11 First Time Tips For First Time Cruisers
Are you a first time cruiser? Going on your first cruise? Do you know how to prepare for your first cruise? Are there things you want to know before your first cruise? Don't worry. We have all the cruise essential products and cruise tips that you will need. Come aboard for your first fun cruise.
Preparing for a cruise is an exciting adventure that calls for some careful planning. As seasoned cruisers ourselves, we've gathered some valuable tips to help you prepare for your upcoming cruise vacation. We still vividly remember our very first cruise, and let's just say we boarded the ship without much preparation. It was a valuable lesson for us!
One thing we learned is the importance of booking excursions in advance. On our first cruise, we ended up wandering around aimlessly at the ports, missing out on some incredible opportunities because we didn't know about cruise excursions. No one told us!
While we had a fantastic time overall, thanks to the exceptional service provided by Carnival, we do have a few regrets.
Every cruise is a learning experience, and each trip teaches us something new to prepare for the next one. We've come to realize that while spontaneity can be exciting, it's not so spontaneous if you don't take charge and plan ahead. So, we've compiled these tips to help you make the most of your cruise and avoid any missed opportunities.
By following these suggestions, you'll be well-prepared to embark on your first upcoming cruise adventure. Bon voyage!
Here we go, here’s 11 tips just for you!
1. Confirm passport and visas: Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the cruise duration. Check if you need any visas for the countries you'll be visiting during the cruise.
2. Research cruise shore excursions: Look into the shore excursions offered at each port of call. Consider your interests and physical capabilities when selecting the activities. Make note of any excursions that require advance booking.
3. Book hotels for pre-cruise and/or post-cruise: If you plan to arrive a day or two before the cruise (which we strongly advise you to do!) or extend your stay after it ends, book your hotel accommodation in advance. Choose a hotel/Airbnb conveniently located near the port or in a desirable area for exploring.
4. Purchase travel insurance: Protect yourself against unexpected events by purchasing travel insurance. Read through the policy details carefully to understand coverage and any limitations.
5. Join a roll call: Look for online forums or social media groups where fellow cruisers discuss their upcoming trips. Joining a roll call allows you to connect with others, share tips, and potentially organize group activities.
6. Start saving cash: Set aside some cash for onboard expenses, such as gratuities, shopping, and any activities not covered by your cruise package. Having cash on hand will also be helpful for smaller expenses at the ports of call.
7. Print cruise documents and luggage tags: Ensure you have printed copies of your cruise documents, including boarding passes and any pre-booked packages or reservations. Don't forget to print and attach the luggage tags provided by the cruise line.
8. Book flights: If you need to fly to the embarkation port, book your flights well in advance. Consider arriving a day early to avoid any potential flight delays or disruptions. (Once again, we strongly advise you to fly in a day or two early! There’s nothing worse than being told a few hours before your flight that IT HAS BEEN CANCELLED! That happened to us!!! Not fun! We ended up paying 5 times the amount for another flight – different airline - just to get to embarkation on time!)
9. Become familiar with the cruise ship: Visit the cruise line's website and review the ship's layout, onboard amenities, dining options, and entertainment offerings. This will help you navigate the ship more easily and plan your activities.
10. Book drink packages and reservations in advance: Check if your cruise line offers drink packages and specialty dining options. Consider pre-booking these to secure your preferred choices and possibly save money compared to onboard prices.
11. Check for possible tests and vaccinations required: Verify if your cruise line or destination requires any specific tests or vaccinations. Consult with your healthcare provider and follow their recommendations.
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(Remember, these suggestions are based on general advice, so it's important to consult the specific guidelines and recommendations provided by your chosen cruise line and destinations.)