Ever since my mum returned from a seven-day cruise around the Norwegian Fjords, I have been thinking a lot about them.
I have to be honest, it was never really a form of travel that I had contemplated before. The idea of travelling around for weeks at a time on what is essentially a big floating all-inclusive resort didn’t really seem like my cup-of-tea. BUT…after hearing about my mum’s adventures and seeing all of her stunning photos – I think I have definitely been converted to the idea.
If like me, you are thinking about travelling on a cruise ship for the first time, you might be anxious about a few things. Fear of the unknown is often commonly experienced by newbie cruisers who are not sure what to expect from their first time at sea adventure.
That’s why I’ve teamed up with Planet Cruise to give some handy tips to ensure your first cruising experience will hopefully be the first of many…
Plan flight times
If your cruise sets sail from a destination which you need to fly to, planning your flights in advance is crucial. Remember the timings for cruise ships are pretty tight so leaving room for any unexpected delays is essential. A lot of experienced cruisers tend to fly to their destination for a day or two before to extend their holiday and so that there’s no chance of them missing their cruise ship departing.
Go on shorter cruise
If you’re unsure whether or not you’re going to enjoy a cruising holiday, going on a shorter cruise is preferable to a longer one. Many first time cruisers test the waters in the Mediterranean or Greek islands before heading further afield. At Planet Cruise there’s an amazing variety of different cruises to choose from with many shorter trips available for around 7-10 nights only.
If you suffer from motion sickness and are concerned about getting seasick whilst on a cruise there are several precautions you can take to prevent it. From getting tablets beforehand to booking a cabin that’s on a low deck mid-way along the ship. The size and stability of modern cruise ships mean motion sickness is much less common than in previous years but it’s always best to be prepared with some medication just in case.
Check the dress code
With some cruises having formal nights and others not, checking the dress code beforehand is really important. If your cruise does have a formal evening it’s crucial that you have the right attire whether it’s a black tie dinner or full length dress. Also, when packing think about the dress code in the countries you’ll be visiting whilst on board and whether they have any strict rules for dressing more modestly in public.
Your first cruise is such an exciting time and by taking on board some of these handy tips, your first cruise ship is sure to be a success. Remember to pack for all occasions and explore as much as possible to really make the most of your holiday.
Have you ever been on a cruise ship vacation? Do you have any other tips to add for the first-time cruiser?
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