For the first time on a cruise – tips from veterans

1. Take advantage of the ships’ specialty restaurants

The price of the cruise includes meals not only in buffet restaurants but also in a few à la carte restaurants. The level of food at the ship’s basic restaurants is pretty great, but if you’re looking for an even more special food experience, try the specialty restaurants.

In the specialty restaurants on the ships, there is either a certain surcharge of a few tens of euros per menu or, alternatively, a small amount for each meal separately.

For an additional fee, the most experienced cruiser crews prefer to visit the specialty restaurants on the ships, and take full advantage of the menus designed by world-class chefs. You should also visit the specialty restaurant on your first cruise, at least once, to experience the best of the cruise ship’s restaurant experience.

2. Always keep the ship’s daily schedule with you

Following the cruise program ensures that you get the most out of the ship’s program offering. The daily program, which is divided into cabins in the mornings, includes everything that happens on the ship each day. The daily cruise program is worth browsing through in the mornings, reminding yourself of the programs that interest you the most, and keeping the program with you throughout the day.

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The cruise program is full of interesting things to do, but you should always leave time to relax on the deck as well.

More and more shipping companies are also offering their own application to access the cruise program. Download the app before the trip, and you can use it to get acquainted with the ship’s offerings before the actual cruise begins.

Different age groups have their own day programs, so children, teenagers and adults alike can choose the most interesting things to do from the program.

3. Use the stairs and enjoy the food

Depending on the ship, passengers navigate the ship on about ten decks, and most always use an elevator to get around. It’s the most effortless way to move from one deck to another, but veterans recommend using stairs whenever possible.

There is a simple reason for this: There is a joke among cruise passengers about how to gain weight by a pound or two after each cruise. By choosing stairs instead of a lift every time, you significantly increase your activity during the cruise.

In reality, gaining weight on a holiday trip is something not to worry about. Take pleasure in every holiday and choose stairs only if it feels comfortable.

4. Stay on board

It is not necessary to leave the ship at every cruise destination, as the ship’s services remain open even if the majority of passengers disembark. If the fatigue weighs down or you just want to take a day off in peace, skip the visit one day and enjoy the peace.

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When the ship is empty for the day, it offers the opportunity to enjoy the services in complete peace.

As the ship falls silent, it brings the opportunity to experience a giant cruise ship in a new way: there is quiet and peaceful everywhere and very little crowd. At the same time, an emptied cruise ship offers photographers an excellent opportunity to get images of the ship that are not full of people.

5. Use the ship’s childcare facilities

Parents of young children in particular are sure to appreciate the ship’s childcare service, which is available for children of all ages, depending on the ship. Childcare is usually provided for children over the age of two, but depending on the ship, children younger than this can also be treated.

Children can be left in the care of caregivers, usually for an hour or two at a time, giving parents the opportunity to have a one-on-one dinner or a casual lounging by the pool.

Teenagers also have plenty to do and clubs where they can get to know children and young people of the same age from all over the world.

>> Read also: The most common misconceptions about cruises – have you fallen into these fantasies too?

Text: Inka Khanji
Photos: Shutterstock

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