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Monday, 3 July 2017

First Time Cruise - What To Expect | Cruise Ship Tips



As i recently went on my first ever cruise i thought it would be good to share some tips that i learnt.

I actually went on a party cruise with Shipsomnia but i think all of these tips go for any type of cruise you go on. The ship i went on was Royal Caribbean, Brilliance of the seas.

1. DRINKS PACKAGE

This will save you money overall if you like to drink. Especially where i went on a party cruise, this would have been useful for me. I wasn't aware of this tho until on board the ship. A girl i made friends with (as i travelled alone) told me her drinks package cost around $250 so when i asked about it on board it was then $550 which was crazy money to me. However individual drinks are pretty expensive on board the ship, a small vodka and orange cost $8.96! Luckily for me the girl and others i'd met through the holiday actually bought me drinks on their drinks card so it saved me a ton of money :-)

2. BE AWARE WHATS INCLUDED

When you have an unlimited package then make sure you know exactly what's included. I had water, tea, coffee and juices included in mine but what i hadn't realised is that i could only get it from the self service machine, they would charge me for it at the bar. Also water that they put in your room they charge you for and extras like using the spa and certain restaurants on board.

3. GRATUITY FEE

This is a tips free that the ship automatically add on at the end of the cruise. You can actually remove this off if you go to customer service/reception desk at the start of the holiday. That way you can give tips when you feel like it and it means that you might not have to give as much as they would have taken. Unfortunately with Shipsomnia they told me it wasn't aloud to be removed but my Grandparents go on a lot of cruises and they were the ones that told me this can be done, they go on normal cruises tho so it must be different on them.

4. LEAVE DIRTY TOWLS ON THE FLOOR

If you use any towels that you want changing that day then leave those ones on the floor so the housekeeping know. If you hang it back up then it won't get changed.

5. RETURN YOUR BEACH/SUNBED TOWEL

There is a certain towel if you want to borrow it for a sunbed during the cruise, there is a certain area on the ship where you can get one these towels. You must return it at the end tho (don't leave it in the room) otherwise they will charge you!

6. KEEP THINGS IN THE SAFE

Never risk leaving valuable items around the room because you don't wanna risk anything going missing, i don't think i could relax if i knew my bits weren't locked away! There should always be a safe in the room and with mine i had to put a 4 digit code in to keep it locked. I always kept my un-used camera, laptop, passport and purse in there.

7. MAKING THE MOST OF THE FOOD

I would suggest taking a food bag or box to collect some breakfast food in the morning of departure. Most likely you will have used all your money up on the ship so to make sure you don't go hungry i would stock up and make the most of the free food. I forgot to do this myself, i was so tired i just walked right out and thought 'oh crap' i now have no food! lol My flight wasn't until 7pm that evening so i had a really looonnngggg wait! Luckily i had met an amazing guy on the ship tho and i texted him to see if he could pick me up some croissants (which he did) After that my plans of waiting at the port for hours changed and ended up exploring Barcelona with this guy :-)

So that is the main tips i can think of sharing, i hope i haven't missed anything. If you wanna catch up
on my cruise vlogs then check out my Travels Abroad playlist by clicking Here!
Or check out my blog post with some amazing photo's i took by clicking Here.

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