Shannen Findlay


What you need to know before hopping on a cruise

What you need to know before hopping on a cruise

The best thing about cruising is there are so, so many options available for travellers.

However, there are a few things you MUST know before you step aboard, whether it’s to save you a few dollars to getting privacy on a ship that fits thousands of people.

Here are some of our best tips that you might not have thought of.

Don’t shop on the first night

It surely is tempting to spend whatever is on your cruise card as soon as it is in your possession, however, hold off. There are usually deals near the end of your cruise, and sale events later into your trip so you can score better deals (ESPECIALLY on sea days).

Try the speciality restaurants

Your food is already covered – you know this and so do we. But there is such thing as serious buffet abuse and you shouldn’t force yourself to glug it down every night.

We all love a fancy dinner, so why not try one out on a cruise where the prices are dramatically reduced onboard in comparison to when you’re back on land.

You don’t have to get off at every stop

It can be hard to find some time for yourself on the beautiful decks, particularly in the adult section. If you’re wanting some time on your own or with your special someone, maybe decide to stay on the ship instead of getting off – the queues are minimal, and the serenity is unlike any other.

Tip your room steward

Although it isn’t a requirement to tip your room steward, it’s a good idea to do it anyway. Not just for the inevitable perks and top-notch service you will receive in return for your generosity, but because at the end of the day, it’s a nice thing to do if you appreciate someone’s time and dedication into ensuring you are satisfied. A minimum of $10 a day can make your room stewards day, so don’t skimp out on this tip.

Wash your hands

This one may seem obvious, but you are barely in your stateroom during the day, and bathrooms are not as common to pass by as you may think.

Avoid the dreaded norovirus and the communicable diseases passed on by ill passengers and wash your hands and sanitise them at every opportunity you get.

What are some of your MUST know tips for cruising? Let us know in the comments below.