It’s decided you’re finally taking that cruise you have wanted for years! But wait, now that you are, you feel like you’re going onto uncharted territory where you have no idea how things work. Cruises are indeed specific in many aspects and you need to go prepared if you are to have a great time. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are all those little things you need to know before you set sail and go on that adventure.
1. Inform yourself about what’s included in the price
Most cruise lines offer a whole bunch of stuff included in the price as you book the cruise. However, when you start dining, shopping and taking part in activities there, you may get carried away and forget that some things are still to be paid. That’s why you need to inform yourself about that and act accordingly. For example, things that are usually included are accommodation, transport, most meals and activities. But things you’ll have to pay for are activities such as gambling, Internet, laundry services and most beverages. So pay attention if you don’t want any nasty surprises on your bill.
2. Work on your fitness
Yes, it’s a vacation, but while you’re there, you may want to try out all the excellent possibilities the cruise lines offer when it comes to exercise. There is usually a gym that offers fitness classes and it’s always easier to work out in such relaxed atmosphere and around people that don’t know you. Besides, you’ll be eating a lot of delicious food during your trip, so you might find it satisfying to burn those calories instead of lying around all day, doing nothing.
3. Don’t be afraid to splurge a little
You’ve been waiting for this cruise for so long, it’s time to enjoy and make the most of it. You definitely want to get a good deal and get your money’s worth. And the all-inclusive trip is a great way for you not to think about the money for the rest of the cruise. However, this is the time when you should indulge in something you love and never get to do. So maybe treat yourself and your partner to a romantic dinner with a bottle of champagne or take your whole family to do something you don’t have the chance to do at home. Vacation is the time to spoil yourself, so what if it means a little more money? Besides, if you arrange for a romantic welcome in your cabin (with balloons and roses), your better half will love you for it.
4. Visit the spa
As we said, cruise is the time when you spoil yourself and we doubt you have the chance to visit the spa every day during your regular days. But on vacation, you will have the unique chance to relax and unwind and kind people on the ship will make sure you do. Massages can get a little expensive, so it’s up to you whether you’ll opt for that, but with a spa pass, you can enjoy the facilities during your whole stay and enjoy the thermal pools, steam rooms and heated-tiled lounges. But most importantly, you will get some peace and quiet and forget all about the problems waiting for you at home.
5. Don’t base your decision solely on the price
Cruises can get a bit expensive, and not everyone has the money for this kind of pleasure. However, even then the prices vary immensely and you may want to jump the gun and book your cruise by finding the best bargain there is. This is where you may make a mistake. Nowadays, cruise lines base their offers on many factors and arrange their prices according to them. You must know what suits you best. Do a thorough research before booking, and make sure everything you need falls under the price. Usually, if you’re willing to pay a little more, you can get a much better arrangement.
6. Do a research for port calls
A cruise is more than just enjoying on the ship. Port calls are what makes the cruise exciting. Don’t make the mistake of staying onboard during a port call. Sure, you may stay alone and enjoy the silence for a while, but it’s not worth missing all the fun outside. Depending on the cruise you decide to take, port calls will be more or less interesting, but if you decide to explore them on your own, make sure to do a research first. Determine what you want to see and how you can get there. It may be a little tedious but it will pay off in the end.
7. Don’t do everything
Cruises can get a little overwhelming considering all the options that are offered both onboard and on dry land. And you may be tempted to try all of it. But this will only make you stressed out and tired, when in reality, vacations are meant for relaxing. Do a research on all that the cruise line offers and make a list of several things you really want to do. After that, if there’s time, you can always squeeze in some other activities. Just don’t make a chore out of trying out everything there is to try.