabin door. They will send you to an inside station, were you will hear announcement. Then they send you to the boat to do a final announcement. (15 minutes that get very old after a few cruises, but are required by law.
12. Go on deck by or above the pool for a sail-away party. Great way to meet the activity staff, hear some great music, and watch NY harbour, Statue of Liberty and Verrazano on the way out.
13. Casinos will open once the boat is out to sea.
14. There will be Dinner in the Restaurant the first night.
15. I don't know of anybody that has gotten guest aboard, unless they have paid fares. Don't plan on guest getting any closer than dropping you off.