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FAQ's for the first time cruiser...

Ally

Deckhand
Dress Codes Explained

Shipboard dress is casual during the day. Shorts and tasteful T-shirts are acceptable even in the dining room. At dinner, dress codes will vary daily, among the following:

Casual: Slacks and sport shirt for men (no jeans); slacks and blouse, sundress or pantsuit for women.

Informal: Jacket with or without tie for men; dress or pantsuit for women.

Formal: Dark suit or tuxedo for men; evening gown or cocktail dress for women.

Most 3- and 4-day cruises have one formal night; most 7-day cruises have 2 formal nights; most 10-day cruises have 3 formal nights, and so on. In general, the longer and more expensive (per day) cruises will be the most formal on formal night, but a dark suit and tie is acceptable attire on even the most exclusive ships. (In other words, don't buy a tuxedo for a single cruise).
 

JSME

Deckhand
I think we need a packing list. I am going to start one. I am not going to put alot on here because I want this interactive. I want everyone to add something and you can add as many times as you like. Lets remember to copy paste and add on so it will be a complete list.

Camera charger
Cell phone charger
Batteries
Lint roller
Camera
Walkie talkies
 

Ally

Deckhand
Camera charger
Cell phone charger
Batteries
Lint roller
Camera
Walkie talkies
Plug adaptor (for chargers etc)
safety pins (for broken zips and temp repairs)
 

John

Deckhand
Camera charger
Cell phone charger
Batteries
Lint roller
Camera
Walkie talkies
Plug adaptor (for chargers etc)
safety pins (for broken zips and temp repairs)
Bottle opener
Corkscrew (for all those bottles we are not allowed to take on board)
 

JSME

Deckhand
Camera charger
Cell phone charger
Batteries
Lint roller
Camera
Walkie talkies
Plug adaptor (for chargers etc)
safety pins (for broken zips and temp repairs)
Bottle opener
Corkscrew (for all those bottles we are not allowed to take on board)
passport
identification
cruise documents
 

Nauti-Girl

Deckhand
Camera charger
Cell phone charger
Batteries
Lint roller
Camera
Walkie talkies
Plug adaptor (for chargers etc)
safety pins (for broken zips and temp repairs)
Bottle opener
Corkscrew (for all those bottles we are not allowed to take on board)
passport
identification
cruise documents
Cash--small bills like 1's and 5's (for tipping onboard, on the islands, for bellmen and lugguage handlers also for taxis on the islands) I usually try to have at least $100
 

JSME

Deckhand
Camera charger
Cell phone charger
Batteries
Lint roller
Camera
Walkie talkies
Plug adaptor (for chargers etc)
safety pins (for broken zips and temp repairs)
Bottle opener
Corkscrew (for all those bottles we are not allowed to take on board)
passport
identification
cruise documents
Cash--small bills like 1's and 5's (for tipping onboard, on the islands, for bellmen and lugguage handlers also for taxis on the islands) I usually try to have at least $100
sunscreen
 

richardm

Deckhand
Camera charger
Cell phone charger
Batteries
Lint roller
Camera
Walkie talkies
Plug adaptor (for chargers etc)
safety pins (for broken zips and temp repairs)
Bottle opener
Corkscrew (for all those bottles we are not allowed to take on board)
passport
identification
cruise documents
Cash--small bills like 1's and 5's (for tipping onboard, on the islands, for bellmen and lugguage handlers also for taxis on the islands) I usually try to have at least $100
sunscreen


Raingear/umberella (for UK cruising):umbrella:
surge suppressor multi-socket - there's never enough in a room for my laptop & bits (all those chargers:biglaugh: )


Richard
 

Bunti

Deckhand
Camera charger
Cell phone charger
Batteries
Lint roller
Camera
Walkie talkies
Plug adaptor (for chargers etc)
safety pins (for broken zips and temp repairs)
Bottle opener
Corkscrew (for all those bottles we are not allowed to take on board)
passport
identification
cruise documents
Cash--small bills like 1's and 5's (for tipping onboard, on the islands, for bellmen and lugguage handlers also for taxis on the islands) I usually try to have at least $100
sunscreen
Raingear/umberella (for UK cruising)
surge suppressor multi-socket - there's never enough in a room for my laptop & bits (all those chargers )
Insect repellent, with sunscreen if possible, or vice versa :D
wrinkle release
flashlight
 

John

Deckhand
Camera charger
Cell phone charger
Batteries
Lint roller
Camera
Walkie talkies
Plug adaptor (for chargers etc)
safety pins (for broken zips and temp repairs)
Bottle opener
Corkscrew (for all those bottles we are not allowed to take on board)
passport
identification
cruise documents
Cash--small bills like 1's and 5's (for tipping onboard, on the islands, for bellmen and lugguage handlers also for taxis on the islands) I usually try to have at least $100
sunscreen
Raingear/umberella (for UK cruising)
surge suppressor multi-socket - there's never enough in a room for my laptop & bits (all those chargers )
Insect repellent, with sunscreen if possible, or vice versa
wrinkle release
flashlight
Address book or labels for sending those postcards
 

Ally

Deckhand
By following the link below, you can find out about delays at your departure airport anywhere in the US mainland and Hawai'i.

This is likely to be important for those travelling over the forthcoming Christmas & New Year holidays.

Flight Delay Information - Air Traffic Control System Command Center

By moving your mouse over the major state airport map, you can pick up current delays. By using either of the clickable menus at the top of the page you can view problems at specific airports in specific states.

The information shown is updated constantly by US Air Traffic Contol centers across the country.

For example.....

Currently (at time this was posted) at Baltimore-Washington, they are experiencing departure delays of between 16 and 30 minutes.

This FAA site is an invaluable tool when working out what time to leave for your airport.

:)
 

gottabecruisin

Deckhand
Here are some links I found that could be great for first timers....
Great site for wave height & direction;

http://www.oceanweather.com/data/index.html


Hurricane/Weather Resources;


http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

http://www.stormsurf.com/page2/links/atlawamfnmoc.shtml

http://cimss.ssec.wisc.edu/tropic/tropic.html

http://cdo.ncdc.noaa.gov/GOESBrowser/goesbrowser

http://www.noaa.com/

http://www.nlmoc.navy.mil/home1.html

http://www.weatherimages.org/data/imag142.html


Find a ship's current location;

http://www.sailwx.info/shiptrack/cruiseships.phtml


Cruiseship Calendar;
(find out what ships are in what ports, on any given day)

http://www.cruisecal.com/dnn/


Caribbean Travel Guide/Maps;


http://www.caribbean-on-line.com/

Port of Miami Web Cams;

http://live6.truelook.com/face/newfa...rlay=defaul t

Where RCI ships are built;

http://www.akerfinnyards.com/index.cfm

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Cruise Port Information
Below are links for the U.S/Canada cruise ports that are most used by Royal Caribbean. Questions concerning driving directions and parking can be found at the various port sites.

Los Angeles
http://www.portoflosangeles.org/facilities_wcc.htm

Seattle
http://www.portseattle.org/seaport/cruise/

Vancouver
http://www.portvancouver.com/vanAlaCruise/

Galveston
http://www.portofgalveston.com/

New Orleans
http://www.portno.com/

Tampa
http://www.tampaport.com/tpa_intro.html
Channelside Entertainment Complex at the port
http://www.channelside.com/

Miami
http://www.miamidade.gov/portofmiami/cruise.asp
Bayside Entertainment Complex near the port of Miami
http://www.baysidemarketplace.com/

Port Everglades- Ft. Lauderdale
http://www.broward.org/port/welcome.htm

Port Canaveral
http://www.portcanaveral.org/

Cape Liberty - New Jersey
http://www.cityofbayonne.org/royal.htm

Baltimore
http://www.marylandports.com/

Boston
http://www.massport.com/ports/

Philadelphia
http://www.philaport.com/

San Diego
http://www.portofsandiego.org/sandiego_maritime/cruise/


Many different ports
http://www.sealetter.com/archives/ports.html
 

algorlex

Deckhand
Has anyone some advice please on currency for a med cruise. I appreciate that travellers cheques can be cashed on board but what currency is best for local purchases.
 

Ally

Deckhand
Has anyone some advice please on currency for a med cruise. I appreciate that travellers cheques can be cashed on board but what currency is best for local purchases.
The majority of countries bordering the Med use Euro's. That will keep things easier for you in relation to not having to carry lots of different currencies about and trying to remember which to use in each port of call. Alternatively, all ships do have a bureau de change on board, usually the purser's office/desk where they will change travellers cheques to local currency at the going rate for you before you disembark.
 
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