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Biggest mistake wasn't in my first cruises though, it was with my first cruise with kids. We knew what cruising was for us and we took those expectations into our first cruise with our very young kids. We love cruising with the kids now, but the first one we didn't enjoy because we didn't get our minds right that the experience is different with kids. 

#don'tfeelguiltydumpingyourkidsatadventureoceanasmuchaspossible ?

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Biggest mistake was probably on our first cruise.  We had arranged air travel and cruise through a travel agent and flights were the same day as the cruise.  The travel day was so tiring and stressful due to weather and traffic getting the airport, finding our transfer from airport to ship, etc. that once cabins opened we went to our cabin and passed out, completely missing sail away.

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In no particular  order:

1. Sailing with a line other than RCL

2. NOT getting the beverage package

3. Waiting to get onboard before making shore excursion reservations 

4. NOT checking my casino points and debarking a few points  short of a free cruise

5. Not checking the school vacation  calendar prior to booking

6. Waiting way too long to find this site ?

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First Time Cruise!! Set sail yesterday.

The only mistake I made was OVER PLANNING. RCI had the cruise planner on the app a week before set sail. And I obsessed with it, planing to do Everything.

All that planning was a waste of time, just lounging around is too much fun on this boat.  If I could give any advice to other first timers, Calm down and enjoy yourselves. Eeven if you miss that "one special event", so much more is going on you will be fine.

 

My "Anti-Mistake" = Drink package, free espresso, free smoothies, and all the beer. Sure I may not have made the best deal, as I didnt drink much on embarcation day - Doesnt matter, the non-stress over how much I spend is wonderful.

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First cruise we booked all our excursions thru the ship.   All early departure and even booked 2 in one port.  We were worn out from getting up early for all these excursions every port day.  We figured it out the next time that a mix of ship and self-booked/self-exploring is a better way to go.

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Where do I begin?

  1. First cruise ever was a 3-day country themed cruise with popular comics & country artists. Three of us booked an interior cabin and split the cost ... $3000 bucks. I can get a 7 night Caribbean, with drink package and have change left over for that price. As others have said, we did no research and had NO idea how anything worked. Drinks, food, what was included, what wasn't, etc, etc, etc. However, it's what gave us the bug so...
  2. Overindulging with adult beverages on day one ... I make this mistake every cruise :).
  3. Not arriving to the port as early as possible, took an NCL cruise out of NYC in 2011 and the line to check-in took probably 2 hours.
  4. Booking a cruise to take us to our destination wedding (Bermuda) in September ... Ironically, we had the calmest seas I've ever encountered. 

Those come to mind immediately, I am sure there are a ton more.

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On 12/4/2019 at 2:01 PM, Matt said:

Alright friends, time to fess up to the worst rookie mistake you made on a cruise, even if you aren't a first time cruiser!

Please share the single mistake/slip up/fail you made on a cruise, so that we can all learn from these mistakes!

I am going to have to say worrying too much--trying to manage a chaotic, unpredictable series of experiences instead of having a "general plan" and then "going with the flow".  Micromanagement just doesn't work on a cruise.

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This is not my mistake - but let's go with not having a general packing list for the basics needed on the cruise.

My DH was a little irked that I wanted to review the basic clothes that we had packed for one cruise....so I just let it go.  Come to find out that he completely forgot to pack any underwear - none, nada, zilch.  All he had was what he wore to travel.

Did I mention that this was a 15 day Panama Canal cruise?  :4_joy: :4_joy: :4_joy:

It made for a memorable cruise.  We were sailing with his parents and to this day we have never told them what happened.  That cruise was in 2006.

Needless to say, underwear is the first thing we both pack and we try not to burst out laughing when we do so.  :13_upside_down:

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Nobody flame me for this.

Biggest mistake was our 1st cruise (The Med) and we booked an interior cabin.  Did not sleep well at all because I was afraid that I would oversleep since we had no daylight, thus ever few hrs I would wake up and look at the clock.

Second biggest mistake, but not really a mistake in the end.  Looking at the itinerary more than the size of the ship and their amenities.    In the end, since it was port intensive (1 cruising day) it all worked out, but if we had more sea days we would have been frustrated from lack of options.  

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17 hours ago, timm804 said:

Not checking a deck plan to see what (and how loud) would be above our cabin.  

We were totally guilty of this .... on our first cruise, we booked an interior directly under the R Bar on Grandeur ..... fortunately, about the time we were headed to bed was the same time the entertainment moved up to the VCL so it never became an issue.  In fact, we stayed in the same cabin 2 more times after that.

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11 hours ago, ptod said:

This is not my mistake - but let's go with not having a general packing list for the basics needed on the cruise.

My DH was a little irked that I wanted to review the basic clothes that we had packed for one cruise....so I just let it go.  Come to find out that he completely forgot to pack any underwear - none, nada, zilch.  All he had was what he wore to travel.

Did I mention that this was a 15 day Panama Canal cruise?  :4_joy: :4_joy: :4_joy:

It made for a memorable cruise.  We were sailing with his parents and to this day we have never told them what happened.  That cruise was in 2006.

Needless to say, underwear is the first thing we both pack and we try not to burst out laughing when we do so.  :13_upside_down:

  I told my wife that according to RC rules,  women are not allowed to wear underwear.  I did keep a straight face but she still didnt believe me

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On 12/4/2019 at 10:15 PM, WanderPam said:

The worst thing I did was consider cancelling our Explorer cruise because I took negative reviews too seriously. So glad I didn't because we had the most amazing 2 week cruise ever !

Explorer was our 1st, 2nd, 7th, & 8th Royal Caribbean cruise. We met two friends on the 1st back in 2007 who we are very close with today. It was our second cruise overall and confirmed we really enjoyed cruising and Royal Caribbean. That ship holds a special place with me for the experiences we had on-board. Glad you enjoyed her, she's a great ship.

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Like many have said, lack of knowledge/research. Our first cruise was 6 years ago on Enchantment to Nassau. I did not really look into shore excursions figuring I would just get off the ship and wing it.  My actual plan was to go to Atlantis and play poker.  I was big into the TV poker and they used to play a tourney from Atlantis.  Our first big mistake was not realizing how far from the port Atlantis is.  We rode the little ferry across the water, but then walked the rest of the way.  A bit of a hike.  Then to find out that the casino at Atlantis did not even have a poker room in operation. We spent most of the day walking to and from and not actually doing much.  My wife did get to do some shopping and we ate a decent meal at a restaurant close to the port but it felt like a wasted day due to lack of planning. 

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I'm sure there will be many who disagree with this being a mistake, but my biggest mistake was not getting the internet package on my cruise and thinking I could just unplug. I later realized that I value being able to text or message the other people in my party too much and that I felt as if not being able to do so limited me in what I could do. For example, if I was hanging out by the pool and wanted to go to trivia, I felt like I couldn't because I had no way of telling the others where I was going and didn't want to worry them that they lost me. I also undervalued how much I rely on looking things up during a conversation to either illustrate a point or check something. (ie: "where do I know that actor from? It's going to bug me so much!" "See! I'm not crazy. Folding the cold butter between layers of dough is called lamination and that's how they can get the puff pastry"). I now get the internet every time.

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On 12/5/2019 at 11:44 AM, Jack_Lime said:

The only mistake I made was OVER PLANNING. RCI had the cruise planner on the app a week before set sail. And I obsessed with it, planing to do Everything.

 

Over planning may be unnecessary, but I think the excitement leading up to the cruise can be just as much fun

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Before the nonsense of Hurricane Dorian, my biggest mistake was booking my arrival to the port city the day of embarkation.  Even though I didn't go on the sailing, I was feeling the stress of having the flight the same day.  Will not be making that mistake this summer and will see a little what Miami has to offer.

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  An early mistake was not doing research on how to play blackjack.  How hard can it be to count to 21?  My first trip to the blackjack table was not good.  There were some unhappy campers at the table by the time I got run off.  If you plan on playing blackjack,  read some books on the how to play smart.  It will not only pay off money wise but you won't have some people throwing things at you the rest of the cruise.

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On 12/9/2019 at 10:06 AM, MikeK said:

  An early mistake was not doing research on how to play blackjack.  How hard can it be to count to 21?  My first trip to the blackjack table was not good.  There were some unhappy campers at the table by the time I got run off.  If you plan on playing blackjack,  read some books on the how to play smart.  It will not only pay off money wise but you won't have some people throwing things at you the rest of the cruise.

Amen !

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