Whether you’re looking for a bit of variety, a lot of luxury, or simply a way to detach yourself from the world, cruises are brilliant holiday options. Plenty of people choose a cruise once and never return to any other kind of holiday.
Cruising is also a massively growing trend which means each ship has its own share of first-timers
on board. With plenty of ship etiquette already established among the veterans, the newbies can be easy to spot. We’ve got some tips to avoid being caught out!
1. You arrive with giant suitcases
If you roll up with a giant suitcase, there’ll be no mistaking your first-timer status. When decking out the cabins, cruise-ship builders rarely seem to prioritise storage space. While you’ll easily store normal sized suitcases and duffel bags in the (often narrow) closets, or under your bed, trying to be efficient with one large case will actually have the opposite effect on a cruise.
2. You try to reserve seats by the pools
Veteran cruisers will not take kindly to spotting your towels or books littering the deck chairs by the pool to reserve them. While it might be frowned upon on a normal sun holiday, it is generally not tolerated on-board cruise ships. You might be risking your stuff being thrown overboard if the person who stumbles upon it woke up on the wrong side of their cabin, so it’s best to just wait until you’re ready to occupy the seats to lay your towels down.
3. You try to pay in cash
While most cruises are advertised as ‘all inclusive’, there will typically be some entirely optional extras not included, like shore tours, spa services and gift shop purchases. To make the whole process smooth and easy, usually you’ll be given a swipe card at check-in (oftentimes it’s just your room key) that you can charge with whatever you need to and settle the bill at the end of the trip. Leave the cash in your room safe!
4. You forego sun cream when the sun isn’t beaming
It happens to everyone one time or another, but it’s not pleasant! It can be easy to assume on a dull or breezy day that you can forego the morning sun cream routine, but it won’t be worth it. The sun’s UV rays are what cause the damage, not the heat, and you’ll be exposed to plenty of those on the deck. Dipping into the pool exposes you more, not less, as the water reflects the UV light. It’s better to avoid the risk and take the five minutes to lather some cream on!
5. You don’t book shore excursions early enough
Particularly excited to visit Fatima in Lisbon or get a look at Hannan II mosque in Casablanca
? Often first-time cruisers take a very play-it-by-ear approach to booking shore excursions, and end up disappointed when the tours are booked out on the day. Take a look at the itinerary before you go, decide which ports you must explore and book those up. Double-check the fine print, as well – some cruise lines offer a refund on your booking if you change your mind.
6. You underestimate the power of the buffet
It is an easy thing to never consider, but most cruise veterans will tell you these ships aren’t the place to start your diet. While there are plenty of options for eating healthily and maintaining an exercise regime if you want to on board most ships, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to resist indulging in the round-the-clock buffets at least a little. Throw some looser-fitting clothing into your case to make sure you stay comfortable
and looking as stylish at the end of the trip as you did at the beginning!
Planning the first time cruise of a lifetime?
Here at Abbey Travel, we can help you pick the right cruise for you, or advise you on how to make the most of all your port stops. Get on board today! Give us a call at Abbey Travel on 018047100 or check out our cruises on offer