If you’re new to cruising, it’s easy to overlook some key bits of prep in the run up to departure. Like every type of holiday, it pays to think ahead. With so much to do on a cruise ship and on port excursions, you don’t want to be wasting precious time and money on life admin when you’re supposed to be having fun. Check out the range that Cruise Deals have on offer to give you some travel inspiration. Before you go, here are our tips to help you avoid making these classic rookie mistakes, so you can make the most of your first cruise.

Forgetting Medication

If you’ve never sailed before, it can be difficult to gauge your sea legs, and if the seas do get a little choppier close to the rainy season, everybody gets uncomfortable. Feeling seasick can ruin your whole trip, rendering you unable to make the most of all the excellent amenities onboard. To save yourself an unpleasant experience, stock up on seasickness medication from the pharmacist before you depart.

Not Planning Excursions

You wouldn’t just wing it on any other holiday, so don’t be tempted to just go along with the cruise ship tours of port excursions. Chances are, you’ll be able to save yourself some money and get a more personalised experience by organising it yourself – you’ll have the freedom to cater to your own interests and linger over or skip landmarks as you fancy. Don’t forget also to check visa requirements of different countries before you head off – talk to your booking agent to confirm anything you’re unsure of.

cruise excursions

Not Making Reservations

If you’ve never been on a cruise before, you’ll be delighted with the range of dining options. That said, some of the swankier restaurants require advance booking, so set aside a date night and reserve a table in advance. Be sure also if you have any disabilities or dietary restrictions to let them know so they can make the necessary arrangements for you. This way, you won’t be waiting.

Cruise restaurant

Not Packing Sensibly

Do you want to spend your holiday queuing up at the onboard shop to buy an umbrella before your port excursion? It’s unlikely, but worth being prepared – the beauty of a cruise ship is that you can leave all your luggage on board, so take what you need and read up on the weather report before you go. A jacket, formal wear, and comfortable walking shoes are really important items to remember to bring, so you don’t have to miss out on the cruise experience.

Packing for a cruise