Thursday, January 13, 2011

Attention Cruisers!

Our cruise is 66 days away.


I am not prepared! I'm excited, but not prepared! I don't really know what to expect, and I worry about getting seasick!

So we're going to be on the Norwegian Cruise ship "Spirit". Have any of you been on it? Talk to me about cruises you've taken. Give me tips, hints, shortcuts, things I should know. I have to book us flights to New Orleans, what time should we return....if the cruise docks at 8am how quickly we will be off it and able to get to the airport?

Talk to me, peeps.

22 comments:

Coffeypot said...

I love my cruses. You only have to take one dress outfit for the formal dining night. Other that that, just relax and enjoy the shows, the gambling, the dancing, the fresh sea air and your man. Free room service 24 hrs. Swimming, SPA’s, deck walking and ocean viewing. Look for flying fish, too. They are so cool, and if you are going in cold water, watch for whales.

Just relax and enjoy the experience. The biggest hassle is the boarding and un-boarding. Everything else is fun.

Helen said...

.. to add to what coffeypot said, if you disembark at 8am, I wouldn't book a flight home until early afternoon. Better to be safe than sorry. You are SO going to love this experience. Romantic beyond belief. I've been on three cruises, all on Carnival and in the Mexican Riveria part of the world. Just typing this brings back pleasant memories.

Bon Voyage!!!

Danica said...

I love cruising. I've only been once though. I remember getting sea legs though and falling down in the airport on the way home. LMAO

EAt at the mid night buffet. YUMMIE

I gained 7 lbs on my cruise! LOL Of course I lost it all the week we got back because no one can eat and drink like that forever.

Have fun!

dcr said...

all i did on my cruise was eat and have sex. it was PURE HEAVEN!

hope you have a fabulous time! i can't wait to hear your report!

Anonymous said...

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This website is helpful :)

LV said...

Julie, I have been on so many cruises, I lost count. To me that was the best way to go anywhere. However, now they have been having too many problems. Trust this one will be fine and you definitely will enjoy every minute of it. You should not get sea sick unless there is rough water. I only got that way once. We where in storm then. I hope they do not lose your luggage. They did mine on one. They bought me some cloths until they found it several days out at sea. Do not worry about dress. The captains party, they like you to dress up more. Other than that, casual, comfortable wear. Comfortable shoes. If you should get sea sick, they have a place on board that will give you something to help.

Konrad said...

That is really exciting! Ive never been on a cruise but that is something that is on my bucket list for sure. Ive always wanted to do that.

And that picture made me laugh.

B said...

The first and last time I ever smoked a cigar! The "put it on my tab" way of drinking can sneak up on you. If you swim onboard, remember people in the bar below may be able to see you. I was in the bar one day, and you wouldn't believe what people do underwater! I wore the wristbands and never got seasick once. I think you can get them in your pharmacy. I used to get sick deep sea fishing, so I was prepared for the worse, but never felt nauseous. Hope you have a great time!

Joanie said...

I am so jealous!! The best vacation I ever went on was a Caribbean cruise with my friend, Tina! I'd go again tomorrow if I could.

I agree with what everyone is telling you. Relax, have fun, keep an eye on your bar tab (you can check your account on your TV every day).

SSP said...

I used to work for one of the companies who produced the entertainment for NCL, and i got to go a couple of times...at that time (early 90s, the shows were amazing - hope they still are. Oh, and the crew bar is below sea level...

CI-Roller Dude said...

I know coffypot will try to tell you how great ship rides are, but I would only bring up things like the Titanic....etc.
in the sea, we become part of the food chain.

gayle said...

You are going to have a wonderful time!! Make sure you do not pack you boarding pass to get on the crusie ship! Sounds dumb but someone did one time(not me). Keep all your papers in your carry on bag! We always have over packed and you really don't have to. If it's just going to be you two then you really don't need a bunch of fancy clothes because you don't have them on that long and you can wear them more than once. Get a cute cover up for you swimsuit because you can wear that around the ship. You probably will not get sick! My husband gets seasick and he didn't. Make sure you have people take pictures of you two together. Don't take new shoes to walk in. I did and they about killed my feet even though I thought they were comfortable. Where are you going? If you think of anymore questions be sure to just ask. Sounds like there are several of us that have been on cruises.

Vegas Linda Lou said...

I don't know a thing about cruises, but I've been to New Orleans about 15 times. Let me know if you're planning on spending any time there.

stinkerbelle said...

You're arriving back in New Orleans at 8am? Don't book a flight right outta there! Plan to stay another 2-3 days and enjoy the city! There are so many wonderful B&B's to stay at and so many fabulous places to go and see! Eat at Court of Two Sisters for the lunch buffet, do a walking tour of Haunted New Orleans, take the street cars down St. Charles and see the garden district and eat at Galatoire's, one of the oldest restaurants there! Forget Bourbon Street and explore the Cabildo and St. Louis Cathedral, the French Market and all things historical! Jump on this opportunity!

Cher' Shots said...

As many adventures as I've been on, I have never done the cruise thing (yet) so SORRY - can't be of any help to you. BUT - have a wonderful time and should I ever take a cruise I will know who to turn to with my questions. lol 'hugs from afar'

ModernMom said...

Oh how exciting! I have never taken a cruise but do know my MIL swears by a patch she puts behind her ear. She cruises a couple times a year and is never sea sick.

Emily said...

You'll be off the boat by 9:30am or so (we docked in Tampa at 8am, off at 9:30am yesterday). Carnival says to not book anything before noon just in case there are issues clearing customs/getting to port, etc.

Just know that they nickel and dime ya the whole way - so be prepared for $8 fruity drinks, $2 sodas (unless they have a drink package), and lots of "add ons."

Best website for cruising - Cruisecritic.com - go to the "boards" and click on your cruise line - you'll be able to find the answers to all of your questions! :)

Dr. Penny said...

Wristbands (acupuncture) is what I used on all of my cruises and they worked fine. Got really sick once in rough water and took Dramamine that made me so sleepy I missed a whole day of fun. Or you can get the patch that you wear behind your ear -- works for some, doesn't for others. Flight should be early afternoon -- they get you off that boat fast to get ready for the next load. Luggage loss can be an issue (twice for me), so a carry on with swimsuit, change of clothes and necessities is not a bad idea. You don't need to be prepared in any other way except to have a damn good time -- everything you will need is on board, just bring the man!!!

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Mandy said...

Hi Julie...I'm here via Linda Lou. I cruised a number of times and have 2 upcoming (March & June). Don't worry, you will have a wonderful time. We always take Dramamine with us. I take one just before boarding and then one or two a day for the 1st couple days. You will be fine unless you hit a big storm/really rough seas. On our last cruise we marveled at how still the ocean was. At night it looked like an ice rink, shimmering under the moonlight. So beautiful. Take lots of pictures and save all the random papers you get..port maps, daily activity sheets, menus, etc. Cruise vacations lend to great scrapbooks!! Hope you have a great time :) -- Mandy

Ginger said...

My husband and I went on a cruise for my 50th birthday. I had never been on one either. I do have one piece of advice, one that I wish someone would have told me: Fly to the port you are sailing out of THE DAY BEFORE! We almost missed the ship, because our original flight was cancelled, then the SECOND flight the airline booked ofr us was cancelled. Then we had to drive to ANOTHER city, an hour and a half away to catch a THIRD flight, which we almost missed. We sailed out of Ft. Lauderdale, and the ship stopped letting passengers board at 4 pm. We were literally RUNNING up the plank at 3:55 pm!

jessica (jaded) said...

I was actually on the Norwegian Spirit, check out my old blog and go to the October 2008 section...that's when i cruised.
Tips - Your fare includes food and beverages limited to coffee, juice and tea. NO SODA and NO ALCOHOL! I would suggest buying the soda card and sharing with the other passenger. It’s usually unlimited for the entire trip. Indulge in daily drink specials as they are usually a great discount. Buy whatever ‘bucket/helmet of beer’ they offer (if you like beer - I don't)...you'll understand when you get there.
Tips are done automatically so don't leave any extra unless the service was amazing.
The night before you leave you will receive an itemized bill of all your expenses taped to your door, make sure to review it and correct it IMMEDIATELY if there are errors b/c if you wait till the next day you will face a very looooooooong line. Thankfully I’ve never had an issue with my bill, but I’ve seen the lines – not cute.
On all my cruises (5 of them) I’ve been off the ship within an hour of arrival.
Spa services are usually 50% off the day you arrive in port at any destination. I still enjoyed my day but scheduled a massage early in the day or late in the evening.
The 'broadway' shows are spectacular. Make sure you go to the specialty restaurant 'tepanyaki' (my spelling is likely waaaaaayyyyyyy off!). We’ve always enjoyed the meal there and the cook made a fun performance of our meal.
Have a blast.
I’m jealous.