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.
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.