Going on a cruise is the dream of many–us included. So when you do book a cruise, it’s best to research what you can do to really get the most out of your vacation. Today, we share some tips born from our hands-on experience with cruises.
Pack A Change of Clothes in Your Carry On
The first day means that there might be a bit of a delay for your luggage to reach your quarters. So it’s best to have a set of comfortable clothes you can slip into as soon as you reach your cabin. It’s best to pack sandals, shorts, or swimsuits in your carry-on bag so you don’t have to wait to start your much deserved vacation!
Tour the Ship
Most cruises last a week at the minimum, so it’s pretty important to familiarize yourself with your surroundings. It can help give you a clear idea on which bars or eateries you’d want to try. It’s best to start at the top then slowly work your way down. Not only will you be seeing your options, you’ll be getting a workout as well!
Participate in the Muster Drill
Your safety must always be your primary concern. The muster drill provides a wealth of information regarding emergencies and what you can do. Keep the location of the muster station at the foremost of your memory. At the unlikely event of an emergency, this where all guests need to go and this is where you’ll get any aid that you may need.
Avoid the Buffet on the First Day
Trust us on this one. I’m sure the buffet was one of the main things that made you want to book a cruise, right? Well guess what, so did all the other guests. So chances are everyone is going to converge upon the buffet on the first day.
A good alternative is to try out one of the other options you’ve had an eye on. Not only will people be rather thin on the grounds but you may also be able to score good deals for embarkation day!
Book a Sun Deck or a Cabana in advance
These can run out fairly quickly so it’s best to pick a spot and book it right away. Reward yourself with some much needed sunning on a sea day. You’ll also get gorgeous views that you can appreciate at your own leisure when you have a secure spot.
Take oodles of Photos!
It’s best to take a lot of photos while you’re getting to know the ship. That way, you’ll be able to review your photos in the privacy of your cabin or whenever you have downtime. Such photos help to gather your bearings and they’ll always something you can use to look back when you’re done with your cruise.
Take photos that you plan on showing people and the ones that you aren’t. Snap the sights from the deck, the spots on board that you like, take snaps of your cabin and the amenities provided for you.