Setting sail on your first cruise can be an exciting, yet overwhelming experience. Between all the different cruise lines, itineraries and activities to choose from, I believe it's essential to have professional help in order to make the most of your maiden cruise voyage.

In this beginner's guide to cruising, I'll try and cover all the things you need to know for a smooth, enjoyable first time cruise vacation.

  1. Choosing the Right Cruise: The first step is to understand the different types of cruises available, such as ocean cruises, river cruises, and expedition cruises. You also need to consider factors like cruise length, itinerary, onboard amenities, and budget when selecting the perfect first cruise for you.
  2. Choosing the Right Cruise Ship: Once you've selected the type of cruise, it's time to select the specific cruise line/ship for your initial cruise. Click here for more details on how to choose the right cruise ship for you.
  3. Booking Your Cruise: You've picked your cruise and now it's time to book it! Utilizing my services will help ensure you get the best value and don't step in any unseen, cruise line, fine print potholes. Click here to start the booking process.
  4. Packing Tips: Pack wisely by considering the climate of your destination, onboard dress codes, and essential items such as travel documents, medications, and comfortable clothing/shoes for exploring ports of call. Here are links on What To Pack and What Not To Pack for your first cruise.
  5. Embarkation Day: Navigate embarkation day smoothly by completing necessary paperwork in advance, arriving to the port at your scheduled time and familiarizing yourself with the ship's layout. For more suggestions, check out 10 Things To Do On Your Cruise's First Day.
  6. Dining Tips: Understand the dining options available on your cruise, such as the main dining rooms, specialty restaurants, buffets, and room service. Learn about dining schedules, dress codes, and how to make reservations for specialty dining experiences.
  7. Shore Excursions: Research and book shore excursions in advance to ensure availability and maximize your time in port. Consider activities like sightseeing tours, water sports, cultural experiences, and nature adventures based on your interests.
  8. Onboard Etiquette: Familiarize yourself with onboard etiquette, including tipping guidelines, respecting fellow passengers' space, following ship rules, and being courteous to crew members.
  9. Staying Healthy and Safe: Follow hygiene practices to stay healthy onboard, such as washing hands frequently, using hand sanitizers, and following any health protocols or guidelines provided by the cruise line. Be aware of safety procedures and emergency protocols throughout your journey.
  10. Feedback and Future Cruising: Share feedback with the cruise line after your voyage to help improve future experiences. Consider joining loyalty programs and/or booking future cruises while onboard in order to eligible for additional perks and benefits on your next cruise adventure.

Following these tips and guidelines will go a long way to ensuring your first-time cruise experience is a great and memorable one. Trust me. We were once first time cruisers as well!

Let's go cruising!