Tips for on the ship:
You can get free lanyards at the purser’s
desk. BUT they go fast.
- Don't miss the
Captains party. This is usually on formal night before dinner.
room service AT LEAST ONCE.... remember it's free and 24/7 OMG THE BLT’S ARE TO DIE FOR but enough bacon to do 2 or
3 sandwiches. Or at least the ones we had.
up for formal nights it is worth it! The photo ops are wonderful and so much
fun. John does not do a tux just dress pants, and nice shirt. I usually do a pantsuit.
- If you
like trivia, do some of the trivia contests. They do them several times every day with different topics and give away little
souvenir gifts mostly but SOMETIMES bigger prizes like spa giveaways. etc
given the chance, DANCE WITH THE WAITERS. BECAUSE I WILL NOT AND I NEED PHOTO’S
FOR THE WEBSITE.
cameras ready when the lights dim in the main dining room.... singing and dancing waiters usually are about to appear.
dish out the 0.75$ per minute to email SOMEBODY who isn't on the cruise with you to HARASS them about the fact that you are
cruising and THEY AREN'T!! The least expensive way to do this is to set up your email to insert everyone's name in one email
and with one click and a couple of minutes it goes out to everyone you want it to. The emails you'll have when you get home
from your friends will crack you up! You can share this time with others on the
cruise with you just share the fees if you think you won’t use all your minutes.
- If you
like to have a good time and do things spur of the moment, look or listen for them to announce the over 21-midnight bathrobe
and blue margarita party. It's sometimes for anyone over 21 with a bathrobe BUT sometimes it's an invitation only party to
those with deluxe balcony cabins, suites or penthouses where carnival bathrobes are there for your use already. It's tons
of fun and can run well into the night. Music is great without a lot of younger adults! Can be one of the best parties of
the week! Many ships are changing this and doing the same type of party but open to everyone!
the carnival shopping lady speeches each morning unless you are a die-hard shopper on and off the boat. IT WILL BE REPEATED ON YOUR TV. John likes these things for
- If you
don't go into the port one day OR if you come back early, MAKE SURE and grab you a seat on port side if possible for the fun
of seeing drunk people try and board a ship. Listen for roll call of passengers not yet back and join in the applause and
yelling (sometimes from multiple ships) when one of the last people crawl or stumble and make it back to the ship before it
leaves them. IF YOU ARE WITH OUR GROUP WE WILL NOT KNOW YOU FOR THE REST OF THE
CRUISE. LOL CAMERA’S are great black mail opportunities.
shows and comedians are good. Be leery of magicians unless you're really into it. Really think about and screen which shows
you want to go see. Some are very adult orientated.
that they do 2 of each show each night. The later show tends to be a more adult version.
- DO NOT
MISS the midnight Gala buffet and DON'T FORGET to go the hour prior to eating so you can do the viewing and picture taking
portion of it. It is unbelievable
FUNNEL DECK NOT a topless deck on all ships! There is an adults area on most ships but not topless. It will state if topless.
is fun if you don’t play it is even fun to watch some of the people really get into these sometimes. Cards cost $10
for 1 card or $20 for a set of 3 cards and they only play 1 GAME PER DAY. If you win, you win big. If not, you lose 10-20
dollars or more in 5 minutes. I had a dream for a week straight about 7’s
tried the casino. NOPE that wasn’t the dream so I played the 7th
game of bingo on the ship that trip, purchased the 7th set of 3 cards, and won a pot of $700.00 BUT someone else
did also so we had to split it. I sure was glad the 7 things stopped there because
I really would have been mad if I had to share with 7 different people. It was
bad enough that John thought I had to share with him.
an art auction if you like art but beware of actually buying unless you really know something about art OR if you're willing
to buy what you like regardless of the value of the art. Sometimes they give away free art prizes. If you collect art and
know it pretty well, you can get some beautiful pieces. I LOVE THOMAS KINKADE
and they gave away his art both times I attended of course I didn’t win them.
casino has a $250 day limit on credit card unless you are considered a high roller. You can also join carnivals casino ocean
club if you plan on playing a lot. You don't tend to see big winners on slot machines but do sometimes in others games like
poker. To join the Ocean Players Club is free. I AM A SORE LOSER SO NICKEL SLOTS
FOR ME. YOU MUST HAVE CASH FOR CASINO.
of FUN21. This is a type of blackjack very different from normal, less face cards and you have to adjust your entire way of
playing unless you are already good at it.
is a laundry facility on various decks but it only has a few machines of each and costs $5 a load total.
can get free post cards at the purser’s desk. They also have stamps there.
- If you
feel seasick and didn't bring anything, go to the purser’s desk and ask for some. They are free. If you buy them in
the ships gift shop, you'll pay about $6.
of cards with Carnivals logo on them are available at the pursers desk and are usually free (although this seems to be one
of those inconsistent stories between sailings)
- DO NOT
bet on the horse race if your cruise has this on the itinerary. You are on a
- DO NOT
use your S&S card to open your safe in your room. It can demagnetize it and you'll have to have the purser reprogram it
- On port
days, if you stay on ship, watch for LOTS of specials like half price happy hours, half price spa treatments, etc....remember,
they want you to stay on board and spend money there!
- As you
leave your cabin on the last day, remember NOT to lock the safe back because the safes are opened by a card with a magnetic
back individualized so if you lock it, they won't have your card to reopen it. The
steward would have to go downstairs to get the master key. A waste of his/her
time for the next people boarding.
sure and use a magnetic card that you don't mind messing up for the safe in case it becomes non-usable after the trip.
and walk the entire length of the ship on day 1 to orient yourself
room is also good for reading
library has very limited books
are allowed to smoke in different areas so be prepared. They are making more areas smoke free. If you chew please throw your
cups/bottles whatever that nasty stuff is in away.
you have a lot of people on a really big ship. At some point, you'll see someone be rude to you or cut in line or one of a
million other things...so be prepared and don't over react.
times can be really nice----but they are usually are in small print on the itinerary.
PICTURES OF EVERYTHING
- BE PREPARED
TO HAVE YOUR PICTURES MADE EVERY 5 SECONDS BY SHIP PHOTOGRAPHERS. It goes with the cruise people!! You don’t have to buy but you know. If you like a background
and there are no photographers around get some one to take your picture. If you
have to do it with a photographer have someone in the group stand behind the photographer and take the picture also. It is cheaper that way.
feel pressured into buying a lot of expensive pictures. If you really want one, buy an 8x10 that's really good, take it home
and make smaller versions on your computer. BUT, do let them take a bunch of you! I hate pictures of myself but my DH and
I found several that were really good! But also, don't deny yourself buying pictures you really like
for the "secret door". On all carnival ships, somewhere there is a secret door which usually leads to an outside deck at the
very front of the ship which is unmarked or marked crew only on one of the floors. It's often a great way to see the view
from the very front but is also very private. Great for that moonlight kiss too...however... Take a jacket and be prepared
if you think you've found it because if the ship is moving, the wind on this deck can almost take you off your feet.
of the most beautiful views is from the fitness area. Also remember, there is a hot tub in the spa/fitness area so take advantage
- If you
are planning to use the spa, do the spa tour to get the discount, book early, verify price when you go for your appt and ask
them not to try and sell you anything while having the massage
people you need to know, the captain, the cruise director, the manager & me. I
will be spending my 40th birthday on this cruise. Actually the day
we go down.
- If you
win in the casino, expect to fill out a W2G
out the shops. They often have items under $10
pins or something on beach towels to discourage people from trying to pick up and walk away with your towel. Or embroidery
on them, or have strange ones. Starsky and Hutch beach towel would properly be safe!