Well, maybe you don’t look down on the cruising newbies that much. After all, cruising is one heck of a fun way to enjoy a vacation. Still, there are definitely a few things that people who’ve cruise before understand, and that newbies would serve themselves well to know before they board… What are those things? Let’s take a look at 11 of them…
1. Taking the Stairs Is Worth It
Everyone wants to be lazy! Who wants to climb a bunch of stairs unnecessarily? Well, if you value your time, you won’t be waiting in those lines for the elevator.
2. The Costume Parties Are the Best
A cruise ship newbie might be inclined to turn his or her nose up at the thought of attending a costume party… Those newbies don’t know what they’re missing!
3. Rough Seas Mean Easier Dining
Want to sneak into the main dining room and avoid the crowds? Well, when the sea gets choppy, that dining room clears right out!
4. Order Whatever You Want
A veteran understands that you should leave the social niceties of dining out at home. Being on a cruise is about eating what you want. Order two entrees! Get two appetizers for dinner! Who cares!?!
5. Hunger Comes Earlier, Too
Staying out in the sun all day will work up an appetite in just about anyone. That means when the clock strikes four, it’s time to get some grub.
6. No Need to Visit Every Port
Newbies will think they’ve got to get off the boat at every port at which the ship stops. They don’t understand that this is often the best time to enjoy things like the pool and the spa without all the crowds.
7. Cruising Ain’t For Bargain Hunters
There’s no such thing as a great deal on taking a cruise. So, if you’re going to go out on the boat, then do it right! Money saved on a bad cabin is money that should’ve been spent on having a more enjoyable vacation.
8. Formal Really Isn’t That Formal
Sure, there are some events that claim that they’re formal… But, as long as you’ve got a jacket and tie or a cocktail dress, you’re good to go. This isn’t some black-tie affair!
9. Shuffleboard Is Pretty Dang Hard
Oh, how the newbies laugh at the vets and their heated games of shuffleboard. Oh, how they don’t understand just how hard of a game it is!
10. The Joys of the Baked Alaska
There’s just something about cruise ships and Baked Alaska. What is it about this decadent dessert? Whatever it is, it’s not to be skipped!
11. Over-packing Is for Newbies!
You don’t need to bring your whole shore life with you on the boat. Pack lightly, and thank yourself later!