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6 Tips for First Time Cruisers

Are you preparing to go on a cruise? If this will be your first cruise, you may have no idea what to expect. Here are a few important cruise tips to keep in mind that should be very helpful to the enjoyment of your cruise.

Tip #1 – Bring a Carry-On Bag – The very first and most important cruise travel tip you’ll need to remember is to make sure that you have a carry-on bag. Once you board on the cruise ship, you’ll want to visit your cabin but don’t anticipate your luggage to arrive in your cabin for quite some time. I have had various experiences from my luggage showing up before the ship leaves port to after we have been at sea for several hours. So, it’s a good idea to have a carry-on that has some clothes and a couple of necessary toiletries on hand.

Tip #2 – Have a Map of the Ship – Cruise ships are enormous. You don’t want to get lost and a map can certainly be of substantial assistance to you. Ensure you have the map and take a while to look it over so that you’ll have the ability to more quickly navigate the ship. When you receive your cruise card you will also receive a nicely folded map of the cruise ship that should be carried with you for the entirety of the cruise.
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Tip #3 – Leave Early to Get Where You’re Going – When you are going to dinner or you are going to a show on board, as a disabled cruiser, you’ll discover that the elevators are most likely going to be full and often many cruisers are waiting for an elevator and they may not be as patient as you. To assist with this it is best to be early to the event of rather than being frustrated. What I normally do when I know that the elevators will be crowded is go to the ones on the opposite end of the ship. In other words, if I want to attend a show at the forward end of the ship I would normally take the mid ship or aft elevators to avoid the crowd. It may be a little out of the way, but I normally get to my destination faster.

Tip #4 – Keep the Noise Down in the Evening – If you are out late in the evening, make certain that you keep the noise down. You don’t want to go around slamming the doors of your cabin, since it can wake many people around you up. So, have some courtesy and shut your doors as quietly as possible to avoid encounters with grumpy cruise mates.
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Tip #5 – Avoid Wearing Expensive Jewelry – When you are on a cruise ship, do not walk around wearing your most costly precious jewelry so everybody can see it. Obviously there will be some formal dinners where you will want to look excellent, however leave the most expensive jewelry at home. If you go around showing off your expensive jewelry, you might end up being a victim, so protect yourself.

Tip #6 – Tip Generously – this is the last one of the cruise travel tips listed here; When you are out there on a cruise, make sure that you tip kindly whenever possible. The majority of individuals working on the ship make very little money other than your tips. So, make sure that you are kind enough and generous to give a great tip.

Finally, make your cruise travel memorable and do a little planning before and during your trip to get the most out of your adventure.

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