A few years ago, I went on my first ever cruise. I went with a few family members to Cozumel, Mexico. I thought that it would be a fun experience because I had been on boats a few times. It was a mixed experience for me. Here are my best tips on preparing for your first ever cruise.
Be Vigilant When Eating Food on a Cruise
On my first ever cruise, I spent three days ill with food poisoning. I had tried some sushi and apparently it was not good. I would suggest that people bring along a few snack items from home so that they do not have to rely entirely on food from the cruise liner. Being sick was not fun while we were on vacation. I would suggest avoiding raw fish and anything that sits out for a while in the hot sun.
Pack Lightly if You Can
State rooms can be very small. The space that is given for dressers and wardrobes is limited. People often bring several suitcases when they go on a cruise. This can be difficult to deal with as it can lead to space issues. People should make sure to pack lightly as most people buy clothes, souvenirs and other items while on board.
Getting Used to the Open Water Takes Time
There was a lot of choppy water when we went to Mexico. It takes time for people to adjust to being on the open water. People should pack sea sickness medication. It can also be a good idea for individuals to limit their time out on deck for the first two days so that their equilibrium can adjust itself naturally.
Read the Information Given to You
It is important for people to read the information that is given to them especially about when meals will be served and when the ship will anchor at a port. Many guests were fumbling around and did not know when they would have to board the ship again when they would get off at port.
My friends went overboard with their spending due to casinos and gift shops on board. People should have a budgeted amount for these expenditures ahead of time. People often get swept up in the grandeur of being aboard a cruise ship that they lose track of their spending habits.
Be Safe at All Times
Cruise ships allow thousands of people to be in the same place at the same time. It is important for people to be mindful about their personal possessions. Identity theft, petty crime and other problems can occur on board. I learned to lock up my items in my suitcase and then always lock my room and place a chair near the door just to be extra careful. People should avoid giving too much personal information to guests that they might meet on the cruise as this can pose a safety concern.