20 Things To Think About Before Your First Cruise

20 Things To Think About Before Your First Cruise

  1. Plan to arrive the day before your cruise, flying or driving four or more hours to get to the port.

  2. Use Packing Squares when packing clothes and other things for the trip, you will thank me

  3. Make sure your mobile phone is in Airplane mode even if you plan to turn it off.

  4. Bring a carry on for the first day as sometimes your bags can take until after dinner to show up in your room.

  5. Bring Sticky notes to leave notes for stateroom attendant.
  1. Don’t sweat the small stuff, things happen, get them fixed and move on.

  2. If on a bigger ship you will not be able to get to do everything, Pace yourself.

  3. On a Europe cruise, do not do too many long day (8 hours plus) excursions at every port as that can make the trip seem more like work then a vacation.

  4. Research the ship you are or want to travel on, not just the cruise line.

  5. Bring a waterproof camera.

  1. Talk to the crew/ staff, you can learn things about the ship and the ports you may not have known.

  2. Take the stairs and skip the elevators when you are able as waits can sometimes be longer then taking the stairs up or down a few decks.

  3. Get off at every port even if you only wander around for 45 minutes then get back on the ship and enjoy that the rest of the day.

  4. Don’t take food off the ship, a lot of countries taking some food items off the ship is strictly prohibited.

  5. Before getting the “All You Can Drink” Packages, find out how much drinks will be and do the math on how much you really will drink.
  1. The Main Dining Room actually does serve breakfast and lunch.

  2. Ask for the “Drink of the Day” without the fancy cup you will pay extra for and do not really need.

  3. Travel Insurance is a good thing to have, check the policy what all it will cover.

  4. If your Stateroom has a balcony it may not be as private as you think.

  5. Guest services at busy times and go late at night or early in the morning.

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