Here are my General Cruising tips;
- Cruise lines all offer something different and each ship has its good and bad points, but a strong itinerary and balanced number of days at sea can really make a difference!
- Try and stick with the newer or refurbished ships as they tend to offer more modern amenities and activities.
- Packing a little lighter can make your trip much easier – you can carry your bags straight off the ship upon disembarking and won’t have to worry about putting them outside the night before!
- Sea days can offer a nice reprieve from a port heavy itinerary – there are many activities and things to do on board.
- Gratuities are standard and expected; prepaying them saves the hassle at checkout.
- Gratuities are automatically charged on all beverages.
- If you are worried about the motion of the boat, don’t! You will barely be able to feel it even moving on most days! Ginger pills are great if you do experience sea sickness!
- Cruise fares can be a bargain, the problem will be airfare; try to select two (2) or three (3) cruises that you want to take, then wait for the airfare to go on sale, if you see the airfare to one of your cruises on sale, book the airfare, then book the cruise.
- Some cruise lines offer a combination of airfare and cruise deals, theses deals can be great but be aware that the airline, flight time and stops will be selected by the cruise line.
When to Go
- Cruising can be a lot more relaxed and less crowded with families if you avoid Spring Break (mid March- mid April), Summer (June-end of August) and the holidays (Thanksgiving, Xmas, New Years).