This is a good ship for your first cruise. Not too big and not too small. We cruised on her last Nov out of Port Canaveral for 5 days and had a great time. The rooms were the biggest we have had. I was dissapointed in the buffet room as it is very dark in there. Most buffets are very light and airy. The one thing I did like though is at the back of the buffet there is a small balcony for eating. We found this to be our favorite spot especially for an early morning breakfast. They have a very nice kareoke room. You will have a blast! Pack light!
Don't forget to try the "Chilled Sweented Mango Soup". They usually serve it as an appitizer. It was like the best milkshake I ever had, only with mango flavor, a little warmer in liquid form, and served in a soup bowl <--that's me licking my lips remembering that soup.
I didn't have the Pumpkin Soup on my Carnival cruises. I will have to look for it on my next one.
I really only saw a few men in the dinning room wearing a tux on formal night. Most of them, including myself, wore a nice suit and tie instead, on that night. But if it makes your girlfriend happy, go for it.
Let me give you a little advice and tips for first time cruisers:
- Avoid drinking the soft drinks and bottled water they leave in your room. They tend to be quite over-priced. At least look at the price list before you start drinking them.
- Bring lots of sun proctection items with you:
sunscreen lotion, sunglasses, hats, etc.
- Avoid using the phone in your room to call home. It too, is quite expensive (around 7 to 10 dollars per minute).
- Events on the cruiseship worth attending:
The evenings featured shows in the main auditorium after dinner
The midnight dessert/buffet gala. Make sure to bring your camera to this event.
The formal night in the dinning room
The Captains Gala (just before the formal night's dinner)where you get to shake hands with the captain and get complimentary drinks and Hors-D'ourves[no.. I don't know how the French word for finger snacks is spelled]. By the way, all Carnival Captains are from Italy, so I learned to say a few things in Italian like "Buona sera Signori Capitano
If art appeals to you, take a good look at the art work (paintings,sports memorablia, and sometimes scupltures) and attend the auction for them. I attended one auction, but the prices got way too high for my budget.
Check out the sales events they have in the stores. At the very least you can get free samples of liquor and rum cakes they sell.[/list]-All purchases made on board are made using your Sail-N-Sign card. If you buy anything (even a candy bar from the gift shop) they will ask you for your Sail-N-Sign card and it will be charged to your cruise account. When you recieve your documents(before your cruise), you will need to fill in the page that asks for what credit card (or other method) you will use to pay for the cruise account.On the first day of the cruise, when you check-in, they will take that page from your documents. They might even swipe that credit card using the old-fashion metal slide with multiple carbon copy receipt forms(so make sure to bring that particular credit card). You might be able to pay for your cruise account using cash, but I never did it, so I don't know how that works. Anyway, on the final morning, when the ship returns, and just before you have to leave to return home, they will slip a final copy of the total of your cruise account, under the door of your room. You will then have just a little while to look at it and dispute any charges at the main desk of the ship.
- Make sure to bring a multiple oulet electrical strip if you will be using allot of electrical items in your room.
- They do have a hair dryer in the room, but it is usually small, wimpy and tethered to the vanity desk. So if you use one, it might be good to bring your own.
- Bring spending cash to use: in the casino, while ashore on the island, and to tip crew members when appropriate. Although, they do have a way of using your Sail-N-Sign card to place bets while in the casino (if you win they credit your cruise account, if you loose they charge your account). Sounds a little scary to me: so I only used cash in the casino. And besides, I am not a big gambler at all.
- Make sure to read your "Carnival Capers" cruise newsletter. It has a listing of the events that will go on each day and the time they will happen. The cabin stewards will place on in your room each day when they clean. Also, you can get an extra copy at the main desk, too.
So, this is all I can think of at the moment. I need to stop and give someone else a chance to reply. Also, I had better stop before this post is as long as the novels "Gone With The Wind" or "War and Peace". So, I wish you well and hope you have a great time on your first cruise, David W.
Originally posted by David W:
Thanks for the advice I'll be sure to order lots of lobsters. Steak and lobster is one of my favorites.
I went shopping and got a nice sport coat and slacks, I'm planning to rent a tux on the ship for formal night (the Carnival website said they rent them) as that will make my girlfriend happy.
I've got my passport and a form I printed from the Carnival site so I'm ready to go there.
I've never been to Mexico as a "tourist" I'll miss fleeing from police out to extort bribes. Usually they don't bother to chase you.
TUXEDO, I always bring my own but you shoudl investigate more about the on board rental, You may need to preorder and or bring professional measurements. I think the detail is on the website. this is a quote fromn the web site
"Formal Wear Rentals cannot be ordered Online.
Professional tailor measurements are required.
Please call 1-800-522-7648 to place an order and keep your measurements handy.
Orders are accepted up to and no later than one week prior to sailing date.
Tuxedo prices vary according to port of embarkation. Vests are only available as an upgrade to a tuxedo rental. "
David, it sounds like you understand what ittakes to make a girl happy. Although Frase gave lots of great advice, I was amused to read his list of things he enjoyed on the ship, and how much they differ from mine. I say give it a try, most of the shows do not amuse me, I sit near an exit, and if doesn't work, find something else you enjoy. I am NOT saying that Frase is wrong, just that others have different opinions. Frase' hints on things to bring for the room are brilliant, I also bring some Fabreeze, some air fresheners, the wrinkle remover stuff, and portable music. The TV in the room has music, just not my taste. These are things I also bring to hotel rooms, although most have CD playes now. The room stewards I've had do a fine job, it's just the smell I like. Used to bring candles, but after a few fires aboard ships, safety took over. I love the new flameles smelly things, these things along with extension cords stay in my luggage.
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