Wow! Ok, I have read EVERY SINGLE POST in this 56 page thread.
I've emailed myself 4 times with things I want to remember for our second cruise on Glory Sept 2.
Here are my tips...
Carnival is a COKE ship...They do not carry Pepsi products. The Western Caribbean is ALSO a COKE dominated itinerary. If you are a (Mt Dew) Pepsi person...BRING YOUR OWN. (Poor Hubby...He still shivers at the thought of our last cruise)
The walkie talkies didn't work for us. We could hear other people trying to contact each other...but we could never hear each other.
Our last cruise was on Glory. We had an interior room. We had a fridge and we had robes. We asked for the fridge to be locked, though. We got a chocolate specialty cake for my husband's birthday and it wasn't that great. We talked about keeping the Carnival beach towel, but the one we had was stained, so we threw it on the floor to get a new one...we didn't get a new one. Our steward just kept picking it up, folding it and putting it back on the bed for us to use. :(
Here's a biggie...WALK EVERYWHERE. Do NOT take the elevators. Take the stairs. No lines...AND you'll work off all that food you eat.
Don't be afraid to do separate things...just pick a time to meet back up - in the room, at the coffee shop, at the ice cream place...wherever.
Dramamine. Take it before bed. It works 24 hours. You'll have any side effects while you are sleeping and you'll awake bright eyed, bushy tailed and sans seasickness.
We had one couple at our table who really wanted to order more than one entre or dessert, but were afraid to look like pigs, so once I found that out, I made sure to order two of something each night...until she realized it was ok and joined me on the 5th or 6th night.
We had late seating so we wouldn't hit the midnight buffet...no worries about over stuffing ourselves (we didn't even see it until the 4th or 5th night when we stumbled upon it by accident.) Plus, we got in a nap before dinner. We did, however, always have ice cream before turning in for the evening, though.
I like the idea of ordering brownies or chocolate chip cookies from room service and taking them to the ice cream machine and dousing them accordingly...we WILL be doing that this time around.
For newbies...I get cold easily. The dining room was ALWAYS freezing. Make sure to take something nice that goes with your formal dress that will keep you warm. We had to buy a shawl in port because I only had sweatshirts and non-fancy warm-wear.
GO TO THE CAPTAIN"S COCKTAIL PARTY...and try the drinks, even if it doesn't look like something you'd particularly like! THEY ARE FREE! I found out that I just LOVE lime martini's!! I can't find them anywhere else like the ship ones, but we can't wait to get back on board...for the lime martini's and the mochaccino's from the coffee bar (They use Giardelli chocolate and...drrrrooool....whipped cream. Hence the "walk everywhere")
We always arrived first at dinner and had a blast messing with our tablemates by moving all around the table and sitting in different places each night. It was interesting to see what order the seats filled up...and that it changed as the week progressed and we got to know each other better.
That's good for now...Waiting (im)patiently for Glory 9/2...45 days:rolleyes: