Fodor's Travel Talk Forums

Fodor's Travel Talk Forums (
-   Cruises (
-   -   1st time Cruise tips? (

slicksun May 13th, 2014 12:49 PM

1st time Cruise tips?

Any tips for a newb crusing? I google first time cruises but wanted some specific tips for our particular ship and destination.

Some background:

-My girlfriend and I (both 31 y.o.)
-May 23rd depart coming back May 26 Majesty of the sea, Miami, coco/little stirrup cay, Nassau, Miami
-Room-Superior Oceanview Stateroom
-Dining-Seating 6:30 table size 7-10 people (not sure why? but i like eating at big tables not sure if it means its just us two in a big table or we get seated with others?)

Some of the things we enjoy when we are at Chicago- that i believe are relevant for cruise are:
-Water Parks

in no particular order

Although i'm sure many people enjoy them we are not fond of broadway musicals, shows etc. We also are not heavy drinkers. We get quite tipsy at 1 drink a piece (allergic)


abram May 13th, 2014 02:53 PM

Unless your assigned tablemates don't come to dinner, you will not be alone at a table designed for 7-10 people.

No need to attend the shows if that's not something you like.

Reme May 13th, 2014 05:08 PM

All your needs should be readily met, especially on a Caribbean cruise. Also you do not need to drink, and it is good if you do not as alcohol is very expensive on cruise ships. Try a show, to get an idea of what is offered and some idea of when. You may find something you like. But most shows are in my opinion pretty lame. A tip on excursions: you can shop in most ports by just getting off the ship and you can usually get a cab right at the dock to get you to a beach. You don't need to buy excursions as a rule on a cruise such as yours. It's a bit late now, but verandah state rooms are great.

Rhea58 May 14th, 2014 03:56 AM

You might want to read what other cruisers have stated re
this ship:

rjgdjg May 17th, 2014 08:41 AM

I have not been on your particular ship (only RCI's Freedom of the Seas and Allure), so I can't comment on the facilities, but there are always many things to do on a cruise ship beyond the big shows. For example:

Lounges--there are usually many small lounges with entertainment (e.g., guitar or piano), which you can enjoy over coffee--or nothing at all

Discos--there are always places to dance somewhere on the ship

Movies--RCI usually offers movies on some of the nights

Gambling--The casinos are open while at sea

Nassau has plenty to do--everything from shopping to Atlantis to excursions.

I would also recommend, where you can find many reviews on your ship and ports. Also, if you're interested, check out my blog, I've got a number of postings geared to new cruisers--everything from what to pack to food highlights. Have a great trip!

jacketwatch May 17th, 2014 01:38 PM

I dont think the OP needs advice on whether or not to drink. He is a grown man and can choose as he pleases.

The drinks are not that expensive as there are daily specials and no worries about price as he seems like he and his GF drink little anyways.

The shows are usually pretty good actually.

Just get off in port and there will be plenty of private tour operators offering there services and this will be way less that what the ship offers.

Cheers, Larry. :-)

Rose19 May 26th, 2014 01:15 AM

No worries.
I cruised Sydney Harbour two months ago. This was my cruise - . I went in casuals and with not much packing. Actually, you need not know every single detail about packing, cabins, food and all. Feel free and enjoy the trip. Take your sunglasses. Take advantage of teens club and children's club there. Buffet time - Score a table next to your windows. Pack an international adapter. Have fun but behave!

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 08:13 AM.