11 Tips for Things to Avoid on Cruises

Do you agree with all of these 11 tips of things to avoid on a cruise?



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23 Answers

I'm doing pretty good avoiding almost all. But avoid the BUFFET???

What is the reason for cruising if you cannot enjoy yourself at the buffet?

P.S. Thanks for the above picture. I am looking directly at my usual cabin. So nice!

We like interior cabins. No sunlight gets in. Also, I don't spend half my budget on a balcony that we seldom use. You know, because of the surveillance thing.

!. Shopping seminars: I still go to many of them. I know how to say, no thank you to the coupon books and any other thing I don't want. I have won a few cool things by going to them.


2.Avoid buffet: We almost always eat breakfast and lunch at the buffet because of the variety and time flexibility.


3.Bingo: while I don't play I have friends that love it and can't wait until the next cruise to play. I guess it depends on what you expect from the experience.


4.Overcrowded pools: If you need a pool while cruising I suppose the bigger ships would be better.


5.Interior rooms: This is entirely a personal choice. I personally prefer a balcony or suite, but if you want to save money or prefer total darkness for sleeping (I have a friend who is very light sensitive) then it is a good choice.

Agree for myself...Disagree in general.

6.Avoid parking at dock: not applicable when one must fly to all ports.

No opinion

7.Cell phones: there have been horror stories about the bill after a cruise.Using it in airplane mode is not bad and some cruise lines have added programs to make them practical for on-board communication. It is also a nice handy camera. Mine goes into the safe and stays there.


8.Bottle water: the filtration system is fine on the ship.


9.Eat before boarding: it would depend on your boarding time. If your boarding time is near the safety briefing, there will be no place to eat open.


10. Rush hour tenders: anytime you can avoid rush hour anything is a good plan.


11. Excursions: If you are willing to risk missing the ship, being taken for "a ride", being ripped off, a private excursion can be a good choice. Many people prefer them. We have done them and have had no problems. There is always a chance of risk but this too is a personal choice.


-Shopping talks - no idea

-Buffets - I have no problem with them

-Bingo - Have sat in on the tail end of one while waiting for the event I was interested in. Seems like everyone was having a good time to me.

-Pools - I think public pools are gross, no thanks.

-Interior rooms - I liked the one I stayed in. I'd do it again for a short cruise I've been on before.

-Parking at dock - no idea

-Cell phone - I'm on vacation. Airplane mode the whole time. I don't want anyone getting a hold of me.

-Bottled water - I agree, don't need to buy it.

-Eating before boarding - If it's Roscoe's in Long Beach I'll definitely have a couple of waffles before boarding. Also there was a crepe place in Vancouver which I'll probably never be able to find again. Me and my friends ate there before boarding the NCL Pearl. The food there was great and I hope to find it again someday.

-Rush hour for tendering - I agree

-Excursions - Depends. Have to use common sense. It there is a high risk of it being late then it's wise to use the cruise line excursion so won't miss the boat.

Jcoakml, the crepe restaurant may have been Cafe Crepe either on Granville or Robson St. They are very popular, and close to the Port of Vancouver.

As as for the list:

shopping seminars - went to one on our first cruise but avoid them now

buffet - we enjoy breakfast and lunch from the buffet (or lunch at the deli)

bingo - we never play bingo - rather be outside in the fresh air

pools - we don't use them either

interior rooms - I need some natural light so choose a porthole or Oceanview, we wouldn't use a balcony enough to pay the extra for it

parking at the port - we haven't done this because we've always taken a shuttle from the hotel

cell phones - always use mine for photos but keep it in airplane mode

bottled water - Carnival gives us each a large bottle and DH likes the small bottled water to take on excursions.

eat before boarding - we eat breakfast in the hotel but always have lunch onboard.

tenders - we've purchased FTTF or had early excursions so we are always on the early tenders. Returning to the ship has never been an issue either because the tenders run continuously

excursions - most of the time we book through the Cruiseline, but are comfortable in Key West and Cozumel booking something on our own. In St Maarten we booked through Cruiseline.com and the company had a guarantee to return us to the ship in plenty of time.

Thanks! I Googled Mapped the two spots as well as pictures and it looks like it was the one on Robson.

I bet the article was written by someone who has only heard from others about cruising.

...or didn't do any "homework" before cruising and found problems on their fist cruise.

It's interesting that the writer has chosen their own personal preferences as almost a warning to other cruisers. It reminds me of the numerous messages John Heald (Carnival's brand ambassador) gets from guests who claim to be speaking for hundreds of others about some situation they didn't like.

Well said.


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