Whether you’ve cruised 10 times or this is your first time, there are a few great cruise tips and tricks you should know. These tips apply to most cruise lines, however, on occasion you may find one that one of them doesn’t apply to.
- Most ships have a coin hidden somewhere on the ship. It’s fun to look for and find the coin on each ship you sail. When a ship is built, the builders put a coin somewhere on the ship, for good luck. On Disney ships, it’s also known as a Hidden Golden Mickey as it’s a gold coin with Mickey on it.
- When you eat in one of the main dining rooms, you can order as many appetizers and/or entreés as well as desserts as you want. So if you want two shrimp cocktails before dinner, just let your waitstaff know.
- When you eat in the main dining room, you can order something that is not on the menu, so that escargot that was on the menu on Tuesday, but not on Thursday, you can still get it, again, just let your waitstaff know.
- Staterooms are usually pretty compact, depending on the category that you book. But you can make a lot more room by storing your suitcases under the beds.
- All stateroom walls are metal, so bring magnets to leave notes or magnetic hooks and you can hang your hats, etc on the wall, making even more room.
- Always wear/take a regular watch onshore with you and make 100% sure it is set to Ships time. Don’t depend on your cell phone as it may automatically switch to local time, which may or may not coincide with the ships time. It wouldn’t be a lot of fun to arrive back to the pier where your ship was docked, just to see it sailing away in the distance.
- Do you both need to get ready at the same time? You can actually use the nice, big showers in the spa, if you want, at no charge.
- You can not get out of going to the Muster Drill. It is mandatory, and if you don’t show up, they will page you continuously, and hold everyone else up, until you get there.
- In the main dining rooms, you can order your dessert to go, and take it with you.
- Adults can order off the kids menu in the main dining rooms.
- If you take off on your own or book an excursion on your own, instead of through the ship, and the tour is late getting back, the ship will not wait for you. If you book excursions through the ship and they are late getting back, then the ship will wait for you.
- You can get extra pillows and blankets as well as an ‘egg crate’ topper for the bed just by asking your cabin steward.
- The crew’s quarters don’t allow them much room for knick knacks, souvenirs or anything like that. If you want to give someone on the crew a gift, cash is very appreciated and will help them a great deal. They also really appreciate laundry items, such as Tide Pods, dryer sheets, etc, since most are required to do their own laundry, and that is something they will gladly use.
- There are ‘secret’ decks on board every ship, it’s always fun to try and find them! You can get a head start by Googling secret decks for the ship you are sailing on.
- You can ask your room steward to empty the mini fridge so you can put your own soft drinks, beer, etc in it.
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