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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by mooyagi » Mon Jan 20, 2014 9:19 am

    dinki wrote:someone can recommend a day trip to bahamas in the week after the cruise? freeport i guess? will it be much fun?


    Stay away from Nassau :lol:

    vikingbitch wrote:Just finished doing the online check in with Royal Carribean and noticed one of the packages that you could book beforehand was "The Barbie Premium Experience" which includes: Barbie Stateroom Package, Tiaras and Teacup Party, Mermaid Dance Class, Fashion Designer Workshop, and a Fashion Show.

    I don't know about any of you but I'd love to see a dozen drunk germans in metal attire trying out a Mermaid Dance Class. Wouldn't mind a tiara and teacup party myself LOL.


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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by RootOfAllEvil » Mon Jan 20, 2014 11:24 am

    vikingbitch wrote:I don't know about any of you but I'd love to see a dozen drunk germans in metal attire trying out a Mermaid Dance Class.


    Awesome idea!

    Probably the best candidate for it would be the guy in this video:
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by Chris » Mon Jan 20, 2014 11:45 am

    I'd enjoy that addition. :beerhorns:
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by dinki » Tue Jan 21, 2014 7:24 am

    cabs are expensive or kind of cheap in miami?
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by Chris » Tue Jan 21, 2014 7:35 am

    I only used a cab once there before. It was less than $10 from the hotel to the seaport.
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by Mal2000 » Tue Jan 21, 2014 10:00 am

    Compared to Switzerland taxis in Miami are very cheap for me.
    We are 3 so $10 to port is like $ 3,30 per person. Miami downtown to SoBe is $20, so devided by 3 not bad at all.
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    by X-Thor » Tue Jan 21, 2014 10:41 am

    dinki wrote:cabs are expensive or kind of cheap in miami?


    Depends where you are from.

    Coming from Mexico, taxis in Miami are expensive as fuck.
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    by Stained Class » Tue Jan 21, 2014 10:42 am

    X-Thor wrote:
    dinki wrote:cabs are expensive or kind of cheap in miami?


    Depends where you are from.

    Coming from Mexico, taxis in Miami are expensive as fuck.

    Coming from Canada, about the same.
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by meshuggah » Tue Jan 21, 2014 11:27 am

    X-Thor wrote:
    dinki wrote:cabs are expensive or kind of cheap in miami?


    Depends where you are from.

    Coming from Mexico, taxis in Miami are expensive as fuck.


    Coming from New York, Miami taxis are cheap...which is why I NEVER take taxis!
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    by jeff_tentacles » Thu Dec 04, 2014 11:50 am

    Fantastic thread, as a first timer I'm glad to get the run down from the vets. Thanks all! :cheers:
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by Dimma » Thu Dec 04, 2014 12:27 pm

    A taxi from the airport is expensive, however, a taxi to is a flat rate. 20-25 bucks yeah?

    Go the share option. Just look for the dudes with long hair and black t-shirts wandering the streets.
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    by Krys » Fri Dec 05, 2014 8:06 am

    jeff_tentacels wrote:Fantastic thread, as a first timer I'm glad to get the run down from the vets. Thanks all! :cheers:


    No worries, it's my second year of cruising 70,000 tons of metal and I'm so comfortable with how it goes I'm not even worried. Just go with the flow. If you need anything, someone will be able to help you out OR you'll be able to find a solution in Ft. Lauderdale. We're 98% nice people looking to have an amazing time!!!

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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by Steve110 » Fri Dec 05, 2014 12:13 pm

    If I may add to this great list, I'd say if you're not used to walking up 70000 tons of stairs, start getting your legs in shape now. Do some squats or something or your legs will be angry with you.
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by mooyagi » Fri Dec 05, 2014 2:46 pm

    Steve110 wrote:If I may add to this great list, I'd say if you're not used to walking up 70000 tons of stairs, start getting your legs in shape now. Do some squats or something or your legs will be angry with you.


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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by surfslamdive » Fri Dec 05, 2014 8:54 pm

    Dimma wrote:A taxi from the airport is expensive, however, a taxi to is a flat rate. 20-25 bucks yeah?

    Go the share option. Just look for the dudes with long hair and black t-shirts wandering the streets.


    If you're going from the airport to a hotel or wherever you're staying skip the taxi and get a shuttle bus (Super Shuttle I think?0. It's a lot cheaper max $20 from what I recall and it does drop offs along way.
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by mooyagi » Sat Dec 06, 2014 11:58 am

    surfslamdive wrote:
    Dimma wrote:A taxi from the airport is expensive, however, a taxi to is a flat rate. 20-25 bucks yeah?

    Go the share option. Just look for the dudes with long hair and black t-shirts wandering the streets.


    If you're going from the airport to a hotel or wherever you're staying skip the taxi and get a shuttle bus (Super Shuttle I think?0. It's a lot cheaper max $20 from what I recall and it does drop offs along way.


    I've used Go Airport Shuttle out of Ft. Lauderdale before. It was pretty cheap to Miami Beach in the past (under $25) so I imagine it could be even cheaper for points in Ft. Lauderdale. http://goairportshuttle.com/fort_lauderdale_hollywood_international_fll_airport_shuttle
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by Tono_Fyr » Sat Dec 06, 2014 2:54 pm

    Question for anyone who may be in a similar situation: I live within (relative) driving distance of Ft Lauderdale. It's not exactly what I'd call close, but driving is an option I've been weighing (and it may depend on how current gas prices hold). What is the parking situation at the port like?
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    by Speedy » Sun Dec 07, 2014 4:43 am

    Tono_Fyr wrote:Question for anyone who may be in a similar situation: I live within (relative) driving distance of Ft Lauderdale. It's not exactly what I'd call close, but driving is an option I've been weighing (and it may depend on how current gas prices hold). What is the parking situation at the port like?

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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by Pellaz » Sun Dec 21, 2014 11:36 pm

    Tono_Fyr wrote:Question for anyone who may be in a similar situation: I live within (relative) driving distance of Ft Lauderdale. It's not exactly what I'd call close, but driving is an option I've been weighing (and it may depend on how current gas prices hold). What is the parking situation at the port like?


    I think parking at the port is around $15/day.

    We are driving down from Atlanta and will be staying at the Quality Inn Ft. Lauderdale/CruisePort South the night before embarkation. The hotel is right by the interstate in Dania Beach and has a free shuttle to the pier (the way I booked the hotel, anyway) and parking is free at the hotel for up to 7 days, which is plenty long enough for this cruise.
    I used the same hotel back in October for a different (non-charter) cruise out of Port Everglades and it worked like a charm.
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by GregoryOfTheNorth » Tue Dec 23, 2014 11:39 am

    One of the things that has worked for me year after year is to bring a lanyard.

    Step 1: Get your SeaPass card. This is your key to your cabin and your credit card to buy booze and merch. It is your most valuable item during the cruise.
    Step 2: Have the front-desk staff punch a small hole in your SeaPass card with a hole-punch.
    Step 3: Hang your SeaPass card on your lanyard.
    Step 4: Hang your lanyard around your neck. If it is windy, tuck it in your shirt.

    Voilà - never go pocket-hunting for your most critical item onbroad.

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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by LauraW » Tue Dec 23, 2014 1:17 pm

    GregoryOfTheNorth wrote:One of the things that has worked for me year after year is to bring a lanyard.

    Step 1: Get your SeaPass card. This is your key to your cabin and your credit card to buy booze and merch. It is your most valuable item during the cruise.
    Step 2: Have the front-desk staff punch a small hole in your SeaPass card with a hole-punch.
    Step 3: Hang your SeaPass card on your lanyard.
    Step 4: Hang your lanyard around your neck. If it is windy, tuck it in your shirt.

    Voilà - never go pocket-hunting for your most critical item onbroad.

    Credit to my good friend and three time co-passenger, Marcus G. who showed me this trick on the maiden voyage of 2011.


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    by gundiesalvo » Tue Dec 23, 2014 2:10 pm

    LauraW wrote:
    GregoryOfTheNorth wrote:One of the things that has worked for me year after year is to bring a lanyard.

    Step 1: Get your SeaPass card. This is your key to your cabin and your credit card to buy booze and merch. It is your most valuable item during the cruise.
    Step 2: Have the front-desk staff punch a small hole in your SeaPass card with a hole-punch.
    Step 3: Hang your SeaPass card on your lanyard.
    Step 4: Hang your lanyard around your neck. If it is windy, tuck it in your shirt.

    Voilà - never go pocket-hunting for your most critical item onbroad.

    Credit to my good friend and three time co-passenger, Marcus G. who showed me this trick on the maiden voyage of 2011.


    I second this. It saves me I'm certain


    Sounds like a good idea, I'll dig around I'm sure I have a lanyard in a box somewhere.
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    by Pellaz » Wed Dec 24, 2014 1:11 pm

    ...and if there's a long line at the front desk and the casino is open, the casino staff should be able to punch a hole in your SeaPass card as well. (On Carnival, they'll even provide a stretchy lanyard for free, since stretchy lanyard + SeaPass card = easier to put the card into a slot machine. :lol: )
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    by Stained Class » Thu Dec 25, 2014 8:07 pm

    Just occurred to me, make sure you check your card after you order drinks before the waiter walks away and make sure you got the right card back. Happened to me on the last night when it was busy and I lost my 70k design card. Only time I ever lost a card.
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    by Dimma » Fri Dec 26, 2014 12:47 pm

    and if you don't tip, put a cross down the bill, stops them adding on 'extras'.
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    by ShoreSlayer » Tue Jan 06, 2015 9:56 am

    Bumping this thread for my own reference. Starting to pack/prepare for travel sooooon :shred:
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    by gundiesalvo » Tue Jan 06, 2015 5:34 pm

    I was just gonna go look for this!
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    by Electrichead » Tue Jan 06, 2015 5:57 pm

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    The bands!

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    by cowboy71 » Tue Jan 06, 2015 6:18 pm

    Electrichead wrote:Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise


    The bands!

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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by Jotunheimr » Tue Jan 06, 2015 6:42 pm

    mooyagi wrote:
    Krys wrote:Anyone know if the CRAYOLA room is still there :mrgreen:?

    Pretty sure I remember checking out the crayola room on one of the cruises. The lights were off and nobody was in there. :lol:


    Sounds like the perfect place to pass out drunk :P
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by Memnoch » Wed Jan 07, 2015 12:50 am

    Electrichead wrote:Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise


    The bands!

    :lol:


    Haha, awesome! :D
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by Pellaz » Wed Jan 07, 2015 2:21 am

    Electrichead wrote:Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise


    The bands!

    :lol:


    I literally laughed out loud and woke up the cat, who is now fixing me with a steely (or at least bemused) glare. Nicely done! :headbanger:
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by bodomdragon » Wed Jan 07, 2015 3:27 am

    Electrichead wrote:Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise


    The bands!

    :lol:

    :lol: :lol: :lol:
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by CountArioch » Wed Jan 07, 2015 5:04 am

    So, quick question. I was told that on a cruise if you go to the infirmary with any sort of digestive thing, they lock you in your room and post security at that door to prevent you from leaving for fear of Norovirus.

    That concerns me... I mean, I get the reasoning and am not questioning that, but how do they police it? Is it "If you go to the infirmary with vomiting and diarrhea", or are they watching for symptoms? Without going into gory details, I have various digestive issues that might mimic the symptoms, but I take some immodium and drink some ginger ale and deal. And what if one of my roommates comes down with Noro, are we all quarantined? Because those quad rooms are way too tiny for four men to share for long periods of time... not so bad when the only time you're in them is to sleep but being stuck there? That's actually pretty terrifying for me (I don't have claustrophobia, but I can't stand the idea of being trapped somewhere).
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by Krys » Wed Jan 07, 2015 7:46 am

    CountArioch wrote:So, quick question. I was told that on a cruise if you go to the infirmary with any sort of digestive thing, they lock you in your room and post security at that door to prevent you from leaving for fear of Norovirus.

    That concerns me... I mean, I get the reasoning and am not questioning that, but how do they police it? Is it "If you go to the infirmary with vomiting and diarrhea", or are they watching for symptoms? Without going into gory details, I have various digestive issues that might mimic the symptoms, but I take some immodium and drink some ginger ale and deal. And what if one of my roommates comes down with Noro, are we all quarantined? Because those quad rooms are way too tiny for four men to share for long periods of time... not so bad when the only time you're in them is to sleep but being stuck there? That's actually pretty terrifying for me (I don't have claustrophobia, but I can't stand the idea of being trapped somewhere).



    The most responsible answer I can give you for that is that if you are really and truly ill with something that could make others horrendously ill then you likely will need the downtime. Most of us can handle ourselves if we come down with a violent illness, but don't hesitate to visit the infirmary if you feel THAT sick. Since you seem to be describing something with only the same symptoms as Norovirus I think you should be okay if that condition acts up and you visit and EXPLAIN it (bring some proof, like your emergency meds, maybe get your doc to write you a note so there is NO confusion just in case?). I had a mild cough when I boarded last year. The tail end of a cold, but by day 2 it was gone. I chose not to say anything about it because it was going away fast.

    I, too, would hate to be confined to my cabin. I can only tolerate that many people because I know we're only likely all going to be in that room to sleep together for maybe 3 hours. Everyone is on a different schedule, so a lot of the time when you crash there's maybe one other peep in the room max. I was doing Biphasic (ie. Siesta) sleeps 2x per day and waking up at like 4:30am to go rock some karaoke and get drunk all over again...

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    1. Only BLEACH will kill Norovirus. Hand sanitizer won't do it.
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    4. Wash your hands when you get into your cabin. Before you touch yourself or your things.
    5. Bring a ziploc baggie of all your over the counter drugs: painkillers, diarrhea relief, tums, anti-nausea pills, personal meds. You or someone you know will be happy they are there.
    6. Take a little responsibility for sick cabin mates. Bring them food + water if they need it and check on them every few hours if they have a cabin-bound day.
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by Phoenix » Wed Jan 07, 2015 7:55 am

    Currently trying to decide between my iPod or my small Canon camera for picture/video taking. Could some veteran cruisers who took similar routes in the past provide tips/advice/opinions? Like, am I going to need a water proof case for whichever one I wind up using?
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    by Krys » Wed Jan 07, 2015 8:02 am

    I brought my Canon Powershot (it's nothing special, maybe a 100$ camera lol?) last year and I used it in the sun/rain/wind... no damages occurred :D. Feel free to check out my shots on my FB (Krystyna Maville - the photos are public to see, but if you're a cruiser I'd love to be friends!) and on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Mavimusic14/videos . I took some clips on rainy days :lol:

    I have considered picking up one of those silly waterproof disposable cameras at the airport though... underwater pics have not been done on 70k yet I don't think.
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by Phoenix » Wed Jan 07, 2015 8:19 am

    Krys wrote:I brought my Canon Powershot (it's nothing special, maybe a 100$ camera lol?) last year and I used it in the sun/rain/wind... no damages occurred :D. Feel free to check out my shots on my FB (Krystyna Maville - the photos are public to see, but if you're a cruiser I'd love to be friends!) and on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Mavimusic14/videos . I took some clips on rainy days :lol:

    I have considered picking up one of those silly waterproof disposable cameras at the airport though... underwater pics have not been done on 70k yet I don't think.


    I have the same camera, I think. Or at least the recent upgrade. Sounds good to me then, thanks! And, all right I'll add you up. I'm the one with the same photo as this one :P
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by klons » Wed Jan 07, 2015 8:43 am

    CountArioch wrote:So, quick question. I was told that on a cruise if you go to the infirmary with any sort of digestive thing, they lock you in your room and post security at that door to prevent you from leaving for fear of Norovirus.

    That concerns me... I mean, I get the reasoning and am not questioning that, but how do they police it? Is it "If you go to the infirmary with vomiting and diarrhea", or are they watching for symptoms? Without going into gory details, I have various digestive issues that might mimic the symptoms, but I take some immodium and drink some ginger ale and deal. And what if one of my roommates comes down with Noro, are we all quarantined? Because those quad rooms are way too tiny for four men to share for long periods of time... not so bad when the only time you're in them is to sleep but being stuck there? That's actually pretty terrifying for me (I don't have claustrophobia, but I can't stand the idea of being trapped somewhere).


    Short answer, if you're just dealing with the early vacation/too much booze shits pre-cruise, DON'T mention it while getting abroad. One cruiser last year had to go through hell to get on, having to miss the entire first day in quarantine to prove himself fine.
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    Re: Stuff You Wish You Knew Before Your 1st Cruise

    by ewest305 » Wed Jan 07, 2015 5:39 pm

    My reply is based on my first time last year (2014 - Costa Maya).

    And I wish I knew that the long lines subtracted 2 hours from the off/onboarding time.

    This is not to meet any deadlines but to add about an hour more excursion time.

    Being the back of the line (onboarding) is no big deal as long as I could have enjoyed more time on land.

    I'll take that into consideration in Jamaica.

    Oh and bring a drink or two during the onboarding. Heat and sweating are no good combo for me.

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