You are about to take a cruise for the very first time. Panic sets in as you realize you have no idea what to expect. Right now you may be nervous, excited and overwhelmed all at the same time. Well I am here to offer a few tips that will help elevate some of those fears about taking your first cruise. So forget about being nervous and overwhelmed and just get excited! I’m here to share some valuable tips to make your first cruise a breeze!
Have you ever heard the saying “To be prepared is half the victory.”? Well it’s true. If you want to have a great cruise, preparation is key.
For this article, I am assuming that you already have your cruise destination and cruise line picked out, but you are starting to figure out that you have no idea what to expect for your first cruise, so like many people you turn to others for answers. It seems like these days everyone has an opinion on just about every subject available. With the internet, it is possible to find out just about everything on just about anything. There is no reason that anyone shouldn’t be able to find out information on whatever subject is of interest.
So my first tip for those taking a cruise for the first time is to do your research on the ports of call you will be visiting. In some ports you may only have 8 to 10 hours to experience your port of call. You want to make every minute count. You do not want to get off the ship and start scratching your head wondering what you should do first.
When doing your research try to stay away from forums as much as possible, most of the time they will only confuse you. Ten people will say “it’s” the best thing ever, but you will find 10 others that will tell you “it’s” the worst thing they have ever experienced. If you do use forums try to ask questions that will offer facts instead of opinion. Here is an example of what I’m talking about. You could ask “Is the food on the cruise line any good?” With this question you will only get a ton of opinions. Instead ask “what kind of food is served at the buffet?’ This will get you more factual answers.
Another thing that will help put your mind at ease for your first cruise is to get to know your way around the ship. You can get to know your way around your before you even set sail on your voyage. You can do this by doing a search for a layout of the cruise ship you will be sailing on. If you search for a printable copy of the ship, you can print it out. After it’s printed, stack all of the decks on top of each other in order of the ship’s layout. This way you can actually see what is on every floor and what routes to take to get there. It is also helpful to see exactly what is on the floor above and below the room you will be staying in.
Finally the last tip for taking your first cruise is an important one.
Breathe! Don’t forget you are on vacation. Relax; try to remember that there will be lots of people on a really big ship. There will be lines everywhere, lines to board the ship, lines to get off the ship and lines for buffets. Don’t let this stress you out. If you know what to expect and you prepare for it ahead of time, it will make for a much more enjoyable experience. When you are standing in line for 5 to 10 minutes waiting for your food, just remind yourself it’s all part of the adventure. Use this time to get to know your fellow cruise mates; after all they are in the same “boat” as you. Before you know it you be eating and more importantly you will have made a few friends along the way.