Recently divorced, I chose to go on my first cruise alone. I felt like I needed to do something just to please me. What a great choice this was. From the embarkation (a fun photo just before boarding), finding my room, exploring the ship, the endless food, casino, exotic ports and friendly fellow travelers, I had the time of my life and become addicted to cruising. I truly enjoyed the solo cruising but couldn't help thinking over and over again that I wish my grown children and grandchildren could experience the wonders I was taking in. This cruise was in April and by November of the same year I went on my 2nd cruise taking my son Robert, his family my daugher and her boyfriend (seven in all). AND AGAIN in the spring of 2010 took my other son and his family (seven of us in all). Wow I love it so much I wanted everyone else to have the same fun and share it with them.
Now back to this trip...The ship is just overwhelming, in a good way! The first sight of it made my heart skip a beat. I had never seen a cruise ship (only in pictures) let alone cruise on one. The embarkation was a breeze but I was on a high from seeing the ship and anticipating the fun that lay ahead. My photo taken in the terminal before boarding has me smiling from ear to ear! Once on the ship it was one wonderful new thing after another. The room was tiny but perfect. The night before cruising a fellow worker who is an avid cruiser talked me in to upgrading to a balcony and I am so happy I did. There is nothing like having your own slice of paradise when you want a moment alone by not cooped up in an inside suite. I am a forever balcony fan!
The muster drill was even fun as a first timer, but I must admit I find them nothing more than a necessity now that I have four cruises under my belt. Once the muster drill was completed it was time to find food, drink and make myself familiar with my surroundings. That was more than I could ever have imagined. It actually took me several days to find my around, I got a map of the deck plan and lived by it the first few days.
Room 8125 is on the Starboard side with a nice view of the bridge, I could even see the navigational monitors from my balcony. The next room midship Rm 8127 set back a few feet not allowing them to see the bridge so I felt priviledged to have the view that I had. A balcony is a must. I truly believe the few extra dollars are worth it.