- First time cruisers always over pack. Consider packing lighter. Take clothing items that mix-and-match so you don't wear the same outfit twice. DON'T pack beach towels. Use ship towels even when going on shore excursions. In the Caribbean you'll dry fast... one medium towel is usually enough for two...
Best answer: - First time cruisers always over pack. Consider packing lighter. Take clothing items that mix-and-match so you don't wear the same outfit twice. DON'T pack beach towels. Use ship towels even when going on shore excursions. In the Caribbean you'll dry fast... one medium towel is usually enough for two people if you go snorkeling or whatever.
- Use a credit card - don't carry a ton of cash. Use cash only for tipping cabbies, etc. At the end of the cruise, we usually tip wait staff and cabin stewards a little extra even when tips are included.
- Sunscreen! Getting sunburned is no fun. The sun can be brutally hot. Pack a big floppy hat (that can be flattened in a suitcase) to shade your face and ears. Don't forget sunglasses too.
- Save money, avoid specialty restaurants that cost extra. Eat in the main dining room, you'll get the same steaks, they're just smaller cuts. If you want more... order two meals. If the menu has a steak choice and a lobster choice and you are in the mood for surf & turf... order both meals. Use the buffets only for lunches. Get a 1st class breakfast in the main dining room. You can ask for a table for two OR be seated with other passengers. Sitting with other passengers is a good way to meet people and get good cruising tips from seasoned travelers.
- When on the ship, lock your stuff in your cabin safe. You don't need your cell phone, car keys or wallet while in the middle of the ocean. The only thing you need is your ship card.
- Drink packages are pricey, even for soda. Weigh out how much you expect to drink and determine if it's worth the price. My wife and I limited our alcoholic drinks to one mixed drink per evening, usually in a comedy club (Carnival). You can survive without soda for 5 days. Drink water, coffee and juices that are available 24/7 on board. Hint: You can make your own iced coffee easily too.
- Wear a watch. Ships don't concern themselves too much with tracking time. Having a watch allows you to separate from your party and schedule a time when and where you can hook up again. I've forgotten this on two occasions and ended up buying a cheap $10 watch in the ship's store.
- Find a way to know where you are on the ship. At elevators and stairs it's sometimes difficult to know if you are in the front or back of the ship. Carnival stairways have themes that you can figure out. Our last cruise we figured that collages meant the front of the ship, ocean scenes = middle and watercolors = aft. Alphabetically C forward,O middle, W aft.
- If you want something, ask for it. If you don't like the heavy duvet cover on the bed, ask for a blanket. If you want mac & cheese in the dining room and it's not on the menu, just ask for it.
- To quickly get from the front to the back of the ship, use the hallways on cabin decks. It's faster than weaving through crowds on the lido deck. Most cabin decks have hallways that run the length of the ship.
- have tiny LED flashlights, especially if you are on inside cabins.
- travel alarm clock, especially for inside cabins. Midnight looks exactly like noon in a cabin with no window.
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