glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

What One Piece of Advice Would You Offer a First Time Cruiser?

i read many reviews of first time cruisers and am so surprised at how clueless they are about what happens on cruises. They spend a lot of money yet don't take the trouble to find out what to expect.  Then they are dismayed and shocked at what they didn't expect.     

What advice would you offer to newbies about to take their first cruise?

Tags: advice to first time cruisers

53 Answers

BDRebel
Contributor Level: Captain

First and foremost -- check out the ship's deckplan before booking a cabin -- never above, below or next to a nightclub, open deck, galley or "gray area".

Ewoodspark
Contributor Level: Captain

I do suspect however, that new cruisers would not even know how to check a deck plan to discover what is above or below. It is only recently that I discovered a web site where you can show the deck plans on top of one another. Most deck plans that passengers would look at would probably only provide the information of cabins on that deck and nearness to lifts and stairs etc.

Ewoodspark
Contributor Level: Captain

When taking a first cruise, one should do into it with an open mind and not be looking to find faults with anything that moves. You are on holiday and just relax and take everything in. The enjoyment should be when discovering where everything is on the ship when you board and start to wander round. It seems to me like a lot of people want to purposely find fault with things just to have a right old moan. Just chill and enjoy

noname111
Contributor Level: Captain

From the common comments I see in first-time cruiser reviews, I'd offer the basic advice that they take the time to read the passenger contract carefully to make sure they understand what they are going to get... and not get... on their cruise.  Following that, they need to go to the cruise line's website and read basic information of the FAQs, ship facts for the vessel on which they are sailing, and ports they are going to visit.  Finally, go to their country's Department of State website and read up on country-specific issues and requirements to ensure they have the proper identification, permissions, and protections (e.g., passports, visas, vaccinations) to visit the countries on their itinerary.

These are basics that a lot of people don't bother to learn.  Problems with these topics tend to cause a bit of unhappiness when people don't take the time to learn what they are getting into.

noname111
Contributor Level: Captain

For some reason, my edit did not "take".  Here is my revised post

 

From the common comments I see in first-time cruiser reviews, I'd offer the basic advice that they take the time to read the passenger contract carefully to make sure they understand what they are going to get... and not get... on their cruise.  Following that, they need to go to the cruise line's website and read basic information of the FAQs, ship facts for the vessel on which they are sailing, and ports they are going to visit.  Finally, go to their country's Department of State website and read up on country-specific issues and requirements to ensure they have the proper identification, permissions, and protections (e.g., passports, visas, vaccinations) to visit the countries on their itinerary.

These are basic training travel topics.  Problem is there is a false sense of complacency where cruising is concerned. People don't seem to take the time to learn about what they are getting into. When problems arise, there seems to be a lot of shock and dismay along the line of "no one told me". 

 

Johngold
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

My advice for first time cruisers. Read this site, read other sites, do your research on-line. then go and find your travel agent. Explain what you expect. Then let them do their job.

askeegan
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

My advice for a first time cruiser, is to take part in things.  Do not sit on the side lines and watch.  Most of these people you will never see again, however, you may build lasting relationships.  Look at the positive in things, and do not seek out things to find wrong.l  Enjoy yourself and you will have an awesome vacay!

cruznjan
Contributor Level: Staff Captain

 

At the same time, pace yourself and don't try to do everything.

 

sunshinel9ver
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

First time cruiser!!!!!EXPLORE, RELAX AND MAKE NEW FRIENDS.  MOST OF ALL, TAKE IT ALL IN AND CHILL.  THERE IS NOTHING BETTER THAN A CRUISE.  A DAY ON A CRUISE SHIP WHEN IT RAINS IS BETTER THAN A DAY AT WORK.

Kennicott
Contributor Level: Captain

"There is no such thing as a best cruise line or best cruise ship, only the ship and cruise that is best for you."

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