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Don’t just look at the cruise planner during advertised sales. I feel like a ton of the lowest prices I’ve found (esp for excursions) are at a random midweek time outside of a sale. I tend to make it part of my morning routine to spend 3 mins checking the prices on the CP of the things I’m interested in. 
 

More broadly than that, BOOK THINGS IN ADVANCE VIA THE CRUISE PLANNER. Sounds so simple, but even things like booking MTD times. You can always change it on board and at least you lock something in. 

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16 hours 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.

Where inside is this demonstrated?

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LEARN/KNOW WHAT TYPE OF CRUISER YOU ARE. Knowing what you like to do on a cruise dictates EVERYTHING! Are you an active, out and about person, or a room dweller? Are you in it for the ports, or are you in it for the ship? Are you a foody, or are you fine with just the MDR and Windjammer? Knowing what you like impacts everything from your room selection, to your excursions, to your daily planning.....I know its sounds like a broad "tip or trick" but its the single most important thing to know. 

Other than that, I make sure to wear my trunks on embarkation, and carry a backpack with sunscreen, and other essentials. I dont want to be dependent upon my luggage and room getting ready. I want to enjoy my day on the ship. 

 

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18 hours ago, MelKaps said:

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.

 

Especially ask them how long since they've been home. Everyone likes talking about their home when they've been gone for several months. I've always learned something and they remember you.

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1 hour ago, Alibou3193 said:

Where inside is this demonstrated?

It depends on the ship.  On Grandeur, it is in the Centrum area on Deck 5 next to Guest Services.  On some ships it can be in the Schooner Bar.  Hint:  look for older people or people in scooters/wheel chairs.  Whever they are gathering, that will be the place where they will demonstrate the life vests inside.

Close to muster time they may try and shoo you out.  Just tell them that your Seapass cards have already been scanned and stay put.  As long as you get your Seapass card scanned, listen to the presentation and see the life vest demonstration you are compliant.

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18 hours ago, MelKaps said:

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.

 

Especially ask them how long since they've been home. Everyone likes talking about their home when they've been gone for several months. I've always learned something and they remember you.

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18 hours ago, MelKaps said:

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.

 

Especially ask them how long since they've been home. Everyone likes talking about their home when they've been gone for several months. I've always learned something and they remember you.

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Some have been mentioned already, but here goes:

  • Chat with the crew! We love seeing them light up when they talk about their families and home. 
  • Remember to put your phones on Airplane mode or better yet, turn them off and lock them in the safe if you can! Nothing screams a vacation than being unplugged! 
  • Take time to check out a "new" activity, music performance or show. If you don't like it, you can always leave early. More than likely you will find one or two things you didn't know you would enjoy
  • Take the time to "sample" new foods. The great thing about cruising is that if you don't like something, they will bring you something more to your liking or you can head back up to the buffet for another plate, and it won't cost you any extra. 
  • Explore the ship! Every cruise we take a walk around the entire ship, usually more than once. By doing this, we have found little "gems" that are often overlooked and also find some quieter spots where DH and I can spend some time away from the crowds. 
  • Above all else....Be courteous! To the crew, your room steward, and the fellow passengers! A smile and a thank you goes a long way!  As the saying goes "If you see someone without a smile, give them yours!" 

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1. Purchase internet package (or other packages) via Cruise Planner ahead of time - I got a great deal on VOOM Surf + Stream 2 Devices package. It's only about $17/day.

2. Download the app - I spent some time on the app the night before sail and had everything planned for the whole trip. Later I only had to double check my schedule against Cruise Compass to make sure the event time and location are correct. No time wasted on ship to browse or plan anything. Also the app makes checking in at the terminal a breeze.

3. For water slides, go there on a port day or at the time it opens - I was there at 9 am on the dot and was able to get on the slides 6 times by 9:30 am. And it was a sea day.

4. Bring your own reusable bottles 

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On 11/7/2019 at 4:15 PM, micahd said:

Nobody ever says this one;  bring a watch set to ships time. It gives us ultimate peace of mind when in port and out on excursions.

Cell phones can change time when the connect to the cell network at port and for us, we prefer to leave the phones off and locked up in the safe anyway.

I was just thinking last night (yeah, I can't sleep from the excitement) that I need to wear my watch.  I never wear one, but I don't want to whip out my cell phone to constantly check the time when we're on a self-guided excursion. 

Great minds think alike! 😁

 

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