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Old 03-10-2007, 07:44 AM
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We are fairly new to cruising ( family of 6). We will be traveling on the Adventure of the Seas on 4/1/ out of San Juan.

We wld greatly appreciate any tips you may have that will help us enjoy the full cruise experience, i.e. whether related to dining, excursions, tipping, disembarking at ports of cal, etc.

Anything is apprecaited. Thanks
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Old 03-10-2007, 01:22 PM
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In regards to your car rental question. Go on line put in the port/city/country you'll be going to and find their Visitor Information Center email address or phone number. Tell them where and when you're coming in and they can help you with car rental information.
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Old 03-10-2007, 04:37 PM
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After the first day you will get it. You can ask anyone on staff and they are very happy to help you out. We just got back and we miss it already. RCCL was so great. This was our first cruise and we want to do it real soon. One thing make sure you leave enough time to get back to the ship. Take in all the shows they were great. We had an out break of the norovirus and some of our friends were quariteened to there cabins so be careful and wash hands all the time. The last day on the ship at breakfast all the staff was serving in the windjammer buffet. Enjoy and have a great trip. Email me if you need to ask something. This is very fresh in our minds.
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Old 03-10-2007, 06:56 PM
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Hi,
that was my first cruise and it got me hooked. Great itinerary and ship...we found the 2 sea days gave us time to explore the whole ship...we found the waterslide for the kiddies at the back of the ship on the last day.
the islands were great..2 of the best were st. thomas, We went on a ferry to st. john and snorkeled trunk bay, and Barbados the turtle and shipwreck tour. we even repeated the same tour in dec. will do it again next trip also...it was that good.
The ship was nice and we tried to visit each bar and see a couple of shows...personally i liked the quiet space of the library and the cushy chairs nearby to take a quiet break. I think there is an uncrowded hot tub in the spa that is free and underused.

With all the ports we never did get to ice skate, climb the rock wall, stay up late for the disco, or take advantage of a lot of the shipboard amenities. It was sortta nice because all of my planning and scheduling went into shore excursions we just relaxed and did what we wanted on the ship, which was big enough to not get bored..
Excellent start, you will most likely be as impressed as i was with the whole cruising experience... have fun and start saving for your next one!
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Old 03-10-2007, 07:51 PM
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From my perspective, there are two MUST DOs.

First, be on deck, or outside on your balcony as the ship begins to pull away from the dock on the first day. For me, it's almost nirvana.

Second, whether you are a late night party animal or early to bed geezer, be sure to get up just before sunrise the first or second morning, and watch the sunrise from the deck or your balcony, with a nice cup of coffee (or tea, or Ramos Fizz), and your family. The moment is forever etched in your mind as a highlight; if it isn't a special moment, then you don't need to get up early again...but do it once, early in the cruise, so you can keep doing it if you like it.
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Old 03-10-2007, 09:32 PM
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Excellent suggestions, goin'cruisin'; two of my favorite things also.
Another of my favorite cruise moments is a hot tub on deck, late afternoon while everybody's dressing for dinner, with my dear wife and a couple of glasses of Asti Spumanti (I know--too sweet for some, but I really like it). Watch the sunset; then shower and a leisurely late dinner.
Ah! That's livin'.
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Old 03-11-2007, 04:37 PM
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Or as Captain Piccard would say, Engage! Couldn't miss it, it is a rush to watch the pier fade into the distance as you break into open water
 
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