TO @HisNightOwl2014: Your cruise sounds great… I am sure you will have a fabulous time.
Mr TTR and I LOVE Cruising, so it was an easy choice for part of our Honeymoon Adventure.
We had a Sunset Balcony (aft over the wake) for our recent Honeymoon Cruise and it truly was INCREDIBLE !!
This won’t be the last time that we book this category of stateroom. It is a difficult experience to beat IMO (unless one can afford a Suite).
Just be prepared for the fact that you’ll probably need a nap every once in a while… as we found we wanted to be up for Sunrise (and when the Ship comes into port / docks) as well as be out again on the Balcony for Sunset (when the Ship leaves port daily).
It was fun… it seems everyone on the back of the ship was doing this 2x a day… so we really got to know our neighbours over the course of the week. Mornings over coffee… evenings with a glass of wine.
A TON of fun, and the picture taking opportunities AMAZING.
From talking to other couples we discovered that everyone found a routine they could work with to “cram it all in” to the short 24 Hours every day
Mr TTR and I would get up for sunrise and the docking… and then go back to bed for a few hours… have a late Breakfast (sometimes Room Service on our Balcony… other days upstairs in the Buffet Restaurant that offered up greater views of our Port of Call) BEFORE we headed off for our late morning / afternoon excursion. With the nap taken care of earlier in the day, we could really soak up all the various evening activities… and still stay up late to catch the nightly entertainment etc.
Our table mates, who also had a Sunset Balcony Cabin, said they got up for Sunrises and then after the ship docked they were off and running ashore. But they planned their day to get back a bit earlier (3-ish) and then have a nap before getting ready for dinner etc. They too, had it figured out, because I know for a fact they spent many a late night in the casino just the same.
The couple beside us, their style was similar, but they had chosen an early Dining Seating, so they called it a night a lot earlier than Mr TTR and I. They told us they were always back in the cabin and had lights out before 11 PM.
Hope this helps,
PS… You can PM me if you want to chat cruising…
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And oh ya… a cruise can be pretty much an All-Inclusive Experience on some Cruise Lines… as some are now offering FLAT RATE Beverage Packages. Celebrity part of the Royal Caribbean group certainly does (and I think that RC has it on their ships / sister cruise lines as well to some extent). FLAT RATE is a HUGE benefit… no matter what your Bevvy of choice is (Bottled Water – Soda – Gourmet Coffee – or Alcohol). You just pick the Package that fits your needs and then are done. It has been a BIG Money Saver for us (and the convenience is fantastic… no more signing, counting how many drinks in a day, how much money you’ve spent… or worrying about the final bill).