While Sylwia Majtczak primarily works with corporate clients in her work as a travel consultant, she is able to provide advice to regular travelers too, should it be needed. A cruise provides a unique twist on the regular travel experience, as it offers people the opportunity to see many different places in the space of a single vacation. However, a lot of people are understandably wary of cruises due to the prospect of spending so much time at sea. If you are considering this type of vacation it is important that you keep the below in mind to make the most out of the experience.
Research The Cruise
While steps will be taken to make the cruise experience as simple as possible and you should receive fairly detailed itineraries that tell you where you will be going and when, it is still a good idea to read as much as possible about the trip before you take it. Ideally you will check out every cruise destination before you are on the boat, so you get a feel for what each place will be like and what you should try to see during your time there. Doing so will mean you don’t get overwhelmed by the options and can actually enjoy the time you spend in each destination.
Be Wary of Tipping
Many cruises build gratuity into the bills that you pay for drinks and other services, which means you don’t have to feel obligated to tip. Check the receipts and see if there is some sort of service charge included. If there is then you can save a lot of money by not tipping double on everything you purchase on the ship. This may feel a little odd to some people, particularly those who come from cultures where tipping is an everyday thing, but it will allow you to save money.
You may be going for a cruise in a location that is known for being warm, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t prepare for any eventuality. This is especially the case if you cruise in tropical areas, as they are prone to rain and other temperamental weather conditions. At the very least you should make sure you pack some lightweight waterproof clothing, as getting caught short when you are exploring one of the cruise destinations can put a literally dampener on the experience.
Enjoy The Experience
Take your time and explore the ship, taking in everything that it has to offer. Acclimatize yourself and take the trip at your own pace. Remember that this is your vacation and you don’t have to do what everybody else is doing all of the time.
Sylwia Majtczak is an experienced traveler and Senior Corporate Agent at Altour.