Taking Your First Cruise? Avoid These Beginner Mistakes.

So, you’ve finally decided that you’re ready to try out your first cruise vacation. For many seasoned cruisers, it’s the only way to take a vacation. However, if you don’t do it the right way, you can quickly realize that your cruise is the trip from hell. Here are some tips for avoiding the biggest mistakes that beginning cruisers make.

Pick The Right Ship.

When you’re shopping for your cruise, it’s important to take a serious look at the ships and match them to what you’re hoping to get out of your vacation. If you’re looking for a truly relaxing trip where you’ll be spending the majority of your time lounging by the pool, look for a ship that caters to that kind of activity. On the flip side, if you want every day to be full of adventurous shore excursions, you should be able to find a ship for that, too.

Pick The Right Cabin.

Don’t just focus on the price when selecting your cabin. Study deck plans and pick a cabin that will fall in line with your style. If you plan to get to bed early and are looking for truly fitful sleep, you won’t want a cabin next to noisy areas of the ship like bars or the engines. On the other hand, if you only plan to catch a couple of hours here and there as you spend the majority of your time partying, you might not care so much about the specific location.

Don’t Pack Too Much.

Just like airlines, cruise ships will charge you extra if you bring too many bags on board. While you might think you need multiple suitcases so you can bring half your wardrobe from home, most cruisers today get by with wearing jeans day and night, when they’re not in a bathing suit. Select outfits that you can mix and match so you can get multiple uses out of them. Check your ship’s dress code to see if you really need that formal outfit for dinner.

If You’re Flying To The Port, Be Smart With Your Timeline.

If you’re flying in and out of the port location, be smart with how you book your flight. You may think that flying in on the morning of your embarkation day is safe, unforeseen delays are pretty common when it comes to flying and the last thing you want to do is miss your cruise because of a delayed flight. Do yourself a favor and fly in a day early and book a moderate hotel. The same rule applies to your return flight home. Cruise ships have to follow strict protocols when it comes to passengers disembarking. Booking a flight on the same day is a risky move.