If you’ve never been on a cruise before I suggest you try to at least once. It’s like nothing you’ve ever experienced before. I can’t say the same of other cruise lines, but Carnival Cruise lines is like a nonstop party. We rode a limo to Galveston from New Braunfels Limo, so we didnt have to worry about lugging baggage onboard.
There’s something going on 24 hours a day. There’s food served Round-the-clock the pools and hot tubs are always open and the entertainment crew is always popping up on some part of the ship to get the party started.
If you go on a seven day cruise or longer normally it takes a couple days to get to the first stop. so not long after you’ve left the port you’re literally in the middle of nowhere all you can see is water.
Many people have asked don’t you get seasick. A few people do but on a large crew ship like the kind of magic or this class of ship the majority do not. The ship is so big that it displaces all of those massive waves and just smashes them. The ship Carnival Magic is three football fields long and almost one football field Wide.
You really don’t know you’re on the water unless you’re looking out the window or over the deck if you’re on the interior of the ship in a club or at a restaurant it just seems like you’re in a five-star hotel you can’t feel a thing you don’t even know you’re moving it’s crazy.
While I’ve previously traveled to London in hopes of getting to know another English-speaking country better, Sydney is also among my top destinations to visit as I find it a tremendous place for any tourist.
Sydney’s probably nicest during the summer
When I do get the chance to visit Australia’s capital, I’ll try to do so during the warmer months in order to experience Sydney’s very active beach lifestyle. I love beaches almost as much as river tubing. From what I hear, the place is amazing for anyone who enjoys a sunny day at the beach, looking to swim, have fun and hopefully get some tan – I am definitely one of these people.
I’m also curious about the Aboriginal community and hope to encounter some of its members during my travels there. They seem like a fascinating and unique people that one can learn quite a few things from.
The pros and cons of Sydney’s rich wildlife
Sydney is also known for its amazing wildlife, including both animals in captivity as well as those in the wild. I’m hoping to spot at least a couple of colorful animals while hiking through the city’s wilderness.
However, I also understand that Sydney and all of Australia is known for the very large spiders that inhabit the area, even in predominantly urban zones. This has been quite a deterrent for me thus far, and I’m hoping to overcome my fear of these creatures in order to be able to fully enjoy everything that this great city has to offer.
There is karaoke every night in numerous locations. Some of them last until three or four in the morning. The most fun karaoke I’ve ever had was in one of the lounges with a live band. There’s about 300 people or so watching so it gets interesting. Once they get rolling many people want to get involved so you’ll have to put your name on the list along with your song title and to ensure you get a spot on the stage singing along to your favorite tune, be sure you put a stage name next to your name.
That’s what I did and I was selected and I some my song. It’s funny because everyone in that room recognize you now and remembers your stage name and calls you buy it as they see you throughout the ship for the rest of the cruise.
Suup! Im a star now to 350 people!
Dinner eat in the dining room for dinner, it’s not just dinner, it’s incredible entertainment. We selected the early dining which was about 6 PM. We did this because we heard they were great shows that started directly after dinner, around 8 o’clock. There is a late dinner but then you miss many of the shows.
The wait staff are also singers and dancers, about halfway through your meal they bust out in singing and dancing on top of some of the tables it’s Cray Cray! Remember, there are no Americans working on the ship, The entire Carnival cruise ship staff is made up of people from other countries so you get the full accent and personalities of performers from other countries as your wait staff, it’s great!
The menu in the dining room is awesome. Each day is a different thing. Many items on the menu will be served each day. There will be new choices though based on each day’s theme. You can order as many appetizers as you like.You can indulge in as many Andres as you like. If you can handle it it’s all you can eat dessert.
My favorite was seafood day. I think I had six lobster tails. Three appetizers of the scallops. And a few key lime pie’s. Be careful there is a guy walking around with a huge frozen block of ice shaped like a pineapple which he pours out shots of a fruity alcoholic beverage at about 10 bucks a pop. No shortage on the alcohol content them things are strong you won’t just stop at one trust me.
Normally you’ll board the boat somewhere around mid morning but the cruise boat doesn’t launch until usually early evening. So here’s a tip pack a swimsuit and a few items in a carry-on bag because you probably won’t see your luggage until that evening.
The swimming pools will be all wide open to you because not many people know this trick, another trick is at least on the kind of magic there’s a nice Italian restaurant that you normally have to pay additional for but on the day the ship leaves port it’s free! So eat up! Many people ask how do you get alcohol onto the ship? It’s true many people sneak alcohol onto the ship because it’s so expensive on board. Most cruise lines allow one bottle of wine per adult +12 bottles of water or can soft drinks per person.
Do not try to replace the liquid in your bottle waters with vodka or other clear alcoholic beverage! As you go through customs before you check on the boat you see agents shaking the cases of water if it’s not water bubbles will appear, you’ll be in big trouble. If you really must bring alcohol on board try this.
Grab a couple cheap bottles of wine in a dark bottle. While you’re at the store see if you can slide the top rapper which covers the cork off the bottle and back on easily. If you can do this by that bottle by a couple of them. Go home carefully take the cork out as you will be reusing it.
Then drink all the wine, and pour your favorite liquor into the bottles. Re-cork and slide the wrapper back over the cork know it looks like you’re bringing wine onto the ship. Just don’t forget to bring your bottle opener! Other people use mouthwash bottles shampoo bottles and things like this but it’s incredibly hard to get the residue out and not have a liquor that tastes like a bathroom product.
Did you read my very first post?
Okay so maybe not so much a scam but an incredible waste of time for many.
They have these coupon book shows where they explain how you can save big bucks on all of the shopping areas at each island. The catch is they convince you to shop only at the approved merchants.
They say this is because your purchase will be protected. However we quickly found that these merchants were much more expensive then the merchants who were not on the list and that cruise lines get a massive percentage of the business sold to these merchants because they drop off a few thousand people at a time to these locations.
Don’t buy the coupon book. When you get onto the island just skip the first several groups of merchants and go on to buy the same things at a much cheaper price at the surrounding merchants only a few steps away.
There are advantages and disadvantages to paying for your excursion on the ship. Advantage you’re covered by the crew ship insurance if you get hurt while on the excursion they pay for your medical needs. Disadvantage it’s incredibly expensive you can get much cheaper excursions after your off the ship and on the island.
You don’t need to go on a $100 per person excursion to have fun once you’re off the ship talk to some of the locals or the shop owners get ideas of what to do. We spent 20 bucks per person in Cozumel which included taxi fare to and from a resort which gave us a free Private spot on the beach with a tropical palm tree like shelter and chairs and it also included free snorkel gear rental.
We spent about six bucks per person round-trip in the Cayman Islands to be brought to an incredibly beautiful beach where we just spent the day swimming in drinking beer by the water. There were food trucks there as well soap, we were able to enjoy some of the local fare.
Shanghai has been one of the locations I’ve been looking forward to visiting the most for a while now. However, due to the considerable distance and the city’s somewhat intimidating vibe, it seems that the day I finally travel to China’s greatest city keeps getting postponed.
Why Shanghai has been on my travel list for a while
This is a shame since I have long been fascinated with the Chinese culture, especially the historical aspect of it. I’ve studied Chinese history stretching across many centuries and was very excited to hear that many of the old customs are still preserved by Chinese people.
However, I’m not under the illusion that Shanghai is going to be a medieval city with an ancient standard of living. I’m fully aware that it is considered somewhat of a metropolis now, and am prepared to treat it as such, expecting to throw myself in the middle of a vibrant urban community.
China’s development will make it an even better tourist destination
China’s developing economy has made a visit to Shanghai even more appealing. As the country continues to develop, its capital will continue to expand and feature new and exciting things as well as being increasingly welcoming to tourists. While the language might end up being a problem as I can’t understand a word of Cantonese nor Mandarin, I’m hoping to get by with nothing but good old-fashioned English.
A lot of newbie travelers can sometimes be puzzled by the amount of stuff they’re supposed to carry with them. Even those who have been traveling for a long time may find it difficult to gauge just how much luggage is optimal for wherever they are going. I prefer to travel as light as possible in order to fully experience any location I find myself at. Not all, however, share my sentiment.
How to know the right amount of luggage for you
Many feel that not carrying enough luggage with them will undoubtedly leave them missing something. On top of creating additional expenses, this is also an issue as the location you are going to might not have what you need readily available for sale.
However, making do with what you have is all part of life. I find that carrying more than a medium-sized backpack is very cumbersome in almost all cases, barring perhaps the odd business plane trip. Aside from necessities, I also like to carry both a bit of cash and a credit card with me wherever I’m going so that I can buy whatever is needed. Preferably, the cash should be in a local currency to ensure smooth dealings, but dollars tend to work well universally.
Always try to think of everything you will need on your trip before commencing it, and then trying to figure out how you will stuff it all in a relatively small backpack – it will make the entire journey that much more enjoyable.