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Old 06-30-2013, 11:38 PM   #1
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Red face Help me slow down my cruise!!

Does anyone else feel like their cruise blows by too quickly? I really tried to savor every moment on our last cruise but I can't help but feel like the whole thing went way too fast. I'm planning for our next cruise and I'm trying to rethink some things. Any tips will be appreciated.
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Old 06-30-2013, 11:45 PM   #2
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we haven't even taken our first cruise yet(in aug) but I am already feeling like it will go by too quick and how will I see and do it all! guess I will be forced to book another real soon!
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Old 06-30-2013, 11:59 PM   #3
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I hear you! Ours was a 7 night, but I swear it was as if we blinked and it was over. I poured over these boards and really felt like I was as prepared as I could be, but there were still about a hundred things we didn't get to do or we forgot about. Oh well, it just means we will have to go back!
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Old 07-01-2013, 12:23 AM   #4
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My favorite thing to do is to take a minute to step out of the atrium area (especially when it's crazy crowded or loud) and just go on Deck 4 and enjoy the sea. It is so beautiful out there when the ship is sailing. That slows down time a lot
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Old 07-01-2013, 07:38 AM   #5
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Get up early.
Watch sunrise.
Play a game of shuffleboard or go for a run.
You can usually have two hours mostly to yourself if you wake up at/before dawn and wander around taking pictures/going for a jog/enjoying the ship.
Only take the kids to the Mickey pool right when it opens. They can have tons of fun before it gets crazy. Either eat room service beforehand or pick up some Topsiders afterwards.
Skip the sailaway party and go get a spa treatment/pedicure/etc. slows me down in no time. I only have done this once, but sooooo calming.
Go out on deck after dinner and watch the stars. The longer you look, the more you'll see. It's really amazing how many stars you can see at sea compared to land.
Breathe.
Pick one must do activity a day then ignore the navigator. You're going to be back onboard anyhow.
Let your kids enjoy the clubs.
Skip the stage shows that you don't think will be your favorite.
Skip the MDRs at least one per cruise. They tend to be a bit frenetic for me.
Head to Palo at least once. (Slow relaxed dining!)

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Old 07-01-2013, 08:29 AM   #6
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Get up early.
Watch sunrise.
Play a game of shuffleboard or go for a run.
You can usually have two hours mostly to yourself if you wake up at/before dawn and wander around taking pictures/going for a jog/enjoying the ship.
Only take the kids to the Mickey pool right when it opens. They can have tons of fun before it gets crazy. Either eat room service beforehand or pick up some Topsiders afterwards.
Skip the sailaway party and go get a spa treatment/pedicure/etc. slows me down in no time. I only have done this once, but sooooo calming.
Go out on deck after dinner and watch the stars. The longer you look, the more you'll see. It's really amazing how many stars you can see at sea compared to land.
Breathe.
Pick one must do activity a day then ignore the navigator. You're going to be back onboard anyhow.
Let your kids enjoy the clubs.
Skip the stage shows that you don't like.
Skip the MDRs at least one per cruise. They tend to be a bit frenetic for me.
Head to Palo at least once. (Slow relaxed dining!)
This is some of the best advice I could have asked for, and a good reminder of the perspective I need to keep when planning my upcoming trip. THANKS!
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Old 07-01-2013, 08:52 AM   #7
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Get up early.
Watch sunrise.
Play a game of shuffleboard or go for a run.
You can usually have two hours mostly to yourself if you wake up at/before dawn and wander around taking pictures/going for a jog/enjoying the ship.
I agree 1000%. It's my favorite thing to do.
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Old 07-01-2013, 09:01 AM   #8
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Get up early.
Watch sunrise.
Play a game of shuffleboard or go for a run.
You can usually have two hours mostly to yourself if you wake up at/before dawn and wander around taking pictures/going for a jog/enjoying the ship.
Only take the kids to the Mickey pool right when it opens. They can have tons of fun before it gets crazy. Either eat room service beforehand or pick up some Topsiders afterwards.
Skip the sailaway party and go get a spa treatment/pedicure/etc. slows me down in no time. I only have done this once, but sooooo calming.
Go out on deck after dinner and watch the stars. The longer you look, the more you'll see. It's really amazing how many stars you can see at sea compared to land.
Breathe.
Pick one must do activity a day then ignore the navigator. You're going to be back onboard anyhow.
Let your kids enjoy the clubs.
Skip the stage shows that you don't like.
Skip the MDRs at least one per cruise. They tend to be a bit frenetic for me.
Head to Palo at least once. (Slow relaxed dining!)
As said, this is great advice. And then book a 14 night repo cruise!
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Old 07-01-2013, 09:10 AM   #9
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Let your kids enjoy the clubs.
Skip the stage shows that you don't like.
Skip the MDRs at least one per cruise. They tend to be a bit frenetic for me.
Head to Palo at least once. (Slow relaxed dining!)
My DW and I decided to do this and will continue. We skip a couple of meals and eat "whatever" we feel like. We've also skipped a few shows. You only have so many hours on a cruise.......I don't want to waste them doing things just because they're scheduled. It feels so good NOT to have to change for dinner or constantly focus on the time because a show starts in 30 minutes. People spend multiple hours a day focused on "what's next". I don't want to be tied to a schedule on vacation. Despite moving slower, I experience more this way. Instead of getting ready for an hour, sitting in the MDR'S for 1 1/2 hours and then a show for another 1 1/2 hours, I'm exploring and stumbling across other activities. I don't do this everyday, but I have and will continue to do it at least twice per cruise.
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Old 07-01-2013, 09:15 AM   #10
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Some great advice here.

We're getting ready for our 2nd cruise on the Dream and I'm desperately trying to convince my wife to skip a show or two. We've already seen them. The cruise is only a 3 nighter so I, like others, really want to slow it down.

We are treating Nassau as a sea day so that will help. Also, all friends/family travelling with us this time have been on DCL before so we won't feel pressure to make sure they're enjoying themselves and having a good time.
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Old 07-01-2013, 10:21 AM   #11
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I hear all the sleepers cringing,

BUT my advice is also to get up early and watch the sunrise from the decks or your verandah - take a long walk and maybe shower in the spa,

then

go get some food and coffee to go for breakfast and bring it back to the cabin.

we then all get our swimsuits on and go up and hit the Mickey pool with another round of fruit platter or food.

This always works to get the best time in for swimming without crowds and then have the rest of the day to leisurely do other activities like the family crafts or autographs or port adventures and not feel like you are missing out on swimming to do those things.

I am still working on trying to slow down evenings myself so I don't have great advice on that because I haven't mastered it yet...

But the mornings and mid days are absolutely relaxing for us on the cruises now.
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Old 07-01-2013, 10:24 AM   #12
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Nothing beats a three hour dinner at Remy!
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Nothing beats a three hour dinner at Remy!
Oh so true!!!
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Old 07-01-2013, 11:12 AM   #15
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I and the DW spend a lot of time sitting on our veranda in the afternoon (on sea days), to slow down our cruise a bit. We both have our type of puzzle book and just enjoy sitting out there and enjoying the day. The rest of the day and evening is so packed with activities that we just don't take time to relax. Probably sounds boring to some, but after lunch we generally have the time before the main dining to sit around and watch the waves. Accasionally I will watch a movie on the tv, but have to admit I have seen pretty much every movie on the Magic and Wonder due to our recent cruises, 11 DCL cruises in last 30 months. And ready to get back on to be completely honest.
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