Jump to content
  • Deals
  • Find a Cruise
  • Reviews
  • News
  • Cruise Tips

First Time Cruiser


Mimi the Great

Recommended Posts

Hey all, I'm Mimi and I am a first time cruiser! I'm so excited to go but I'm nervous about what to expect. I'm sailing on the Carnival Pride. I want to know about the food, the excursions, all of it. I just can't wait to go! I'm going to Grand Turk, Freeport and Half Moon Cay. :p:D

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Hey all, I'm Mimi and I am a first time cruiser! I'm so excited to go but I'm nervous about what to expect. I'm sailing on the Carnival Pride. I want to know about the food, the excursions, all of it. I just can't wait to go! I'm going to Grand Turk, Freeport and Half Moon Cay. :p:D

 

Now you have done it - you are going to love it. I recommend the first thing you do is to get on the rollcall for this sailing. You will meet all sorts of people sailing with you can you can even set up some meets ahead of time. Read everything you can on these boards and fire away with questions. I also recommend you go to the port of call board as well, there is a wealth of information on excursions, things to do etc. There is always someone who knows the answers. Keep a thick skin as some of the questions that you asked, very innocently, may end up in a free for all. Just ignore it, move on and keep asking questions. It is the only way you will learn and we all love to help. Have a great attitude, go with the flow and have a great cruise.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

We're going on May 10th. What about you?

 

August 29th.

 

You will have to come back and give us a review! I think we basically have the same itinerary, with the addition of Nassau. I will be interested to know what you think of the ship, Half Moon Cay, and Freeport (we've been to Grand Turk and liked it).

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Go over to the Roll Call section of the forum, choose Carnival, and then scroll downn to your ship. Then look for one for your sailing date.

Don't exhaust yourself trying to do everything on your first cruise. Use it to get to know the ship, and about 'cruising'. Don't feel like you HAVE to do excursions. Half Moon Cay is the best private island, with a great beach. It is a tender port...you get off the ship as it is anchored in the bay, and ride to shore on smaller boats. Grand Turk has a nice beach (not as nice as HMC) and right next to it is Margaritaville, with a fabulous pool. Freeport is the one place you might want to take an excursion, as the ship docks at a commercial port with a small, newly constructed straw market. Remember, if you find you like cruising, those islands will still be there to further explore another time. EM

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Hey all, I'm Mimi and I am a first time cruiser! I'm so excited to go but I'm nervous about what to expect. I'm sailing on the Carnival Pride. I want to know about the food, the excursions, all of it. I just can't wait to go! I'm going to Grand Turk, Freeport and Half Moon Cay. :p:D

 

Howdy Mimi the Great, first thing don't be nervous. I've never been on the Pride, but, I've sailed most with Carnival. The food on Carnival is the best of any cruise line I've been on so far. I've been on five different cruise lines. I may try my sixth cruise line next year. Haven't decided about that one yet though. Grand Turk I haven't been to yet so I can't help you there. Freeport is a nice place. Go to the Lucayan Market. It is not near where the ship docks. You could take a drive around the island. It goes to the main points on the island. It will stop at the Lucayan Market. Across the street is a hotel with a casino. If you need to use the restroom that would be the place to go to.

Freeport is on Grand Bahama Island. A nicer place than New Providence Island where Nassau is.

Half Moon Cay is a private island. You will have to take a tender there. I've done that a quite a few times. Carnival Cruise Line does more with food than any cruise line I've sailed with so far. At the buffett the people could even tell you what it is. They can't or won't on other cruise lines.

Have fun. Do you like Casinos? See the shows. Some are pretty good and your entertainment is included in the price. What a deal.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Go with low expectations and all will be met and most likely greatly exceeded. You will have a good time, probably even a great time. As for everything else- discover it as you go. Most of it is really fun to learn about onboard, as far as I can see. If you have learned everything when you first board you will have to be too cool to be awed and surprised. Relax, know you will make some mistakes and wish you had done some things different. Gives you a perfect excuse to book your next one!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Biggest tip for first timers:

 

Don't skip out on the main dining room. I have heard of people that eat at the buffet every night just to avoid getting dressed up for dinner, but the meals in the main dining room are some of my favorite parts of the trip. The food is excellent, 10 times better than what you can find on the buffet, and the entertainment by your waiter is priceless. And remember, the main dining room is not just for dinner. We made the mistake of waiting until the last day of our cruise to try breakfast in the dining room and we found out what we were missing. Lunch sounded good too, but we missed out due to other activities on our sea day.

 

Some of my favorite Carnival dishes:

 

Sweet & Sour Shrimp

Lobster Tail (obviously)

Crab Cake

Chicken a la Greque

Waffles or Pancakes with Stewed Bananas (think bananas in caramel sauce) or fresh strawberries.

De Chevre Pizza from the Pizzeria

 

Be adventurous and try new things. If you don't like them, your server will be more than happy to bring you something else. You can also order multiple dishes if multiple things sound good to you. I think I had shrimp cocktail and another appetizer with every meal, and I ordered a second entree one night after the grilled chicken breast failed to fill me up completely after a long day in Cozumel.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Hey Mimi-- you will have the time of your life. I haven't been on the Pride (YET) but we are leaving on our 4th cruise this weekend (Victory). Hit the dining room for breakfast and dinner-- Carnival serves wonderful food and the atmosphere is a blast too. My DH (Dear Hubby) and I are traveling with my sis and her DH-- they are on their first cruise too.

I wish I had found this site before our first trip-- lots of great advice and tips here!! Suzy:D

Link to comment
Share on other sites

thanks guys for all your help. i do have some questions if you don't mind answering them.

 

1. is the formal dinner mandatory?

2. if i go, what should i wear? as a side point, are heels good on a ship?

3. other than formal night, what can i wear to dinner?

4. other than flip flops and tennis shoes do i need other shoes?

5. some of the excursions i want to do i know my friends won't be interested, will i be ok alone?

 

thanks again for all your help:D

Link to comment
Share on other sites

thanks guys for all your help. i do have some questions if you don't mind answering them.

 

1. is the formal dinner mandatory?

2. if i go, what should i wear? as a side point, are heels good on a ship?

3. other than formal night, what can i wear to dinner?

4. other than flip flops and tennis shoes do i need other shoes?

5. some of the excursions i want to do i know my friends won't be interested, will i be ok alone?

 

thanks again for all your help:D

 

The formal dinner is not mandatory. You can also choose to eat at the Pizzeria, buffet or room service. As far as dress, it varies greatly but you can wear what you'd like so long as you avoid jeans, shorts, t-shirts, etc.

 

Depending on the excursions you decide to take, you might also want a good pair of water shoes. I'd recommend the ones from Teva as they can be worn as real walking shoes, unlike the ones they sell at Wal-Mart. You might also want a pair of dressy shoes/heels for dinner.

 

You will be fine on the excursions alone. You will be in a group from the moment you leave the ship and there will be plenty of other people to talk to / protect you. Just don't wander off alone and you should be fine.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

thanks guys for all your help. i do have some questions if you don't mind answering them.

 

 

5. some of the excursions i want to do i know my friends won't be interested, will i be ok alone?

 

 

book the ships excursion and you'll have no problem...

IMO... its best NOT to book the independent tours if you are going alone.

~S

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Here is the dress code for the dining room.

 

Is there a dress code for the dining room?

 

spacer.gifDepending on the length of the cruise, either formal dress or casual resort wear is required in the Dining Room. The dress requirement for children is the same. For those not wanting to dress up, the Lido restaurants are open nightly (with the exception of the last evening of the cruise), and have a casual dress code.

 

Cruise Casual Dining Dress Code: Gentlemen - Sport slacks, khakis, jeans (no cut-offs), dress shorts (long), collared sport shirts.

 

Ladies - Casual dresses, casual skirts or pants and blouses, summer dresses, Capri pants, dress shorts, jeans (no cut-offs). Not permitted in the dining room during the Cruise Casual dinner for ladies and gentlemen: gym shorts, basketball shorts, beach flip-flops, bathing suit attire, cut-off jeans, and sleeveless shirts for men.

 

Cruise Elegant Dining Dress Code: Gentlemen - Dress slacks, dress shirts. We also suggest a sport coat. If you wish to wear suits and ties or tuxedos, by all means we invite you to do so.

 

Ladies - Cocktail dresses, pantsuits, elegant skirts and blouses; if you‘d like to show off your evening gowns, that's great too! Not permitted in the dining room during the Cruise Elegant dinner for ladies and gentlemen: shorts, T-shirts, beach flip-flops, bathing suit attire, jeans, cut-off jeans, sleeveless shirts for men, sportswear, and baseball hats.

spacer.gif

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Mimi, don't get nervous. Cruising is probably the most fun you will have in a long time. You've been given some great advice that I will try not to repeat. However there are some things to make your cruise easier:

 

Take an over-the-door shoe bag (this will fit all of you toiletries without crowding the sink); take a hang up toothbrush holder (with suction cups); take sunscreen; take bug repellant with deet; take a few copies of your passport info page as well as your passport; take a couple of hours and wander around the ship finding the casino, bars, dining rooms, theater etc.; upon bording get something light to eat; have a drink and relax.

 

As far as the roll calls go, you will need to be signed up as a member of Cruise Critics. It doesn't cost anything. Then you go to the ship and date that you embark and introduce yourself and start making friends ahead of time. They will tell you about things like CC meet and greets; maybe you can hook up for excursions with people that you like.

 

Anything further feel free to ask.

Da Bear

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Archived

This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

  • Forum Jump
    • Categories
      • Forum Assistance - Welcome to Cruise Critic
      • New Cruisers
      • Cruise Lines “A – O”
      • Cruise Lines “P – Z”
      • River Cruising
      • ROLL CALLS
      • Cruise News
      • Digital Photography & Cruise Technology
      • Special Interest Cruising
      • Cruise Discussion Topics
      • UK Cruising
      • Australia & New Zealand Cruisers
      • Canadian Cruisers
      • North American Homeports
      • Ports of Call
      • Cruise Conversations
×
×
  • Create New...