Starting Your Cruise Holiday
If youíve never experienced a cruise holiday getaway, it is a little different than many other methods of travel, so here are some of the things you can expect from this trip: The ship is bigger than you think In the past when people went on cruise vacations, the vessels they took were often called floating hotels, but they are even bigger these days. You will not feel like you are on aboard just a transport to a travel destination, but you will feel like you are in a floating city that will be taking you to foreign lands. Thinking of going for a holiday in a traveling city may seem nice up front, but it may also be a little stressful if you start to get lost in all the mazes of corridors and walkways that are inside these ships. Relax. Itís not like youíre going to take a wrong turn and not make it to your travel destination! Youíre ship is going the right way to a new land whether youíre lost or not! Think of all the things the ship has to offer as part of the adventure and enjoy getting to know the ins and outs. You may even find some features about the ship that you will enjoy taking advantage of such as gyms, theaters, or spa areas.
Be comfortable Remember this is your floating home. You should enjoy all of your stay. If you had a long flight to get to the dock and are tired once you get onboard and ready to go, find your cabin first. You can take a nap, then wake up refreshed and ready to enjoy your holiday. Remember, this is your time to relax and have fun.
Youíre not going to have fun if you are still stressed out from traveling to get to the ship. One thing to keep in mind is that your luggage will not make it to your room for a few hours after youíve been onboard. If you are going to want a change of clothes or need any toiletries when you head to the room, you may want to carry those onto the ship with you. Finding Your Room When you get onboard you will already know your cabin number, and you should have a map of the ship, but that doesnít mean you will get your bearings right away. If you are not sure where your cabin is, look for a crewmember. They know the ship like the back of their hands and will be able to quickly and easily point you in the right direction. Think Compact Unless you have spent hundreds or thousands of extra dollars on one of the suites aboard the ship, your room will be small. This is not to say it will not have all the amenities you need. You will be amazed at how well they compact everything to fit into one cabin. You will be given some sort of dining assignment, and often a ship card that is often a key to your cabin and can also be used for credit on board.
The dining setup is not set in stone, so if you would like to change your dinner time or table location, ask nicely, and likely it will all be taken care of.