by David G. Wagner
June 28, 2002
This was our (wife, myself and sons ages 14 & 15) 1st cruise ever. Embarkation in Baltimore was easy. We walked in and there was a line that moved quickly so within 10 miutes we were at the check in counter. They checked our tickets, birth certificates and picture IDs and gave us our sign and sail cards as well as a bording number. We were #8 and I thought we'd be forever but our # was called within the hour then we had about a 10 minute wait in line before we got to the front and had our picture taken and then we went outside and up the gang-plank and onto the Galaxy.Our cabins were on the 5th floor and thats where we boarded so no steps to go up or down. I'm glad I choose the rooms I did because our hallway was about 5 times wider then the rest of the room hallways. I won't go into alot of detail, my emai is available for any specific questions.
NASSAU came next and we didn't get to see much because we departed at 1 pm and our excursion lasted till 12:10pm. I really wish we had more time becaus what we saw was really nice and clean, unlike what people had told us (they said it was a dirty stop). Also their were some really great buys. We did the Dolphin Encounter and had the time of our lives. A really good thing was we boght a family picture, a video, 4 shirts, and a magnet and it only came to about $150, a lot less then expected.
The days at sea we loved by my wife the most but all of us kept busy with a very diverse schedule of events.
THE SHOWS were extremely good. I'd recommend not missing any of the production shows and as a hint, don't worry about the 'no cameras or flash photography allowed' warning, people took flash pictures from night one and nothing was enforced. I obeyed this rule until the last 2 shows and wish I would have taken photos at every show.
Disembarkation ran smoothly but, if you know you won't be getting off in the first 3-4 groups then I'd suggect grabbing a table in the Oasis Cafe because we were about the 6-7 tag color called and we didn't get off till about noon or a little later and the Cafe serves sandwiches and deserts from 10:30 to 11:30 for those still on board.One last thing, don't expect the Oasis Pool rule of 16 and over only to be enforced, it never was on our cruise.
We loved the cruise and all the Galaxy folks we had contact with and we hated to leave the ship. As a touchng side story my 15 year old met a girl on board and is now heart broken for the 1st time in his life. It makes my wife and I feel sorry for him but also very happy because it's the 1st time he's felt these feelings, I'm sure we all reember our 1st feelings of love. They have already emailed each other and maybe he'll be able to visit in the future as she lives only about a 2hr and 15 minute drive away but to him it's a world away. We can't wait for our next cruise.