Preparing for your first cruise is an exciting time. You are about to embark on an adventure that brings you to many stunningly beautiful locations all while enjoying mouth watering food and drinks served to you with world-class service.
However, with so much to see and do in such a short space of time it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by it all.
Here is our guide to help you get the most out of your cruise holiday
Do your research on the ship’s facilities in advance – from the pools to the restaurants, get to know what’s available so you don’t have to waste any time looking for something when you arrive on board.
Pack the right clothes – make sure you have a good range of outfits for the hot weather, including sun cream, hats and sunglasses but don't forget to bring some additional layers for stopovers or evenings on deck.
Book a tour – once you arrive on board and get your bearings. Be sure to check out the different tours available, including food and drink tours, historical tours or maybe some adventure activities at the upcoming ports of call.
#4: Be Adventurous
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to sample a huge range of global cuisines in one place. Cruise companies have some of the best chefs, menus and quality of food on the planet so give something new a try.
#5: TREAT YOURSELF TO A SPA DAY
Make time for a spa day – not only will this give you a chance to relax after some hectic travel, but it can also help to improve your wellbeing as you get ready to fully unwind on the cruise.
#6: Shop Until You Drop
Make use of the duty free shops – whether you’re looking for new souvenirs, luxurious boutiques or simply need to let off steam with some retail therapy, the duty free shops can offer you everything you need.
#7: Bring Your Own Entertainment
Cruise ships have entertainment schedules to try suit all people. However, there may be periods of the day when the entertainment is just not to your taste. So whether you’re a music lover, a movie fan or just like to dive into a great book, make sure bring your own content to keep yourself entertained.
#8: Drink plenty of water
It can be easy to forget about water when there are so many tasty beers, cocktails and wines to choose from but try to keep on top of your daily water intake to prevent dehydration.