noname111
Contributor Level: Captain

Three tips for new cruiser success

Though it is sort of preaching to the converted, we who participate here know cruising vacations are awesome. While many are now seasoned cruise veterans, we all had a first cruise where we did not really know what we were doing. On that theme, what are your top three tips to novice cruisers that you think will help make their first sailing a great success?

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17 Answers

akaGrandmaJo
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

1) Read your cruise contract.  Know what you are agreeing to before you book.

2) Be on time.  The ship will sail without you.  Understand ship's time vs local ports of call time.

3) Go with an open mind and relaxed attitude.  Cruising is different from land vacations.  It's all about new experiences and new ways to enjoy yourself. 

BonMike
Contributor Level: Captain

3 very good points Grandma Jo. So often the negative comments I've read after a cruise, are because the person failed to follow these pieces of advice.

DVCruise
Contributor Level: Captain

Agree with above and add:

  • ASK - From the minute you board and throughout your cruise, ask the staff if you have any type of a question or need directions. They are usually very helpful and/or will guide you to the correct person if they can't answer your questions.  Your steward should be helpful with information as well.
  • SLOW DOWN - Take time to unwind after you board to "throw off" the pre-travel embarkation experience and put yourself in relaxation mode. Things can be chaotic preparing for your trip and getting to the port, but it is important to switch gears and go into vacation mode asap.
  • EXPLORE - The ship is your temporary home for the next few days and if you walk around and see the various areas to relax, eat, drink, dance, etc., you will find your "niche" of where you want to spend time.  If it's a big ship, there may be numerous venues and deck areas so explore them all.
noname111
Contributor Level: Captain

1. Do your own research.  This starts before you even book your cruise. Understanding where you are going is important to enjoying your time there. If you desire first world destinations, make sure your port choices align accordingly. Your research should also include what documentations and inoculations you may require based on your ports of call.

2. Read your passenger contract. Read your passenger contract. Read your passenger contract.

3. Pay attention to the ship's time. It may be helpful to wear an analog watch set to the ship's time. The time you must be back on board is ship's time, not local time. It does not matter what time zone you are in... what matters is the ship's time.

JusMe
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

My best tip...........Don't go on a cruse....... if you do all kinds of bad things happen to you.

 

1.  You will get addicted to cruising quickly......sometimes a few days on a ship and your addicted.

 

2.  It will kill your diet...... to much good food to just have one dinner.

 

3. It will make your friends and family mad at you when you get home and are all relaxed and happy and can not stop talking about how great the cruise was and when your next one is booked.

 

Wink

ToddTheCruiser
Contributor Level: Staff Captain

Never book an interior lower deck cabin.  Its the ghetto and leave your kids home.

cucruizin
Contributor Level: First Mate

I agree with all of the prior posts. My top 3 are:

 

1. Research before you book. Review the forums, check out the ship you're considering, review the itinerary (not only where the ship is going but how long you'll be in each port), things to do (or not do) at the ports.

 

2. Bring a regular watch and keep track of your time while in ports. 

 

3. Go with the flow and maintain a positive attitude. Don't let a small mishap put a big damper on your entire cruise.

BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain

1)Don't try to do an excursion in every port. Take time and head to a beach in one of them.  

2)Take embarkation day to explore the ship.  Go deck by deck from the top down. Remember what you might like to try out later in the cruise.

3)Keep a copy of the deck plans with you.

ctav
Contributor Level: Captain

 

I'll carry this with me on every cruise.

dwelchnait
Contributor Level: Purser

Big SmileI would like to add to jusME. You missed mentioning all the fantastic adventures and interesting people you will have to endure. (half way around the world already).

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