If you are new to cruising then your first day on the ship can be very overwhelming. So much to see, so much to do, before you even leave port!
If you keep these handy tips in mind hopefully it will help for smooth sailing:
Ship Tour – Whether it’s big or small try to talk a tour of the ship the first day. Normally the ship will offer a short tour, but if not, do your own tour.
Lunch: You’ll have plenty of time to try the buffet, so while everyone else heads there look see if there is an a la carte restaurant open. Or, grab a burger or slice pizza and relax for a while before the “mandatory” muster drill and sail away party.
Fun in the Sun – Why wait until you’re at sea to hit the pool deck? Pack your swimwear in your carry-on, and relax in the pool or hot tub for a bit. Don’t forget the sunscreen.
Drinks – If you don’t have a complimentary beverage package be sure to purchase it on Day 1 to get the most out of your package.
Stateroom Attendant – Day 1 is a good time to meet your attendant, and advise them of your requests. ie; you like the ice bucket filled, extra towels, need extra shampoo and conditioner (like I do), etc.
Your Stateroom – Before unpacking look around your stateroom and make sure that everything is in tip top shape. ie: flush the toilet, run the sink and shower, is the safe working? If not, advise your stateroom attendant and also report it to Guest Services. Also, don’t forget to take pictures of your room before you unpack, while it still neat and tidy.
Motion in the Ocean – If you’re like me and prone to motion sickness the trick is to try and prevent it “before” it starts. My rule of thumb is to take one “Less Drowsy Dramamine” 30 minutes before leaving port, and I take it religiously every 24 hours. It hadn’t failed me yet. If you forget your medicine the ship will normally have complimentary motion sickness medication available, just don’t forget to utilize it.
Bon Voyage – Whether it’s from your stateroom balcony or up on deck be sure to watch the sail away, especially if you’re leaving from New York. And remember to attend the sail away party – it really enhances the cruise mood.
Hopefully our tips, along with those by Amanda Brooks at Vacation.com Insider will help you have a great cruise. And remember, if you are thinking about a cruise contact us and let our experts help you plan your next cruise.