Final Thoughts on My First Cruise
I have wanted to go on a cruise for a really long time, so I was super excited to get the opportunity to take a cruise this year. Here are some final thoughts now that it's over.
Packing & Organizing:
As you've seen on my blog posts, I am a highly organized planner and tried to account for every potential situation while doing my packing. Overall, I think I did a good job of only taking things that would be useful. I used pretty much everything I took with me, except (thankfully) for some of the first-aid stuff.
I was lucky enough to be in a Junior Suite by myself, so space wasn't an issue on this trip. However, I still like to be unpacked and feel at home when I'm traveling, so here are some of the ways I made my cabin feel more like home:
Before the cruise I decided to splurge and purchase the Ultimate Drink Package, which costs $65 per day and automatically includes a 15% gratuity on all drinks. I wanted to make sure that I could relax on the trip and not worry about how much I was spending on drinks each day.
Being the planner that I am, I went online and looked at all the drink menus for Royal Caribbean and made a list of all the specialty drinks I wanted to try. I ended up with a list of 35 drinks, which is quite a lot for a 5-day cruise! In the end I was able to try 26 out of 35 drinks on my list!
During the trip I wrote down every drink I had and when I got home I tallied up the total cost. In the end I was $4.90 shy of breaking even, which is a pretty good deal!
Looking back I am happy I tried the drink package on my first cruise and was able to try that many drinks without worrying about how much each one cost. Now that I've done it once, I probably won't do it again. By the end of the trip I felt like I was getting drinks just to meet my "quota" and not because I wanted them. In the long run, all of the fruity and frozen drinks ended up tasting the same!
Before going on this cruise I wasn't 100% sure if I would like it, mostly because people seem to fall into two camps of either loving to cruise or not liking it at all. It turns out I am in the first camp and absolutely love it!
I was so sad that this cruise was over that I have already booked my next one! Nine days after getting off my first cruise I booked another cruise for September. This one will be a 4-night cruise to the Bahamas and I will be in a balcony room (unless I get another free upgrade to a Junior Suite). I may end up going by myself on this one, depending on whether anyone else is able to join me or not. Either way, I am super excited to have another cruise to plan for and pack for!
So that's the end of my trip report! I think I've covered pretty much everything I wanted to share. Please let me know if you have any questions that I can answer related to any upcoming cruises you have planned. A great source of information is Cruise Critic! The message boards are really helpful and informative, so definitely check them out if you have an upcoming cruise.
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My name is Beth and I live in Denver. I am a single lady in my 30's and wanted to start sharing my awesome and amazing life through a blog.