5 Cruise Tips for the First Time Cruiser

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Have you been on your first Cruise yet?  If you're planning on booking your first cruise, check out these 5 cruise tips first.

5 Cruise Tips for the First Time Cruiser

Have you been on your first Cruise yet? I have not been fortunate enough to go on a cruise yet but I hope to sometime soon! A very good friend of mine has been on a couple of cruises and let me use some of her pics as well as information. If you’re planning on booking your first cruise, check out these 5 cruise tips first.

1. Check into the cruise line. A quick Google search will give you a lot of information. Look for actual customer reviews to hear straight from fellow cruisers. There are many forums and review sites where previous passengers can rate their experiences, good and bad. You should also put in a call to your insurance agent. There are a few cruise lines that insurance companies will no longer underwrite for travel insurance because of long-standing problems.

Have you been on your first Cruise yet?  If you're planning on booking your first cruise, check out these 5 cruise tips first.

2. Plan your packing. Each ship has its own dress code and will send you information well before your trip so you can plan accordingly. Depending on the cruise, this dress code may be more of a flexible guideline than strict rules. Call your travel agent or the cruise line directly if you have questions. Don’t get too stressed out by the idea of “formal” dining, however; if you’re not in the mood to dress up, you can typically opt for a less-formal dining option on board.

3. Plan your carry-on bag. The process of getting all luggage sorted and delivered to the cabins can take awhile. Be prepared. Pack your bathing suits, sunscreen and anything that you may need throughout the day. If you’re bringing children, make sure to include any of their favorite items as well.

4. All-inclusive does not mean free. You are bound to have extra charges while on-board, even with an all-inclusive package. Alcoholic beverages, gift shop purchases, shore excursions, spa services and internet charges, all have additional fees. Just make sure to plan ahead so you have enough spending money.

5. Tipping. Another additional fee to budget for is the tip. The general rule of thumb is $10, per person, per day. So, a couple with two teenagers on a seven-day cruise could expect to leave $280 in tips. Each cruise line has their own policy that you will be made aware of, from small envelopes for inserting cash to having gratuity automatically added to your tab.

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I’m sure there are many many more cruise tips out there and we’ve just come up with a few. Heading off on a cruise can be super exciting. Enjoy!

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  1. We have been on many cruises and it is by far our favorite type of vacations. Cruises can be VERY affordable and budget friendly!
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  2. rachelle jones says:

    I didn’t know that about the tipping! Thanks for the great tips, we are planning our first cruise very soon!

  3. These are great tips. I know we were really shocked about the tipping on our first cruise 🙂

  4. My family has never been on a cruise so these are very helpful! Thanks for sharing.
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