Ship Tips – Get the Most Out of Your Dental CE Vacation

Check out our ever-growing list of Ship Tips – cruising tips for getting the most out of your dental continuing education vacation!


Power Up!

Bring a power adapter for more outlets in your cabin!*

Cruise cabins have a limited number of outlets. Whether from having several people sharing the same cabin or suite, or just having a lot of your own electronics you need to use or charge, it can be helpful to bring an adapter or two. 

*Just remember to get an adapter that doesn’t have a surge protector, because they aren’t allowed on board!

Bring a mobile charger for your phone or tablet!

You probably won’t spend a lot of time in your cabin, and you’ll rarely find an outlet you can use around the ship. Bringing a mobile charging device for your phone or tablet can be a major convenience!

There’s An App For That! 

Before setting sail on any cruise, be sure to download the cruise line’s app to your mobile device. This will allow you to have ready access to a detailed map of the whole ship, as well as the ship’s schedule — so not only will you know what time the dance club opens, but you’ll know how to get there! 

On most cruise line apps you can even book excursions — so you don’t have to wait in the guest services line.

Bonus: Smiles at Sea now has an app for each event

Go Ahead — Wine About It! 

Am I allowed to bring alcohol onboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship?

Per Royal Caribbean’s onboard alcohol guest policy, “Guests are not allowed to bring beer or hard liquor onboard for consumption or any other use.” BUT… “On boarding day, guests may bring onboard two (2) 750 ml bottles of personal wine or champagne per stateroom in their carry-on luggage.” Read the full policy here

Eat All The Things! Nom Nom Nom 

Don’t you hate when you’re looking at the menu and you just can’t decide which between the tempting options? Well, I’ve got a delightful tip for you…

On cruise ships, you can order as much as you want in the main dining room and other restaurants. Feel free to order a 2nd (or 3rd… heck, even 4th) appetizer, entree, or dessert! 

Let loose and enjoy yourself! It’s not just a conference, it’s a vacation!

Fine Dining Isn’t Just For Dinner

Everyone enjoys the fine dining in the main dining room for dinner, but most people end up hitting the buffet for breakfast and lunch. If you want to be treated to some higher quality food and enjoy the experience of being served comfortably at a formal dining table, you can often head to the dining room.

Breakfast is served in the main dining room most days, and lunch is usually served on sea days (when the ship isn’t in port). Breakfast and lunch in the main dining room is first-come-first-served, so wait in line to be seated instead of heading to your usual dinner table.

When you get on board, check your ship app or the bulletin they leave in your room each day to confirm the main dining room hours for your trip. 

Don’t Waste Time in Line – Relax a While Longer

Cruise ships usually offer passengers that want to carry all their bags with them early debarkation. This might sound like a great idea because you want to get off the ship first and hurry to back home. 

Unfortunately, everyone else has the same idea, meaning lines for early debarkation get really long and may take an hour (or more!) to get through. 

So unless you have an early flight to catch, avoid the massive traffic jams and enjoy some extra time relaxing on board. Have some food at the buffet or hang out in a cafe, soaking in the vacation some more while the lines clear.

Stay On Board & Enjoy The Ship

Psst… I got a secret… you don’t actually HAVE to get off the ship at every port. For real. Think about it — the ship itself is a fabulous vacation spot full of tropical amenities. Gloriously, most people will disembark while in port, which means those comfy cabanas you’ve been eyeing by the pool that are always full will probably be vacant and eagerly awaiting you. So stay on board, soak in the views from the top deck, take pictures without crowds in the background, and get some more mileage out of your drink package.

Skip the Guest Services Line

Guest Services is usually located in the middle of the ship, and if you’ve ever had to go fix something on your account then you know how long and slow that line can be most of the time… but you just have to wait in it, right?


Guest Services is open 24 hours, and members of your Smiles at Sea crew have learned that the best times to go are late at night or early in the morning. During those times you’re likely to get help faster. If you don’t see a rep at the desk just ring the bell (that’s always satisfying).

The Early Bird Gets a Longer Vacation!

You can extend the fun — and make sure you don’t literally miss the boat — by arriving at your port of embarkation the day before you actually set sail.

You’d be surprised how many would-be cruise-goers don’t make it onboard (or barely make it in the nick of time and full of stress) due to traffic, flight delays, weather, or what have you. 

Save yourself the trouble — and get a longer vacation — by getting into town a day early. Many cruises offer excursions at the embarkation port that you can buy online while planning your trip. You can also check local tourism sights for must-do activities or sit pool or oceanside enjoying your extra me-time!

Dana Myers is a dental hygienist who serves on the Smiles At Sea crew as Exhibitor Concierge, Ship’s Log contributor, and purple-haired fun-enhancer. Don’t miss our upcoming events! Check out our Cruise Specials!

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Ahoy all Smiles at Sea travelers!

Please read the following update pertaining to the October 2019 Smiles at Sea event.

As you probably have already heard, due to changes in US policy regarding travel to Cuba, all cruises to Cuba have been cancelled effective June 5th 2019. Fortunately, Royal Caribbean has already rerouted the itinerary to include Nassau, Bahamas instead of Havana, Cuba. In addition, the cruise line has decided to discount the cruise fare by 50%!! (excluding government taxes).

This is great news since the Smiles at Sea event will remain unchanged and all CE classes and activities will be held as scheduled!

If you have paid for your cruise in full, you will receive a refund to your original form of payment of the discounted amount.

If you have not yet paid for your cruise in full, your monthly payment schedule with Smiles at Sea will be adjusted accordingly to reflect the discounted amount.

You will soon receive a communication from Royal Caribbean outlining the itinerary change and the discount described above. You may also cancel your reservation for a full refund.

All cancellation requests must be received by Smiles at Sea no later than June 15, 2019.

For questions or cancellation requests please call Jason Hantman or Edward Suarez at 954-420-9133

We are looking forward to seeing everyone in October.

Bon Voyage,

The Smiles at Sea Team

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