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6 Tips for Sailing a 7 Day Cruise Like a Pro

Cruise tips for sailing a 7 day cruise like a pro! Plus, tricks that every traveler should know!

tips for sailing a 7 day cruiseGetting ready to set sail on your first week-long cruise? We’ve got some tips for sailing a 7 day cruise that can help you cruise like a pro! Sailing on a 7 Day cruise is a bit different from embarking on a weekend cruise. With shorter cruises, forgetting something or having extra expenses may not be a big deal. When you are onboard a cruise ship for a week or longer, factors that might be minor in a shorter time become a major concern.


  1. Pay attention to your cabin’s location
    Be leery of accepting any “blind” upgrade offers that do not allow you to move if your cabin ends up above an always open dance room or noisy engine. Since you are going to be reside in your cabin for an entire week, the difference a cabin in a quiet corner of the ship can make the difference between a blissful vacation and a stressful nightmare.
  2. Pare down your packing
    Find out the specific dress code regulations for your particular ship and itinerary. Many cruise lines are adopting a more casual dress code that doesn’t require several outfit changes each day so you should be able to pare your packing down to comfortable, Cruise Casual garments that keep you looking cool and relatively wrinkle-free. 7to 11 day cruises typically have two Evening Chic or Formal nights, so make sure you bring at least two outfits that have you dressed to the nines. Everything aboard a ship is more expensive, so double check that you have all the required parts of your ensemble, such as nylons and support garments.
  3. Settle in fast and catch the embarkation day discounts
    When you first embark, put off unpacking to enjoy some eminently affordable treats. Many of the amenities and restaurants onboard offer their services at considerable discounts on embarkation day. Spa services in particular tend to run specials to fill up empty slots on the first day at sea. This is one of the cruise tips and tricks that regulars use to enjoy the best amenities without breaking their budget.
  4. Book shore excursions in advance
    cruise tips and tricksWhen planning what to do on a week cruise, a common mistake is to assume every shore excursion listed will be available. In reality, many of the most exciting shore excursions are booked months in advance. Research your itinerary thoroughly and book the excursions that appeal to you as soon as you have your itinerary set.

  5. Budget for extra expenses
    Most cruises, particularly the lower prices ones, are not all-inclusive. The costs for extra expenses (such as for beverages, Internet, cleaning, specialty restaurants, etc.) can add up quickly when you are on a 7 day or longer cruise. Make sure you figure those into your vacation budget and consider if a higher-priced fare that is truly all-inclusive might actually be a more economical choice in the end.
  6. Download movies to your tablet before you embark
    When you are on a 7 day or longer cruise, odds are there will be at least a few times that you will want to relax and decompress. Downloading a few movies on your tablet will save you from expensive Wi-Fi charges and the slow download times that plague all but the newest ships.

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