I had some prejudices and feared bored, says Gustavo Chapur, but after this first trip on a Caribbean Cruise concludes: "do not miss the opportunity for a safe, fun, outgoing and unforgettable experience"
These days I had my first experience as cruise passengers on a Royal Caribbean ship, one of the world's largest cruise companies, and would like to share with you to provide info that may be useful before embarking on this great expedition. The system is very similar on all cruises. While I was with friends, I realized that the main policy of a cruise is to share almost everything, socializing as much as possible, so it is perfectly valid travel alone. For example, the dinners are shared tables, like many onboard activities. There comes a point where we almost all start to sound familiar faces. It is a good opportunity to make new friends. As in a hotel with rooms on the cruise obviously there are different types of cabins, according to their hierarchy, with or without window to the sea, with or without balcony, large or tiny, high or low floors, depending on our budget . Anyway, you use it just to sleep, because they are many activities and entertainment at every turn. I did a cruise that left from Miami, by the company Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas. As had certain prejudices and feared bored, I took one of few days anchored at ports of Nassau (Bahamas Capital) and Coco Cay (a private island of Royal Caribbean, also in Bahamas). Overall, cruises depart at 16 pm and must check-in at 12 noon at the latest. It takes a while to do migrations, security checks and process the sea card. Arrive early, because in addition one can begin to enjoy walking, resting in the cabin to the starting order. The Sea Card is a personal card you should carry on board and in port stop. We identified, serves to consume (no money is used inside the boat) to ask for towels for the pool or beach, to open the cabin, etc. It is as if our passport or document. Before sailing, an evacuation drill is done. According to the number assigned in our card we package it in different sectors or covers to be instructed by a crew of security measures (English and Spanish). We tell you how to wear a life and get on a lifeboat. During the talk can not use cell or talk, it is important to address this information are only 15 minutes, and can be vital in an emergency. In such circumstances we will know where to meet, otherwise it would be a mortal chaos. After the drill ship sets sail, and should not be missed leaving the port because it is a fascinating experience. All rise and take pictures or film. With regard to meals, prepare the stomach because they eat their fill, dishes of all kinds and at all times. With respect to plants, it is convenient to add vinegar or lemon to prevent bacteria. Is endless parade of people counters to serve. There are certain processed plastids that are requested. A major concern is food, so on all cruises are special menus for allergy, celiac or people suffering any kind of food intolerance. The boat includes a buffet breakfast with hot tea, water and juices all machine flavor without limit. You only pay aside, if one wishes, a pack of drinks to access soda (you get a thermal glass sensor at the base that rests on the machine and one elected by buttons the preferred drink, and you can fill 10 minutes). I reiterate regarding drinks: cruise price includes only water, juices and teas in perpetuity. If you want dinner with wine or beer, we buy a pack offered at an affordable price for the whole trip, or buy when drinking or bottle (expensive option). For those who take sodas (not juice) is also a good option pack free gas for the entire trip. For lunch also have a giant buffet restaurant (ask schedules), and after the closing of this (eg when leaving port or before dinner) be some service pizza or fast food. At night we will have two options: the buffet mentioned or dinner a la carte in another sector, in both cases the food is of very good quality. It depends on whether we want to serve us and serve us, or if we schedule a dinner (in shared table) and elegant dress, or more casual and informal at the buffet, with more flexible schedules. The table of sweets is varied and tasty. No lack of gourmet food. After 6pm serve sushi and pizza throughout the night to those disclosed. You see, everything is very similar to an all inclusive hotel. You can even request free shipping food to the cabin, or you can take yourself without problem, like drinks. One can also use whenever you want ice cream, coffee or tea. That is, never go hungry. Rather, you should use the gym with latest technology machines, to burn some calories. Some cruise ships have jogging track ice rink and climbing wall (rappel), games of all kinds, table tennis, mini basketball court or volleyball, water slide, etc. All cruises, depending on the days thereof have one or two formal nights (night Captain) requiring elegant attire (no shorts, sandals, muscular, etc). Men should wear a suit or label, and women with the best rags that have. Find characters of all kinds. Captain introduces his crew, and then if one wishes picture taken with them. Special, recommended dish salmon and lobster dinner is then served. Regarding excursions to places where (not included in price) are bookable those offered inside the boat or look down on port (may be cheaper). Of course, for ports where the ship are safe. Likewise, many things run through our peril, as the activities we do on earth, and over all the way back to the ship on time. This point is important: there are often cases where the boat leaves, and are passengers in ports because they did not return on time, and must take a plane back on their own. They are very strict schedule, for a cruise is like an airplane must meet departure and arrival times, if one is delayed they do not take care. It is important to handle the English language, to make friends and interact with greater security. But anyway, many employees speak Spanish although not of Hispanic origin (mostly from Indonesia, India, Haiti, living inside the boat for 7 months, 2 holiday). Do enough to serve passengers well, and many waiters and housekeeping staff cabins try to remember your name, even if it costs them to pronounce and always greet you with a smile. When they service the room every morning, leave an animal friendly armed with a towel on the bed as welcome surprise to open the door. As one descends ports, depending on where one can choose to rent a scooter (eg Nassau), a car (eg in Cozumel), or walking (Coco Cay). It is important boat down early to seize the day and avoid the long lines to descend after breakfast. In Bahamas, must visit the famous Atlantis hotel, and whether it is paid a fee you can use your private spa. Luxury on all sides. In Belize you can visit the Mayan ruins, take a city tour or do snorkeling in one of the largest barrier reef in the world. It is also very beautiful island of Roatan (Honduras). Contracted trips inside the boat can be canceled without problem until 24 hours before. You can touch down time, and if so the boat does not stop at a port by weather problems (storm, strong gusts). Also inside the boat barely noticeable, because it moves very little. Do not carry on bags connote certain hazardous elements such as knives, scissors, heaters, etc. After being detected by the scanner are confiscated and returned at the end of the trip. Must be removed after migration. Of course, one of the main attractions for many who choose cruises is the casino. Be careful not to lose there life. There is also a shopping. Sweepstakes, events, organize karaoke rooms are available for children and adolescents, bar, theater, solarium, spa, and much more, depending on the level of the ship. It is not always easy to travel with children, so the shipping companies are betting on cruises focused on families, such as Disney cruise or Brisas del Mediterráneo. Today there are ships have the option to book family cabins for up to 6 people but should book well in advance because the supply of these cabins is reduced. Do not miss the opportunity of a safe, fun, outgoing and unforgettable experience. And also, quite affordable compared to other tourism options. have a nice trip. traslation: Belén Zapata