Contributor Level: Deck Hand

Cruising with newbies

Hey all! I will be cruising with some first timers ever to cruising. I've started giving the tips and working on getting them excited but I have a question for you all. It's been a while since my first cruise so what do you wish you knew for your first cruise? Any tips I haven't thought of yet to pass along to them? Thank you!


8 Answers

Contributor Level: Captain

On thing I have learned is to manage your expectations.

You will get a bill at then end of the cruise. It will be higher that you thought.

You don't have to buy everything you see.

Plan to spend extra on Pictures, especially if you don't have a lot of couples pictures at home.

Have fun..... You are on a cruise.


Contributor Level: Staff Captain

To enjoy the newness and the slender and the awesomeness of everything on the ship. Best advise is to take the first sea day or two and explore every corner of the ship and be amazed at all the beauty and cool things. Does not matter what ship or what cruise line ... they are all absolutely amazing.

Contributor Level: Admiral

1.   Pack and extension cord or power strip,  only 1 plug per cabin.

2.   Pack a flash  light......the bathroom light at night can be blinding and can disturb the other people in the cabin.

3.  Don't try and do everything......there will be a next cruise.

4.   Make time to walk around the deck at sunset and evening....Nothing like a good glass of wine while walking the deck at sunset on a ship.

5.   It can start an addiction.

Contributor Level: Cruise Director

Best advice I can give any newbie is try not to compare to a land vacay or all inclusives.  They charge for extras, drinks, etc.  More importantly, go, have fun and relax!

Contributor Level: Captain

Agreed, I would only add to make sure to check you bill at least every couple of days. Easier to fix errors early than on last day. 

Contributor Level: Cruise Director

Don't judge the trip by the first day. We had a lot better time once we figured out where everything was, short cuts, etc. I LOVE Old Wolf's advice..so true!

Contributor Level: Captain

Fun with newbies.......tell them Thursday Is nudist night in the MDR.

dont forget the balcony club........should be witnessed, but that's optional.

Contributor Level: Captain

Pace yourself! Also, let it be your own experience. I cruised with my bf last year (it was his first time). He was worried about getting motion sickness, and I let him know you can barely feel it on the ship. Oh and a tip I told him (because he's a big guy)... The bathrooms are SMALL! Showers are big enough to turn around in, and that is it. Pack a small carry on bag incase your luggage is delayed getting to you as well. Carry small bills for tipping and excursion spending. 


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