|Mar 29, 2008, 12:31 PM|
United States, IA, Muscatine
Joined Feb 2005
Thought I would give a more detailed account of how they get you on the boat in a orderly and fast manner.
We departed from the port of Miami and was bused from the hotel to the port. Upon arrivel at the port, porters take your luggauge and get it to the right ship, make sure you use the ships baggage lables properly so you get your luggage promply, generlly the suite cases show up to your room by 10PM the day you board. Getting on the ship is just like flying, they run everything and you thru a Xray machine to look for the normal contraban, don't even attempt to bring on booze, it will be confiscated and kept untill the last night before arrive back at home port. You can get a few-1 6 pack of soda/pop on with you but even that is iffy. They check all passports and ID's rather quickly and get your picture taken for your onboard ID card which you will use for everything on the ship. Anything not included in your cruise price like drinks, water and meals get charged to your room as an onboard charge which can run up rather quickly if you arn't paying attention. A family from Norway which we met on the flight home ran up a $5000 charge for their 5 day cruise.Needless to say Dad was alittle upset.
Getting off the ship is a orderly manner also so listen to the annoucements and follow directions, don't get into big a hurry and its a pleasent experance.
One thing we did learn was that when asked if you wanted Avian water with your dinner or any other time, that bottle will cost you $40 so listen carefully and ask for the regular water as it is at no charge. Beer ran about $7 a bottle and pop was $3 for a 8oz glass. We went to the store onland in coseml and bought a bunch of 12oz cans and larger bottles. |
There is some extra tipping to be aware of, your room stewarts do alot of extra cleaning and bed making, twice a day so when you come back from breakfest or other activity your room will be fabuliously clean and made up with an animal on the bed.
More to come later.