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Don’t like to plan Itinerary and just want to relax, chill and feast on different cuisines daily?
Royal Caribbean cruise is the place to go where you can just eat, sleep, play and enjoy the wonderful performances line up for you daily.
I went for a 5d4n cruise in June 2019 and honestly, It’s my first time on a cruise. Let me share my experience.
Before your cruise, RC will send you an email to inform you on your booking details and check-in timing. Cruise Itinerary will be shown and arrival timing at ports of call.
This information is important as you will need to plan your day trip activities with the land tour guides.
I recommend you to book your activities thru Klook. The price quoted on RC is heavily marked up.
Check-in by online and get your drinks and wifi package
You can do check-in online 3 days before your departure. I do not know the pro for doing so as I miss the 3 days deadline. Check-in at the counter is a breeze although there is a short queue but with around 10 counters processing, the queue moves quite fast.
To further enhance your waiting time, you can photocopy your passport at home first instead of doing at the departure hall. The photocopy passport will be used for immigration at Thailand.
I strongly suggest getting your drinks and wifi package before the trip as it will be a discounted rate. If I remember correctly, it is around 20%. Not to worry if you did not manage to get the package, on the day you embark, you still can get discounted price for your drinks.
Pro Tips: You will be given a mug to refill your soft drinks. You can keep it inside the room and request a glass of soft drinks from the bar or cafe where ever you are on board.
Day 1 activities
Upon clearing immigration, you can board the ship. Once in the ship, those with kids will have to get a color tag to wear on their wrist. This is for emergency purpose.
You will proceed to the lift to go to your room depending on which deck you booked. My room is on deck 3 and I think its one of the better deck as most of the show will be at Theater which is located at deck 3 and 4.
Your luggage by then should be outside your room. If your luggage is not at your room, you will have to contact the butler as its likely there’s prohibited item in your luggage. You can bring your luggage into the room and proceed to Deck 11 Windjammer the main buffet area for a quick bite.
Over here you get various selection of cuisines, from bread, cold cuts, cereals, pasta, rice and pastries.
The drill will be conducted at 4 pm, there will be a headcount and briefing by the crews. Once everyone is present, the Captain will dismiss the drill.
Take note that It is compulsory to attend and don’t ever think of hiding in the room. The crews will open your room door and check if you are in there or not.
Ocean View Room
The room size is decent with a king bed. But I was figuring how to sleep with 2 adults and 2 kids on the same bed. Since after the emergency drill, we proceed to have our dinner early as we will like to explore the ship and watch Ice Odyssey performance later on at night.
After the show, we decided to call it a night. While on the way back to our room, my brain is still thinking how are we going to squeeze onto the bed and have a good rest for the rest of our trip. Surprising, our room comes with 2 bunk bed which can be lower down at night.
Pro Tips: You can request your breakfast to be delivered to your room in the morning. So there is no need to rush when you wake up especially if travelling with kids.
Penang Day Trip
We went to a shopping mall and it was a bad decision as there isn’t enough time for us to visit all the museum. There is plenty of museums near Penang port, I only managed to visit Wonderfood museum where all the foods are magnified many times.
A search on Google map will show you all the museums in Penang.
Pro Tips: Grab is very cheap in Malaysia and you can get much higher GrabRewards points when you spend in Malaysia.
Phuket Day Trip
I booked a taxi when I arrived and it cost 1500 baht ($65) bargain from 2000 baht for the whole day. We visited Elephant walk, duty-free shopping center and Big C supermarket where you can buy tom yum and seaweed for your fix.
Below are some of the food and photos which I took on board.