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Old 11-26-2012, 06:02 AM   #1
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What should we do first thing?

It's getting close and I'm getting excited!

We're two adults, no children; with an early (11:00 am) boarding time.

What SHOULD we do right away after we board? And what suggestions do you all have for fun, too!?


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Old 11-26-2012, 06:33 AM   #2
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The 11:00 AM time is not your boarding time, it's your port arrival time. Boarding time will be approximately 1130-11:45 or whenever they are ready for guests.

My first suggestion would be to go to lunch. We always head to Cabanas on Pool Deck 11 for a wonderful buffet. One of the rotation restaurants will also have a buffet set up (not as large as Cabanas) so you can choose which you would prefer.

Your Cabin will not be ready for you until 1:30 so you may wish to explore the ship until then.

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Old 11-26-2012, 06:44 AM   #3
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Yes I second eat first then explore the ship. This is the only time you can go into the spa and see the rooms there, or kids club if you just want to see what it looks like. They all have open house.
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Old 11-26-2012, 07:27 AM   #4
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Another vote for "Eating" ... And if you're a bit adventurous hit the Aqua Duck before the line get to long. After that take stroll & check the ship, especially places (Palo/Remy, lounges, the Spa etc.) you plan to visit.
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Old 11-26-2012, 07:46 AM   #5
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The first thing we always do is lunch at Cabanas/Topsiders/Beach Blanket. Then we go to dining changes to make sure we got a table for just our family. If it's 1:30pm by that time we go to our room, if not you can window shop at the stores on deck 3/4.
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Old 11-26-2012, 07:52 AM   #6
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If you do not have all the reservations you want, you should make them --first, before other people are on board and the lines are longer. This would be Palo, Remy, shore excursions, tastings, etc.

Once you have your excursions, go to lunch (Enchanted Garden/Parrot Cay will be a buffet with beverage service, Cabanas/Topsiders will be a buffet). Then explore and have fun.
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Old 11-26-2012, 07:59 AM   #7
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1. Go check out your room. Look in all the empty closets, look in the bathroom, sit on the bed, sit on the couch, go out on the verandah if you have one and look around, pick up the phone to see if it works, check out your excursion tickets which might be in your room in an envelope, check out the wavephone things, turn on the TV and flip thru the channels, go to the bathroom, 'claim' a side of the bed, 'claim' the set of drawers you want for your clothes.

This will take about 10 minutes.

2. Go eat.

3. Walk around the ship exploring.

4. Go to room to see if your luggage has shown up yet. If it has, unpack.

5. Go up on deck and have a drink of the day and see what is on the big screen mid-ship.

6. Read the Navigator to see what is going on that night and what movies and shows will be shown when/where during your cruise.

7. Stare over the side of the ship at the dock workers and see if you can find your luggage among the thousands of bags being loaded.
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:02 AM   #8
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I agree with eating too! . We really enjoyed sitting down in parrot cay and relaxing a bit after getting on. The hallways to the rooms are blocked off until they are done cleaning so we had time to eat before we were even allowed in.
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:46 AM   #9
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You will not have access to your cabin till 1:30. If you have an 11:00 port arrival time, you'll be boarding before noon. SO you can't go to your cabin to dump carry ons or check things out. Do the other things first--get your dining table, reservations, etc. all set and eat. By that time, you'll usually be able to get to your room.
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Old 11-26-2012, 10:12 AM   #10
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Didn't think about the early boarding time. You don't have to board that early. We usually wait till early afternoon and then there are no lines to get thru security and no lines to check in or get on the ship.
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Old 11-26-2012, 10:22 AM   #11
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Didn't think about the early boarding time. You don't have to board that early. We usually wait till early afternoon and then there are no lines to get thru security and no lines to check in or get on the ship.
Early afternoon boarding also means you can drop off your carry-on luggage in your room immediately, and not haul it all over the ship as you explore.

Only drawback -- if you eat lunch too late you won't have as much time to work up an appetite for dinner, especially if you have main dining.

For pre-cruise "entertainment" DH likes to take the mickey head shaped cheddar crackers from our DCL castaway cay backpack out onto the verandah and throw them to the seagulls. The scavengers are overly friendly.
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Old 11-26-2012, 12:42 PM   #12
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For pre-cruise "entertainment" DH likes to take the mickey head shaped cheddar crackers from our DCL castaway cay backpack out onto the verandah and throw them to the seagulls. The scavengers are overly friendly.
Ha! My kids won't even eat those. They think they taste funny (and I agree!). I have two containers from my last cruise...maybe I'll go feed the birds!
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Old 11-26-2012, 12:11 PM   #13
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Do the other things first--get your dining table, reservations, etc. all set and eat. By that time, you'll usually be able to get to your room.
Where do you go to change Palo reservations? I thought this option was not available until 1:00?
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:59 PM   #14
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Where do you go to change Palo reservations? I thought this option was not available until 1:00?
In my experience, it depends on the ship. On the Magic, it has always been open as soon as we boarded (we're platinum, so usually board right away). On the Wonder, it didn't open till 1:00 supposedly, but after being "shoo"ed away at 12:30 and returning at 12:55, it was in full swing.

On the Fantasy, it was open at noon--I don't know how much earlier.

Look at the Navigator to determine where it is--I've seen it in lots of places depending on the cruise.
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Old 11-26-2012, 11:04 AM   #15
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We had a 11:30 port arrival time. Our driver got us there at 11:00. We didn't have to wait in a security line up. We also didn't have to wait for the check in counter either. We got boarding number 9. We were on the ship by noon. We ate at Flos, near Cabanas. We then took the kids to the Aquaduck and pool. We hung out there until around 3:00. We then explored the kids clubs a bit, then went to our tool and unpacked. Everything went very smooth.
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