Cruises are fun, but if it is your first time, the options seem endless. Yes, cruise ships are huge with so much going on, but it helps to have an idea of the activities that happen on the ship so you don’t feel like you’re running around with your head cut off during your vacation.
I’ve been on multiple cruises growing up, and here are a couple tips I’d like to share to make your first-time cruise experience to be an enjoyable one.
Don’t overeat at the specialty restaurants. You won’t starve. Also, the actual dinner in the dining room is usually worth it so save some space to try that.
Sometimes spectating is more fun than lounging. I hate participating in karaoke because I’m not comfortable enough to sing in public. However, I found that actually going to activities like that is fun as a spectator.
You’ll gain weight Bring looser clothes for the end of your cruise. I gained an average of five pounds during each cruise.
The boat is BIG! You’ll be waling a lot. There is quite a distance between things so make sure you give yourself ample time to go between activities.
Sunscreen. Remember the sunscreen!
Let me tell you now: You can’t do everything! The biggest mistake I made was trying to do everything on my first cruise. I was constantly trying to get from activity to activity and I exhausted myself out that I just ended up napping during the afternoon when a lot of the activities I wanted to join were happening. Prioritize you’re activities.
Bring an extra bathing suit. It is not too comfortable to put on a wet one.
Take naps. Naps are important. If you had a long flight or drive to the pickup location, do not worry about missing Day 1 activities. There is always something going on at every hour. Check the schedule and figure out things that you really want to do and play the rest by ear and by how your body feels.
Bring an extension cord with a multi-plug. Usually there is only one outlet in a room so be prepared to fight over it with the rest of your family if you forget.
Be nice to the staff. I found that if I leave a tip in the room ($5) for the cabin steward every morning made them feel inclined to better take care of the room (hang clothes, keep room neater).
And of course, HAVE FUN! A cruise is meant to be a vacation, don’t forget!