After reading some of the comments here, I wanted to point out one more thing, and then I'll quit - I promise!! I won't be on this cruise unfortunately, as I'm already booked for my 3rd Blues Cruise (Feb. 7-14, 2003) www.bluescruise.com
, but I'm hoping to share some friendly experience and advice to you guys. First and foremost, this cruise will be INCREDIBLE!! Don't think for a second otherwise!!
As I mentioned, I've cruised on the Regal Empress, and the USS Melody (Blues Cruise) as well, and both cruises the staff kicked some serious ASS!! They work their butts off for 80+ hours a week for sometimes a month straight WITHOUT A DAY off! Their wages range anywhere from $1-$3.50 an hour, and most of them send every cent back home. And for that reason, I say this...
Please don't forget to tip those that do a good job for you!! They really deserve it, I promise!! Those that should be tipped are your room steward, waiter in the dining room, and if you're lucky like I was, the cocktail waitress/waiter that NEVER let me have an empty glass!! Get to know that person by name and he/she will take excellent care of you for the entire cruise! $20 each is awesome and if you give the room steward their $20 when you board, you're sure to find your room is always clean, there's extra towels and always ice in the ice bucket for your duty free purchased vodka and juice that you've acquired from the breakfast buffet for your cocktails!!
Oh, one more thing - the cruise lines don't like to see your privately made cocktails in public places, so be sure to be discrete. I pack one of those huge sippy water bottles for mine!!
That's it guys! You are about to embark on one of the most amazing journeys ever!! Think of every music festival you've EVER been to, and this one will leave every one of them in the dust. As a matter of fact, the only thing that sounds bad about this cruise is that it's only 4 days!! If you have the opportunity, extend and do both!! Last year, we cruised for 11 days, and saw over 80 shows. It was incredible!!