Thanks to everyone for the nice comments. I'm very much enjoying reliving my vacation!
Day One, Part Three: You're On Vacation Now...
Restaurant reservations in hand (you are given receipt like slips listing your confirmed time) I headed off to my stateroom 12005, an inside cabin. I started unpacking my boat bag that had my toiletries, a change of clothes and electronics and while I was doing that my larger roller bag arrived!
Previously, I'd sailed in a balcony cabin and was a little nervous about going back to an inside, but decided to use those extra funds for spa treatments, shopping in Bermuda and was totally fine in the inside cabin.
The nice thing about this deck is it's on the same floor as the pool, spa and market cafe which was very convenient. My PCC helped me pick my cabin noting the good and maybe not so good. Cabin 12005 is on an all suite floor which meant the best cabin stewards are assigned to these floors (although I think all the staff on this ship are all terrific). And, it was a virtually brand new cabin, since this was the former location of the Spinnaker lounge.
Downsides were it is far forward and high up which is the worst combination if you are prone to sea sickness (it did get REALLY bumpy the second sea day and I could feel all of it in my cabin...) and you have to walk outdoors through the pool area to get to your wing if you take the center bank of elevators.
Note for Newbies:
Advice from my doctor/dad, if you are prone to motion sickness, begin whatever treatment you use BEFORE you get sick and BEFORE you head out to sea. It is very hard to "treat" motion sickness once it has happened so take precaution before hand. I am a fan of Bonine because it does not make you drowsy and I don't get what I call "medicine head."
Also, according to my pharmacist, it contains a higher level of the active ingredient that helps with sickness, more than some of the other products. As soon as I saw how forward the cabin was, I took one Bonine and did so every day through the trip. I believe this is what saved me from getting seriously sick on that very rough sea day.
Now here's the cabin and here's where I fail you as a reviewer. I got a very nice Nikon One camera for Christmas, but in my rush to get to NYC I chose to leave it at home opting for my iPhone camera instead. I was already feeling like I had over packed and didn't want any more electronics with me (took my MacBook in case I had to work and my iPad too). This means photos are not the greatest but here goes:
The bed, which I loved. As comfortable as my beloved Westin Heavenly Bed, with great linens and lots of pillows.
The ladies room
Closet, with a peek of the dressing table.
A couple of notes on this cabin, which I loved:
1. For those traveling solo, it is the perfect size
and I did not feel cramped at all. I brought my big rolling suitcase, my big handbag and my big Vineyard Vines boat bag and everything fit perfectly.
I hung up the dresses in the closet to the right and stowed the luggage and boat bag to the left, and put shirts, shorts/pants and underthings separating them into the three deep sliding drawers. I brought too many clothes (approx. two outfits for each day with some planned mix and match) but everything fit. My two shoe bags went into the cubby holes to the right of the closet and books and magazines went in the cubby above the TV (I don't have a photo of this.)
The shower has two small shelves for toiletries and three glass shelves near the sink for other items.
I am obsessively neat and hate to see things lying around with out a place, so I was so pleased with my clutter-free little home for the week!
2. For the ladies -- my hair often makes or breaks my mood for the day so I will not leave home without my Chi flat iron, but I did leave my hair dryer. This was taking a risk, since I've seen some hairdryers in hotels that are so tiny I would have better results with a cool breeze. This is not the case on NCL. They have Conair Ionic dryers with the cool shot. It's medium size, but worked perfectly.
3. The shower has shampoo and body wash dispensers but no conditioner and no body lotion. This didn't matter to me since the women at Sephora know me by name and I brought my own travel size stuff.
4. My cabin steward Aramando was amazing. He was sweet, friendly and took care of me. On that rough sea day when a lot of people had turned their door sign to Do Not Disturb all day, he snuck me some chocolate covered strawberries from the suite across the hall. The residents in the suite were sick and didn't want them.
5. I LOVED how dark the cabin got at night. Completely dark, cool from the air conditioning and quiet meant I actually slept through the night for 8 hours for seven days straight (I live in the city, so constant light and noise). This is an AMAZING feat for me and this opportunity alone made the trip completely worth it. I literally felt like a new person with all of that sleeping.
I'm not the type of person who brings extra things for a cruise like bungee cords or tape and the like, but I would suggest a night light for anyone who does not like complete darkness.
Not sure what else to say about the cabin, but do let me know if you have any questions! I'm off to mass, but will post later and try to speed this up a bit. Thanks for your patience! Next up, walking the ship, first meal, first cocktail and the opening night show!