Tips To Help You Make The Most Of Your Cruise
Whether this is your first cruise or your fifteenth, whether your destination is somewhere warm and tropical or not as warm but adventurous and scenic, making the most of your cruise is something everyone wants. There is always something you can learn that will make your cruising experience the best!
We want everyone to have the time of their lives while on their cruise, so we have chosen some cruise tips to help you ensure your time onboard is fantastic.
Making the most of your cruise…
- If you’re a first time cruiser, and you’re not sure where to start, the best place is by finding a Travel Agent who is an expert in cruises. The choices for choosing and booking a cruise can be overwhelming, and they can help you with:
- which cruise line would suit you best
- which type of cabin you would be most suitable for you
- which port excursions might be the best
- finding the best fares and discounts
- getting you travel perks that you wouldn’t be aware of or be able to get for yourself, such as onboard credit that can be used for a variety of things
- answering all of your questions
- and so much more!
- You don’t need to worry about getting seasick…most of the newer ships have been fitted with stabilizers which keep the movement and motion to a minimum. But if you’re still concerned about it, there are things you can do to eliminate the “wooziness”: You can purchase anti-seasickness pills before your trip, or buy them from the ship’s doctor or you can buy pressure bands to wear on your wrists. The pills may give you a bit of dry-mouth, but there are no side effects with the bands. Also, if you book a cabin in the middle of the ship you will experience less motion.
- There are many places onboard for your dining pleasure…try them all!
- Understand the gratuities: This is another area your travel agent can help you, because the process can be different on different ships. Sometimes your fare will include the gratuity, and sometimes you will pay it directly, in cash, to the crew members who have served you. Also, be sure you know who it is recommended that you tip, you don’t want to leave anyone out, they have worked hard to give you a wonderful trip.
- There are activities on board that you can participate in everyday and evening, so don’t forget to look at the ship’s daily communication so you are aware of what’s going on and can take advantage of the things you are interested in.
- Save your onboard spending until towards the end of the cruise, when promotions and sales will be offered.
- Take the time to explore your your new floating home as soon as possible. It will help you learn how the ship is laid out, and discover features of the ship you may have never known about.
- If one of the ports you’re stopping at doesn’t, for whatever reason, interest you, plan a spa day.
- If you’re going to be cruising with the kiddos, make sure the cruise you choose is family friendly, and not focused more on the “party scene”. Also, some ships may have onboard babysitting if you’d like an evening out.
- Don’t forget to turn your phone off or on airplane mode…international roaming bills can be huge!
- Are you celebrating a special occasion such as an anniversary, birthday or honeymoon? Make sure you mention it, you might be the recipient of a nice gift or surprise.
- Before going on your cruise, make sure you have alerted your credit card company that you will be traveling. It will let them know that your purchases are valid and they won’t be concerned about fraud, and freeze your account trying to protect you.
- Do you want or need something…ask for it. Chances are, the ship’s got you covered.
- Photographers are always asking to take your picture…let them, if you want it you can purchase it, if you don’t, then don’t.
At Probus Travel, we have great experience and knowledge of cruising that we would like to share with you. If you have any questions, or you’re ready to book your cruise, Contact Us or call at (502) 895-7900 or (800) 827- 0008 … We look forward to speaking with you!