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Kait Montanari
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Hi -

Is there a forum that I can read more about this? Activities, etc that have happened on past BGG cruises? This would be our 10th anniversary gift and first cruise and I would like to know a little more about what to expect before committing...
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Brian McCarty
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There are a zillion activities on the ship -- I wasn't interested in most of them so I mostly stayed in the game room (I did walk around a bit. If it had worked out I may have tried the rock wall). There are also shore excursions (which I didn't do -- I did go ashore)

I have a geeklist of games I played and there is a little info on other stuff (e.g. I went snorkeling in Cozumel)

BGG@SEA 2015

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Kait Montanari
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Thank you so much for the info!
 
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So like most cruises there are cruise activities that are scheduled from morning to night. There are movies, trivia, game shows, musicals (mostly at night), swimming, dancing etc. There are services available throughout the day, spas, gyms, shopping as well. You can elect to do none of these and just read a book on the deck - completely up to you.

Every morning you get a schedule of the events for the day so you can pick and choose what you'd like to do. If the boat is in a port for the day you can leave the ship and go on a shore excursions. You can choose one through the ship or you can book one on your own. (If you book on your own be super mindful of the times - the boat could leave without you - if you book through the boat they will hold the ship). There are many many shore excursions from touring old houses/sites/etc, dining samples, various beach activities, animal encounters, and some more extreme options (bungee jumping, etc) The shore excursions I believe are actually up now on the site to look at and choose from. (Also be aware they are an added cost)

For the BGG piece - BGG sets up a room with a library on one of the lower decks and offers open gaming. You can come and go as you please and fill in any holes you have in your schedule from ship activities. They set up a white board at the front of the room too for anyone who wants to try to meet up and schedule longer games if that is your thing. How much time you spend board gaming vs ship activities is your choice. A few couples that went on the first one, the wives went off and would do the ship activities while the husbands gamed.

Hope this helps! If you have more specific questions you want to ask just let me know. I've cruised many times and did the 1st BGG@Sea as well as we are signed up for 2017 too.
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We've only been on one cruise but had a blast. We decided on a short one (3 nights) since neither of us had been before, but we lamented the ending quite a bit. We went onshore both days though we skipped the excursions. The first day was Nassau and we really enjoyed exploring and found some really good seafood. The second was the private beach and was for beach/water for me, reading in the shade for him.

Our biggest complaint was not having anyone to hang out with. Mostly the other passengers were not our "tribe," and it was really too short of a cruise to be able to find people we did get on with. Also we didn't care for most of the onboard activities so we spent most of our time walking around the boat (still fun!), hanging out on our balcony (so beautiful!), and having fun in the casino.

We're very excited about BGG@SEA because it solves our problems -- we should easily be able to find people we want to have dinner with/hang out with, plus the game room will give us something to do. We'll very likely go onshore all three days because we love exploring places new to us, but we'll probably skip excursions again.

And congrats on your anniversary! Hopefully we can buy you a round to celebrate!
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