Things I Wish I Knew Before My First Cruise

By: Mary Hanna

If you have never been a cruise ship before, your cruise ship experience will be much clearer after you read this cruise review.

Things I Wish I Knew Before My First Cruise

Pre Cruise Stay
In some cases cruise lines will provide an option of a pre cruise stay at a hotel in the town where you embark. Cruise lines will want to take good care of their clients before they board the ship. Any hotel affiliated with them, will provide you with great service. Furthermore, they will also provide you with direct acces to from hotel checkout to cruise check-in. 

Cruise Departure Day

  • On the actual day, you will be brought to the pier where your cruise ship is waiting for you. It will take about an hour to check in your luggage, get your boarding pass and board the ship.
  • When you first arrive at your room, your room steward will meet you. This is when you should tell the steward if you have any special needs or requests. e.g I like two bath towels and a bucket of ice each afternoon.  They want to make you happy so don’t be shy. 
  • Dont wait for your luggage. It may take a couple of hours for your luggage to arrive. Grab some lunch and tour your cruise ship. Or you may feel like strolling around the promenade in that fresh salt air.
  • Make any beauty and spa appointments on the first day. They tend to sell out quickly, especially nights appointments. 
  • There are swimming pools aboard, both for adults and kids. Deck chairs and benches are also provided if you just want to watch your children enjoying the water in the pool.

Cruise Entertainment is endless

  • Entertainment is endless in a cruise ship. From movie theater, Broadway like productions to children oriented programs.

  • For a different entertainment, you can go to several theme bars or disco with live music open until the wee hours of the morning.

  • Expect to have on-board casino where it features different games similar to what you see in Las Vegas.

  • Shopping center? Yes, you can find personal items and other things that you need while you are on-board. Here’s one cruise tip, try to pack things like Rolaids, bandages and toothpaste from home; they are expensive on the cruise ship

Cruise Food is Top of the World

  • Food is one of the vital services offered by cruise lines. The best chefs from around the world are hired to prepare and cook excellent meals to ensure that your on-board dining experience will be truly memorable.

  • There are formal dining areas, which have a formal dress code on certain nights. Dont forget to wear formally to enter those dining areas. 

  • If you are looking for more informal style of dining, there are snack bars, cafeteria, and a pizza parlor on-board, which generally are opened for meals on extended hours.
  • All cruise lines will provide a casual buffet lunch and dinner area. Do come early, as they place is always crowded.

Cruise Itineraries is Additional

  • All cruises will stop at different ports each day, depending on the cruise ship schedule. You have the option of either staying aboard the ship or you may disembark to join other passengers on a guided tour. You are also free to explore on your own at each stop, but make sure you know the departure time of the ship. Most guided tour is not part of your cruise package.

Booking a Cruise is Simple

  • Read cruise reviews.
  • Log on to the official site of a particular cruise line to check on itineraries and prices. 
  • Always Book early. That is why you get the best price
  • Do not embarrased to negotiate for a better price.

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