going on my first cruise.....any tips?

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Posted: 1/29/2013 12:27:47 PM
a private charter ohio state buckeye cruise for cancer...it leaves in a few weeks. five days, no kids! after the past 6 months we've had, i can say we've turned a corner and deserve a break!

anything i should plan on taking, doing, seeing, scheduling???

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Posted: 1/29/2013 12:31:56 PM
Don't plan out every minute of every day. Give yourself flex time and be open to new experiences.

Take sunscreen in a few different containers and take more lip balm than you would think you'd need.

A backpack is a great way to carry things on excursions.

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Posted: 1/29/2013 12:38:05 PM
funny you mentioned lip balm. there was a thread about that the other day.

thanks for the ideas!

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Posted: 1/29/2013 2:00:24 PM
Take a power extension cord. There is rarely more than one outlet in the entire cabin. I was on a luxury cruise and we nearly fainted -- they gave us two! Even having a whole one to myself, I was rotating iPhone chargers, camera battery chargers, flat irons.



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Posted: 1/29/2013 2:18:23 PM
Eat the buckeyes - my aunt helps make them and they are yummy!

Research your ports. At some ports it is okay to go with zero plans because there is shopping, a beach, or something to do nearby. But some ports only have limited shopping at the port then everything else requires a taxi/bus ride somewhere. Have fun!


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Posted: 1/29/2013 2:22:14 PM
Bring a nausea patch, just in case!!!

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Posted: 1/29/2013 2:24:08 PM
pack two bathing suits, and a coverup that can pass for dress up so you can just pop it on and head to a lounge.

Comfy shoes. Not kidding.

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Posted: 1/29/2013 2:47:22 PM
go to cruisecritic.com and look at suggestions.


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Posted: 1/29/2013 3:13:41 PM
Don't overpack as there is very little storage space! The patch may help if you are worried about getting sea sick but the best thing to remember it to look out at the horizon not down at the motion of the ocean! Everyone has given you some excellent suggestions!

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Posted: 1/29/2013 3:23:30 PM
now i'm afraid of being seasick.

i'll definitely get a patch. i won't overpack, because i want to bring home a couple of autographed eddie george footballs for my boys!

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Posted: 1/29/2013 3:40:37 PM
I also recommend going to cruisecritic.com and reading up about your cruise line, ports of call, excursions, etc.



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Posted: 1/29/2013 4:07:55 PM
I strongly agree about the power strip! There was one outlet in our room and we brought 2 power strips. One for my friend and one for me. Worked out great with charging all that needed to be charged, hair dryers, hair straighteners etc.

Bring an extra bag for souvenirs/extras that you accumulate on the trip. You will be surprised what you might bring back.

Have a great time! Cruises are the best and be prepared to be spoiled rotten for 5 days.

I actually got teary eyed saying goodbye to the waitress/co-waiter we had at dinner, the bartender I always went too. They knew my name within 24 hours and by day 2 they remembered what I liked to drink/eat. You will truly be spoiled and cared for!


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Posted: 1/29/2013 5:34:30 PM
Take an over the door cheap shoe organizer for all the little stuff , hair brush, chargers, etc, then just leave it at end of cruise

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Posted: 1/29/2013 6:32:19 PM

Bring a nausea patch, just in case!!!

FYI: One of the side effects of the patch is dilated pupils/blurred vision. It doesn't happen to everyone, but happened to both my daughter and a few weeks ago. I thought she was just being a complaining pre-teen when she said her glasses/contacts weren't working. Then, I woke up the next morning and couldn't see or read anything directly in front of me. THAT was nauseating!! We had to buy readers at the gift shop in order to get through the day. The blurriness lasted about 18-24 hours AFTER the patch was removed.

I settled on the wristbands (which I have done before and they worked) after I was able to see again!



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Posted: 1/29/2013 6:53:13 PM
I used non-drowsy generic dramamine and was fine.

I brought Clorox wipes and wiped down every surface and handle. Also brought a small Lysol spray to spray the shower tub and bathroom floor. Extreme, I know, but they turn arounfd those cruise ships in a few hours and I had no idea who was living in that room before me.

Extension cord, power strip, your own hairdyer.

An extra bag, like a Vera Bradley duffle bag, tucked in your suitcase in case you need more room for goodies.

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Posted: 1/29/2013 8:05:25 PM
Those patches do work great,but a whole one was too much for me,so I cut it in half and had no more trouble with blurry vision,etc.



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Posted: 1/29/2013 9:14:19 PM
check with your cell service....for some there are outrageous charges when used outside the U.S.......

we're leaving 2/9 from new orleans for a 7 day cruise....it will be our 6th!

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Posted: 1/30/2013 1:05:44 AM
The first and only time we went on a 3day cruise ( to BAja)- I got seasick, and so did my mil.
I got the wristbands, and they worked great! So I'd recommend getting them before you get on the ship just to make sure.
I even kept them on after we got home for a day.

Cruises are nice for lots of people - just not me.

Have a great time.

Oh, I agree that you don't need much.
, but if you shop, then go for bringing a duffel bag.

The staff was very nice. You will feel pampered.


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Posted: 1/30/2013 1:31:23 AM
I took the 24 hour "non drowsy" bonine starting the night before my cruise. It makes me drowsy, but by taking it at night it acted as a mild sleep aid which helped since I don't sleep well in new places. By morning the sleepiness had worn off but the motion sickness stayed under control. I just took it every night when I got ready for bed.

The shoe organizer is a great tip but please don't leave it behind. The cruise line will not leave it for the next occupants to use. It and hundreds of others just become more trash to be left in the ports. Take it home and re-purpose it there or save it for your next cruise.

I use a cpap and needed an extension cord to be able to plug it in. The ONE plug in the cabin was not located near the bed.

If you don't want to mess with dress up night and carrying dress clothes there will be other options for eating that meal that don't require you dress in your finest.

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Posted: 1/30/2013 1:32:52 AM
Bring a large covered drink container. The cups at the water/iced tea stations are tiny. It's nice to be able to fill up with extra ice and fluid for sitting by the pool.

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Posted: 1/30/2013 7:39:06 AM
oh my! these are fantastic tips!! thank you!!!!


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Posted: 1/30/2013 7:42:41 AM
If you think you might get seasick, start taking ginger capsules a couple of days before you leave, and continue to take them for the duration of your trip (and a couple of days after).

Also, have fun!

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Posted: 1/30/2013 7:50:46 AM
I second the ginger capsules. Absolutely no side effects for me and never even a twinge of queasy. But even the non-drowsy Bonine and Dramamine made me groggy and foggy.

Pack comfortable clothes and shoes. I brought 4 bathing suits for 7 days as we had a number of water-based excursions and suits can be crammed into anywhere in a suitcase. Don't forget workout clothes if you exercise. Most ships have a great gym on board.

Sunscreen, aloe, neosporin, cortisone cream, bandaids, Benedryl (if you have allergies), Immodium, and chapstick are all great to have on hand.

I found sundresses to be more useful than shorts because I could slip them over a bathing suit (which is was in most days). Oh, and a hat and sunglasses.

Have fun!

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Posted: 1/30/2013 7:57:54 AM
Another person recommending cruisecritic.com!

Store your suitcases under the bed so you have more room in your closet. You can store your dirty laundry there as well.

If you are prone to seasickness, take something. I am very prone to it and started bonine two days before the cruise and was absolutely fine. No nausea or sleepiness.

Don't worry about doing everything. Relax and have a good time. If there is a show you really want to see, make online reservations. Otherwise, play it by ear!

I've only been on one cruise, but I see you are going on Jewel of the Seas and RCI is a great company.

I'm going to Coco Cay in the fall, so let us know how it was!

The best advice I found on Cruise Critic? Take half the clothes you think you'll need and twice the money. Turns out to be very true!


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Posted: 1/30/2013 8:03:48 AM
Yes, cruisecritic is essential!!!


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Posted: 1/30/2013 11:14:58 PM
If you've never taken Bonine, I don't know if the first cruise is the time. My MIL and SIL/BIL and all their kids all took it the first day of our cruise as a precaution because they were worried about possible seasickness. It made them all so tired, they were asleep in their dinner plates by 6 p.m. and in bed by 7 - no fun! They skipped it for the rest of the cruise because they didn't want to lose any more time. And it was the "non-drowsy" kind.

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