Whether you’re holidaying on a cruise for the first time, or just want to be extra prepared to avoid troubles down the track, take these 6 essential tips into consideration to assist you in having a smooth getaway:
- Pick the right date and stick with the same cruise line
Choose the right date and time to take a holiday cruise. If you’re looking to a take a cruise during less busy peak times – it is ideal to book during low seasons and these vary across countries. The peak season for Australia for example is during the Christmas school holidays. Another ideal suggestion is to stick with one cruise line as customer loyalty is very important to the cruise line business. If you stick with one brand, you can positively end up saving big bucks, and seeing some huge perks down the track. This includes perks to your booking process, and benefits to your on-board experiences such as member-only events like cocktail parties to return customers.
- Be aware of your spending
Be mindful of your spending throughout your holiday cruise. Take into account that employees expect tips so be prepared to factor this in your expense planning. Also remember to check your bill to see if any service charges have been added. However, many cruise lines offer the choice to opt out of the service charge, and instead give you the option to tip what you prefer. You can also save a bit of cash by BYO drinks although policies vary from ship to ship. Lastly, it is more efficient and ideal to ask for a copy of your bill a day ahead of checkout time as this time period can become chaotic. This will enable you to assess all the charges a day ahead, and raise any queries before lining up with all the other cruise attendees for checkout.
- Stay offline
Remember to turn off mobile data roaming as many people end up shocked to later find a huge bill from their phone provider. When you can, try to stay away from the Internet as much as possible. This is because the Internet is generally more slower and more expensive at sea despite Internet packages. If possible, wait until you’re in port and can find a free Wi-Fi hotspot to post all your holiday photos. Plus, you need to be enjoying your luxurious surroundings rather than being glued to your phone. Pre-book entertainment, talk to season cruisers, enjoy the free activities and enjoy the sea life!
- Ear plugs
A tip is to invest in some earplugs. Check whether your cabin will provide for some, and if not, be sure to pack them! This is because cruise ships can sometimes be noisy, especially if the cruise is targeted towards families and kids. It will be one of your favourite items on board as there will be many times you’ll just want to unwind and relax.
- Sea sickness medication
Avoid being ill-prepared. You don’t want to end up with seasickness, which is a reaction to your body’s ear balance system to the not-so familiar motion of the cruise ship. So avoid bad nausea by packing some effective medication!
Take these six tips into consideration before boarding onto your holiday of a lifetime! These tips will ensure that your journey is smooth, fun and stress free!