I do want to recommend 2 things to ya'll reading this
TIP: When selecting the dinning times options I say try getting the "Anytime" dinning this way you can do the formalish sit down dinning anywhere between the first dinning time and like 9 I think. This is all about having flexibility in deciding in what you want to do. Oh and when you do sit down at your table they will offer you 2 different types of bottled water unless you have an aversion to iced tap water I would say pass on the bottled ones...the one we got the first day was like $4.
TIP: If you like soda and drink a bit of it I recommend seeing if you can get something like an "Endless Bubbles" card...I believe most cruise lines have one..ours was like $37 for the 5 day trip we took and it paid for its self...the ship we were on was charging about $2 a glass so in like 4 glasses it has paid for the cost..I like soda and they had Sprite so I was happy! This wont cover room service though!
TIP: If you buy alcohol on board your ship they will probably keep it till the end of the trip and there are customs fees if you buy past a certain amount so I recommend looking into that before you buy on the ship or even at any ports..
We don't swim much and I don't like to sit in a hot tub so we didn't do any of those but you should know the obvious things like SUNBLOCK!
Don't forget to make friends..we did they were an older couple probably about our parents age but they were nice and gave us advise about some of the things they do on board event wise and stuff. They usually do the "Captain's Dinner" on this night also. That means your gonna have to dress up and look all pretty! Usually this is an opportunity for photos, they will probably have photographers all over the ship to take the pics for you, again I say do it! Do as many as you can stand to, there is no obligation to buy them the next day and you just might find one or two you like..but be warned the portraits were like $22 each when we did ours (we got 2 of them). I liked this night because it gave me a chance to wear a dress that hasn't been worn in a while!
YOU HAVE TO HAVE YOUR BEER IN A RED CUP IF YOU ARE DRINKING IT AS YOU WALK AROUND.....DO NOT IGNORE THIS!!!
I was a little disappointed in how little time we got to have at the port but they have other ships coming and going so it is what it is...and I think you can imagine how the rest of the day went for us..you can also do "excursions if you want to..like paid tours and things like swimming with dolphins and stuff like that if you want to but we didn't want to and just decided to walk around..though I think we should have rented like bikes or something because we could have gone farther out but hind sight is 20/20...
we were up and off the ship almost as fast as we were escorted on the ship. And then we were through customs and to our car and off we went back on our 5.5 hour drive back home!
TIPS AND TRICKS
REMEMBER the cost of alcoholic drinks like beer and mojitos and stuff like that are killer...
And start packing and gathering things for this trip in advance I started at least 2 days before we left!!