Things No One Tells You About Cruising
Sailing the high seas is the easiest holiday for a lot of us, but here are secrets and tips that could make your cruise even more fun and relaxing!
Arrive at your embarkation port a day early. This allows you to avoid any last minute stress caused by potential delays and allows you to adjust to a new time zone or allows you time to sightsee.
Everyone wants to be on board first, so arrive a little later when embarking to avoid the rush to be first.
Traveling with a companion? Pack half & half carry on. This tip will cover both of you if your luggage is delayed en route to the ship and include anything you may need immediately like medicine, swimsuits, sunscreen, etc.
If you’re on a lengthy cruise, unpack as soon as you have access to your stateroom. Your suitcase can be stored under your bed for the length of your cruise.
Eating & Drinking
Stop by the specialty restaurants that pique your interest and make reservations on your first day aboard.
Water on cruise ships is okay to drink but it’s heavily chlorinated so it’s smarter to grab a big bottle from the bar or on board store and keep it on the bed side table.
If you’re eating at the breakfast buffet, try to sit in the same section every day as waiters tend to work the same areas and are more than likely to remember preferences and could have yours on hand.
If you don’t finish that bottle of wine at lunch or dinner, it doesn’t have to go to waste. The waiters can store it overnight for you for the next time you are there.
Most state room televisions are interactive. You can order room service, check spending, see the daily schedule and track the ship’s position.
Take advantages of the free lessons and complimentary actives ike rock climbing, cooking classes, wine tasting, etc.
Sign up for behind the scenes tour of the ship and indulge yourself at a chef’s table experience which is often worth its price and sometimes includes a galley visit.
Activities on port days are less crowded because most passengers are out exploring.
Avoid the lines and any issues that arise by visiting reception and getting a copy of your account. It’ll be easier than dealing with it in the hours before disembarkation when everyone else is there.
Are you a cruise regular? What’s your tip on an easy cruise?