We love to cruise. There are a few tips and tricks we wish we had known.
1. Map Out Your Room
On one cruise we spent extra to get a balcony room and CELEBRITY CRUISE LINES sucked and tricked us into thinking it was a normal room. Even the cruise ship maps did not show it was under an overhang blocking half the view and the sun. Go to cruisecritic.com to make sure the room you got is good.
2. Bring a Travel Mug
If you love to take coffee from the breakfast buffet, the little plastic cups are terrible. Plus I liked to bring juice up onto deck with me, a travel mug closes and doesn’t easily spill on a windy deck.
3. Bring Ziplocs
You always need Ziplocs for wet bathing suits after shore excursions and your ripped toiletries bag. You can also bring Ziploc’s for some veggies from the buffet you want to bring on deck or cereal for the kids.
4. Figure Out Your Table Before Getting On Ship
Many ships have communal dinning tables. If you want a table for just your family, be sure to call ahead. Or if you do not mind sitting with new people, ask for people in your age group. Nothing is worse than being a pair of newlyweds at a family table.
5. Bring Binoculars
There is tons of nature spotting, you should bring a pair of travel binoculars for some fabulous sightings.
6. Bring Tupperware
Again, it is great to have some Tupperware to save food for later. I also love putting food in Tupperware for flights instead of having to buy while traveling.
7. Bring QuickDry Towels
If you plan on doing shore excursions, you should bring quickdry towels. They are light weight and dry before the excursion the next day. Often times the ship will not let you bring towels off, and even if you do they are bulky and get your other clothes wet.
8. Research Shore Excursions Early!
Never ever take a shore excursion from the ship. They are usually poorly planned and really expensive. Look BEFORE you get on board because Internet is expensive. It is ver easy to book on your own.
9. Get An E-Reader (or iPad)
So you have less stuff to bring on board, I highly recommend getting a Kindle or Sony E-reader or a soon to be released iPad. This helps because you have less books and you can bring newspapers, magazines and blogs all in one place.
10. Figure Out the Changeover Times for the Buffet
We loved eating at the buffet and soon realized the food was freshest right when they had changeover times. Ask a friendly wait staff when they switch out the meals at the buffet so you can get the freshest food possible.
If you do it right you can save a lot of money cruising. Would love your tips below!