Be a Smart Packer
Don't stuff your suitcase to the point of barely being able to close it because you will have trouble going into each time for something new to wear, and worse there will be no room for souvenirs. It is also important to pack a carry on to bring onboard your cruise ship with the necessities that you need such as medicine, toiletries and other essential items, such as a change of undergarments. A carry on is always a good plan because your checked luggage may not arrive until you set sail. The more you pack, the more cabin space luggage will take up.
Type of Cruise
It is important to consult with a travel professional at Tours of Distinction when considering a cruise to make sure that your cruise expectations are matched up with the cruise offerings available. Do you want a cultural and art tour, a tour based on natural outdoors experiences? Partying? Family time? A cruise based on a mix of activities? A certain location or group of islands? It all starts with the size and type of ship you book, and the activities and amenities offered. If you don't like to dress up, don't pick a cruise with formal nights, and if you don't want to see a lot of children, make sure you don't book a cruise line that caters to families.
Familiarize Yourself with Layout of the Ship
Some cruise ships are enormous and for the first few days, many passengers wander aimlessly before getting acquainted with how to navigate the ships lounges, restaurants, entertainment venues, and shops. A few days before you leave check the website of the cruise line that you are taking and check out the layout of your boat to get an idea of where things are located.
Don't Tip Double on Alcohol
On most cruise ships, when you drink at a bar the gratuity is already included. Most big cruise lines tack on a 15% service charge automatically.
The Dining Room
Everyone knows the main dining room serves dinner, sometimes they also serve lunch and breakfast. If you want a break from the buffet at lunch and breakfast time, then head to the dining room where there are smaller crowds and food is cooked to order.