Go Back   Cruise Critic Message Board Forums > Cruise Discussion Topics > Ask a Cruise Question
 
Register here!
Forgot Your Password?


Notices

Ask a Cruise Question Post your general cruise questions here.

Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old December 21st, 2013, 11:00 AM
byline byline is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: United States
Posts: 4
Default I'm a first-timer. What should i do when i get on board?

I'm sailing alone on Celebrity Reflection today. Never done it before. Any suggestions?

  #2  
Old December 21st, 2013, 11:10 AM
Donna’s Mom & Dad's Avatar
Donna’s Mom & Dad Donna’s Mom & Dad is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Vancouver Island, BC, Canada
Posts: 939
Thumbs up

Quote:
Originally Posted by byline View Post
I'm sailing alone on Celebrity Reflection today. Never done it before. Any suggestions?
Welcome to CC. Enjoy your cruise!!

Cato

Last edited by Donna’s Mom & Dad; December 21st, 2013 at 11:10 AM.

  #3  
Old December 21st, 2013, 11:31 AM
paul929207's Avatar
paul929207 paul929207 is offline
40,000+ Club
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Greenville, SC, USA
Posts: 44,035
Default

Welcome to Cruise Critic.

If your cabin is ready, go there and drop off the hand luggage. Some lines don't have them available until 1 or 2 pm.

After that, we go to the library and find some books to read.

Then we go to lunch.

Next, if we are not familiar with the ship, we will wander around and check out the public rooms.
__________________
Paul

  #4  
Old December 21st, 2013, 11:52 AM
Keith1010 Keith1010 is online now
50,000+ Club
 
Join Date: Jul 2000
Posts: 63,750
Default

Wishing you a wonderful cruise.

Keith

  #5  
Old December 21st, 2013, 11:56 AM
Fredr Fredr is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 2,874
Default

As usual the gentleman from Greenville South Carolina has provided excellent advice, especially the part about visiting the library.

And, as the Reflection is a big ship carry a map of the ship with you so that you can find your way back to your cabin. The crew will help you of course but a map is a good thing to keep with you.

And, stand up front as high as you can go on the Reflection and stand in the wind as the ship heads out to sea.

Last edited by Fredr; December 21st, 2013 at 11:57 AM. Reason: language

Ad Sponsored By
  #6  
Old December 21st, 2013, 12:04 PM
byline byline is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: United States
Posts: 4
Default I'm a first-timer

Thank you all. How do i find out about others who are sailing on this cruise? I've tried Roll Call and Meet and Mingle and there's nothing there for this cruise.

  #7  
Old December 21st, 2013, 12:10 PM
kingofnull kingofnull is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 47
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by byline View Post
I'm sailing alone on Celebrity Reflection today. Never done it before. Any suggestions?
First thing I do on any Solistice class ship is get a drink, slip off my sandals and walk around the lawn club

  #8  
Old December 21st, 2013, 12:21 PM
LHT28's Avatar
LHT28 LHT28 is offline
20,000+ Club
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 23,961
Default

Too bad you did not find CC earlier
There is a roll call maybe have a quick read & see where & when the group is meeting

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1888591

Enjoy

  #9  
Old December 21st, 2013, 12:41 PM
cb at sea cb at sea is offline
50,000+ Club
 
Join Date: May 2001
Location: Fredericksburg, va. USA
Posts: 62,915
Default

If your homeport is a warm weather one....wear your swimsuit under your clothes....so you can hit the pool! Few folks will be there until late afternoon.


Get a drink...call your buddies and gloat a bit, and get into the vacation mode!

There truly is no "must do" or "not do" on YOUR vacation!

  #10  
Old December 21st, 2013, 12:44 PM
thtalks's Avatar
thtalks thtalks is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Virginia
Posts: 601
Default

Leave your worries behind you and enjoy that cruise!


Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
__________________
3/2016 RCI Adventure S Caribbean
5/2014 RCI Grandeur Bahamas
5/2013 RCI Jewel S Caribbean
7/2011 RCI Serenade S Caribbean
5/2010 RCI Enchantment E Caribbean
1/2009 RCI Grandeur Bermuda
1/2009 RCI Independence E Caribbean
1/2007 RCI Explorer W Caribbean

  #11  
Old December 21st, 2013, 04:07 PM
Sherlock43031 Sherlock43031 is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 781
Default

really? cruising solo and your first stop is the library.. I can go to the library at home or carry it with me on a Kindle. if you have carry-on and your room isn't ready get a drink and a good seat. then dump your luggage and get another drink check out the pool, dining areas, whatever interest you.

  #12  
Old December 21st, 2013, 05:32 PM
taglovestocruise's Avatar
taglovestocruise taglovestocruise is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Southern California
Posts: 625
Default

Check you MDR table location, it is a lot easier to change now rather than tomorrow. happy cruising
__________________
2013 Ruby Princess Grand Mediterranean
2013 Mariner of the Seas Transatlantic
2012 Mariner of the Seas Transatlantic
2012 Carnival Splendor Mexican Riviera
2011 Sapphire Princess Mexican Riviera
2009 Radiance of the Seas Mexico
2009 Mariner of the Seas Canada
2009 Mariner of the Seas South America
2008 Brilliance of the Seas Mediterranean
2007 NCL Pride of America Hawaii
2007 Monarch Mexico
2005 Carnival Spirit Mexican Riviera
2004 Adventure of the Seas Caribbean
1980 Song of Norway Caribbean

  #13  
Old December 21st, 2013, 05:58 PM
pbfp2008 pbfp2008 is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 107
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Fredr View Post
My guess is that you haven't visied a library on a cruise ship. Secondly a terrific ice breaker for a solo, is to ask the person next to you if the book they are reading, is interesting, worthwhile and so on. And frankly one of the many joys of a cruise, is that you can read as much as you want. As for drinking, you can go down to your neighborhood tavern where your friends are anxiously awaiting your arrival so you can begin drinking. You do not need to go on a cruise to go on benders...drinking on cruise ships is very expensive but some people don't care about the expense.
I agree, visit the libary. My libary at home has free internet and after hearing how much it costs on ships, I'd check out th elibary for free internet. Keep us postedd.

  #14  
Old December 21st, 2013, 11:57 PM
OCruisers OCruisers is offline
Blue Ribbon Cruiser
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 15,595
Default

Drop off your carry on in your cabin, put valuables in the safe, and go to get something to eat and drink!

Have a great cruise!

LuLu
~~~~
__________________
Happy Sailing! OCruisers (LuLu & Roundman)
80+ Cruises .... Princess, Celebrity, RCCL, HAL, Carnival, NCL, Costa, etc.

  #15  
Old December 22nd, 2013, 10:49 AM
euro cruiser euro cruiser is offline
5,000+ Club
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 9,237
Default

This question comes up frequently and the responses never seem to change much - most folks opt to board as early as possible.

I, on the other hand, prefer to avoid the crowds and lines and wait to board until later in the afternoon. I know that I have all week (or 12 days, or whatever the length of the cruise) to eat basically the same food at lunch each day, and equally as much time to explore the ship. I don't need to cram it into the first few hours along with a couple of thousand other eager beavers.

Clearly I'm in the minority on this, which is just fine with me. I like strolling aboard without a wait, when the staff aren't frenzied trying to keep up. We typically go out to lunch at a restaurant near the port and board afterwards.

  #16  
Old December 22nd, 2013, 02:30 PM
taglovestocruise's Avatar
taglovestocruise taglovestocruise is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Southern California
Posts: 625
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by euro cruiser View Post
This question comes up frequently and the responses never seem to change much - most folks opt to board as early as possible.

I, on the other hand, prefer to avoid the crowds and lines and wait to board until later in the afternoon. I know that I have all week (or 12 days, or whatever the length of the cruise) to eat basically the same food at lunch each day, and equally as much time to explore the ship. I don't need to cram it into the first few hours along with a couple of thousand other eager beavers.

Clearly I'm in the minority on this, which is just fine with me. I like strolling aboard without a wait, when the staff aren't frenzied trying to keep up. We typically go out to lunch at a restaurant near the port and board afterwards.
Sounds like something I would write. happy cruising
__________________
2013 Ruby Princess Grand Mediterranean
2013 Mariner of the Seas Transatlantic
2012 Mariner of the Seas Transatlantic
2012 Carnival Splendor Mexican Riviera
2011 Sapphire Princess Mexican Riviera
2009 Radiance of the Seas Mexico
2009 Mariner of the Seas Canada
2009 Mariner of the Seas South America
2008 Brilliance of the Seas Mediterranean
2007 NCL Pride of America Hawaii
2007 Monarch Mexico
2005 Carnival Spirit Mexican Riviera
2004 Adventure of the Seas Caribbean
1980 Song of Norway Caribbean

Closed Thread

Bookmarks


Ad Sponsored By
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:39 AM.


© 1995 - 2014, The Independent Traveler, Inc. All rights reserved.
"A Community of People Who Love To Cruise"
All of the information contained within Cruise Critic is protected by copyright. You may, however, download a single copy only for your personal use.