The last day of our cruise was spent at sea and while it was an enjoyable and relaxing day, there’s not much to say about it. Sleeping in, reading, comedy shows. That about sums it up.
- Buy soda beforehand or in a port – each person is allowed to carry on a 12 pack of soda (or water) and it is going to cost you SO much less than buying a soda card ($51pp = 5 sodas a day to get your money’s worth!)
- Make sure to bring a sweatshirt AND a cardigan – sweatshirt for while you are sitting on the top deck because it can be windy and a cardigan for the dining rooms because they keep them cold!
- Only bring 1 pair of flip flops and 1 pair of dress shoes – any more will be a waste of space in your bag and unnecessary
- Duct tape, surge protector, over the door shoe hanger and all the other CRAP people say you HAVE to bring is completely a waste. You won’t need any of it. And if you do, you’re weird and are just some hoarder-type extreme over packer.
- Try to book a room on a higher deck – we were on the 7th deck and it was a perfect location. Close enough to all the food and pools and the restaurants and common areas.
- Anytime dining is the best option – you can eat whenever and don’t need to worry about what time it is. You eat when you’re hungry. It costs the same amount of money and you never wait more than 10 minutes for a table.
- DON’T book excursions through the cruise line. You can find things to do on your own. Go to the Cruise Critic boards and research options in each port. If you book through the cruise line, you will be over paying.
- Sneaking alcohol on board is incredibly easy. We got an empty box of joe from Starbucks then ripped out the bladder from the inside and filled it with vodka. Wrapped it in a sweatshirt and put it in our checked suitcase. I enjoyed several arnold palmers throughout the week and didn’t spend an arm and a leg on a bar bill.
There are so many more tips that I could give, but that would be a waste of time. You can read my cruise critic review of our cruise here – http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=93510. Also, if you have any questions about Carnival cruises or the ports that I went to, please let me know!
While I had an amazing time on our cruise, I can’t say that I would cruise Carnival again. Carnival is at the bottom of the barrel when it comes to cruise lines. I would however go back to each port that we visited, and that to me is what matters!