I recently shared a post about my first cruise off the east coast of Australia, on board the P&O Pacific Explorer.
Before this trip I really hadn’t considered cruising. I thought it was mostly suited to retired folk and young families. Over the past few months I had heard a lot of good things about them so I decided to hit the sea and find out for myself. And I had a great time!
On my voyage I learnt a few things that would help a first timer have a great experience. If you are planning your first cruise, these handy tips will help you get the most out of your trip.
Read and learn everything you can about the cruise, the activities and what’s included. This will save you time onboard as you’ll arrive with the knowledge of which restaurants are included and those that cost extra, and anything you may need to bring for activities, themed dinners or parties.
Pack for all occasions
When you’re indoors the temperature is very comfortable, but you may need to rug up as it can get quite windy and cool out on the deck, especially at night (be careful of your hats and scarves!). If you are cruising in warm weather, you can spend time laying in the sun or taking a dip in the pool so be sure to pack your swimming gear. At night you can visit a variety of casual and formal restaurants, take in a stage show, or go to a bar or party so you may want something a little dressy. There are also gyms on board so take your training gear if you’re keen to squeeze in a workout.
Request to board early
Scheduled staged boarding to ensure that passengers don’t clog up the check in process and try to board at the same time. To make the most out of your voyage, request an early check in so you get more time aboard to get sorted.
Once onboard, resist the urge so go and explore the vessel! Go to your room and check out the activity schedule. Spend some time drafting your schedule and book in any activities, spa appointments and dinner reservations for the duration of the cruise, so you don’t miss out anything you’re really keen to do. Your future self will thank you for being so organised and getting all of that boring admin out of the way.
Upgrade your room
If you can afford it, treat yourself to a fancy room. For me, paying a little extra for a balcony room was well worth it. It will give you an opportunity to take a break away from the crowds when you need some quiet time to relax, read or just gaze at the water, from your own private balcony. It’s also perfect for a serene room service breakfast overlooking the water.
Have you ever been on a cruise? What tips would you share for someone new to cruising?
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