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1. Arrive to the port early. You are paying for your day 1 and the sooner you get on the ship, the sooner you can start your vacation.

2. Bring a USB port outlet for more charging space. Do not confuse this with a surge protector, since it most likely will be confiscated.

3. Be friendly to the crew and chat with them. Room stewards, for instance, enjoy when we have conversations with them because their jobs are very repetitive and have to clean up after us. It can really make someone's day.

 

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13 minutes ago, MelKaps said:

1. Arrive to the port early. You are paying for your day 1 and the sooner you get on the ship, the sooner you can start your vacation.

I know this is making it in there as @Matt is an early arriver..but it is absolutely my #1 tip for everyone.  We are fortunate that Royal doesn't make us adhere to the assigned boarding times like some of the other cruise lines do.  Take advantage of that always!

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If booking cruise through UK site either use Top cash back to get £££ paid back into your bank account or tell TA the amount you can get back in cash so they lower their price by the amount you would receive 

 

 

True scotsman.....its all about the £££ and tighter than 2 coats of paint lol 

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Avoiding standing outside (on the smaller ships) during muster drill.  Once the drill is starting, go to the person who is scanning the sea pass cards, have your cards scanned and then go inside and have a seat ! One of the crew will be demonstrating the life vest and you have a comfortable place to sit and wait for the crowds to diminish after the drill ends OR be ready to dash to the elevators once the Captain has completed his remarks.

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My daughter gave me a set of packing cubes for Christmas @ 2 years ago, and at first, I was rather leery about using them. Two cruises later, I am sold! I roll my “like “ clothes ( t-shirts, for example) before putting them into the cubes. The best part is when I unpack, by simply taking the cubes out of my suitcase and placing them into the drawers of our stateroom. It takes just a few moments, then all that’s left to do is to tuck our suitcases under the bed or in a closet. 

Dh had a small set of cubes that we  received for renewing a membership this past spring, which he used during our June/July cruise.  After  the cruise ended, I realized that he needed more cubes, so during Amazon Prime Days I ordered him another set. 

 My tip is to try using packing cubes. If you don’t like them, somebody you know may gladly take them off your hands.😁

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44 minutes ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

Avoiding standing outside (on the smaller ships) during muster drill.  Once the drill is starting, go to the person who is scanning the sea pass cards, have your cards scanned and then go inside and have a seat ! One of the crew will be demonstrating the life vest and you have a comfortable place to sit and wait for the crowds to diminish after the drill ends OR be ready to dash to the elevators once the Captain has completed his remarks.

Haha! If you have screaming kids, que the tantrums and give it about 2-3 minutes and you will be ushered out of the drill and told to go stand by the exit. Works every single time. 

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5 minutes ago, tonyfsu21 said:

Haha! If you have screaming kids, que the tantrums and give it about 2-3 minutes and you will be ushered out of the drill and told to go stand by the exit. Works every single time. 

Can I rent a kid from Adventure Ocean for 30 minutes on day one?  

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17 minutes ago, tonyfsu21 said:

Haha! If you have screaming kids, que the tantrums and give it about 2-3 minutes and you will be ushered out of the drill and told to go stand by the exit. Works every single time. 

That's what I get for teaching my kids to behave in public and be respectful at all times.....damnit.

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Be knowledgeable about your cruise ship selection. Yes, there is a lot of hype surrounding the mega ships with every bell and whistle imaginable. However, I love the nostalgia that you can immerse yourself with cruise ships such as the Explorer of the Seas and smaller ships. I am reminiscing of the days where interpersonal relationships,  interesting conversation about destinations and culture with fellow travelers,  superseded ziplines and trampolines. There is a true value of being on a non retrofitted ship that allows for simplistic fun and activities without being loud, mass manufactured,  and overbearing. Sometimes real beauty lies in excellent service, a suite with a beautiful view, and like minded travelers. The exploration of different foods and specialty restaurants can be a wonderful culinary experience especially with staff conversation from around the globe. I also feel that the more traditional cruise experience allows for appreciation of the arts, the destination, the people, and appreciation of the architecture of the ship and staff. This type of personal or more intimate experience is invaluable. 

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Love this thread! So many good tips! Just a couple of things I’ve learned from this blog over the years...

(1) If something is not as expected or disappointing, don’t just accept it and let it ruin your experience or even your whole cruise. Speak up at that time (be nice) and ask questions. The crew members want to make your cruise amazing and will do what they can to make it right.

(2) If you find a food, wine, etc., that you really like in one restaurant, but it’s not on the menu in another or that specific evening (MDR), ask the waiter. I’ve heard with notice, especially in the MDR, that if you tell the waitstaff that you like a specific meal or appetizer that was offered on another evening, they will have it prepared for you as long as they still have the ingredients. 

We experienced a little bit of this on our last cruise. We found a wine that we all enjoyed in Chops Grille, but it was not available in Giovanni’s. We mentioned it to the waiter and he had someone run over to Chops Grille to grab a couple of bottles for our table! Good use of our DBP!

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14 hours ago, tonyfsu21 said:

Haha! If you have screaming kids, que the tantrums and give it about 2-3 minutes and you will be ushered out of the drill and told to go stand by the exit. Works every single time. 

On Freedom in June, the horn sounding scared our 20 month old grandson awake (despite having two sets of hands covering his ears) and he screamed the rest of the drill. None of us were given the opportunity to take him away from the crowd and noise.

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17 hours ago, Matt said:

Working on a blog post to share the very best cruise tips and tricks, and I'm curious to know what is one tip/hack/trick/secret you pretty much swear by?

Always check the room safe before you leave the stateroom -- sometimes the "closed" door bounces open if you don't keep pressure on it while it locks.  This seems to happen to me at least once on every cruise.

Other than that, arrive at desired venues early for best seating (we go with 30 minutes early).

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14 hours ago, cobra614 said:

Take care of those who take care of you...

 

I'm talking tips. Works everywhere...

This is the point of my tip (pun?) ... Save singles and fives in an envelope at home, or go to the bank and ask. Having a stack of singles and fives makes tipping easier.

Also, if you're running low, the casino cashier has limited lines (no winners? LOL) and more than happy to break a bill.

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