Living in South Florida, we are very lucky to be close to the ports of Fort Lauderdale and Miami. Given that we don’t have to fly in or out, we can easily leave work on a Friday afternoon, do a weekend cruise, and still be back to work after the ship docks on Monday morning. So easy that, in fact, we’ve done this same cruise three times this year.
The ship I’m talking about is the three-day cruise aboard the Royal Caribbean, Majesty of the Seas which sails out of the Miami port. Here’s the itinerary:
Tip: While the ship departs at 4:30 pm on Friday, and embarkation (getting on the ship) is pretty quick, officially, you are advised to be on board before 3:00 pm; however, you’ll want to board the ship well before 2:00 if you want to take advantage of the lunch buffet that closes at 2:00 on the first day. Also, if you’re an out-of-towner, allow yourself extra time to get to the port because Miami traffic can be a nightmare if there’s an accident and you’re supposed to be DE-STRESSING on this trip, aren’t you?
Once you’re onboard, you’ll enjoy the beautiful Christmas decorations around the ship. You can’t help but feel a little holiday spirit.
You’ll head to your cabin to drop off your carry-on.
Tip: Your luggage will be delivered later so if there’s something you want right away (perhaps your bathing suit?), bring it in your carry-on.
Tip: Royal Caribbean allows you to carry on 1 bottle of wine each (Nope, you can’t change that for any other type of alcohol and you can’t stretch that into a magnum). :-)
The Majesty of the Seas doesn’t give you much of a choice for cabins and although you can get some great specials on this ship, be prepared to have a small room. Here’s an inside cabin.
Tip: You don’t automatically get a double bed; you’ll need to request this at the time you book so that you’ll get one or at least have your two single beds attached together with appropriate bedding. The beds ARE comfortable though.
Yes, it’s small and at times you’ll be bumping into your significant other (especially after you’ve had a few drinks and have gained a few pounds eating the delicious meals) but there’s plenty of room to stretch out around the ship:
PS. That’s not my day wear. That’s a shot of me on formal night…more to come on that in later posts.
Let’s face it, you’re not here for the cabin are you? You’re here for this:
Where you’ll be doing this:
Yup, we’re here for that too!
Tip: Leave your grouchy impatient self behind and be prepared to live on island time. At the end of the three days, you’ll feel 10 years younger and you’ll have a tough time wiping the silly smile off your face.
Now Here’s the Most Important Tip I Might Ever Give You: If this is your first time cruising, contact your cell phone carrier for an add-on to your plan before you set sail. We’ve seen first time cruisers using their cell phones like they were back home. This is not back home and you will be charged an arm and a leg for the data your phone is automatically accessing even if you aren’t using it, phone calls, and text messages you are sending and receiving as soon as the ship leaves the port of Miami. I cringe when I see teenagers glued to their phones, wondering how their parents will feel when they see their next cell phone bill which can easily skyrocket to hundreds of extra dollars because cruising is not automatically included in any cell phone plan.
Or better yet, turn off your phone. Remember, YOU ARE ON VACATION.
More on that in later posts.
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