Tips for the Perfect Cruise
I tell anyone who will listen to me: On a cruise, you can be with all these people, or you can be by yourself. You can find tranquility, you can a find party, you can find new friends.” – Guy Fieri
Cruising…the perfect way to vacation! Where the only stress you experience is whether to eat in the dining room or at the buffet…
- Vacation with the family, and the kids have their days filled with age appropriate activities and supervision
- Kids love them because they can have all the ice cream cones they want (unless Mom is watching)
- The ship’s staff knows you, what you like and they treat you like royalty
- The food is fantastic and 24 hours a day
- You can visit various destinations without getting out your GPS
- At the end of the day, you’re back on board, safe, sound, and dinner is waiting for you
- You can choose from a variety of activities or a variety of places inside and out to sit and relax
- You can enjoy wonderful entertainment in the evenings
Sound great? It is!
Well, no matter how wonderful something is, there’s always room for improvement, even if it’s just a little bit. So I have put together this list of little tips and tricks to make your cruise even more perfect.
Tips for a more perfect cruise…
- Years ago, there were typically two dinner seatings – early or later – and if you wanted to go on an excursion, you would need to choose the later seatings in case you didn’t make it back in time to eat at an earlier assigned time. Today it’s much easier…many ships have several restaurants to choose from, and if they have dining rooms they often have open seating to accommodate their guests. The tip here is to go on your excursion and don’t stress about getting back too late for dinner…there’s always food available when you’re hungry.
- Do you get a little seasick? If so, you should check with your doctor previous to sailing to see what he recommends. Certainly you can use Dramamine, but that often leaves you with cotton mouth. A great alternative are the acupressure bands, they’re inexpensive and easy to use. I recommend Bonine which is a chewable tablet you can take when you feel woozy, unlike Dramamine that you have to take before you board. I also see the ear patches are back again. Also, if your state room is on a lower deck towards the center of the ship, there is less movement to make you feel seasick.
- Spa treatments onboard are very popular, and book up fast, so if that interests you, reserve yours as soon as possible. If you’re not interested in leaving the ship on port days, these are great days to book the spa.
It isn’t necessary to bring snacks with you, they may not make it through security. There is always somewhere that you can get a snack onboard. It’s good to buy a beverage package when you do your preregistration so you can get alcoholic drinks as well as bottled water and sodas during your trip.
- Gratuities are never included in the price of the cruise. The only place they are added to a tab is any drinks from the bar. The gratuities are automatically added to the shipboard account and paid on your last day. You may be able to order your bill in advance, but it is usually left under your door for you to check. If you have an issue, you can clear it up before the last night.
- If you’re eating in the main dining room and you can’t decide what to order…you can order more than one entree’ at no charge.
- Pack smart – go to this link to get some great packing tips that work on land or sea.
- Checking out used to be a long and tedious process…but it’s easier now. Some cruise lines let you leave with your bags and just walk off the ship after they clears customs. Other ships pick up your big bags that you leave in the hall the night prior. Then you just walk off the ship and pick them up in a warehouse and you are off. As far as settling your account, that can be done a day or so before you leave if you want to make sure all charges are correct. You should have your signed receipts so you can compare them with the shipboard account. Then there is nothing to do but walk off with your memories.
- If you’re planning an early land excursion for the next morning, order breakfast brought to your room, it’s quick and it’s easy.
- Travel insurance is an important part of traveling stress free…talk to your travel agent about getting this protection.
- It’s wise to book your trip with a travel agent, they know the ins and outs of cruising and what to do and what to avoid…they can help you with land excursions, what to do in port if you go on your own, and so many other things – you’ll be glad your did.
- Be sure your travel agent of choice is Certified with an ECC certification. This is the highest in the cruise industry and qualifies that agent to get the best value for your cruising dollar.
If you’re ready to book your first or your 20th cruise, Contact me, I love cruising and I would love to help you plan yours.