Two Tips to Get The Most Out of Your Next Cruise
I’ve had the opportunity to enjoy two cruises. One was to Alaska and the other to the Bahamas. The destinations couldn’t be more opposite, the cruises were on two completely different cruise lines, and I traveled one with a large group and one with a small group. Basically, the two trips were complete opposite, yet I’ve learned a couple things about cruising in general that everyone should know.
First of all, what should you look for in a room when booking a cruise? I had the opportunity to stay in an absolute bare minimum room with a tiny circle for a window, and I also stayed in the largest suite on the ship where an entire wall was floor to ceiling windows with a view of the ocean ahead. While the suite was wonderful to walk into on boarding day, I can honestly say it wasn’t at all necessary or enjoyed enough. Very little time is spent in the cabin when you’re on a cruise; you’ll just miss way too much! I spent just as much time in the tiny cabin as I did in the suite, which was just long enough to crawl in and out of bed. So if you’re looking to save a bit of money, there’s a lot to be saved when choosing a room. It’s even possible to get a room that has an obscured view, which means there’s a pole in front of the window or something similar. If you want to see the ocean and the wonderful views a cruise gives you, go walk the deck or sit in a chair on the lido deck. Don’t worry about splurging on your cabin.
The second thing I learned through my cruise adventures is you don’t have to go to every formal dinner. Typically, you have a scheduled dinner time every evening in which you have a chair reserved for a gourmet five course meal. This is a wonderful experience and I would definitely suggest going to at least one, but keep in mind there are many opportunities to eat. There are other dining rooms you can eat at that are quicker and more laid back, there’s constantly food being served on one deck or another, and there’s always a buffet that serves meat, vegetarian, or chicken recipes, to attend. So don’t feel strapped down to the formal, set time dinner that is available to you. You can explore the other food options which will also give you more time to enjoy the other things the ship has to offer.
Through my two very different cruises, I learned two very important things. Between the choosing of a cabin and when and where to eat, I know how to get the most out of my future cruises, and I hope this advice can help some of you out there preparing to go on a cruise.
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