First Timers Need to do Some Research

okay first timers, this one is for you.   Congratulations on your choice of vacations.  Regardless of which line you have chosen, you will have a great time, and get a great value for your vacation dollar.  However, you want to have the best time possible right ?  You’ve heard how some people had a miserable cruise, and will never do it again right ?   Asking questions here is a great start, but you have to ask the right questions.    Did you use a TA, book online, or just call the cruiseline ?   It doesn’t matter really, but you do need to ask one important question.   It’s a simple one.   And here it comes..............you need to ask, at the time of year you intend to travel, what is the weather like in the area you wish to go ?   Research it yourself on line. Just use the keywords;  weather/ St Thomas ( example )/ October (example).    Yeah, no wonder those cruises are less expensive.   Its hurricane season.

How about.........weather/Bermuda/ April........well, it’s a great time to go. You can use the beaches, but don’t expect to hit the water. Still too cold in the ocean.    Contrarily, weather / Bermuda/ October, you’ll find average temps in the mid to upper 60’s, with a good chance of rain on any given day.

My point is, you need to do some research.  If you decide to book, and look solely at the price, you may have a less than perfect experience.   Then you’ll come here and whine how you had a lousy cruise, and that it rained every day. You got sick from the rocking of the ship, yadayadayada.

 

Any other questions, ask them here.  Take advantage of the knowledge on these forums.  We all have stories, good and bad. We’ve all made mistakes.  No reason you should make the same ones we made.    

 

Enjoy your cruise (s) Happy

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Also, read your cruise contract.  That way you won't be shocked that itineraries can change.

The location of your cabin is also very important.  Make sure that it isn't near a noisy place like the kitchen, theater or a lounge.

Buy insurance ... especially if you choose a risky month ...

Another thing to point out...

Not all ports meet 1st world expectations, many are on islands where the majority of their capital revenue is from visitors spending money on tours, taxis, and trinkets. If you want to be "protected" from the reality of the conditions (children begging, vendors being pushy) just outside of the protected tourist areas, book all-inclusive private beach or resort days with reliable private transport to them, and don't complain about the expense. If exploring on our own don't go blindly out beyond the secured port area. Knowledge through research including asking port or tour specific questions here, at other forums, and researching attraction descriptions and reviews at travel websites can be your best defense against being disappointed or worst being ripped off by trying to be spontaneous. 

This is more important than ever after the hurricane!

Go with an open mind. You are sharing space with 2-3 thousand other guests who may not have the same values, manners etc as you. They may butt in line at the buffet, be rude and barge into elevators before people exit, they may not loung chairs and also may not dress for dinner as you think they should. Focus on your vacation and not theirs, and you'll have a great time. 

First time cruisers need to come here and READ, READ, READ!   This site was so helpful to me on my first cruise last year and is STILL helpful to me on my upcoming cruise in 39 days (yippy!).  All of the people here are so nice and knowledgeable.  There are many things that the first time cruiser does not think about...hence unpleasant surprises and experiences.  When if they just spent some time researching and learning it could/would make a world of difference.

Cruising is AWESOME!  However there is more to it than just throwing some clothes in a suitcase and walking on a ship....IF you really want to enjoy your experience.

Thanks everyone here for making MY cruise experiences AWESOME!Love 

Dbldelites - I wish EVERY cruiser had to read your post. Unbelievable the questions concerning water, power strips, flat irons (Travelwizard1 - lol - you got us guys good!), embarkation times, dress codes, cabin questions, motion sickness suggestions, decorating ideas, tipping, swimming naked, can you bring bottled water aboard, shampoo, MDR dress codes, etc.

Read folks, research your cruises. You are spending a lot of money (OK, maybe not on Carnival - just kidding) take some time and search. So much info on the internet. Although gotta say, this site is the BEST for information.

Can I bring a Hibachi grill for the balcony?  Thanks.

I want to bring a drone, flat iron (the steak and hair tool), and several pounds of high quality...ehhhh...herbs.  Am I allowed?

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