15 Cruise Tips:
What You Need To
Know Before Your First
Ready to book a cruise? Now is a great time to take
some amazing deals available for ships setting sail for
Alaska, the Caribbean , or Europe. But before you book and
pay for your cruise check out these tips we found from these
top cruise experts.
From Raye & Marty Trencher, Editor's
Theyíll help you get started planning,
booking and experiencing the trip of a lifetime!
Call 800.365.1445 The call is free and
so is the advice.
1.Choose the right cruise and
accommodations can make all the difference, as you will be
spending 7 days or more onboard without the flexibility to
change ship or accommodations. Your choice of destination is
likewise important. Due you want to soak up the sun in a
Caribbean paradise, explore the wildlife glaciers and
Park in Alaska or visit iconic landmarks on an historic
river cruise journey in
Off season rates will save you money. However, the weather,
and other factors during the off season may prevent you from
fully enjoying your vacation. Think about when to take that
cruise. Consider which accommodations best fits your
lifestyle: inside, outside, balcony, mini-suite or suite. An
inside cabin will be the least expensive, but for a little
more, you may be able to afford a balcony cabin.
2. Plan your shore-side adventures
in advance. Comprehensive
tours, sightseeing activities, and shore excursions are
available for every cruise, so visit
Excursions Magazine as a starting point to research and
plan your cruise way before you even step foot on the ship.
Look up information about the ports youíll be visiting and
learn about what shore excursions are offered. Be sure to
plan and book early, since many popular shore excursions
3. Pack this, not that. First, pay
attention to the weather forecasts for each port of call and
pack the appropriate clothes. Use a handy
packing checklist. Don't over pack, Cabins don't have
the storage space you may have at home. Your suitcases must
fit under the beds in your cabin and your cloths must fit in
drawers. Also have a carry-on with essentials you will need
for the first day on board, including a change of clothes
for dinner, because your luggage might take hours to
arrive at your stateroom.
Don't forget bring your smart phone,
tablet, laptop and camera charge cords along with a power
strip to accommodate them all.
4. Do not forget your travel
documents. Be sure to bring the necessary and required forms
of ID for your particular cruise. Failure to have the proper
documentation at the pier, will result in denied boarding.
If your are denied boarding you will not get a refund.
Save time, check-in online at the cruise line's web site.
That way, you will not have to wait in a long line to fill
out paperwork at the port.
5. Step out of your comfort zone,
and be adventurous. Many times, the cruise you take will be
a once-in-a-lifetime experience. So, take advantage of all
the amazing experiences shore excursions have to offer
More Cruise Tips
"From Fran Golden, cruise blogger
for Porthole Magazine and USA Today
6.Remember to bring a small day bag as part of your packing
checklist. Fill the bag with all the essentials (medicines,
documentation, swimsuit, and so on) that youíll need for the
first day while you wait for your [checked] bag to be
delivered [to your stateroom]. Itíll also come in handy when
youíre out exploring the ports of call.
7. Book a family-friendly cabin: Many cruise ship cabins are
designed for four to share thanks to pull-down bunk beds
and/or sofa beds.
From Carolyn Spencer Brown, editor-in-chief,
8.One of the biggest mistakes youíll ever make is to book a
cruise solely based on price alone. Cruise lines these days
market to specific travel styles and demographics, and itís
best to figure out which [cruise line] best reflects your
interests. Then feel free to hunt for bargains.
9.As you shop around, make sure you understand whatís
included ó and whatís not ó in the cruise fare you pay.
10.The best way to ensure a relaxing first day onboard is to
figure out, pre-cruise, which [activity and dining]
reservations are most important to you ó and make them! Then
your first day of vacation can start immediately.
From Sid Lipsey, contributing editor, Yahoo Travel
11.With all the cool stuff there is to see and do onboard a
ship (classes, buffets, dancing, comedy, shopping, gambling,
ice skatingÖ!) and at the destinations, itís easy to get
overwhelmed by all the choices. Donít succumb to that
pressure to see and do everything. Thatís a surefire recipe
for a freak-out. Remember, this is a vacation. Relax! Just
make a list of the things you 100 percent must do on this
trip and just focus on those.
12. Donít forget to pack your gym clothes. With all the
fitness classes offered aboard a cruise ship, itís a perfect
time to take a class in something youíve never tried before
ó in a gym where nobody knows you (that way, you wonít feel
too embarrassed if you donít get the hang of TRX right
13.Another healthy tip: Take the stairs between decks. Itís
a great way to help work off all that delicious food youíre
eating. And youíll see more of the ship.
14. I like to schedule my meals at the same time as the
shows, to miss those pre-show crowds.
15.If you decide you want to explore ports of call on your
own, you should do a little research to determine what you
want to see and how you want to get there (rent a car,
reputable local taxi company, etc.). It may sound like work,
but I like to think of this kind of research as a little
pre-vacation. And it really pays dividends in the end."
Source: Royal Caribbean.
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Q: What does the price of my
A: The price of your cruise vacation includes:
Most meals onboard
Some beverages onboard
Most entertainment onboard
The following services are not included in the cruise price:
Dining in Specialty Restaurants
Dining in Famous Chefs branded resturants (Where applicable)
Spa and Salon services
Gambling (Including Bingo)
Any purchases made in the gift shops onboard
Transfers (Unless guest has purchased our air/sea package)
Laundry and Dry Cleaning Services
Ship to Shore Telephone calls
Non-Alcoholic Beverages (excluding water, lemonade and iced
Q: What about the price of a Cruise ?
A: When you see prices listed
on the web, the prices are per-person, based on a double
occupancy of the stateroom and are quoted in U.S. Dollars
unless otherwise noted. The cruise fares quoted also do not
include any applicable government taxes, fees, or surcharges
that may be assessed by any governmental agencies. Such
assessment is subject to change without notice at any time
whether or not you have a confirmed booking under deposit or
if you have made a final payment.