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I am thinking about our upcoming cruises and wondering what our embarkation day will be, once on the ship. Will definitely fill the rest of the dining package rezis, but after that. . . 

So, what are your traditional tasks/rounds that you make once on board?

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arrive early,  grab a cold adult beverage and find a seat in the promenade for some class-A touristy people watching and some food.   after a bit of that, relocate up to the pool deck, grab another cold drink and more people watching.     Once room opens up,   drop off carry on's,  back to the pool deck for another....     it's a vicious cycle but someone has to do it!  😁

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It's defn time to put the drink package to use.....grab that first drink and then tour the ship. Great time to get familiar with her...and also a great time to get some pics before it gets crowded. I usually spend the first hour exploring and getting my bearings....then the rest of the time its out on the pool deck to watch it fill up and enjoy the sailaway party!

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Just now, monctonguy said:

It's defn time to put the drink package to use.....grab that first drink and then tour the ship. Great time to get familiar with her...and also a great time to get some pics before it gets crowded. I usually spend the first hour exploring and getting my bearings....then the rest of the time its out on the pool deck to watch it fill up and enjoy the sailaway party!

When you say "exploring" do you follow the crowd or do you have specific places/areas in mind to scope out first?

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I usually do it deck by deck to be honest(the areas that are open to explore).....that way I have reference points and remember more easily what is on each floor and near/next to what...I just go from one end to the other on each floor...taking lots of pics  along the way...

 

Others we meet up with or travel with are often surprised that I know my way around so easily but I probably wouldn't if I didn't do my own exploring like I do.

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Getting a bite to eat (not always WJ) is often top of my list.  Explore a little but I usually wait until cabins have opened to drop off my carry on and without having to drag that around then I explore.

I know many people who do traditional dining find their table to make sure it will work for them.  I tend to do MTD so this I skip this step.

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Ceremonial picture of the wife with a drink in one hand and seapass card in the other to let our kids know we made it safely on board.  Then take the elevator to the highest point on the ship.  On some of the ships you actually have to walk up one flight of strairs to reach the chapel.  We then explore each floor by walking down the stairs.  It keeps us off the elevators during the boarding madness and seems more leisurely to us.  Plenty of stops along the way down for snacks and another drink.  We may need to alter next month with our first cruise on Allure because I don't think they give us our seapass when we board.

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We don't really have a regular thing we do, it varies based on which ship we are on, and who we are sailing with...oh, and when we ate last.  If we eat breakfast then head straight to the port, we're not hungry yet.  So we do not go straight for food.  We may explore a bit, walk around on deck, or check out something that is new to us.  We have 2 more classes of ships to try, and have been trying to get on each class once.  So each booking is on a different class for now.  Just figuring out where everything is, trying to decide where "our spots" will be.  If we haven't eaten in awhile, like if we had breakfast at home then drove to the port, then we'll grab something to eat in one of the smaller venues.  WJ is last resort for us due to crowds.  If we're meeting a group or others, then that dictates what we do.  We like to go with the flow, and not have a routine.  

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Based off of previous Cruise Compasses and what will be open, I have pre-planned my embarkation day (Explorer, late October SP sailing):

1. Board, straight to the WJ.

2. Walk the ship.

3. Check MDR seating.

4. Try the FlowRider.

5. Register the kiddywinks in Adventure Ocean.

4. Check the Stateroom, unpack, get ready for dinner.

5. Muster drill.

6. Pre-dinner bevvy

7. Dinner.

8. Show

9. Post-show drinks.

10. Flop into bed.

I will be happy if about 30% of that plan actually comes to fruition 😛

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We like to grab a celebratory first drink at Schooner. Tour the ship some to get familiar. Get some lunch. Tour the spa to get in on the embarkation day raffle/giveaway.

After muster drill, my wife gets her traditional day one massage to help get further into vacation mode.

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We usually head to the Windjammer and grab a quick meal.  We are usually there right around the time that they start letting people onboard so it usually isn't that crowded.  After that we start walking around and getting our bearings in relation to where our room is.  From that point we are just like @arebee and whatever!!

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Actually... I think I just formed a new 'embarkation day' plan that I'm excited to try on our next cruise. 

Step 1: Get to port early and board as soon as possible! (Seriously, we'll probably be there by 10 AM.)

Step 2: Go straight to Cafe Promenade and grab a couple sandwiches and a beer

Step 3: Take those sandwiches with us and go find an awesome spot by the pool before it gets overrun

Step 4: Stay there all afternoon (at least until rooms are open)

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My next cruise (6 and a half months to go, but who's counting, amirite?) will be my first cruise solo and only my second cruise ever. (Explorer, South Pacific, March 2019)

This thread has been hugely informative for planning purposes! I hadn't got much past the "drink package, here I come - cue the party goblin!" 😁

So, here's the plan:

1. Arrive early!

2. Drink - and toast to the beginning of the rest of my new life sans overgrown man-child

3. Find a spot to sit and people watch

4. Spa open day - forgot totally about that! 

5. More drink! More people watching.

6. Check out cabin when ready

7. Food at some point, depending on hunger

8. MDR visit to secure two person table for solo dining

9. Muster drill

10. Sailaway party

And, like @KWofPerth, I'll be happy to achieve any part of this, so long as the first two items are done.

Oh, and I will be photographing my drinks, my stateroom, my view when people watching and everything else, and then posting it to social media. I want people to know just what a great time I'm having! 

 

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