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Old February 16th, 2012, 11:38 PM
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Default Sailing on Celebration on 2/19

Wife and I are excited to go on our first cruise even if it is a small one.

Any tips to get the best experience possible?
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Old February 17th, 2012, 12:34 PM
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Just got off CB on 2/13, and it was my 44th cruise. We had a wonderful time!

* Get on the ship early (12 noon), this way you have the most time on board. We arrived at port at 11:40, and were on the line for the Lido buffet by 12:20.

* Print out and fill in your credit card form, this will save time at check in. Go here to do that:

http://www.celebrationcl.com/checkin/

* The Cove restaurant is worth every bit of $25 extra per person (+ tip and drinks). If you order from each of the 5 course selections, expect to spend 2-2.5 hour for dinner, but service and cuisine are well above average. It really is fine dining.

* I would suggest the Crystal restaurant for the second night.

* The Casino bar is a hidden gem for a drink, but it is a smoking bar.

* If you have any doubts about your sea legs or sea stomach get the "patch". At this time of year, and even with stabilizers, the ship can rock and roll a bit. Keep in mind that it can be windy on deck, and maybe cooler than you think this time of year.

* Don't know what cabin category you are in, but id you are in a cat 4 or lower, think about an upgrade to a cat 3 "suite" at check in. They are very spacious (that's what we had). However, for 2 nights a cat 4 should be just fine.

* Unless there is a shore excursion you really need to do, just take a $5 taxi into town to shop.

Other than that, it's a fine cruise. Enjoy!
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Old February 17th, 2012, 02:21 PM
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Just got off CB on 2/13, and it was my 44th cruise. We had a wonderful time!

* Get on the ship early (12 noon), this way you have the most time on board. We arrived at port at 11:40, and were on the line for the Lido buffet by 12:20.

* Print out and fill in your credit card form, this will save time at check in. Go here to do that:

http://www.celebrationcl.com/checkin/

* The Cove restaurant is worth every bit of $25 extra per person (+ tip and drinks). If you order from each of the 5 course selections, expect to spend 2-2.5 hour for dinner, but service and cuisine are well above average. It really is fine dining.

* I would suggest the Crystal restaurant for the second night.

* The Casino bar is a hidden gem for a drink, but it is a smoking bar.

* If you have any doubts about your sea legs or sea stomach get the "patch". At this time of year, and even with stabilizers, the ship can rock and roll a bit. Keep in mind that it can be windy on deck, and maybe cooler than you think this time of year.

* Don't know what cabin category you are in, but id you are in a cat 4 or lower, think about an upgrade to a cat 3 "suite" at check in. They are very spacious (that's what we had). However, for 2 nights a cat 4 should be just fine.

* Unless there is a shore excursion you really need to do, just take a $5 taxi into town to shop.

Other than that, it's a fine cruise. Enjoy!
I agree with all of that!

* be prepared to pay for parking when the valet guy takes your car (valet is the only option)

* I was in a Cat5 with my mother and my daughter. Although "cozy", it was sufficient for the two nights. That said, the second time we sailed, we could upgrade to a suite at checkin for $149 (total, NOT EACH), and we ended up in a Cat1 and it was fantastic! But I'd sail in a Cat9 if it was the only way for me to go

* I don't recall which restaurant it is, but you can get breakfast at a sit-down buffet, rather than the Pool deck buffet

* I totally agree with "if you don't NEED to do an excursion" take the $5 per person taxi to the marketplace. the announcements make it sound like if you don't have an excursion, you've got nothing to do, that's WRONG. Also - the taxi driver will try to get you to pay your return trip ahead of time. Now, yes, he will indeed come back at the pre-arranged time, but if you don't want to be on a schedule, you will be able to find a taxi back any time, for the same $5. (easier at the west end of the marketplace)

* If you're interested in fresh conch, it's a bit of a walk, but Billy Joe's Conch Shack is on the beach, and it's awesome. It's at the west end of the Marketplace, across teh street to the beach, to the right (while facing the ocean) of the police station. There is a walkway (narrow) that goes straight to the beach, and it's right at the end of that.

* Do be prepared for pushy sales, it's the Bahamas way.

* just heard that if you sign up at the Casino when it opens, for their Players Club card, that you will get free drinks while gambling

Have fun!
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Old February 17th, 2012, 10:58 PM
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Thanks for the tips!

Question, do we need to pack beach towels or will the cruise have some we can use?

We got a groupon for $300 which includes a category 4 room. I hope to spend less time in our room.



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Just got off CB on 2/13, and it was my 44th cruise. We had a wonderful time!

* Get on the ship early (12 noon), this way you have the most time on board. We arrived at port at 11:40, and were on the line for the Lido buffet by 12:20.

* Print out and fill in your credit card form, this will save time at check in. Go here to do that:

http://www.celebrationcl.com/checkin/

* The Cove restaurant is worth every bit of $25 extra per person (+ tip and drinks). If you order from each of the 5 course selections, expect to spend 2-2.5 hour for dinner, but service and cuisine are well above average. It really is fine dining.

* I would suggest the Crystal restaurant for the second night.

* The Casino bar is a hidden gem for a drink, but it is a smoking bar.

* If you have any doubts about your sea legs or sea stomach get the "patch". At this time of year, and even with stabilizers, the ship can rock and roll a bit. Keep in mind that it can be windy on deck, and maybe cooler than you think this time of year.

* Don't know what cabin category you are in, but id you are in a cat 4 or lower, think about an upgrade to a cat 3 "suite" at check in. They are very spacious (that's what we had). However, for 2 nights a cat 4 should be just fine.

* Unless there is a shore excursion you really need to do, just take a $5 taxi into town to shop.

Other than that, it's a fine cruise. Enjoy!
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Old February 17th, 2012, 11:01 PM
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Thanks for the tips Bibble

We have a friend who will be dropping us off, on the way back we will just need to find a ride to the airport.

Someone mention they have alcohol packages, is it worth it?

We are packing right now, so ready to go!!!



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I agree with all of that!

* be prepared to pay for parking when the valet guy takes your car (valet is the only option)

* I was in a Cat5 with my mother and my daughter. Although "cozy", it was sufficient for the two nights. That said, the second time we sailed, we could upgrade to a suite at checkin for $149 (total, NOT EACH), and we ended up in a Cat1 and it was fantastic! But I'd sail in a Cat9 if it was the only way for me to go

* I don't recall which restaurant it is, but you can get breakfast at a sit-down buffet, rather than the Pool deck buffet

* I totally agree with "if you don't NEED to do an excursion" take the $5 per person taxi to the marketplace. the announcements make it sound like if you don't have an excursion, you've got nothing to do, that's WRONG. Also - the taxi driver will try to get you to pay your return trip ahead of time. Now, yes, he will indeed come back at the pre-arranged time, but if you don't want to be on a schedule, you will be able to find a taxi back any time, for the same $5. (easier at the west end of the marketplace)

* If you're interested in fresh conch, it's a bit of a walk, but Billy Joe's Conch Shack is on the beach, and it's awesome. It's at the west end of the Marketplace, across teh street to the beach, to the right (while facing the ocean) of the police station. There is a walkway (narrow) that goes straight to the beach, and it's right at the end of that.

* Do be prepared for pushy sales, it's the Bahamas way.

* just heard that if you sign up at the Casino when it opens, for their Players Club card, that you will get free drinks while gambling

Have fun!
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