Posted June 5th, 2011, 10:32 PM
Here's some tips I will give:
Reserve as many tours and shows ahead of your cruise as you possibly can. Once onboard, it may be hard to reserve the show times you want. Then you will have to stand in the stand by line. It is really hard to get into early Comedy Club show times.
Arrive at shows half an hour early to get the best seats.
Carefully read your Cruise Compass every day. I use a yellow underliner to mark the activities I am most interested in. Activities on at sea days are really numerous and the ones you want may overlap in time. You amy have to miss some things in order to do other things.
Food is available 24 hours a day. Room service has a $3.50 charge after midnight. You will never go hungry. Soft drinks are quite expensive. Consider buying a soft drink package the very first day if you prefer to drink soft drinks.
Some of the best activities on board are free, such as the fun putt puutt golf course, the ship's ZIpLine (but not the Labadee zipline), both FlowRiders, all the shows and Comedy Club and Jazz Club are free. The carousel is free.
The toughest part of the cruise is leaving the ship. If you are like me, you will want to stay longer--another week at least.
Also, disembarkation can be a bit of a trial sometimes. There is no way to know what it will be.
You can board about ten thirty or eleven AM on the boarding day. We try to get to the ship early so that we can enjoy the ship as much as possible and not miss a minute.
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