Embarking on a cruise vacation soon? If you are a first-time cruiser, look below for five tips to make sure your trip is smooth sailing.
Book Travel Early
Most people tend not to live in the same city that their cruise embarks, so make sure you book all other travel arrangements to the ship’s port well in advance. If your cruise leaves from Galveston, Texas, then be sure to book transportation from Galveston to Houston airport to return home. Florida has several cities that house cruise ships, so be sure to fly in and out of the closest major city to make traveling easier.
Once onboard the floating resort, head immediately to the purser’s desk, also known as guest relations, to make reservations for any specialty restaurants you want to try throughout the cruise. Many ships have gourmet Italian bistros or a fancy steak house for you to indulge in. This tip also applies to shore excursions.
Look at the Itinerary
Every evening you will receive an itinerary of cruise events for the next day. By reading the itinerary before bedtime, you will have a clear idea of what you want to do on the ship. From poolside competitions to towel folding demonstrations, there is always something new and fun to try on the ship of your dreams.
Pack More than Necessary
Although many people believe in traveling light, it is always a smart idea to bring a variety of clothing with you. The main dining room onboard always has a dress code, and the breeze on deck can be chilly in the evenings. A great tip is to bring more than one swimsuit; that way one is always dry.
Find a Quiet Spot
Whether it’s your cabin’s balcony, a group of lounge chairs on deck six, or an out-of-the-way table in the dining room, a quiet place to relax and get away from the excitement on the ship is a great way to recharge and rest. There is so much to do and see onboard (and onshore excursions) that you may need a nap or five.
With a little advice and a lot of fun, taking a cruise with your family or friends is as easy as it can be. Don’t forget your sunscreen.