Truth is, you want to go on a cruise vacation. The thought of floating atop the ocean waters, taking a refreshing dip in the water, lounging by the pool with a cocktail in your hand will lift your mood and spirit. If you’ve never been on a cruise before, don’t fret. This is a great chance to try something new. So how do you make your time at time at sea worthwhile, Follow these top 10 cruise tips for the best cruise ever.
Check out for embarkation deals and special offers. Most activities such as spa, restaurants, and drinks are often discounted on embarkation day, depending on the cruise line. You can get a great deal on body massage and other spa treatment on embarkation day.
Most cruise lines allow passengers to bring at least one bottle of wine onboard. This will save you a considerable amount of cash on drinks. You can pick up your drink of choice at any of the liquor stores nearby or the arrival airport’s Duty-Free Shop. Not to worry about ship security, you will be cleared.
Getting travel insurance is a must for all cruise passengers. Cruises are one of the safest means of transportation but not always. For instance, if you fall ill or get injured, the cruise ship may drop you at the nearest health facility for treatment. Medical emergencies can be expensive especially when you’re so far away from home. Fortunately, travel insurance covers this cost.
There’s no best time of year to cruise. You can enjoy floating at sea any time of year. However, if you’re looking to save cost, then book during wave season (January to March) or during the school period. At these times, the demand for cruise vacations is low.
The best location for a cabin is mid-ship vertically or horizontally, preferably with a balcony. Mid cabins make you feel less rocking. For peace of mind and to avoid unnecessary noise distractions, stay clear off cabins close to the stairwell or elevator.
In many cases, cruise line excursions are often overpriced. And even if they are moderately priced, chances are you don’t pick interest in any of the excursions the cruise line offers. If you’d like to experience something special such as cooking class or hiking, you can book excursions directly with other reputable tour companies.
If seasickness sets in, report to an onboard doctor immediately. Bear in mind this service comes at an extra cost. As a first-timer, you’re more likely to get seasick. The best thing to do in this case is to consult your doctor for a medication before embarkation day.
You don’t just want a good cruise but the best one. Unless you’re not on a tight schedule, booking a cruise vacation can be a daunting task. A professional travel advisor can ease the stress. The agent will handle everything about the trip including flight booking, cabin choice and dining times.
Cruise package will help provide coverage while sailing on international waters, but not a guarantee that you’ll get covered on every port visited. If your cruise stops at ports not included in your cruise package, it is recommended that you add an international package on your cell phone. Good thing is that there are lots of options designed for your specific needs.
For first-time cruise passengers, the prospect of exploring a massive cruise ship can be overwhelming. A few days before you climb on board, design a ship tour. Equip yourself with information about the amenities the ship has to offer including lounges, restaurants, pool, deck plans and many more.
If you want to get the most out of your cruise experience, don’t forget to ask lots of questions. There’s no better time to book your cruise vacation than now. Following these tips will guarantee the best ever cruise vacation.