Going on a cruise

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by fastplant, Aug 3, 2004.

  1. fastplant


    Sep 26, 2002
    Leaving this Sat. for Bermuda. I'm psyched. Any advice? This is my first cruise.
  2. Jazzin'

    Jazzin' ...Bluesin' and Funkin'

    enjoy the food!!! how many days is it?
    i went on a 7 day one last christmanbreak. on RoyalCarribean. The best part is ALL the food. :p gained 10 lbs.
    im also going on the celebrity cruise this christmasbreak for 10 days :hyper: :hyper:
  3. fastplant


    Sep 26, 2002
    It's 7 days, Celebrity, I'll let you know how it is.
  4. chrisb1024

    chrisb1024 Guest

    Mar 18, 2003
    Nashua, NH
    i took a seven day cruise to bermuda from boston harbour 2 years ago...i am not sure if i enjoyed the cruise part but bermuda is truly amazing i would go back every year if i could
  5. Boplicity

    Boplicity Supporting Member

    Celebrity is an excellent cruise line. Let's see, what advice would you like? OK, let's talk about formal nights. A 7-day cruise will most likely have two formal nights. Formal does mean formal...such as prom-night formal. Cocktale attire may pass, but most folks will actually be in formal attire. Even children and teens dress formally.

    Men can rent tuxes from the ship for these nights, but women better come prepared with gowns, jewelry, formal shoes and evening bags.

    The couples love to have their photographs taken in their formal attire and the lines are long for the professional photographer.

    My husband REFUSED to wear formal attire, saying he was on vacation and would not wear a tux. So I didn't bring formal clothes either and we planned to dine in the ship's "alternative" buffet area. But I was very embarrassed because everyone on the ship is in formal attire and you run into them in the halls, in the elevators, in the showrooms, theaters and casinos. So I felt like a hillbilly amonst royalty.

    Our next cruise in December, (Royal Caribbean) I will bring formal clothes even if Hubby doesn't and at least look presentable in the public areas of the ship.

    Oh, the second formal night, I'd say only about HALF of the guests dressed in formal attire and many of the rest joined us in the buffet area.

    Other advice: OK, I discovered that few people rise early on a crusie ship to watch the sunrise. You almost have the top deck to yourself. It is a wonderful, special time to watch sunrise at sea. As I quickly tired of always being around so many people, it was a wonderful, special time to be nearly alone on deck that early.

    Other very special times are when your ship enters and leaves port. Most port entries are very early--around 6:30 to 7:30 AM. Most exits are around 5:00PM. I love to be on the top deck at those times.

    Music: Cruise ships have a mix of bands and theater orchestras. Most bands are pretty good, but usually at least one band will suck big time. There just is no more polite way to put it. I hope you will have better luck. Often the most fun band is the one by the swimming pools. The best musicians technically are the ones who play in the ship's theater for live "Broadway" or Vegas-style shows.

    Be sure to budget plenty of money for tips. Lots of people you deal with on the ship will expect tips at the end of the cruise and those tips add up.

    Have a great time. I can't wait until my next cruise. The way I avoided weight gain from all the food available ALL THE TIME is by working out daily in the gym, walking, walking, walking and using the stairs instead of the elevators...mush faster anyway.
  6. cabooke


    Jan 26, 2002
    Orange County, CA
    I worked on a ship for two years. So, in my expierence, here's what I suggest. Have as much fun as possible. Don't get embaressed if you get involved in any of the games. This is your one chance to let it all out. Remember, you will never see these people again. Also just beware, if you like drinking, check your account everyday. Mixed drinks around the pool or in the lounges are on average about $7.00. I've seen people after 7 days with a $2000 bar bill.

    Have fun
  7. fastplant


    Sep 26, 2002
    Thanks for the advice guys. As for formal night, will a black suit and tie work? Or does it HAVE to be a tux? I have a nice suit I can bring.

  8. Cool. My mom has been dying to go on a cruise for several years now... send her a post card for me :D
  9. Boplicity

    Boplicity Supporting Member

    From what I have observed, a nice dark suit (navy, black would work, but definitely not a light colored suit. I say this because you are taking Celebrity Cruises, right? They are upscale, so I would expect stricter adherence to the "formal" attire than even on Royal Caribbean, their sister cruise line. Also wear a subdued tie, nothing flashy.

    If your wife can wear a gown I would advise it or at least a very dressy cocktale dress.

    My sister who is a very experienced cruiser (I am a newbee with only one seven day crusie so far) has told me how uncomfortable she has felt wearing very dressy (what I call Sunday-Go-to-Meeting) dresses when most of the women were in gowns. She jokes that many look as if they had Mother-of-the-Bride outfits they wore because they wanted to "get the use out of them."

    All this has to do with your comfort level on observing the behavioral norms of the ship---really a small society all of its own. I was VERY uncomfortable in my cotton floral capris and cotton T-shirt wandering about the ship when virtually everyone else was dressed to the hilt. But my husband didn't give a darn. He thinks folks are silly to get all dressed up in formal attire when they are on vacation. He didn't care what they thought about his shorts and sneakers.

    Frankly, I saw some folks in formal attire every night and many in cocktale attire at night. It is all a matter of your comfort level with the dress code. The main dining room is quite dressy except the first and last night.

    One big piece of advice. You won't get your bags in your room until even as late as seven or eight at night--unless you have a high priced suite or deluxe stateroom. So put a change of clothes and some toiletries and any medicines in a carry-on bag to take with you on the ship or you will stuck in the same outfit you wore all day for the first dinner.

    The first cruise is the hardest because there is so much to learn, but every day gets easier and by the time the end comes, it is really hard to say good-bye to that easy-going life. We signed up for our next cruise within two weeks of the end of our first.

    I hope you have good weather and a wonderful time. As was said above, watch that bar bill. And be careful in the casino. I was in one of the ship's t-shirt stores and someone tried to buy something. To my shock, they were informed that all their credit had been shut off and they couldn't buy anything the rest of the cruise! They must have drunk too much or gambled too hard or something.
  10. fastplant


    Sep 26, 2002
    Haha, that's funny. I've already decided not to really drink. I'm fine drinking the free iced teas they're providing all week. Yeah, I have a nice 4 button black suit I can wear. In fact this is me on the right:


    With a black tie would that be alright? The wife has plenty of nice dresses, I'm not concerned about her. In most cases she over dresses, so it sounds like she'll fit right in.

    I'm really excited about it. I hope this hurricane in NC clears up before Sat.

  11. Was this cruise with Norwegian cruise lines? I went to bermuda this past october on the norwegian majesty and i just got back a little over 2 weeks ago from a cruise on disney cruise lines with the family to the easter carribean leaving from port canavaral in florida. i love cruises. they are alot of fun and the food is fantastic.
  12. Edwcdc

    Edwcdc I call shotgun!

    Jul 21, 2003
    Columbia MD USA

    Speaking of Norwegian Cruise Lines, the last cruise I went on with them had this "freestyle" thing going on. You could pretty much dress any way you want and there were many dining options to suit various levels of attire. Also you just show up and get fed. None of that assigned seating dining.
    When I'm on vacation I hate getting all dressed up to go to dinner so this worked out fine for me.
    I not all that fancy and I'm not too hard to please. :D

    Have fun and be safe. :hyper:
  13. secretdonkey


    Oct 9, 2002
    Austin, TX
    w00t! Looks like I'll be cruising the Western Caribbean myself in a few weeks (Carnival). This will be my first cruise, too, so I will take the advice dispensed in this thread to heart.

  14. Yes, i did have that "freestyle" cruise with norwegian which to me was awesome becuase i could just do what i felt like instead of having to follow a pre-scheduled dinner plan where i did have to dress up like on the disney cruise.
  15. CamMcIntyre


    Jun 6, 2000
    I've been on 1 cruise so far. It was my freshman year of high school w/our show choir. We went on a 3 day cruise of the Bahamas on Majesty of The Seas c/o Royal Caribbean. Ok-keep in mind, i'm not of drinking age. When i went on the cruise with our show choir-i really enjoyed it. We got to experience the cruise itself along with performing in/on their broadway styled stage. That was a most awesome experience for me. The house bass player was from i think the Czech Republic-there was a Peavey amp w/i think a country man DI. I remember the sound guy came up to talk to us about what to do and i just asked/said "i plug into the DI, and treat the amp like a monitor right?" and he just said "yeah" so that worked out really well but it felt odd since i didn't have all the volume i'm used to, but yeah.

    As for the actual cruise experience-it was amazing. We got the cheap rooms. The one thing that i will definately say is if you are pale like i am, remember the sun screen every day or else you will be crunchy from being burnt. I think i went fairly cheap bought their "coke card" sticker thingy for the $10-12 to get unlimited sodas. I used that thing well until i learned about the virgin strawberry daiquiris. Magically my onboard account got less money inside. The sunrise/sunsets-awesome looking. Just looking out and seeing nothin but water-sorta odd feeling but surreal all at the same time. The music on board i enjoyed. I remember that by the pools it was usually this reggae/calypso band. In a rather deserted lounge there was a jazz group playing-i listened to them for a bit w/the t-bone player of the show choir band. I don't really remember hearing any of the other bands.

    I would like to go on another cruise w/less supervision though-we had to use the buddy system whenever we left our room vs. i'd like to just be able to roam for a bit, at least on board.

    Most important thing i can say is-relax, bring plenty of money, and enjoy.
  16. Jazzin'

    Jazzin' ...Bluesin' and Funkin'

    i was really embarassed when i went on my first(and only sofar) cruise during the formal nights, cuz i didnt bring and formal clothes at all, only shorts and tshirts. so i had to wear my dads buttonned shirt(which still isnt formal) and navy blue pants(the darkest i had). i felt really weird, even little 5 year olds were more formal then me :crying: :bag: :bawl:
  17. chrisb1024

    chrisb1024 Guest

    Mar 18, 2003
    Nashua, NH
    yes it was on the norwegian majesty
  18. Boplicity

    Boplicity Supporting Member

    You'll be fine. Many men will have tuxes, but you will "blend in" very well.

    I don't know which dinner seating you chose or were assigned. I prefer the early seating because I don't like to eat late, but be aware that most of the families with children eat then too. The later seating has fewer children. But kids and teens were very well behaved at dinner on Royal Caribbean.

    By the way, my husband and I drank ice tea and water the whole time. We had drinks only for when we left Port Canaveral.

    I know you will love Bermuda.
  19. Mike Money

    Mike Money Banned

    Mar 18, 2003
    Bakersfield California
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    Bring soda and stuff with you. Food is included... but drinks are EXPENSIVE.

    And have fun.
  20. fastplant


    Sep 26, 2002

    Hmmmm, not a bad idea.