Embarking on your first cruise is an exciting and memorable experience. As you step foot onto the magnificent floating city that will be your home for the next few days or weeks, it’s essential to be prepared and make the most of your time at sea. To help ensure a smooth and enjoyable voyage, we’ve compiled a list of top tips for first time cruisers when they step onboard.
Prepare With Hand Luggage
To start your holiday as soon as you embark, it is a good idea to pack swimwear or a change of clothes in your hand luggage for easy, immediate access. This will allow you to lounge by the pool with a cocktail while your bags are delivered to your cabin.
Once onboard, take some time to explore the layout of the ship. Keep an eye out for key area, such as dining venues, entertainment areas, pools, gyms and other important amenities like the medical facilities and the guest services desk. This will save lots of time later when you are trying to find your way around.
Book In Advance
If your cruise line offers speciality dining options, it is advisable to make the reservations early to avoid disappointment. This ensures you secure a table at your preferred venue at your preferred time. It is also ideal to book your shore excursions in advance too. This, again, avoids any disappointment and secures your place on the activity.
Read The Daily Newsletter
Many cruise ships will provide a daily newsletter which will contain a schedule of activities, port information and nightly entertainment. Take the time to read it so you can plan your day accordingly. Make notes of any port-related information, like arrival and departure times, plus decide which venue you will be attending that night.
Admire The View
Finally, head to the top deck to admire the beautiful views of the tranquil sea or picturesque port. Soak up the sun or watch an awe-inspiring sunset from up here as you set sail on your voyage.
As first time cruisers, following these tips will ensure smooth sailing on your first voyage!
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