6 Things NOT To Do On A Cruise
Are you about to book your very first cruise adventure? If so, get ready for a vacation unlike any other – one where abundant entertainment, activities, cuisine and excursions await. While you may be daydreaming about zip-lining above the ocean or diving in a world-famous destination, it helps to learn what things not to do on a cruise. You might be wondering what to wear, what not to buy on a ship, or if you can buy essentials in case you forget to pack something. Though it is true that cruising is a relaxed and laid-back vacationing style, there are first time cruise tips that can make your trip more comfortable and stress-free.
So, don’t begin packing your bags just yet. Check out these six helpful cruise tips before you get started:
1. Never choose your vacation because of a cheap price.
Yes, there are incredible cruise ships deals available throughout most of the year, but choosing one based on price alone may offer you a trip you didn’t bargain for. It’s important to know that each cruise line has its own personalities and unique qualities.
Disney and Carnival are known as ideal lines for busy families with active children. The opposite is true for Celebrity and Princess cruises (while children do sail on these ships, they have more guests who fall into the retiree or empty nester category). In addition, some sailings are cheaper because it may be off-season or a repositioning cruise, both which come with unique pros and cons. Be sure to review possible itineraries with a skilled cruise agent who can give you the information you need to know to make the right decision.
2. Don’t take valuables off the ship.
Whichever cruise line you decide to vacation aboard, you will have a safe in your guest room. For your safety and to not lose valuables, be sure to keep jewelry, money, and passports (if you don’t need them to go offshore), contained within your safe. These items should not be carried when going offshore and/or on excursions. While cruise lines do everything they can to keep you safe, crime can occur in and out of tourist spots and you do not want to become a target.
3. Don’t ignore your onboard account summary.
There is no better way to ruin a cruise vacation than by having an enormous and unexpected onboard account bill at the end of your trip. Unless you have an all-inclusive fare booked, keep in mind extras such as specialty restaurants, gratuities, Internet usage, training or spa sessions, and other purchases can quickly add up. Check your account regularly either online, at guest services, or via a designated channel on your television.
4. Don’t be late.
Cruise lines stick to a strict schedule in order to get in and out of ports of call on time. If you plan to go onshore and/or partake in an excursion, be sure to allot enough time to get back to the ship before it leaves the port – it will not wait for you!
5. Don’t forget essentials and medication.
When packing, it is wise to bring extra medication (if applicable) and other essentials (that would be costly if purchased onboard). These may include sunscreen, sunglasses, insect spray, band-aids, shampoo, conditioner, etc.
6. Don’t dress inappropriately.
While cruise lines want guests to be comfortable and casual in most circumstances, rules still apply as far as dress codes. Dining and entertainment nights come with certain dress expectations. You can learn more about your cruise line through your cruise agent or via its website.
In addition, plan for temperature differences that can range from very warm during the day and cool at night. Last, pay attention to the ports of call you are visiting that may have a different dress code according to the culture.
Cruises are one of the most exciting and unique ways to travel. Don’t let these first time cruise tips overwhelm you, but rather be aware of them and get ready to have one of the best vacations of your life!
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