How To Be The Most Savvy Passenger Onboard

Deb Graham
Deb Graham, Author of Tips From The Cruise Addict’s Wife!

The Cruise Addict and I were sitting on deck under a magnificent sunset on the first port day of the cruise with four couples we had just met. We talked about how-was-your-day and what-did-you-do as the ship sailed out of port. One couple shopped in little boutiques and had lunch with a local family, another went hiking to a waterfall, two of them enjoyed a whale watching tour, we had visited two museums and toured the Civil War era fort.

The last couple was silent. The man finally burst out, “Wait—you mean we can GET OFF the ship??”

Fear of missing out? Don’t even consider booking a cruise vacation before you read Tips From The Cruise Addict’s Wife!

I learned early on that the one sure way to make the most of any cruise is to be the most informed person onboard. Having a really knowledgeable friend to pass along tips you might otherwise miss is just the ticket, and that’s where Tips From The Cruise Addict’s Wife comes in I’ve met people who never found the theatre or the dining room onboard, didn’t know the buffet was for them, avoided nightly shows because they didn’t want to pay extra, never made eye contact with staff or crew (not knowing they’re your best resource). Let’s be clear here; I am not the addict. That’s Husband. I do, however, know rather a lot about cruises. I’ve picked up a remarkable amount of tips and hints, all presented in a breezy, conversational format.   

Some of it is the this-is-what-you-must-not-do, let-this-be-a-lesson-to-you variety, along with hundreds of simple tips to make your cruise better than anybody else’s.  Tips From The Cruise Addict’s Wife has all you need to know to get the most out of any cruise vacation, and it’s all in one easy-read book.

Besides being well-informed, I’m rather frugal. Okay, face it, I’m cheap. I figure, the more money I save, the more cruises I can book. Part of the pleasure in a cruise vacation is the knowledge that I paid way less than the majority of people onboard. And I know for a fact I’m enjoying it more because every cruise is customized just the way I like it. Learn how to save a boatload of money while seeing more, doing more, relaxing more, and having more fun than anybody onboard.

Wondering if you should spring for a shore excursion, book a private tour, or just wing it? Need to know when is the best time to book a cruise, which cruise lines will suit you best, where to go, which cabin you need to book (and which to avoid at all costs!), what to pack and what to leave home?  How to make the most of any size cabin?

Do you need a travel agent?  Who the heck is the Upgrade Fairy? Along with how to score upgrades and VIP status, what to wear, and why magnets matter, you’ll learn how to avoid seasickness, what your cruise includes (and doesn’t), read about food, food and more food, and how to customize any menu.

Tips From The Cruise Addict’s Wife details what to expect on Day One, walks you through embarkation day, tells when to arrive at the pier to avoid long lines, even who to avoid on cruises and who to befriend. Learn about ship photography, classes, and the one person not to ask for help. Laced with humorous stories that’ll have you laughing aloud, you’ll be the smartest passenger on any cruise ship

 Whether you’re in the just-dreaming-about-cruising stage or have a couple dozen under your belt, Tips From The Cruise Addict’s Wife is for you! 

A story: ~~~Our friends were late to breakfast, and Natalie seemed quite flustered when they finally arrived. Damp, too.  We pried the story out of her; it’s what friends do. Seems her husband had gone to bed early the previous night, while Natalie went to Deck Sixteen to admire the stars. By the time she made her way to the cabin, Jim was snoring, with the lights off. She is much more considerate than most people –certainly more than I—so she silently slipped into bed in the pitch dark. Natalie awoke in the morning with an odd sensation on her head. Upon investigation, she discovered her hair was glued to the pillow!

She pried her hair free, turned on a light, and was aghast to see chocolate smears on her pillow, sheet, mattress, face, nightclothes, and, of course, in her hair. Jim woke up suddenly to see his chocolate- covered wife frantically scrubbing the bedding. Seems the steward left extra chocolate on their pillows the night before, and Jim thoughtfully scooped his candies onto Natalie’s pillow, and in the dark, the warmth of her head made a remarkable mess.  

The cabin steward assured them he had cleaned up much worse and offered to put the nightly chocolate on the desk, henceforth.  We suspect he had a good laugh, but he was kind enough to do it out of earshot. On your next cruise you’ll remember to bring a nightlight, or prop your bathroom door open just a little, with the light on.~~~

Don’t miss the sequel, More Tips From The Cruise Addict’s Wife.

A few reviews:

“Deb Graham saved my vacation. The tip about passports literally was the difference between me loving my cruise and standing on the pier, watching the ship sail without me. We had a blast, thanks to this funny book!”

“…warm and breezy, like a friend sharing over a cup of cocoa…a really knowledgeable friend with a storyteller’s spirit.”

“The tips provided in Tips From The Cruise Addict’s Wife are extremely comprehensive and cover just about every situation you may experience<span style=”font-weight: 400;”> The authors no non-sense way of explaining things along with amusing stories was helpful and easy to remember because of some of the stories. You can tell she has cruised quite a bit but relays her tips, tricks, advice and recommendations more like a friend telling another friend the inside story and not lecturing or talking down to her readers…” 

“Best cruise book out there, and a lot more readable. Like Rick Steves with a sense of humor!”

“… highly recommend this book whether you’re cruising for the first time or 100th time! The book is full of great tips and useful information. Deb Graham is both smart and hilarious!

How To Be The Most Savvy Passenger Onboard | 14“ I bought nine copies for friends. Read it with a highlighter in your hand; you’re going to need it!”

“Enjoyable Read!!! I really enjoyed the laid-back, conversational  style of writing. I read it cover to cover over the first 2 days I had it. Couldn’t put it down. I can’t get the chocolate story out of my mind!”

“Don’t read this in bed! My spouse doesn’t like this book; I kept waking him to read one more part aloud as he was trying to get to sleep. Funny, informative, full of tips and ideas I would have never thought of. Super easy to navigate the topics you want to read about, although I’d suggest reading it all. Well worth the price!”

Tips From The Cruise Addict’s Wife  is Available in e-book, paperback and audio book format.

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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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