I did forget to mention - be sure to join the verandah club. Also, attend Match Your Mate in Fathoms, and hope that you are the most newly married couple.Just booked the 7 day mediterranean cruise for my honeymoon, state room with Verandah.
First cruise ever, any suggestions?
To save others of the trouble of looking up verandah club, it is an "adults-only experience(s)" making use of the verandah. Please make sure that the children are safely engaged elsewhere, preferably without self-checkout privileges at the club. Be warned, some members have "enjoyed" a permanent souvenir nine-months after their (re)joining.Verandah club
we will probably not be the most newly married, our wedding is this year, so we are doing a 5 day stay at the boardalk right after then this in may as our 2nd honeymoon
This is good advice. Cruise companies market their heavily marked-up excursions by saying you could miss the ship (because they claim they will hold the ship if you are on their excursion, but not on a private one). It is true and people do miss the ship from time to time, but the risk is low if you go with a reputable company and plan to get back with extra time to spare (two hours is what I prefer, but that can vary based on how far you travel from the ship). Even coming back early, you will save significant time compared to the Disney excursions, which can require meeting on the ship, being escorted off, held somewhere again, then boarding transportation. The whole process can take a lot of the day (for beach excursions we have done through Disney, we have never had more than a few hours on the actual beach). With a private excursion, sometimes you get off, meet your guide, and are on your way while people are still waiting for Disney on the ship (in tender ports, this isn't usually the case, as Disney tender's their excursions first). So not only do you get your private excursion, but you pay much less. I used to be a cruise-company-only excursion person, but after a couple of cruises I realized that was a mistake. Now I look at both private and Disney offered and pick the best options at each port.Book/do excursions independently! Some good info here for exploring ports on your own - https://www.tomsportguides.com/mediterranean-cruises.html. Guided walking tours are also excellent. Don't try to do too much...relax and enjoy!
This is not entirely true. The cruise guarantees they will be responsible for helping you meet the ship if they leave before you are back. Reputable tour operators make the same guarantee. In fact, our tour operator in Rome said even it was our fault (ie not returning to the meeting spot on time) they would be responsible for getting us to the next port. When the ship has to leave due to tides, port schedules, etc it has to leave.I know folks say to do private excursions, but I like the guarantee that the ship won't leave without me if we return late - and we did return late on
Hmm - then they repeatedly stated it over and over and over again......... that they wouldn't leave until your tour came back. Perhaps they allowed for extra time from when we were supposed to be back?This is not entirely true. The cruise guarantees they will be responsible for helping you meet the ship if they leave before you are back. Reputable tour operators make the same guarantee. In fact, our tour operator in Rome said even it was our fault (ie not returning to the meeting spot on time) they would be responsible for getting us to the next port. When the ship has to leave due to tides, port schedules, etc it has to leave.
I haven't had a BAD DCL excision, but, in Europe and Alaska especially, our private tours were less expensive and we were able to do more by booking on our own. I just think that, especially when booking these port intensive cruises, it's really important to explore all the options.Hmm - then they repeatedly stated it over and over and over again......... that they wouldn't leave until your tour came back. Perhaps they allowed for extra time from when we were supposed to be back?
Any way - I was happy with the tours I chose and only had one where we left a little bit late (where I could have slept an extra half hour).
My understanding was that there was food available on the ferry with DCL picking up the tab. As for sleep, you can either sleep in a seat or you can't. Do not know if they had get off of the ferry when it got to Liverpool or not, but if they did, there was always the cruise terminal to put everyone in.Wow! Did they feed them? What about sleep? Did they just stay on the ferry til the ship came in? That would have been a big bummer for me - no show, no dinner - then how could you go on an excursion the next day????