It is easy to get caught up in the ambience, but I promise that once you get back home you won't wear it like you thought you would. "Pack a collapsible extra bag for all the stuff you will bring home even though you swore you weren't getting anything! Waiting for the elevator could easily take you five minutes each way.
"You waste a lot of time waiting, and there are many who really need to use it," Jan Brandvold warns.
If you're feeling a bit shy, "join the Roll Call for your cruise! "You will get to make friends with fellow passengers in advance.
Then you get to meet these friends at a 'Meet and Mingle' event on the first sea day." "Don't complain!
You are on an incredible ship, eating incredible food, having your bed made several times a day and people from around the world are AWAY from their FAMILIES to serve us, the cruise passenger guests," Scott Lara insists.
Remember that even when things go wrong, you can still have fun if you take it all in stride. Perhaps you're like me and start filling your suitcase a week (or more) before your cruise, armed with a packing list and smart space-saving techniques, like rolling up socks and stuffing them in your shoes.
That being said, be wary of creating too high a precedent. You will be forever spoiled and NOT ever want to book anything else! "Unfortunately my first pleasure cruise was with a stick-in-the-mud ex-girlfriend (we were dating at the time) who had been on several cruises previously," Bob Rauchfleisch said, noting that all she wanted to do was lounge in the cabin.For most cruise regions, there are periods of peak demand (high season), moderate demand (shoulder season) and low demand (low season), which is usually the cheapest time to cruise.High season is typically a mix of when the weather is best and popular travel periods (such as summer and school holidays).It's true -- you can get cosmetic dental treatments on a cruise ship.However, think twice before you book a medispa appointment."Do not go for the teeth whitening, no matter how cheap it is.We made the mistake of doing it on our first day and our gums were so sore for a couple days, we couldn't enjoy the food," Tonya said.Or maybe you're like my husband, who throws a bunch of clothes into a carry-on at midnight It's one of the most common cruising questions: When is the best time to cruise Alaska, Australia, the Caribbean, Canada/New England, Hawaii, Europe or the South Pacific? Fall foliage enthusiasts, for instance, will find September and October the best time to take that Canada/New England cruise, whereas water sports-lovers (and families) much prefer to sail the region in the summer when school is out and temperatures are warmer for swimming.The best time to cruise to Alaska will vary depending on your preferences for viewing wildlife, fishing, bargain-shopping, sunshine, warm weather and catching the northern lights.Cruises are social vacations and a fun way to meet new people from around the country or world.Chat up your shipmates by the pool, at the buffet and on a shore excursion.