We’ve all made mistakes, whether it was impulsively getting a tattoo, making a bad financial decision, or having a haircut that left us scratching our heads years later. When making arrangements for luxury touring on a cruise, there are several pitfalls to avoid. Many people have shared their stories of how they were careless on various occasions. As a result, before embarking on a journey, we must be aware of what to do and what to avoid.
● Getting drunk
Nobody likes having a loud drunk next to them at their dinner table or on the lido deck. It doesn’t necessarily make sense to drink a bucket of beer before lunch just because you CAN. It is now even more tempting to overindulge thanks to new beverage packaging. Take it slow! Later, your body will appreciate it!
● Booking the Wrong Cruise
Although it may seem simple, choosing the incorrect cruise ship is the worst mistake new cruisers can make.
Imagine, you took their first cruise. You were thrilled to book it after finding a fantastic offer.
However, despite the fact that you did enjoy it, there can be some occasions when you can feel a little bored aboard the ship. Such as at the pool throughout the day, you might have hoped for more activity, but the evening’s entertainment lacked any excitement. Similarly, there are many things that can go wrong.
Many first-time cruisers might believe that all cruises and cruise ships are the same. However, nothing could be more false than this.
Because of this, you’ll need to conduct some research or look for advice to help you choose the best cruise. A more tranquil cruise ship might not be for you if you like more action. If you want to relax, a party cruise is not what you want.
● You pick the wrong season
The salmon is not yet running and the hiking paths are still blocked by snow if you take an early May cruise to Alaska. If you take a spring break cruise to the Caribbean, the tranquil getaway you had in mind can end up being invaded by intoxicated partygoers. If you sail through Hawaii in the summer, you won’t be able to see any whales. If you have certain vacation objectives, pay attention to seasonality; otherwise, you’ll be let down.
● Booking a flight same day
One of the worst blunders you can do is to book a flight the same day your cruise leaves because you’re basically playing roulette with fate.
Because travel delays of all kinds are so frequent, flying the day before your cruise puts your entire trip in peril if your flight is canceled or delayed.
Instead, fly in at least a day ahead of your cruise to ensure that any travel delays won’t prevent you from making it there.
By flying in a day early, you are giving yourself peace of mind as you begin your cruise holiday. You’ll be able to awaken and enjoy a leisurely cup of coffee in the morning.
● Not reading the cruise planner
It pays to look at what is on and what appeals to you, whether you browse the printed page provided to your stateroom each night (highlighting the next day’s events) or consult the ship’s app for the schedule.
Use a pen to mark the times of your desired activities, or highlight them on the app on your smartphone (you might be able to set up a ping when the time comes for a desired activity).
● Getting left behind in port
The captain truly means it when he promises that the ship will depart from port at 5:00. He won’t hang around for people who have no sense of time. You are in charge of arranging your own transportation to the following port or back home if you are left behind in port. If you are traveling without a passport, the charges can be several thousand dollars per, and things will be significantly more difficult. Plan to return to the ship between one and two hours before your planned departure time. This provides you plenty of room in case you encounter traffic or your taxi or bus breaks down on the way back in addition to giving you some time to shop in the port area.
● Missing the culinary treats
On a day at sea, you can savor your meal. Consider eating the breakfast and lunch that are offered in the main dining room instead than grabbing anything from the buffet in a hurry.
Additionally, some fee-based specialty restaurants may be open for breakfast and lunch, allowing customers the chance to experience excellent dining at a lower price than is charged for dinner. These eateries could provide Asian, French, Italian, or steakhouse cuisine. On sea days, keep an eye out for any special culinary events that your ship may be offering, such as a brunch buffet or an outdoor BBQ. The chefs take pleasure in showing their talents at these events you don’t want to miss.
● Skipping travel insurance
Travel insurance, like any insurance, is something that comes in very handy when you actually need it.
Travel insurance is unlikely to be necessary, but being safe while on vacation is just as crucial as having auto or house insurance. It is a tiny sum to pay for several advantages that might ultimately save you thousands of dollars. When booking your holiday, the majority of cruise lines provide you the option to add insurance. Even some credit cards offer travel insurance, but make sure you read the terms and restrictions first.
If you are ready for the fun and luxury touring on the cruise, just make sure you are not making any of the above mistakes. Ask people with experience, make your desired activities, ask questions for the cruise line and be always on time. This is the only way you can make the cruising experience fun and memorable.