Go Back   Cruise Reviews Forums > Cruise Lines > Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
Register Forgot Password?
New! Use your Facebook, Google, AIM & Yahoo accounts to securely log into this site, click logo to login  
Search

Closed Thread
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 07-19-2005, 06:25 PM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 2
Default
First time cruise, whole family 10yrs-48yrs. Leaving from Galveston...anyone know about the parking there? How much? Where?

We're thinking of the Stingray City excursion..is it appropriate for a 10 year old? Anyone know what the weather is like in Key West, Grand Cayman and Cozumel that time of year?

Has anyone rented a tuxedo onboard? How did that work out? How much?

Is there anything we need to do to make sure the 10 year old doesn't charge stuff on the Seapass card without our permission(of course we'll TEEEELLLLLL him not to!!)

My fantasy is to be at the top of the ship outside at night and lay down and look at the sky...is that a possibility? Is there a place available like that on the ship?

I have read lists and lists and lists of must-haves to bring onboard but I'm afraid if I did all that's recommended, there wouldn't be room for clothing...Anyone have any ideas for just the top 10 must-haves?

On the kid's activities, do they just stay there all day or do they meet up with the parents at mealtime....? What about evenings if the grown ups want to do something?

Anyone have any experience with disposable underwater cameras? Such as the quality of pictures and cost?

Thank you in advance for your responses! Anyone else taking this cruise, you may email at sixteenagain@hotmail.com
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 07-20-2005, 05:25 AM
Cruise Specialist's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: SC
Posts: 796
Default
Hi Jazzycat and welcome to Cruise-chat. I have not been on the Rhapsody, but I hear she is a great ship. I can try to answer a few of your questions though.

Quote:
Has anyone rented a tuxedo onboard? How did that work out? How much?
We have never rented a Tux on board, I believe they are around $100.00 or more. If you are planning on getting a Tux, try checking with your local Formal stores, sometimes you can purchase a previously used one for less than you can rent one. We purchased the jacket and pants for my husband at a local shop, cost around $85.00, now when we plan a cruise, we just rent the shirt, tie, cumberbunt, etc...they usually charge around $30.00 for the week. This way I can match him to what I am wearing.

Quote:
Is there anything we need to do to make sure the 10 year old doesn't charge stuff on the Seapass card without our permission(of course we'll TEEEELLLLLL him not to!!)
When you go through the embarkation process, just let them know that you do not want him to have charging privileges. We have always done this for our daughter and she has been cruising since she was 9 she is 14, still dont let her charge on the ship. We also purchase the soft drink package for her, so she shouldnt have to charge anything else.

Quote:
My fantasy is to be at the top of the ship outside at night and lay down and look at the sky...is that a possibility? Is there a place available like that on the ship?
You should be able to go out around the pool area and find a place to relax at night and look at the sky.

Quote:
I have read lists and lists and lists of must-haves to bring onboard but I'm afraid if I did all that's recommended, there wouldn't be room for clothing...Anyone have any ideas for just the top 10 must-haves?
I definetly would recommend getting one of the over the door shoe holder for your bathroom items. They keep the bathrooms clutter free and take very little space in your suitcase.

Definetly take sunscreen, some type of beach bag for taking your items to the pool or to the beach. Dont forget a sunvisor or hat and sunglasses. You do not need to pack beach towels, they will be supplied on the ship.

Don't forget to take any medications with you in your carry on bag. Dont forget the headache pills, sinus pills, or any other over the counter drugs you might need, you can purchase these on the ship, but they are rather expensive. Last cruise I got a bad case of heart burn, I had forgot to pack antacids, (I usually take a roll of tums or rolaids), I went to the gift shop and bought one small roll of tums $2.95 - I think it had 8 in it.

If this is your first cruise, and you plan of buying lots of souvineers, then pack an empty fold up type suitcase to bring the extra items home.

I always take an emergency type kit I fixed up, with needle, thread, safety pins, maybe even scotch tape, never know when you gonna need it, in fact I believe I went to the $$ store and purchased a small sewing kit for $1.00.

Doesnt hurt to take a small extension cord, most cabins do not have but one outlet..so you never know. Especially if you are trying to curl your hair and want to charge batteries for digital cameras or video cameras.

Dont forget the extra batteries. Very expensive on the ship. Also carry enough film..again..expensive.

If you are taking any type of jewelery then pack it in your carry on bag. Dont pack anything in your suitcase that is expensive..you never know who might go through it.

Quote:
On the kid's activities, do they just stay there all day or do they meet up with the parents at mealtime....? What about evenings if the grown ups want to do something?
The childrens activities are scheduled throughout the day. When you register your child you should receive an activity list. You usually can just take your child (or send them depending on their age) when they want to go. They also have some activities scheduled into the evenings. Royal Caribbean's program hours run from around 9:00 am - 12 noon, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm and again 7:00 pm - 10. On certain nights they will have dinner scheduled from 6-7 pm. There is available programs from 10:00 pm until 1:00 am which they charge $5.00/hour.

Hope this helps some, if you have any more questions, just fire away.
__________________
Carol
Cruise Specialist



Free Cruise Clocks

Free Cruise Clocks

Free Cruise Clocks



Request me as a friend at www.myspace.com/cleopard

  #3 (permalink)  
Old 07-20-2005, 06:19 AM
NancyN's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Wickliffe, OH
Posts: 2,555
Default
Hi JazzyCat,
Carol did a wonderful job of answering many of your questions, but let's see if I can help by responding to some of the others:

Re: Parking at Galveston -
Plan to unload luggage before parking as the area adjacent to cruise terminal is for loading/unloading only. After your luggage is unloaded a pass will be given to the driver to allow access to the long-term parking lot. Transportation from the parking lot to terminal is provided by free shuttle busses, but they do not have provisions for handling luggage.

Parking is to be paid for in advance - Cash, Visa and Mastercard are accepted. The following rates apply : 4-Day Cruise: Uncovered - $45, Covered - $55 / 5-Day Cruise: Uncovered - $50, Covered - $60 / 7-Day Cruise : Uncovered - $70, Covered - $8 / 10-Day Cruise: Uncovered - $80, Covered - $95.

For more information on parking - directions, etc. Follow this link from our sister site and then click on Port Of Galveston: http://www.cruise-links.com/PortParking.htm

Re: Stingray City and Weather -
Your 10 year old will love Stingray City - totally appropriate for that age and one of those memorable experiences not to be missed.

As for weather, Cozumel and Grand Caymen will be hot and most likely sunny; in Key West you will have typical Florida weather, it could be absolutely beautiful, but if a cold front has moved in could get a bit chilly.

Nancy
__________________

Free Cruise Tickers
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 07-20-2005, 11:53 AM
susanmaz's Avatar  
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Southern Arizona
Posts: 741
Default
If you have any eyeglass wearers, don't forget the eyeglass repair kit! I was very popular because I remembered to bring one!
__________________
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 07-21-2005, 06:37 PM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 2
Default
Thank you all so much for your responses! You answered most everything and we truly appreciate it. I will certainly be back with a review in November! Thanks again! JazzyCat
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 07-21-2005, 09:19 PM
Marian's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 170
Default
Some of the hotels in Galveston offer free parking if you stay with them the night before or the night after your cruise. They will transport you to the dock free of charge.
__________________



  #7 (permalink)  
Old 08-04-2005, 12:22 PM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 7
Default
Anyone have any experience with disposable underwater cameras? Such as the quality of pictures and cost?

Buy your underwater camera before you leave home because they will be much cheaper. The quality is pretty good so long as there is good sunlight other wise they tend to become a little dark when used underwater. But they are a must have at Stingray City.

Enjoy your first cruise, I know you will.
 
Closed Thread

Tags
10, activities, cruise, cumberbunt, pack, rhapsody, sea, tuxido, year

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
First cruise in October..lotsa questions jorez Carnival Cruise Line 3 01-03-2010 05:40 PM
Rhapsody of the sea tuff Caribbean Port Chat 0 12-30-2007 04:41 PM
Rhapsody of the Sea tesi Royal Caribbean Cruise Line 4 05-29-2007 08:39 PM
Rhapsody of the Sea 9-23-2007 Irene Janes Royal Caribbean Cruise Line 13 10-02-2006 09:31 PM
Rhapsody of the Seas questions, please. txtraveler Royal Caribbean Cruise Line 3 03-08-2003 06:32 AM


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On
 

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 11:56 AM.

Contact Us - Terms of Use - Cruise Reviews Home - Archive - Privacy Statement - Top

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SEO by vBSEO 3.5.2