20/8/2018 - Cruise ship vacations are a great way to travel
elevator Cruise ship vacations are a great way to travel, relax and visit exotic
lands. Every cruise I take I learn something new that makes my next trip more
enjoyable. Here are 10 secrets that will make all your cruise ship vacations
1. Most cruise lines offer special discounts for past guests, police
officers and firefighters, military personnel (active duty, retired, and
sometimes even veterans with as little as 2 years service), senior citizens,
airline employees and more. I had already been on several cruises before I found
out I was eligible for a military discount. Don't rely on your travel agent to
point it out. In fact, it was a fellow passenger who gave me this hot tip. You
can find this information on the cruiseline's website, but it might take a
little digging. (Hint: start at FAQ or search for 'special cruise pricing.')
It's worth the effort -- the military discount I received applied to both me and
my wife and was very generous.
2. When you're booking your cruise, you may be able to choose where you
want your cabin -- toward the front of the ship, the rear or the middle; upper
decks or lower. Generally, the higher the deck, the more expensive the cabin.
Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing your location:
~ being close to the elevators might be convenient, but it can also be
noisy. This is especially true of service elevators.
~ avoid being under the disco or gym because you'll hear people partying
late into the night or working out early in the morning.
~ the front and rear of the ship can be noisy from anchors and
3. The elevators get crowded, especially at mealtimes and when getting off
the ship in port. I always push both call buttons and get on whichever elevator
gets there first. Even if I have to go the opposite direction, I found it's
still faster than waiting in the lobby for the right elevator.
4. To save closet space in your cabin, slide your suitcases under the bed
after unpacking. You won't need them until it's time to disembark.
5. If you attend any of the shopping and excursion orientations, sit up
front. They frequently throw free stuff out into the audience to build
6. Some cruise ships have a cruise director's TV show to keep guests
informed about the ship's activities. Call or write in with comments or
questions and you'll likely win a free bottle of champagne or other gift. Cruise
directors love guests who participate.
7. Bring a small flashlight or plug in night light. The cabins get very dark, especially inside
8. There's always plenty of food on a cruise ship, but try not to overdo
it. Set food goals. If you have a big breakfast, have a light lunch. Maybe the
next day do the opposite. Try to balance what you eat in terms of carbs,
proteins, sweets, etc.
9. Instead of waiting in the buffet line for breakfast and hoping you'll
find a table, eat breakfast in the dining room. It's hardly ever crowded and
you'll get some great choices for breakfast that you probably won't see on the
10. Pack a travellers first aid kit with sun block, aspirin, bandaids,
ointment, and be sure to include insect repellent. On a recent cruise we toured
a zoo in the jungles of Belize, and the insects were overwhelming! My wife came
back covered in bug bites. While cruise ships have a medical doctor on board,
there's a charge to see the doc... it can be pretty expensive for treatment of
These 10 simple tips will make your cruise ship vacations more enjoyable.
Each time you cruise and pick up new tips, jot them down so you'll remember them
when it's time for your next cruise.