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Broomhead - Answered a Question by Veronica Coco (21 Dec 08 16:42)

My Brother and I have just returned from the caribbean after a 15 day cruise all you need light cotton dresses+ bathing or sun-bathing attire but not for meals that includes men also, evening dinner just a nice T-shirt or normal shirt with long trousers, there is none of this evening dress with bow tie you wear when invited to the captains table none, of that, just dress smart for dinner. beach Towels are supplied in each cabin. There is no need to be nervous no-one can be as nervous as me, I am ill the moment there is any movementat all under foot, and I enjoyed every minute of the trip and in the end you will wonder what all the fuss was about, only one word for it FANTASTIC. .

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Vincent - Answered a Question by Veronica Coco (17 Dec 08 23:09)

Hello Veronica , I am assuming your cruise is to the Caribbean.You really need not be nervous you will have the time of your life. My wife and I always overpack,especially my wife! My advise is to take comfortable summer clothes and a few more formal things for dinner in the evening.This varies with most people some go very formal and some less, it really is up to the individual.I would suggest your husband takes at least one suit or jacket that he can wear in the evening.Ladies wear cocktail dresses, pants and tops,etc at dinner,it really is up to you! Make sure both of you do take comfortable shoes or sandels when going ashore there is nothing worse than uncomfortable shoes.The towels on board are not really meant to be taken ashore so a couple of beach towels might be useful.You will have plenty of opportunity to buy these in the island markets,they were good value but the exchange rate might be against you.Probably a good idea to haggle a bit harder than normal. Its a good idea when going ashore to always have some water with you,the Carribean ports are not like our average shopping centres so getting a cup of tea/coffee can be a bit haphazard. I do advise you to think seriously about doing some of the excursions offered,they may seem expensive but there is really little to see on most of the islands around the berthing area of the ship. Please don't worry about any of it just relax and enjoy yourselves as I am sure you will,Happy First Cruise !!!!!!!!!!

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Veronica Coco - replied to Vincent (18 Dec 08 19:34)

Thank you very much for your answer, it really helped but I am still nervous.:))) I will take 2 beach towels with me. Merry Christmas I am sure you will read my review in February.

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knapman - Answered a Question by Veronica Coco (18 Dec 08 06:43)

Hi Veronica, On Ocean Village you do not have to be formal, it is up to yourselves, Of course its lovely to dress up but, your husband does not need to take a suit, or even a tie if he feels uncomfortable wearing one. Do not be nervous you will want to always going cruising after your first one. We found with OV you could take your towel to the beach but, if you lose it you would be charged, they are changed as often as you want by leaving on floor in bathroom. Have a marvelous time, look forward to reading your review when you get back. Merry Christmas. Sally.

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Veronica Coco - replied to knapman (18 Dec 08 19:29)

Thank you very much for your answer. We will read my review, of course!! Merry Christmas to you, too .

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Neil & Ida Down - Answered a Question by Veronica Coco (18 Dec 08 14:12)

Hi V , As Sally says you can take a pool towel onto the beach, all cruise lines allow this. I am also certain that you will meet loads of people who are very familiar with the ship and what to do on and off it. Part of the joy of cruising is joining in with others which I a certain you will do. Nothing to be nervous of at all. Just a cautionary note about being streetwise in the Caribbean and leave jewellery and valuables on the ship in the safe. You'll love it. Regards Ida.

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Macro - Answered a Question by Veronica Coco (19 Dec 08 04:11)

Beach/pool towels are provided in your cabin (and on deck) along with bath and hand towels for each person. These are changed daily. You have a limited baggage weight allowance so dont take towels ! A flannel is the only thing they dont provide. Do some research on this site as many of your questions have been answered before, especially about all the ports and what to do/whether to take ships tour or do your own thing etc. If you plan a walking tour of rainforests or plan to crew/go on a yaucht, take appropriate footwear. If you plan on snorkelling in areas where there is coral, or swim with dolphins, take or buy on board some special rubber water shoes (dont know the right name for them). They will also be good for yaughting and/or boating/canoeing !! They also protect your feet on beaches and when you swim at the beach i.e. jelly fish or stones ! Take a capacious fold up bag that will do for shopping/beach towels etc. and for carrying bottles of water (which you can buy on ship or shore). Remember they do have supermarkets/shops/chemists/atm's in the islands and there are useful shops on board which supply everything from razors to tampons to chocolate to tcp. So dont fret and pile everything on earth into your luggage! Last of all THERE IS A LAUNDRY SERVICE AND A LAUNDERETTE, WITH IRONS, FOR YOUR USE ON BOARD. If you want, google 'cruise packing list'. There are many lists and they are useful to check that you have packed your sunglasses and meds. However, what you forget is NOT irreplaceable! You are not going to the third world. Be sure you will be hooked on cruising - it is the best !! Spend some time on research on the internet and tourist boards and you will get the most from your holiday.

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Bradley - Answered a Question by Veronica Coco (19 Dec 08 09:43)

First of all, you have picked the best time of year to visit the Caribbean. The temperature will typically be in the low 80's but you need good sunscreen and hats as the sun can be very intense. Prices seem very good in the UK (buy one get one free etc) at present so buy before you go (although you can buy on board or ashore if you run out). As mentioned by Knapman, OV is very casual (just like the islands you will visit) so although women tend to dress up a bit in the evenings (but not long evening dresses) men tend to wear smart casual trousers and a short sleeve shirt at night. Sometimes at night ships can get a bit cool so you might want something to cover your shoulders. During the daytime it is generally shorts but your husband could wear long trousers when in the towns should he prefer to (as do the locals). The ship has washing machines and irons should you find you wear the same favourite items and want to freshen them up. Re walking shoes it depends on what tours you plan to do. A good comfortable pair of trainers would be very useful but bear in mind that you can get short tropical downpours of rain which can mean some paths can become muddy (so also take a compact lightweight umbrella) - that's why islands such as Dominica are so green. When going ashore take a bottle of water with you (the ship sells them or you can buy cheaper ashore in a supermarket - or buy 2 small bottles on the ship then top up from a larger bottle you can keep in your fridge). We also take a supply of medicated hand wipes for when having snacks ashore (Tescos have a cheap range) as hygiene is a very important issue on ships. I'm guessing you are going from Barbados in which case you should have time to visit the port side duty free shopping mall that has lots of useful goods. It's just a few minutes walk from the ship. Hope this helps. We had a great time out there and I'm sure you will as well.

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Nickson - Answered a Question by Veronica Coco (21 Dec 08 13:03)

Hi Veronica. We are doing our 3rd Cruise this year with OV. It is so laid back, you just need to pack summer tops and shorts for the day and and lightweight summer dresses for the evening, just as you would wear to go to your local in the summer. No need to take beach towels. You can take the blue towels off the ship. We done all the excursions for the price of $10 each on every island for the whole two weeks we were there. When you dock and go through the port there are lots of mini buses going on different excursions all charging $10 and I might add very safe. I am flying to Barbados in January for the two week cruise and cant wait. Enjoy yourselves and A Very Happy Christmas.

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medlam - Answered a Question by Veronica Coco (25 Dec 08 07:48)

You can pack what you like on board there is no dress code you can wear shorts and tee shirts all the time if you want. they supply beach towels fresh every day if you want. you only need walking shoes if you are going in to the jungle. if you look in the excursion booklet it will tell you its very good. dont worry you will injoy it ive been with ocean village several times and am looking forward to the next one. have a good holiday.

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