What to expect on your first cruise should only be good surprises. Follow the tips given in this short guide to have a fantastic first cruise experience. After going on over a dozen cruises, the advice given here can be considered to be accurate and should help you know what to expect on your first cruise.
Consider your age, income, and what you like when planning a cruise and read some cruise reviews. A young party animal on a limited budget would love a short Bahamas cruise. An older couple with cash to burn might splurge for a European extravaganza. Consult the support of a cruise travel agent to avoid bad surprises. You must also remember to bring one dressy outfit for formal night and enjoy that glamour. Have a passport that has at least six months left before expiration. If you do these cruise preparations you will be surprised how great a cruise is.
Forget About Money
The very best thing about cruising is you do not have to worry about money and your possessions. Lock your wallet, keys, and passport in your room safe. All you need is one cruise card to unlock your room and pay for any expenses like souvenirs or alcoholic beverages. Tips are charged to your card at the end of the cruise so no cash needs to be carried.
No Stress Decisions
On a land vacation you must repack at each stop, plus fight traffic and decide how much to spend for meals. A great cruise surprise is that you unpack once and just enjoy touring at each stop. No decisions must be made considering the price when ordering from the ship’s restaurant as you can have anything you want. Most cruise lines even have optional unlimited beverage packages for alcoholic drinks or soda.
There are singers, dancers, magicians, comedians, and a great variety of free entertainment depending on the ship you choose. You could spend hundreds of dollars and drive hundreds of miles to find variety this unique. On a cruise you just look at the schedule on your cruise paper each day and walk to the free shows.
You are constantly reminded on a cruise how wonderful your vacation is. At the shows and games the phrase “Is everyone having a good time?” is heard a lot. Most cruises have a staff so friendly that you wonder if they were trained to brainwash you into thinking your cruise is great. That makes every cruise an awesome surprise.