Crucial Cruise Tips and Tricks
Since I have been on a few cruises, I have a some Crucial Cruise Tips and Tricks I would like to share.
My most recent cruise was to Nassau and Freeport, Bahamas. I have also cruised to Playa Del Carmen and Cozumel, Mexico. Lucky you–you can learn from my mistakes by following my Crucial Cruise Tips and Tricks. So heed these tips and tricks to make your cruise experience one you will fondly remember.
- Notify your credit card company where and when you are going. I even think it is a good idea to have two different credit cards from different companies for that “just in case” scenario. Make a copy (front and back) of all your cards, your driver’s license, your passport and any other important identification. Keep those copies in a separate area other than your wallet just in case your wallet is lost or stolen.
- When it is time to book your cruise, purchase a room as high up on the ship as you can afford (the rooms get more expensive the higher up on the boat you are). You will thank yourself when it is time to disembark and all those people are coming up on elevators from the belly of the ship.
- Buy an internet package. This is a big one. I really got burned here. I thought I would save some money and just do my own thing–big mistake. When you travel to a foreign country, you incur all sorts of roaming fees for internet access. I would highly recommend you call your phone carrier and tell them where you are going and what you are going to do. You can find out what they recommend and what packages they have for your trip. I would also enquire with the cruise line to see how their plan compares with what your carrier offers. Back to how I got burned. When I got home I found that I had incurred close to $200 for internet for a 5 day trip. I negotiated with my carrier twice to get that amount to just under $100. Lesson learned.
- Limit the amount of carryons as much as possible because embarking can be a nightmare. The cruise ships are just like the airlines–they are trying to keep everyone safe. That means long lines. On my last cruise, it took almost two hours to embark. That is a long time to carry several items weaving throughout the lines.
- I highly recommend a motion sickness medication. I brought a generic form of Dramamine and had to take it on one day of rough seas. Many people use the patches that go behind the ear.
- Take care of your room attendant, and they will take care of you. You will probably have a fee built into your package that is for gratuity for all service on the ship. You have the option to withdraw this fee or adjust it however you want. I chose not to do that because I’m thinking a large part of their pay is dependent on that built-in gratuity. In addition to this, I like to give a $20 personal gratuity to the room attendant. I like to give this to them in person on the first day and ask that they take care of my needs such as keeping the ice bucket filled. They should ask you when the best time is to clean your room. If they do not ask, I would tell them in general what the best time is.
- If you are a pool person, dress in your bathing suit and coverup and bring your poolside bag when you go for breakfast because the chairs poolside fill up very quickly. And leave your beach towel at home. There are plenty of nice towels for your use poolside.
By keeping Crucial Cruise Tips and Tricks in mind, your cruise should be fabulous. So now go book that trip.