Top 10 tips for your next cruise
1. Leave One Day Early
Travel to the departure port the day before your cruise. You won’t have to worry about delayed flights and other travel woes when you are trying to make it to the ship before the all aboard announcement. Not only will you get a good night’s sleep before you board the ship, you can get some extra sightseeing in, too.
2. Board ASAP
If you travel to the port the night before or live close by, arrive at the cruise terminal by 11 a.m. Most ships allow you to board around noon. The earlier you board the ship, the sooner you are likely to have your bags delivered to your room; sometimes even by the muster drill.
3. Mid-Ship Cabins
Did you feel sea sick last time? This vacation, book a cabin on one of the lower decks located mid-ship. You’re less likely to feel the sway there. For extra measure, an old crew tip is to eat green apples and drink ginger ale to settle your stomach.
4. Eat Late
If you can, try booking your dinner reservation for the late seating. This way you can spend more time enjoying the ports and you won’t have to rush back to get ready for a formal night.
5. Seating Requests
After you eat lunch on embarkation day, head down to the dining room and check out the seating assignments. This is the best time to switch tables if you do not like where you are sitting.
6. Unpack and Relax
Unpack your suitcase to have more room in your cabin. One of the biggest perks of taking a cruise is going to different destinations without packing and unpacking. Suitcases can be stored under the bed, and to save even more space, try fitting your carry-on bag inside your larger luggage.
7. Leave the Hair Dryer
Leave the hair dryer at home. Your cabin will usually have one stored in one of the vanity drawers. This will save space and make your suitcase a little lighter.
8. Branded Credit Cards
If you have a preferred cruise line, look into their loyalty credit card. Many will give you double points for onboard charges so you will want to use it for most of the transactions on your trip.
9. Take the Stairs
If you are able, take the stairs when possible. The stairs are faster during high-traffic peaks around dinner and show times. Plus, it will help you burn off some calories from the delicious desserts.
10. Attend the Art Auctions
Last but not least, don’t forget to check out the Park West auctions and seminars! It’s a fun and exciting way to broaden your horizons and see new work from our artists. Every auctioneer and team has their own style, so you will never see the same show twice.