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VERY first thing - punch a hole in our S&S cards & put them on the lanyards I'll have in my bag!
It's been a few years since I've been on a cruise, and this is the first w/my husband, so I'm just excited about seeing what he thinks when he gets on the ship! I just remember my first cruise on the Ecstacy and I thought THAT was a big ship! My second was on the Conquest - much bigger and this one on the Magic which is even bigger! Its gonna be fun to explore and see it all new through my husband's eyes! I've been wanting him to cruise with me for a long time! We'll be celebrating our 35th anniversary on this cruise. Can. Not. Wait!
When I cruised w/our daughter, we usually spent the first day exploring, playing putt-putt, EATING, and getting the free spa massages!
First thing I do is verify our dining time, and make sure all in our group have the same time and table (or tables next to each other if we need more than one table). If not correct, we go to the dining room to get it corrected.
Next thing is to see if the cabin is ready. If so, we drop off our carry-ons.
Next is to wash our hands thoroughly.
Then we go to lunch. On RCI honey-stung chicken is a tradition the first day. (And it was really good on our 2 Mariner OTS cruises.) Once instead we went to Cafe Promenade for lunch.
The if our grandkids are with us, we all go to Adventure Ocean (the kids area) and sign them in. That way we can have sign-in/sign-out rights for the grandkids (as well as the parents and any other adults or older children the parents want).
Then we go to the cabin if it was not ready before lunch and drop off our carry-ons.
Then we make the beauty shop appointment for my wife, usually the afternoon of the 2nd formal night.
Then on RCI we usually go to the Viking Crown (the semi-circle glass area above and behind the main pool) and wait for the muster drill. While there I check out the show schedule and live music for the first night. Often there is only one show the first night, squeezed in between the two fixed dining times. RCI sometimes has a late night parade too. So I make my evening/night plans.
After the muster drill, we go to the cabin to see if our luggage has been dropped off. It usually has, and we start unpacking.
My vacation officially starts once I have unpacked all of our luggage.
And of course we start making our contribution to the ship's casino once it is open.
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Carnival Jubilee Oct 2002
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Carnival Elation Nov 2005
Splendour of the Seas Jan 2006
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Carnival Ecstasy Dec 2006 (New Year's Eve)
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Carnival Conquest - May 2011
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Navigator of the Seas - Dec 2013 & May 2014
Last edited by Jimnbigd; August 31st, 2012 at 01:20 PM.
i generally consider myself on vacation the moment i punch out from work that last day. i've always been a little obsessive about the whole unpacking thing and getting things put away before the fun begins.
the past couple of trips i've gone with the "i'll do it later" philosophy and that seems to be working for me!
i have to agree with the donation at the casino asap! sorry to say the first of many.
Look for luggage, and check the muster drill time.
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Go to the cabin, then tour the ship and go "WOW" alot and ususally get a little lost and are just fine with that! But I am thinking might have to try that mimosa first idea!!!
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Last edited by West Coast Gal; September 1st, 2012 at 04:08 PM.
First, a quick coctail on the Lido deck
Second, make a trip to the MDR to request a table for 2 and verify time
Third, head to the gym and sign up for yoga class, they fill up very quickly
and finally....begin to enjoy the beautiful surroundings
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Oh wow. I'm so excited to be thinking about this. First thing we do once we get on the ship is head to our cabin, drop off our carry-ons, and head out to "explore" the ship and grab some lunch. Can't wait to be doing this is just a few short weeks!!
This time, since it is a much longer cruise than we have ever taken, I may make a point of reserving some spa days and secure some internet time. Want to take advantage of those embarkation sales prices.
"The sea made music at her feet." -Louisa May Alcott
The very first thing the DW and I do is head to the cabin to drop off the carry on then straight to the Lido deck for lunch and a Margirita.
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Star Princess 7 Day Inside Passage RT Seattle 2009
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I can unpack as much as I can...gotta hang up those dresses....
Explore, check again on the rest of luggage, find that PERFECT bar that you call your own for the rest of the cruise, check again for the luggage,
and then when the luggage has finally arrived, complete the unpacking, get another drink and do the sail away from our balcony.
Then nap and a relaxing unwind time for our first dinner.
As I never take more than two small suitcases, when I cruise, I carry them on board myself, and if my room is ready, I drop them off in my room and go up to the buffet for lunch.
They normally have peel 'n' eat shrimp for that first lunch on board, and as shrimp is one of my favorite dishes, and peel 'n' eat shrimp is one of my favorite ways to eat it. I try never to miss lunch on that first day.
If my room is not ready, I try to find a place to read till my room is ready, then I drop my suitcases off in the room, and go up to the buffet for lunch.