Need Cruise Advice ASAP! (prease)
Posted 02 September 2012 - 10:25 AM
FINALLY we are leaving! 6 months ago we booked this cruise and have been looking forward to it ever since.
We leave Friday to drive to Tampa. Will be leaving my car there with a friend and catching a ride to the port.
We leave out of Tampa Saturday on the Carnival Paradise woooottt!
5 Day Western Carribean Cruise, going to Grand Cayman and Cozumel.
Since I talk to so many people in my job now, I have had so much input on things to do and not to do. Which has been great!!
My big thing (other than being worried about the weather) is the best way for us to smuggle liquor onto the ship. I know you can take 1 bottle of wine each onto the boat.
I went on a forum on cruisecritic.com and it seems like most people are recommending these Rum Runner flasks, basically like a bladder thingy that goes in boxed wine or a soft flask, etc.
I have also been told the whole mouthwash bottle thing too.
Anyone been on a cruise more recently ....like in the last year or so and can give me some advice?
Any other advice about on land activities, etc would be greatly appreciated.
either way, were so EXCITED!
Posted 02 September 2012 - 11:38 AM
Posted 02 September 2012 - 02:10 PM
Since this is your first cruise I'd recommend staying with the ship sponsored shore excursions. If you want to hang by the pool get out early to get a decent spot.
I enjoyed just walking around Grand Caymans shopping area but there are some great snorkeling excursions there.
Cozumel, we went to a resort where we got to use some of the facilities and eat from the buffet - in retrospect I think I would have rather gotten lit at Senor Frogs right off the pier. There are some good deals you can haggle on touristy items there as well.
Posted 02 September 2012 - 02:31 PM
Bottom line: be liberal, cruises are special. Buy things unique to the destination and support the island merchants.
Posted 02 September 2012 - 07:43 PM
At Grand Cayman, if you're looking for an excursion, we went to the turtle farm and Hell (the town)... it was pretty cool...
Cozumel's port was destroyed during our trip, so we couldn't stop there...
Carnival has a reputation for being a party boat, so you'll probably have fun... booze may be cheaper too...
My best advice for cruising would be to avoid the fancy dinners and other extras... Everyone you come into contact with is going to want a tip at the end of your cruise (I think Carnival is notorious for this, but have no experience)... There are like 5 people at the fancy dinners that expect a tip... lol, not to sound cheap or anything... but yeah... Even at ports, they'll be hounding for your business...
If you've never snorkeled, and have time at one of your stops, that is really worth it too...
Have fun! (from SLJ)
Posted 02 September 2012 - 10:02 PM
In Grand Cayman, find a charter to Stingray City (Stingraysailing.com is who we went with, or try NativeWayWatersports.com).
As for booze, take your chances with the Rum Runners in your checked luggage. Since the wine and drinks you bring must be carried on, the water bottle trick is dependent on security being thorough. They can tell the difference between water and alcohol by shaking the bottles.
On our first cruise out to Ft. Lauderdale, I got beer through, but that was because they didn't open my bag I had the 12 packs in (probably because we were wrangling the kids and trying to keep them occupied while going through security). When just the wife and I sailed out of Charleston, they actually opened and dumped out our two 12 packs and checked the seals on the wine bottles (didn't smuggling that trip).
We have only sailed Carnival, the daily tips are added to your bill and tips on your drinks automatically, no one on the ship should have their hand out for a tip. But we did tip our room steward, and tip the porters at the port, or you bags may not make it on board (they don't work for Carnival).
Posted 03 September 2012 - 08:58 AM
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