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Tips for First-time Cruisers

If you are new to cruising, you want to make the most of your time and not fall prey to any potential pitfalls. Here are some common mistakes to avoid on your first cruise trip:

1. Not fully considering the best time to go on a cruise 

Many first-time cruisers unaware of the different conditions that come with cruising at certain of the year. It’s important that you check what the climate will be like when you’re travelling because many companies will try and attract you with cheap deals. Generally speaking, between September and December, the Caribbean is usually cheaper as it’s hurricane season while the winter months in Europe will be less expensive because of the cooler temperatures.

2. Flying on the same day as your cruise

Many holidaymakers are familiar with the struggle of getting a flight on time, and if you have to fly to another country to board your cruise, we advise you don’t travel on the same day of your cruise to avoid disappoint if your flight is delayed or your luggage lost.

3. Thinking everything is free on the ship

Most cruise package holidays offer an all-inclusive deal, however, it’s important you check the small print to see what this includes. On occasion, you may have to pay for alcoholic beverages and any amenities on board. If you’re not sure, contact the cruise line with your queries.

4. Not pre-booking shore excursions

If you really want to make the most of your time at the places you’re visiting, whether it’s sightseeing or joining an excursion, be sure to book it in advance. When booking, it’s important to read all the fine print as some cruise lines may refund the costs if you change your mind.

5. Packing oversized suitcases

An average-sized suitcase should be sufficient for your cruise travel and are easily stored underneath the bed in your cabin to avoid cluttering.

6. Not packing toiletries

Although all cruise lines are likely to provide toiletries, whether that’s luxury lotions and washes or simply a shampoo dispenser and a bar of soap, you never know what chemicals are exactly in there. If you are used to a particular brand or have to use certain products, then be sure to bring your own toiletries.