Contributor Level: Purser

First timer

Going on my first cruise this spring/summer, any good tips from experienced cruisers?

We are going on MSC Fantasia R/T from Genoa. We have the drinks package and a balcony cabin.

we will probably do a few of the restaurants rather than having the buffet every night.

Any experiences/tips welcome.





6 Answers

Contributor Level: Captain

My suggestion is to check your bill every couple of days. It is easier to fix a mistake if caught early than wait until the last day. Always make sure you know when you are supposed to be back on board ship while in port. 

Relax and have a great time!

Contributor Level: Admiral

I have cruised on two MSC ships the Poesia & the Divina.  They were both fabulous cruises.  My tip would be to make it a point to see the entertainment on board.  The shows were wonderful & I did not miss a one.  Have fun and write a review on your return. 

Contributor Level: Purser

thanks guys


Contributor Level: Cruise Director

Hey Andy! This article has some great insider tips by experienced cruisers:

You should also take a quick look through these articles for last-minute tips on everything from packing to booking shore excursions:

Happy cruising!



Contributor Level: Purser

great links, thanks

Contributor Level: Captain

All I can add is that European cruises are not like the cruises we are used to. The European experience is, well, from what I have been told, is not the typical party atmosphere that is prevalent in the Caribbean.  That doesn't make them worse or better, just, different. I hope to experience it some day.   Love



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