Taking a Cruise

  • Latenight30

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    Feb 13, 2011 12:53 PM GMT
    It's not an Atlantis cruise but my partner of 9 years and I are going on the Navigator of the Seas.
    I am so excited to get away. No phone no motor car.
    I have been on a cruise once before, Disney Magic. It was right up there with Disney standards.
    What do you guys like to do on the cruises? Do you keep up with your work outs? Do you find other things to do like wall climbing and some very active excursions?
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    Feb 13, 2011 3:25 PM GMT
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    I thought taking a cruise meant freaking out on television.
  • Muscmasmat

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    Feb 13, 2011 4:02 PM GMT
    I love cruising. I do continue my workout schedule. You may be eating more than you would at home, so excercising is important, if you want to maintain some weight control and keep your muscle tone.

    One of the things I love to do is just take a book and sit out on the deck (the one with all the deck chairs, not by the pool), read, and watch the ocean and scenary as it passes. Typically it is quiet and there is a nice breeze. I will take a nap and just totally relax, alone. Of course sitting by the pool can be fun also.

    I enjoy active/adventure excursions, such as scuba diving, snorkling, zip-lining, hiking and also exursions to historic places or museums.

    I enjoy going to the formal dining room in the evening. The food is typically delicious (depending on the cruise line of course), you get to try varied cuisine, and you get to meet different people, if they have open seating.

    I go to the evening shows, if they are something I am interested in. Depending on the cruise line of course, some are these have talent that rivals Broadway shows.

    I don't ever go to the casino, art auctions, or spa, but you might find these interesting/enjoyable, fun.

    You are going with your partner, but I would suggest that you don't have to go everywhere and do everything together. Try to be alone awhile and relax and do what you want to do, instead of having to always discuss it and compromise on a daily plan. Of course you will want to spend a significant time together.

    The best plan is just to have fun, do what you want to do, and enjoy the scenary.

    Have a great time!
  • IdkMyBffJill

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    Feb 13, 2011 4:19 PM GMT
    I'm a huge cruise fan. We've gone on 3, in the last year alone.
    The things to do will vary with the cruise line and what ports you will be hitting.

    - Gym: I've found pretty reasonable gym accomodations to be the norm
    - Spa: Relaxing massage or whatever you prefer
    - Relaxing by the pool/reading a book/swimming
    - Formal Dinners - most of the cruises do have at least 2 formal nights per week, where you can get all dressed up and be festive
    - Excursions - sometimes the excursions through the cruise are amazing. However they do tend to go to tourist attractions, so for some ports you may want to do some pre-planning and make your own plans. WIth that said, I've really enjoyed most of the excursions we've done. There are usually enough options that you can find something that you'll enjoy.
    - Shows at night - if you are into that sort of thing, they usually tend to be pretty good. A lot of the cruises also have live music venues, and plenty of bars/clubs with dancing and such.
    - Casino - drink and waste some money, etc..

    Have fun!
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    Feb 13, 2011 5:58 PM GMT
    Running on the treadmill on a ship was an interesting experience. When the ship rocked forward you gained a bounce and it felt like walking in space. When it rocked the other way it grounded you into the machine and you felt 20 lbs heavier. I guess depending on the waters you hit the constant movement makes it difficult to work out.

    Also there's way too much food available.
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    Ariodante saidRunning on the treadmill on a ship was an interesting experience. When the ship rocked forward you gained a bounce and it felt like walking in space. When it rocked the other way it grounded you into the machine and you felt 20 lbs heavier. I guess depending on the waters you hit the constant movement makes it difficult to work out.

    Also there's way too much food available.


    Yes and an annoying # of ships put the gym right forward on a top deck where the motion is the most pronounced.

    I also love cruises and have been on many. Don't feel like you have to rush from one activity to the other like summer camp. Do some homework about the ports of call and figure out what you want to do in advance. Often you can get excursions cheaper than the cruise line offers them.

    I'm a huge fan of cruisecritic.com. You can register on a bulletin board for your exact sailing and converse with other people who will be on the ship at the same time. I did this the first time for our most recent cruise this past August, and I knew about 50 people before ever going on board. There was a meet-and-greet on the first day out so we all could put names to faces.

    Two families had been on this particular itinerary before and had great knowledge of the islands we were visiting. I went with them on excursions they had picked and was extremely grateful both for the company and the experience they offered. I'm now Facebook friends with a number of people from that cruise and one of them donated a pretty nice chunk of change when I did a walk for suicide prevention.

    There is also a LGBT board on Cruise Critic although there was only one other couple (lesbians) who registered on my sailing and then ended up going AWOL for the get-togethers, so we never ended up meeting up.
  • CAtoFL

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    Feb 13, 2011 6:38 PM GMT
    You're going on the right ship. Royal Caribbean is more activity oriented than Disney (and less kids-oriented).

    There will be a lot to do onboard. The gyms are usually good with a fairly good selection of cardio machines. But the best time to workout is early in the morning.

    The rock climbing wall will be fun. Don't wait until the last day to try it - there will be a crowd of people who will want to fit it in at the last minute.

    I agree with njmeanwhile that cruisecritic.com is a good site to pre-meet gay folks. I've written a couple of reviews for them that they use, so I'm biased. But once onboard, check the bulletin board down in the Royal Promenade. People will post "Friends of Dorothy" meetings. That's the code for a getogether of the GLBT people. If you don't see one posted, post one yourself. There's no cost and you'll meet a few fellow gay people.

    Also, if you guys want to meet the gay crew, say 'hi' and make friends with the Cruise Staff at the Sailaway Party. Let them know you guys are together. The word will spread among the staff. Also, ask them which club the Royal Caribbean Singers & Dancers frequent after their shows. There's usually some gay folk among the show's staff, and you can meet and mingle with them. Another clue to meeting gay crew - wear something that they would recognize as gay for your welcome aboard pic. An HRC shirt, a rainbow wristband, gay pride shirt, etc. Some of the crew looks at welcome aboard pics to find the gay passengers that have embarked. Also, if you're bold enough, ask your Cabin Steward what the best way to meet other gay folks onboard is. He'll introduce himself to you on the first day.

    I think you'll get out of the cruise what you put into it. So, don't be afraid to dance to the pool band, do karaoke, do the music trivia contests, etc. You're not going to see the other passengers again, so don't be bashful. Also, don't miss the parades in the Royal Promenade - they're really pretty fun.

    If you're drinking at the pool, overtip to begin with. You'll find the bar staff will then be pouring you a lot more alcohol. Don't be crazy with it, but if you can afford to, go for a tip at least in the 20-33% range. That's all that's needed to have them get a little liberal with their pours.

    Since you're going with your partner, you might also want to consider a romantic dinner at one of the specialty restaurants. Some people balk at the idea of paying for eating in the specialty dining venues. But it can be worth the experience. If you're interested in dining in a specialty restaurant book it the first day. You'll get a much better selection of times to choose from. And make sure it's not for a day when you have a late shore excursion already planned.

    Similarly, book any spa treatments the first day (in the spa/gym area). You can get them cheaper during the rest of the week if you book during a port day. But I find it's simpler just to book early and block out the time. Again, make sure any spa treatments don't conflict with any shore excursion plans.

    One caveat - cruising can be addictive. I've been on 74 cruises and spent over a year of my life as a cruise passenger. Heroin would've been cheaper.

    Above all, HAVE FUN!!!

    P,S,: A couple of other things ... First, carry your swimsuit onboard with you when you embark. A lot of people pack it in their luggage and miss out on using the pool during the first day. Second, TURN OFF your cell phone once onboard. Royal Carib has a cell phone system onboard their ships that will allow you to receive calls and texts - except they will be charged at international rates. So, turn the phone OFF and stick it in your room safe until you're back home.
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    Feb 13, 2011 9:13 PM GMT
    I took two cruises, both times when I was pretty young. I was in the sixth grade when I went on a 4 day cruise aboard the Radiance of the Seas to British Columbia, and I was in the eighth grade when we took a 7 day cruise on the Golden Princess to the Eastern Caribbean for Thanksgiving to see my dad's side of the family, who lives all the way in Chicago and who I never get to see.

    Our destinations on the second one were St. Maarten, St. Thomas, in addition to the "Princess Cays" (part of the Bahamas).

    I was little yes, but I still had a very awesome time, and I could imagine that if I went again as a legal 21+ adult, I would've had an even better time!

    In my honest opinion, screw the exercise (unless it's something you actually really enjoy doing, in which case, for love of God, don't NOT do it!) A cruise is vacation time, everything goes, so just sit back, get a tan, take a dip in da pool, eat lavishly at formal dinners, win some in the casino, dance at the nightclubs, take a trip to town at ports of call, and just have a good time! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 13, 2011 9:19 PM GMT
    never been on one, but thinking about it for this year. My partner's Mom is 90 and loves to travel, so we're thinking a cruise would be easier for her than a land trip. Hoping for a Medierranean cruise. Have a great time on yours!
  • Latenight30

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    Feb 14, 2011 2:20 AM GMT
    Thank you all for your input. It makes me even more excited about this trip.
    "Friends of Dorothy" Excellent tip.
    Bon Voyage!
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    Feb 14, 2011 2:37 AM GMT
    Oh, I forgot that the Navigator (like all the Voyager class ships) has an awesome two-story nightclub. Can't wait to hear about your trip!