Cruise with confidence: Top tips to ease first-time cruise jitters!

Apr 05, 2023
These tips will have you cruising with confidence on your maiden voyage! Source: Getty

There’s nothing quite like the thrill of setting sail on the open seas, embarking on a journey to exotic destinations, and indulging in the “all your needs met” lifestyle aboard a luxurious cruise ship.

However, for first-time cruisers, it’s natural to feel a mix of nerves and excitement. With a plethora of options, choices, and logistics to navigate, the experience can seem overwhelming.

But, worry not! We’ve gathered some invaluable insider tips, learned by seasoned cruisers after hitting the open waters multiple times, to ease any first-time jitters you might have and ensure your maiden cruise is an unforgettable holiday.

From packing tips to utilising the online portal, these tips will have you cruising like a pro from the get-go.

1. Book a balcony cabin – you won’t regret it!

A little extra space can go a long way on a cruise ship. A balcony room will give you extra comfort and privacy; a sanctuary to get away from the excitement, unwind, take in some fresh air, and enjoy your own private view. If you’re looking to make your first cruise a true “business class” experience, consider an upgrade to a suite or mini-suite. Most cruise lines will offer extra amenities, such as exclusive lounges and evening canapes. You may also be offered priority boarding and disembarkation ahead of other passengers.

2. Log on to the cruise line website before your trip

This is an essential step if you’re looking for an easy, stress-free boarding. Your online portal (sometimes known as a cruise personaliser) is a place to confirm you’ve filled out all your pre-cruise documentation, confirm your allocated check-in time, find out what events take place during your time on board, and pre-book extra perks and services in advance.

3. Don’t forget your essentials

Think about packing any medication you need to take and make sure your scripts are filled before you go. Be sure to also pack any general medication like headache tablets so you are prepared for all situations.

4. Take the time to explore the ship

On your first day aboard, be sure to take the time to explore all the different nooks and crannies of the ship and have a look at the different activities, restaurants and events that are happening. If you are unsure of where to start, wander up to the concierge desk and ask for recommendations on what is considered a ‘must-do’.

5. Don’t overpack

You will be out in casual clothes most of the time whilst on the ship. Be sure to ask your Travel at 60 travel consultant for tips and to help you tailor your packing more effectively — or read on for a handy checklist to get you started.

For more information on everything you need to know about cruising, download your copy of Travel at 60’s FREE Essential Cruise eGuide here. 

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