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Cruise novice needs advice--what do do on board?

Cruise novice needs advice--what do do on board?

Jul 11th, 2006, 05:21 PM
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Cruise novice needs advice--what do do on board?

We are taking a five-day cruise to Bermuda out of Baltimore in August on Royal Carribbean's Grandeur of the Seas to celebrate our Dad's 80th birthday. It'll be four couples, including Mom and Dad who are both 80, but very active. What are the best things to do on the ship while we are cruising to Bermuda? As couples or if we split guys and gals, etc.?
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Jul 11th, 2006, 07:48 PM
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Every evening you'll get a newsletter detailing the next day's activities--pick what appeals to you, and invite anyone else who is interested to join you.
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Jul 12th, 2006, 02:45 AM
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Relax Relax Relax

Join up with others at dinner. If you are going on a tour ask who else would like to go. Other than that Relax and enjoy.
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Jul 12th, 2006, 04:10 AM
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We have taken 5 cruises and have never made plans with anyone before noon unless in port. When cruising at sea, we sleep late, order coffee to our room, sit on our balcony enjoying peace and quite and the beauty of the water. Sometimes we even watch a movie with the background of the moving sea. It is so relaxing. We then look at what is being offered on board that we would like to attend. (cooking classes being the #1 choice, not of mine but my husband) we will call to see if anyone wants to go, if not, we meet up at dinner. I think everone appreciates the "alone" time. Have fun and Happy Birthday to your father!
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Jul 12th, 2006, 05:26 AM
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Thanks so much for the good advice--we love the relaxation part! Happy summer!
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Jul 13th, 2006, 03:00 AM
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We have a rule when we travel with friends (or family). We all do our OWN thing. If it happens to be same thing our friends are also doing, thats great. Otherwise we see each other at dinner. Had a neighbor who went on cruise with large group from her church. She said she didn't have a good cruise because she was constantly asked "Well, where were you? Why weren't you on the tour with us?" She said they made her feel guilty!Spend time together on the ship, do your own thing/tour off the ship.
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Jul 15th, 2006, 06:55 PM
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When will you be going? We are leaving out of Baltimore to Bermuda on July 30th. We did this same cruise last year and decided to do so again this year. You all will love it.
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Jul 17th, 2006, 12:03 PM
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So good to hear! We're going August 13. We're so excited--none of us has ever been on a cruise, although we've traveled extensively. Have a wonderful time on your cruise and let us know how it goes!
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Jul 17th, 2006, 12:55 PM
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Lots of great advice already...especially the admonition to relax.

I'm amazed at how many people come home from a cruise totally worn out from trying to do everything in 7 days.

Let everyone pick what they want. We enjoy doing that, even though it means people are not all together. Then, get together for dinner at night and share stories about what you did.

Remember, relax...and enjoy

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Jul 30th, 2006, 08:57 AM
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We've cruised three times, twice with our in-laws. We always "did our own thing" during the day and then met up at dinner. It really worked well for everyone. We did two shore excursions together and one separately. We had a great time with my in-laws!Hope you have one too.
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Aug 5th, 2006, 10:49 AM
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Marysmommy - just back and had a wonderful time. The weather was wonderful. We did have bad wind and currents going both ways and pulled into King's Wharf 1 1/2 hours late but they did the best they could to get us off and on our way in Bermuda. We saw the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse which is the oldest all steel lighthouse. If you choose to see it, be aware they have the actual lighthouse closed for repairs but there is a tea room with a marvelous view to sit and have a spot of tea! If you are going to bring back rum cakes that are made right at King's Wharf, go early as they sell out quickly. If you want to eat in a true Bermudian restaurant, try the Frog and Onion in either King's Wharf or Hamilton. Horseshow Bay Beach is absolutely beautiful...if you go there don't stop and set up your towels at the first area you see...if you keep walking following the beach you will see some absolutely beautiful places to take pictures. Beware renting motorscooters! Have a wonderful, relaxing time with your family!
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