Maybe you're about to embark on your first cruise. Maybe you've set sail many times before. Regardless, you are going to want this experience to stand out so it is a vacation you'll remember for years to come.
We’ve got tips to help take your cruise to the next level. These suggestions will help you better enjoy the ship's food and onboard amenities, increase the romance factor during your sail, or find more adventure during your time in port.
1. Try Something New
One of the biggest advantages of vacationing on a cruise ship is that it offers lots of chances to try something new. Maybe its rock climbing, dancing, snorkeling, or taking part in an on-board class. Maybe it is a new food available at dinner or an over-the-top spa treatment.
Go for it! It may even ignite a new hobby or interest you’ll take with you long after your trip is over.
2. Take Time To Enjoy The Sea Breezes
While there are lots of things to do inside a ship, try to avoid being cooped up through most of your stay. A large part of the cruise experience is about getting outside, feeling the sea breeze against your skin, and watching what may be happening on the ocean.
If you’re not the type to sit still for long, try it anyway. Bringing something to read may help you settle in or asking someone you love to join you on deck can turn an afternoon into a shared time and new memories.
3. Elevate Your Dining Experience
While it may be tempting to stick with the food choices that come with your vacation package, you won’t regret it if you choose to go above and beyond for some meals.
Depending on the cruise line and the type of ship you travel on, you’ll have several options for elevating your dining experience. Don't be surprised when your cruise experience may reach the next level as you enjoy higher-quality restaurants, unique types of food, or even a romantic private dinner on your balcony.
4. Give Some Thought To Shore Excursions
Make the land-based time on your vacation count. Have you ever wanted to eat at a Michelin-star restaurant, negotiate at a market stall, or dive for a certain species of aquatic life? Consider where your cruise’s shore excursions will take you and then match it with these interests.
If packaged excursions don't mirror what you want to do, feel free to go it alone. You’re free to select something entirely different to do on land as long as you can make it back to the ship on time.
5. Clothing Tips
There are a few clothing tips that can really improve your cruise vacation. For starters, pack everything you think you’ll need for your first day in a carry on bag that you’ll keep with you because there’s a chance your luggage might arrive at your stateroom later than you’ll expect.
We've got other tips too. Remember to bring a pair of swim shoes to protect your feet if you’re swimming in rockier ocean areas and pack a swimsuit cover up so that you can go directly from the pool to a dining area. Additionally, you may want to bring some warmer clothes for nighttime when things can get chilly on deck and don’t skimp on bringing dressier clothes for formal cruise dinners.
Bonus Tips: Ideas For Easier Cruising
Sometimes there are simple tips that vastly increase how much you enjoy your time at sea.
For starters, consider arriving at your cruise port of call the night before so you aren't at risk of a late arrival and get to know the cruise-specific terms as quickly as possible so you can become more familiar with your environment.
Also, be prepared with any extra prescriptions from home that you think you might need and bringing your own seasickness remedies even though there may be some available on board.
At any point in your cruise, if there’s something that’s not right, let the staff know because they’ll want to fix it for you as soon as possible. They're your partner on this adventure and can help make your cruise experience is the best it can be. Bon Voyage!