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Old 10-24-2012, 08:09 AM
 
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In my defense, I was in my 20s, we dranks from the time we woke up until we went to sleep, and we met a bunch of people and took turns buying rounds for everyone. We also got into all the rum mixed tropical drinks, which I never drink at home. I was drinking stuff like pina coladas at 10-11AM! At home I drink wine, or simple drinks like vodka & tonic, and I was the same in my 20s. But something about being on the cruise made us all want to drink all sorts of creative rum-based fancy drinks. I'm sure if I drank beer or something, I could have spent under $1000.
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Old 10-24-2012, 11:49 AM
 
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is it forbidden to bring your own liquer aboard (for in-room consumption)?
On almost all cruise lines, yes. Disney allows it, and a couple of the luxury lines do as well.
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Old 10-24-2012, 01:35 PM
 
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is it forbidden to bring your own liquer aboard (for in-room consumption)?
5 Cruise Lines That Let You BYOB : The Lido Deck
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Old 10-25-2012, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Hi! I'm going on my first cruise in early January, Carnival Ecstasy 5 days from Port Canaveral to Key West and The Bahamas. I am not sure what kind of clothes to bring. I looked up the average temp for Key West in January and it seems it'll be low to mid-70's, but when the ship is at sea, should I assume the air temp will be much cooler than that? Is it likely it'll be warm enough to use the ship's pool that time of year? For sleeping, do the cabins tend to be warm, or do they blast the AC?

Also how do people dress on cruises? I know I need a dressy dress for the Captain's dinner, but how dressy does it need to be? (nice dinner dressy vs. NYE dressy) In the daytime, are people casual or dressy-casual (like do people wear jeans or jean shorts, T-shirts, etc. or is it more the Tommy Bahama kind of look?

How is tipping handled, and how much? Do you tip for each drink at a bar, for instance, or tip at the end of the cruise?

Is there anything you wished you'd known before your first cruise, or any tips for a novice?

Thanks!
People are dressing down more than in years past, you are going on a very relaxed line and only a 5 day cruise so you will be very comfortable in an after 5 dress or even a really nice sun dress for the only formal night. During the day you can wear almost anything you want, yes, jeans, jean shorts, shorts period, T shirts, etc. YOu will not be able to go into the dining room in a bathing suit unless you wear a cover up and you will not want to wear shorts to dinner, although I think you now can.

In most cases you can choose to have the tips added to your cabin account and they will be paid at the end, either using your credit card or cash if that is how you choose to do it. Most lines are now adding an auto 15% tip to all drinks, so check that out. You want to tip enough, but not double..

Remember the tips, can be based on a daily basis and might seem high, but there are a lot of people who are part of the automatic guatuity program...

Only other hint, the weather should be nice, we are cruising at the same time on another line. Do take a jacket and a sweater. The showroom and dining rooms can get a little chilly for some and the deck might be windy and cool as well.

annerk,, reminded you of others that you will want to tip..

Have a good time, there is nothing like a first cruise.
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Old 10-25-2012, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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is it forbidden to bring your own liquer aboard (for in-room consumption)?
on carnival, very diff, more so than some lines....
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Old 10-26-2012, 04:27 PM
 
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People are dressing down more than in years past, you are going on a very relaxed line and only a 5 day cruise so you will be very comfortable in an after 5 dress or even a really nice sun dress for the only formal night. During the day you can wear almost anything you want, yes, jeans, jean shorts, shorts period, T shirts, etc. YOu will not be able to go into the dining room in a bathing suit unless you wear a cover up and you will not want to wear shorts to dinner, although I think you now can.

In most cases you can choose to have the tips added to your cabin account and they will be paid at the end, either using your credit card or cash if that is how you choose to do it. Most lines are now adding an auto 15% tip to all drinks, so check that out. You want to tip enough, but not double..

Remember the tips, can be based on a daily basis and might seem high, but there are a lot of people who are part of the automatic guatuity program...

Only other hint, the weather should be nice, we are cruising at the same time on another line. Do take a jacket and a sweater. The showroom and dining rooms can get a little chilly for some and the deck might be windy and cool as well.

annerk,, reminded you of others that you will want to tip..

Have a good time, there is nothing like a first cruise.
Thanks, great info! I didn't even think about air conditioning, I will be prepared!
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Old 11-28-2012, 11:06 AM
 
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3k for an alcohol bill? I drank quite a bit on my cruise last year () and my [total] bill was only $550.

ANY WOMAN who has to buy her own drinks on a cruise is not using her "gifts" appropriately.
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Old 11-29-2012, 02:19 PM
 
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ANY WOMAN who has to buy her own drinks on a cruise is not using her "gifts" appropriately.
That's rather rude. I am quite capable of buying my own drinks and would be quite offended if a MAN thought otherwise, and won't lower myself to acting like a tart to get some ******* to pay for a watered down drink for me.
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Old 11-29-2012, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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That's rather rude. I am quite capable of buying my own drinks and would be quite offended if a MAN thought otherwise, and won't lower myself to acting like a tart to get some ******* to pay for a watered down drink for me.
I'm guessing you don't have to face that situation very frequently
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Old 11-29-2012, 03:16 PM
 
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I'm guessing you don't have to face that situation very frequently
I dress and behave in a manner that doesn't lend itself to being harrassed by some moron.

Even when I was young and unmarried, I bought my own drinks rather than playing games or dealing with boors.
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