Getting It Right as a Cruise Virgin

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If you’ve never been on a cruise before, the prospect can be as daunting as it is exciting, but you shouldn’t let that put you off because sailing the open seas, stopping off at various fabulous locations along the way is undoubtedly one of the best ways to see the world.
If you’re worried about choosing the right cruise or onboard etiquette, take a look at these handy hints and tips to put your mind at ease and allow you to enjoy the cruise of a lifetime:
Talk to a Specialist
As you can see from this website, there are a lot of different cruises offering different experiences and travelling to a wide range of destinations. So, if you are going on your maiden voyage, it is a good idea to talk to a cruise specialist first, even if you don’t book through them. If they are affiliated by the Cruise Lines Industry Association, you can trust that they will know their stuff and be able to advise you on the kind of cruises that are most likely to appeal.
Check Out Cruise Critic
The Cruise Critic website is a great resource for finding out how good a particular cruise ship.package is because it is written by members who have actually been onboard before, Have a look at it before you plump for a package and you’re less likely to make a mistake.
Certain Cruises Attract Certain Passengers
If you want to have a good time on a cruise, the people you travel with is pretty important, so it’s worth getting to grips with which cruise lines attract which passengers. For example, Ponant attracts a lot of French passengers and TUI Cruises are almost exclusively filled with British passengers, Then, there’s the fact that Saga cater more for older people and Arcadia cruises are almost always child-free to consider. Take some time reading about the lines and who they do/do not attract before you make a decision for an optimum experience.
Tipping
Tipping is one of the biggest minefields for cruise virgins, and it can be a constant source of anxiety. Some cruise ships build tips into the price of the whole package, including big names such as Thomson Cruises, Amazara Club Cruises, and Saga Cruises, so you have nothing at all to worry about, and you don’t have to give a tip unless you feel like giving a particularly helpful member of staff. However, they sometimes do charge a gratuity for spa treatments and other extras, which is automatically added to the bill, but which you can have removed if you feel strongly about it.
Others add a fee per day to cover tips to your account, usually referred to as a service charge and others like Star Clippers do accept tips which you will be expected to place in paper envelopes for each crew member you deal with. The easiest thing to do is call the line and ask them how tipping is handled before you board ship.
Have Fun
Cruises are meant to be fun, so enjoy yourself and don’t sweat it too much!

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