Planning a cruise holiday for the first time? Here are 9 things to keep in mind before you set sail.
#1 Choose Your Cabin Wisely
Cruises are exciting, especially if it’s your first time! But in all the excitement, don’t forget to pick the right cabin. Nothing is worse than falling sick on a cruise, so if you are prone to sea sickness, a cabin low in the ship and close to the middle is recommended. Similarly, if you are looking for some quiet time, ensure that your room is far, far away from the pool or other recreational areas.
#2 Don’t Ignore The Fine Print
Generally, we are least bothered about the fine print but then it’s not every day that we go on a cruise. While food, entertainment and stay are usually included in the cruise tariff, things like customised dining, spa rituals, shore excursions and gratuities may not be! So, always make it a point to READ the fine print to avoid surprises.
#3 Make Reservations
Just like any other restaurant, the cruise liner’s restaurants require reservations! So if you don’t fancy a long wait, ask your ship’s concierge to save a table for you. Don’t worry if you can’t contact the front desk, nowadays most cruise liners allow their guests to make reservations online.
#4 Combat Sea Sickness
Anyone who suffers from sea sickness is painfully aware how a perfect day on a cruise can turn into a disaster. Booking the right cabin is important, but staying confined to your room is not! In fact, experts advise people to spend time on the deck to get used to the motion of the ship.
#5 Travel Light
Everyone dreads packing! What to take? What not to take? A hundred questions come up during the packing process. However, when packing for a cruise, there’s no need to carry lots of clothes. Always pack smart and light as most ships have a self-service laundrette, where you can wash your clothes.
#6 Go Exploring
When on a cruise, don’t stay put…go explore! Familiarise yourself with the layout of the ship and look for places that are yet to be discovered by swarms of people. You never know, a pleasant surprise may be waiting for you. Plus knowing the ship’s layout will get you to your favourite restaurant quicker. Tasty food…yumm!!
#7 Pick The Right Cruise
You should select a cruise after careful consideration of all that it has to offer. For instance, a senior citizen won’t have fun on a party ship, while a young group of friends will likely get bored on a romantic cruise. If you are planning a cruise with your family, look for ships that offer kid-friendly services and activities apart from comfort and accessibility if you don’t want cranky kids.
#8 Plan Shore Excursions
If you have plans of going on shore excursions, make sure you book in advance. The bookings can be done through both cruise line and outside operators. The advantage of booking with the cruise liner is that they wait if you get delayed or lost on shore so you don’t have to worry about missing your ship.
#9 Check The Alcohol Restriction
It’s very rare for a cruise liner to allow its guests to carry alcohol. Even if they allow it, it’ll probably just be two bottles of champagne or wine. Beer, hard liquor or spirits are strictly prohibited and if you’re found carrying alcohol by onboard security, it gets confiscated. They have strict policies regarding the same so make sure you check before you board.
That’s about it! So pack your bags, book your tickets and embark on your dream cruise now.