Four Tips For Getting More From a Cruise Vacation

A cruise is a great option for a vacation for every member of your family. With so many types of cruises available and so many shipping routes and types of ships, the most stressful part of a cruise is often having to decide which one to go for. With a cruise out there for everyone, the next challenge is to get the most from the cruise that you decide upon.

From choosing the destination to enjoying the best activities that ship life offers, here are four tips for getting the most from your vacation.

Follow these tips and you might not ever want to step foot on dry land again.

Choosing Your Cruise

With cruises that range from those targeting older vacationers to those that are designed for families (or even cruises that are themed), you’re going to be spoiled for choice when it comes to picking the best ship and package for your vacation. With so much to consider, it’s often worth taking advantage of travel planners to help you narrow down your options. The best travel planners help travelers plan the ultimate in luxury world cruises that are personalized and perfect for you and your party.

Don’t Commit to Disembarking

With plenty of stops on your cruise, the temptation is often to race to dry land as soon as your ship pulls into port. Remember that you don’t have to leave the ship at every opportunity. Many day trips off-ship can be more expensive than you think, and there’s always going to be plenty to do onboard. If you’re smart, you can even take the time while everyone else is off exploring the land to take some photos that aren’t full of other travelers in the background.

Dress Smart

A cruise ship vacation is all about luxury. If you want to improve your time onboard, then arrive looking as smart as possible. You don’t need to wear a tux on day one (although you may need one for dinner), but dress smart and you might even find yourself invited to the captain’s table. If your cruise is part of a celebration event like an anniversary or birthday, consider arranging a welcome package.

This will vary from cruise to cruise, but usually includes champagne, chocolates, and flowers. What better way to start your vacation?

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Dining Options

Don’t make the mistake of going to the same dining hall for every meal. You will have a variety of restaurants and cafes to choose from and it’s worth sampling as much as possible. Remember that you may have to reserve your table for some of the restaurants. It’s also worth remembering that you can always have room service delivered straight to your cabin. This might include a slight service charge but if you’re in the mood for breakfast in bed (or even dinner in bed), then room service can be an option.

Whether it’s your first cruise or your fiftieth, there are always ways to improve your experience. Take the time to choose the best cruise for you, and you will be much more likely to have a positive cruise vacation that you will never forget.

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John Shallo
John Shallo
John Shallo is the founder and editor of Cruise Addicts. Since 1999 it has been a leading destination for cruise travelers and self professed Cruise Addicts looking for the latest news, ship reviews and travel tips.

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