Of course, it’s important to understand that vacationing on a cruise ship is much different than vacationing any other way. Simply put, there are certain quirks about cruise ships that can often throw newbies for a loop. Even worse, those unfamiliar with the cruising life can end up making mistakes that put a damper on all their vacationing fun.
With this in mind, we thought it would be appropriate to throw a lifeline out to all of you cruising newbies. Below, you’ll find out picks for the 15 most common mistakes the cruise newbies make… And we’ll tell you how to avoid making each!
1. Not Shopping Around
There are a lot of cruises and itineraries to choose from. Really take your time picking the ship and the itinerary that’s going to be right for the kind of trip you want.
2. Not Bringing Essential Toiletries
On most cruise lines you’re not going to get much more than a bar of soap and shampoo for your shower. If you need more than that (and who doesn’t?) then make sure you pack what you need.
3. Not Showing Up for the Muster Drill
Two things. One, you can get in trouble if you skip the drill. Two, what you learn in this drill could end up saving your life.
4. Packing Too Much
Hey! There’s laundry on board. So, just bring what you need, because the more stuff you pack, the more you’re dealing with… And the more likely you are to lose things…
5. Sneaking Alcohol Aboard
You don’t want to pay for drinks on board. We get it. But, if you get caught, you could get kicked off the boat… For real!