10 Top Tips for cruising

Tips for Cruising

Welcome to my top ten cruise tips.  went on my first cruise a couple of years ago and fell in love with this way of travel. I cant wait to book my next cruise, if you are about to go on a cruise here is some of my cruise advice.

1. Get a card lanyard

You can carry your ship card around your neck. You will need to take it everywhere with you and I’m continuously loosing which pocket it is in. They sell them on the ship or you can get one before you go, I got mine from amazon.

2. Be polite to the staff

There is no need to be rude to crew on a ship but i see it so often.

3. Look at port excursions before you go

I do this so I can plan what you want to do. On board excursions are more expensive but you have the certainty that they will get you back to the ship on time. I look at crusingexcursions.com beforehand compare with what the ship is offering and most often the ship is more expensive. Also I find that sometimes the ship is charging a lot for an excursion and you can get there by yourself for a fraction of the price. See my cruise port guides for more information.

Also if I want to go to an attraction that is not too far I check Viator for the best priced tickets.



4. Take your medications

Ensure you take any medications you may require as seeing the ship doctor can be very expensive. I make sure I have my prescribed meds, paracetomol, plasters and sea sickness pills just in case.

5. Be safe when you go off

Locals know when cruise ships are in port and some (not all) do want to rip you off so be careful and vigilant.

6. Pay what you think is right for you

If a cruise is popular and in high demand, it is likely that the prices are going to be higher. If you really want to do a particular itinerary or have a particular cabin, then book as early as possible otherwise being more flexible can sometimes pay off as they reduce the prices to get rid of the cabins.

7. Don’t listen to the horror stories

I have a severe phobia of being sick or seeing someone be sick. For years I never wanted to go on a cruise as I kept hearing about the sickness outbreaks and it terrified me. I must admit on my second cruise there was an outbreak and I said I would never cruise again but then when I got back on dry land I reflected on how well the ship dealt with the situation and a few months later I was booking my next cruise.

8. Research the ship

Cruise ships are very different from each other so bear this in mind. If you don’t like kids screaming and running around don’t book in the school holidays or choose ships that are adult only. Some liners are themed such as dancing or even antiques you can find different themed cruises here, I didn’t realise there was so many. Also the size of ship could make the difference, are smaller ships better as they are more personal or would you prefer a larger ship so you don’t bump into the same people all the time, everyone has different preferences.

9. Think about the time of the year

If you are a beach lover and want to chill in your shorts and t-shirts in the med, then don’t choose to go in December when it’s going to be cooler. Again if you don’t like the heat and crowds don’t choose to go in August. If you are  wanting to see a particular thing such as the northern lights, make sure you are going at the time of the year when these are likely to appear.

10. Read the daily programme

It will have any important information you need and also what is happening on that day.

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14 thoughts on “10 Top Tips for cruising”

  1. After reading this I bought a lanyard which I took on my cruise and found it to be very useful. I also checked out Cruising Excursions and booked the 2 day package in St Petersburgh. Not only was it a lot cheaper than the ship’s tour but it was a much smaller group and as a result we saw more and had a better experience than those on the other trip…..Thanks for the info.

  2. I have been flirting with the possibility of doing a cruise for the past year! I love how you just show up and everything is pretty much taken care of and you can relax! These are some great tips, I agree you should NEVER listen to horror stories before any trip! Someone always seems to know one about anywhere we go!

  3. I’ve never been on a cruise myself, but I imagine that many of the rules would be the same as air travel–be kind to the staff (can you tell I’m a flight attendant?) and make sure to bring meds onboard are two incredibly important tips. Another great tip is to look at off-shore excursions rather than cruise-sponsored trips. I’ll certainly keep these tips in mind if I choose to go on a cruise vacation.

  4. Planning out shore excursions in advance is #1 in my books- can usually find a better deal by booking with a local company on the ground than through the cruise ship.

  5. What a great tips!! You are absolutely right and agree with your tips!! I hope to do a cruise soon to use everything you say !!Thanks for sharing with us 🙂

  6. On my first cruise we booked our trips through the ? but then realised that we could do them ourselves. On our next cruise we researched the ports and decided what we wanted to do and did it ourselves saving a fortune although obviously we are then responsible for getting back on time!

  7. Thanks for the advice! I don’t have my own experience with cruise ships, so hands on experienced are always appreciated. And yeah, I can imagine that forgetting the medicines home can bring much trouble!

  8. Some great tips! I’ve never been on a cruise because I do have issues with sea sickness. It would be an expensive way to find out that big boats make me as sick as little boats 🙂

  9. oh no you never know you might be ok maybe try a short break to see. they have stabalises and unless its particularly rough you don’t even know your moving

  10. I’ve never been on a cruise . It’s been mostly land trips. Soon though I want to try one. I think when you get older you’d love to just chill and relax, what’s your favorite cruise?

  11. I don’t have a favourite as they are all different in their own way. I do love P&O though as its got a really British feeling about it. I need to try lots more out though

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