Hey guys this is my first time to cruise with air included. I am to leave out of Fort Lauderdale.
1. Do they have shuttle service if so cost?
2. I am to travel alone. First time for everything but I need a break. If I should find someone else to go can I add them to my cabin?
3. Are they strict about alcohol, soft drinks, bottle water taken on. I have been on some where they make a deal out of it?
4. Is there a charge for the rock wall and other activities on.
5. Any other suggestions for someone traveling alone. I have read quite a few messages. You guys really give great advice. Thanks Daniel
If you purchased your airline tickets through the cruise line, they already include the transfers from the airport to the pier and back. When you arrive in Ft. Lauderdale, go down to the luggage claim area and claim your luggage, and you'll see someone standing there, holding up a sign that says Royal Caribbean. S/he will then show you where to wait for the shuttle.
If you find someone else to cruise with you, it's usually not a problem to add them to your cabin, with the addition of the unpaid taxes for that person. However, the problem may be getting airfare through the cruise line. Depending on how close to cruise time you add another person, Royal Caribbean may not be able to accommodate their air requirements, or it could be very expensive. If your roommate makes his/her own air arrangements, they can get on the shuttle for about $24 round trip if they fly into Ft. Lauderdale. It's more expensive, but do-able, if they fly into Miami. Also, the Ft. Lauderdale Airport is very close to the pier, so taking a taxi is a good possibility for them as well.
I've never brought alcohol or soft drinks with me, but stories on this board range from "no problem" to "don't do it." Someone else will answer that one for you.
No charge for the rock wall, or, I assume, the new bungie jumping, although I haven't been on Enchantment since the recent renovation. Extras will include drinks, tips, shore excursions, and things you purchase onboard. Plus, there is a small charge for Chops Grille restaurant. Food in the dining room, buffets, etc is included in the cruise price.
Advice for someone traveling alone is to get out and talk to everyone you can. They usually hold a "singles and/or traveling alone" function the first day, so you may want to do that. Often you'll be assigned to a table in the dining room with others traveling solo. The most important advice is to have a great time, try everything, talk to everyone you sit or stand next to, and pretty soon you'll have a whole bunch of new best friends -- at least for 4 or 5 days!
You're going to have a wonderful time. Like Sandy said, talk to people. I've cruised alone before and had a marvelous time. I went on excursions I enjoyed and met some really great people. I haven't taken hard liquor on board, just a few splits of wine in my carry-on and had no problems. If you drink a lot of soda, buy a card at the beginning of the cruise, it's a lot less expensive that way. Coffee, tea, water (not bottled), and juices are free. Bring plenty of sunscreen, bring your sunglasses, and bring lots of smiles. Best wishes!!
The cabins are sold as double occupancy so if you get someone to go with you, you could share the cost. Check it out with whom ever you booked your cruise with. You can carry on water and soda if you want to. Buying a soda card will give you unlimited soda, I think the cost of the card is $32. They will make you check in any booze you buy in a port and give it to you at the end of the cruise. I heard of some people packing their suitcase with a bottle or two before getting on the ship. Coffee, tea, lemonade, juice, and water is free of charge in the windjammer. You'll have to pay for bottled water. You can refill a water bottle in the windjammer if you want. You can walk up to a bar and ask for a glass of water and there is no charge. You will love the Enchantment. The ship is like new. When are you leaving?
Sandy and Sonny,
I'm not familiar with the way RCI sells but other cruise lines don't necessarily charge a single person in a cabin the full, double cost - they pay a single supplement charge which can range from about 25% to as much as 90% of the second pax in the same cabin. Just like a 3rd or 4th pax pay only a fraction of the cost of the first and second pax in the same cabin. So, adding that second person I believe would be a bit more costly than simply paying the tax.
Sonny and Chuck, you're both right. For a single passenger, Royal Caribbean charges twice the cruise rate but just once the tax rate. If a single wants to invite another person, the taxes for the second person will be the only outstanding charges to be paid.
Some cruise lines charge singles under a different formula. Sometimes it's a percentage of the fare added on for a single.
Still other cruise lines have a "single guarantee" rate, where a single is given a rate that's a little higher than the double occupancy rate, and is assigned to the least expensive category on the ship. However, when you get close to cruise time, it's possible that the single will be upgraded to a higher category without paying any extra money. My experience with single guarantee rates has been that the client has not been upgraded all that often.
Carnival used to, and still may, have a system where you can choose to group together singles into doubles, triples or even quads so they can pay a rate that's lower than the single rate. That was also for a minimum category. If you want to choose your category, you still had to pay the single supplement for your cabin.
Hey guys, I wanted to first say THANK YOU! What a great group. Thanks for taking time with all my questions. I am set for the 5 day to leave 9-25-06. I think I will stick to soft drinks and water to board. No reason to bring attention to myself, I'm sure I will have other opportunities for that. Once again thanks guys.
Just to add my two cents to the conversation, and hopefully clarify a couple of quick points that others touched on:
1. You will love Enchantment. She was my first cruise last August. I wasn't alone, but had no trouble meeting many people - so I am sure the experience will be the same even as a solo.
2. The soda card is ONLY available the day of departure - and I think only up until maybe dinner time. You will see a station set-up outside the Windjammer and signs at all of the bars on deck. Even if you bring soda / water on board - you may want to consider whether it will get you through the five days. If not, then make sure you get the card - especially if you drink a lot of soda. The actual cost last year was $6 per day per person. So, for my seven night cruise, I paid $42. You would be looking at $30. The flip side of that is, I think a single can of soda out of the fridge in your cabin is $1.50. So as I said, it depends on how much you plan to drink.
3. There is no cost for the bungee tramboline as my daughter did it. I am confident the same is true for the rock climbing wall.