Whether you’ve been on a cruise once or ten times, there’s always room for improvement when it comes to packing, prepping and planning for your time away at sea. From cabin tips to what you can do on deck or when you’re setting sail, you’re going to need the following best kept secrets. Not only will you save time and money, but you’re going to get the best out of your cruise ship adventure.
Easily remember minor details
If you’re leaving the ship to head out into port, take a picture of the “all aboard time” in case you forget and can’t remember the time you need to be back on the ship.
Pack a wrap or a couple of light cardigans in your luggage, even if you’re in the Caribbean or other warm climate. The AC in the ship can at times be turned up high. This is when you’ll wish you had something extra to keep you warm.
Resisting sea sickness
Sea sickness can take the fun out of any trip. All you’ll want to do is stay in your cabin and sleep it off. Eat a green apple when you feel nausea coming along. The sodium in the apple will relieve you from the nausea almost immediately. Sucking on a lemon slice will also remedy your nausea.
Magnets to remember
Bring along magnetic clips on your trip. Often people forget the ship is made out of metal. These clips make it easy for putting up important items such as your reminders, ship card or dining menus. The metallic clips make it easier to leave behind daily messages for loved ones or following the daily schedule. Putting up special notes and tickets ensures that important documentation doesn’t get lost in all the brochures you’ll collect.
Most cruise ships come with an all-inclusive menu, but generally drinks are excluded into this package deal. It’s important to get the most out of your trip, so work your way around this by packing your wine. You may have to pay a corkage fee, but it will be significantly cheaper than buying a full bottle on the ship.
Research ports ahead of time
Do a good amount of research about the ports you’ll be visiting to have an idea of what you would like to do or see while you’re there. You may find better priced deals on excursions than you would find if you purchased on the ship.