When it’s your first time cruising, it’s easy to miss something you need. Not only is your first cruise exciting, but there’s also a lot of stuff to learn and keep track of. Don’t forget the basic advice with our handy list of five first-time cruising tips to ensure your first cruise goes smoothly.
NUMBER 1: REMEMBER THE SUNSCREEN
This is probably the single most common mistake cruisers make. You booked a Caribbean cruise to have fun in the sun. But, without sunscreen that’s at least SPF 15 or higher, you’re going to bring the heat back with you. Go ahead and buy something with a couple of extra sun protection factors and make sure it’s waterproof. Otherwise, you may spend your first week back home wearing shorts or a dress because it’s just too painful to wear pants.
NUMBER 2: DON’T FORGET TO PLAN YOUR DAYS IN PORT
Before you depart for your cruise, do your research and figure out what you want to see and do while you’re in port. Even regularly visited ports on inexpensive cruises, like Freeport and Nassau, have plenty of things to do. Not just on the beach, but inland and in town. If you wait until the last minute to plan your port calls, you’ll find all the excursions are full and even the tour guides who hang out by the docks have already left. Do your research and book your excursions well in advance.
NUMBER 3: DON’T FORGET THE CREW
The crew aboard the ship travels for a living, and they routinely visit the ports of call you’re visiting for the first time. They can point out everything from the best internet cafes to the best hole-in-the-wall local hot spots, which may be your chief concern if you forget number 2 on the list. Don’t forget the ship’s officers, crew, and hospitality staff when you find yourself in search of something in port, or aboard the ship, and maybe think of a small way to thank them for their advice.
NUMBER 4: DON’T IGNORE THE SHIP’S NEWSLETTER
When you first board the ship, you’ll find the ship’s newsletter waiting for you. More than a brochure, it details every single day of a ship’s itinerary and what is being offered aboard. Throughout your cruise, it will be supplemented with handouts and announcements that keep it, and you, up to date. It’s well worth your time to go through it thoroughly, highlighting the things you don’t want to miss. It’s the easiest way to tell the can’t-miss from the can-do-without.
NUMBER 5: BRING A WATCH
Most people use their cellphones to keep track of time on land. That doesn’t work very well onboard a cruise ship for a variety of reasons. Instead, pick up a cheap old-fashioned wristwatch and keep it set to the ship’s time. It’s cheaper than running up data charges on a cell phone, or booking a last-minute flight to try to catch your cruise at the next port. Before you step off the ship, check with the crew and make sure that you have it set to the correct time.
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