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15 Cruise Tips:

What You Need To Know Before Your First Cruise

Ready to book a cruise? Now is a great time to take advantage of some amazing deals available for ships setting sail for Alaska, the Caribbean , or Europe. But before you book and pay for your cruise check out these tips we found from these top cruise experts.

 

From Raye & Marty Trencher, Editor's and Publishers, Cruise Traveler Magazine

Theyíll help you get started planning, booking and experiencing the trip of a lifetime!

Call 800.365.1445 The call is free and so is the advice.

 

1.Choose the right cruise and accommodations can make all the difference, as you will be spending 7 days or more onboard without the flexibility to change ship or accommodations. Your choice of destination is likewise important. Due you want to soak up the sun in a Caribbean paradise, explore the wildlife glaciers and Denali National Park in Alaska or visit iconic landmarks on an historic river cruise journey in Europe?  Off season rates will save you money. However, the weather, and other factors during the off season may prevent you from fully enjoying your vacation. Think about when to take that cruise. Consider which accommodations best fits your lifestyle: inside, outside, balcony, mini-suite or suite. An inside cabin will be the least expensive, but for a little more, you may be able to afford a balcony cabin.

2. Plan your shore-side adventures in advance. Comprehensive shore tours, sightseeing activities, and shore excursions are available for every cruise, so visit Shore Excursions Magazine as a starting point to research and plan your cruise way before you even step foot on the ship. Look up information about the ports youíll be visiting and learn about what shore excursions are offered. Be sure to plan and book early, since many popular shore excursions sell out.

3. Pack this, not that. First, pay attention to the weather forecasts for each port of call and pack the appropriate clothes. Use a handy packing checklist. Don't over pack, Cabins don't have the storage space you may have at home. Your suitcases must fit under the beds in your cabin and your cloths must fit in drawers. Also have a carry-on with essentials you will need for the first day on board, including a change of clothes for dinner,  because your luggage might take hours to arrive at your stateroom.

Don't forget bring your smart phone, tablet, laptop and camera charge cords along with a power strip to accommodate them all.

4. Do not forget your travel documents. Be sure to bring the necessary and required forms of ID for your particular cruise. Failure to have the proper documentation at the pier, will result in denied boarding. If your are denied boarding you will not get a refund.  Save time, check-in online at the cruise line's web site. That way, you will not have to wait in a long line to fill out paperwork at the port.

5. Step out of your comfort zone, and be adventurous. Many times, the cruise you take will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. So, take advantage of all the amazing experiences shore excursions have to offer

 


More Cruise Tips

"From Fran Golden, cruise blogger for Porthole Magazine and USA Today
6.Remember to bring a small day bag as part of your packing checklist. Fill the bag with all the essentials (medicines, documentation, swimsuit, and so on) that youíll need for the first day while you wait for your [checked] bag to be delivered [to your stateroom]. Itíll also come in handy when youíre out exploring the ports of call.
7. Book a family-friendly cabin: Many cruise ship cabins are designed for four to share thanks to pull-down bunk beds and/or sofa beds.
From Carolyn Spencer Brown, editor-in-chief, CruiseCritic.com
8.One of the biggest mistakes youíll ever make is to book a cruise solely based on price alone. Cruise lines these days market to specific travel styles and demographics, and itís best to figure out which [cruise line] best reflects your interests. Then feel free to hunt for bargains.
9.As you shop around, make sure you understand whatís included ó and whatís not ó in the cruise fare you pay.
10.The best way to ensure a relaxing first day onboard is to figure out, pre-cruise, which [activity and dining] reservations are most important to you ó and make them! Then your first day of vacation can start immediately.
From Sid Lipsey, contributing editor, Yahoo Travel
11.With all the cool stuff there is to see and do onboard a ship (classes, buffets, dancing, comedy, shopping, gambling, ice skatingÖ!) and at the destinations, itís easy to get overwhelmed by all the choices. Donít succumb to that pressure to see and do everything. Thatís a surefire recipe for a freak-out. Remember, this is a vacation. Relax! Just make a list of the things you 100 percent must do on this trip and just focus on those.
12. Donít forget to pack your gym clothes. With all the fitness classes offered aboard a cruise ship, itís a perfect time to take a class in something youíve never tried before ó in a gym where nobody knows you (that way, you wonít feel too embarrassed if you donít get the hang of TRX right away).
13.Another healthy tip: Take the stairs between decks. Itís a great way to help work off all that delicious food youíre eating. And youíll see more of the ship.
14. I like to schedule my meals at the same time as the shows, to miss those pre-show crowds.
15.If you decide you want to explore ports of call on your own, you should do a little research to determine what you want to see and how you want to get there (rent a car, reputable local taxi company, etc.). It may sound like work, but I like to think of this kind of research as a little pre-vacation. And it really pays dividends in the end."

 

Source: Royal Caribbean.

Read the complete article Visit http://www.royalcaribbean.com/connect/10-tips-you-need-to-know-before-your-first-cruise/

 


Q: What does the price of my cruise include?

A: The price of your cruise vacation includes:

Ship accommodations
Ocean transportation
Most meals onboard
Some beverages onboard
Most entertainment onboard

The following services are not included in the cruise price:

Dining in Specialty Restaurants
Dining in Famous Chefs branded resturants (Where applicable)
Spa and Salon services
Golf Simulator
Gambling (Including Bingo)
Art Auction
Any purchases made in the gift shops onboard
Shore excursions
Photographs
Video Arcade
Medical Services
Internet Access
Transfers (Unless guest has purchased our air/sea package)
Laundry and Dry Cleaning Services
Ship to Shore Telephone calls
Gratuities
Alcoholic Beverages
Non-Alcoholic Beverages (excluding water, lemonade and iced tea)

Q: What about  the price of a Cruise ?

A: When you see prices listed on the web, the prices are per-person, based on a double occupancy of the stateroom and are quoted in U.S. Dollars unless otherwise noted. The cruise fares quoted also do not include any applicable government taxes, fees, or surcharges that may be assessed by any governmental agencies. Such assessment is subject to change without notice at any time whether or not you have a confirmed booking under deposit or if you have made a final payment.


 

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