Embarkation Day on Royal Caribbean Cruise


Written by leahb

April 9, 2023

We are almost done with Embarkation Day, and taking a bit of a break. I wanted to leave the house about an hour earlier than needed. As a result, we got to the new Royal Caribbean terminal significantly before our scheduled time of 12:30. Because there was no traffic. Since we booked a Junior Suite, arriving early wasn’t an issue since there were no lines for checking in.

How was the check in with Royal Caribbean?


Although we didn’t have to go through lines, at 11:30 am they weren’t bad at all. There were several people who had to scan us through, and our carry-on bags got X-rayed. Still we went from car to on the ship in about 10 minutes.  **Beware of the PUNS coming** You might say it was smooth sailing! Royal Caribbean clearly runs a tight ship. OK, I’m done with the puns.

Our rooms wouldn’t be ready until 2 pm, so we -along with everyone else sailing- had to find a place to wait. Everywhere was uncomfortably crowded. We found a table at the Windjammer Café and had lunch. Then walked around to check out the rest of the ship. Did I mention it was uncomfortable crowded? With pretty much everyone on board, and no one able to get into their rooms for another two hours, it happens. It is good to see so many people traveling again though.

I didn’t get a lot of pictures of the outside of the ship because it was a grey day. We did get to watch pelicans, seagulls, and dolphins catching fish though right before we left port. While we were watching Wild Kingdom play out beneath us, we also met our neighbors Greg and Becky. I’m hoping we run into them later when we are exploring the ship as they seem like nice people.

We had a decent dinner in the main dining room. Very white formal, but relaxing atmosphere. I noticed that the dress code we read about wasn’t enforced at all, but it didn’t distract from our experience. Later tonight we are going to check out some of the live music venues. Piano at the Schooner Bar, and a 90’s night DJ at the Blue Moon.

Where is Royal Caribbean taking us?

Tomorrow is a cruising day. We are planning on going to bed early and going to the gym in the morning. Royal Caribbean has a great looking gym. Vitality at Sea Fitness Center. Lots of cycles, treadmills, and other cardio equipment. There are also lifting machines and a free weight area. I just checked the classes and activities they have there, so I might spend a couple of hours there in the morning. After that, I’ve booked a cupcake decorating class at 10 am. I don’t really need to learn how, but it sounded like fun.

On Monday we will arrive at Puerto Costa Maya and spend the day there. With hopefully more people exploring the port, we might try the rock-climbing wall this day. We sail overnight and Tuesday we arrive in Cozumel. I’m not sure what we are going to sign up for yet, but we will figure it out by tomorrow. Wednesday is another cruising day, and Thursday we return to Galveston.

I can hear you asking now, “why in the heck are you bothering to go on a cruise if you are going to stay on the ship the whole time?” Well…if you didn’t catch my earlier post, we are going to do this same cruise two more times this month. In order to do some of the excursions available on the BIG cruise we are doing at the end of the year, we had to earn Crown and Anchor status by June 4. What is the big cruise? It’s the Royal Caribbean Ultimate World Cruise! 



Planning for the Royal Caribbean Ultimate World Cruise

My husband and I have both cruised before. But nothing like this. Aside from needing to earn status for the big cruise, we need to learn how to live on a ship. What to pack, what to leave behind. How to schedule our days, especially days at sea. Is the wi-fi good enough to work from? Just all kinds of things. So this is kind of our test-run. I’m looking forward to the rest of this trip, and getting prepared for the Royal Caribbean Ultimate World Cruise in December!

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Written by leahb

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