There are lots of fun things to do on a cruise vacation, but there are also plenty of common mistakes that you should avoid.
Cruise lines make the experience as easy as possible, but rookie mistakes are still possible. Here are some simple pitfalls to avoid.
Be aware of these common missteps I see all too often, whether it’s your first cruise or you have done many.
Throw something overboard
In the same way, you shouldn’t throw trash out of your car window. Throwing something in the ocean isn’t cool either.
Litter in the sea is generally not only strictly prohibited by Royal Caribbean, but also violates the law of the sea.
More importantly, throwing garbage in the ocean harms the environment and marine life that call the ocean home. There are many dumpsters on your ship, including ashtrays.
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Book your cruise by price
We all have vacation budgets, but choosing a cruise based solely on price is a huge mistake.
Just as hotels can vary dramatically, cruise lines each have their own set of amenities and distinctive features that set them apart.
A common mistake is to assume that all Royal Caribbean ships are the same, especially if certain features are important to you.
Before you book, be sure to take a look at what the ship has to do on board (and what it doesn’t), and then decide if it’s a good choice for you.
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Fly to your cruise on the day of departure
You’re playing with fire trying to fly on the same day your cruise is due to leave.
Delays are all too common and the last thing you want to do is put your entire cruise vacation at risk because your airline is waiting for another flight attendant or bad weather cancels your flight.
While paying for a hotel the night before your cruise will add to your vacation expense, the flexibility and security it offers is well worth it.
Book a flight that will get you to your departure airport at least one day in advance. As an added bonus, you can start your vacation earlier!
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Be a chair pig
Just because everyone else is, doesn’t mean you should reserve chairs for your family when you aren’t actually using them.
One of the most common annoyances among guests is people going to the pool deck early in the morning, throwing towels on a few chairs, and then not returning to use the chairs for a few hours.
Pool lounge chairs are limited, and on days at sea, many people want to enjoy pool time.
The polite thing is not to reserve lounge chairs unless your family is actually at the pool to use them.
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Ignore your SeaPass account
Just like your credit card bills at home, it is a good idea to regularly review your onboard expenses.
Once you know how much you’ve spent, there are two benefits to you: you can check that there are no erroneous charges and make sure you are not running out of your vacation budget.
Royal Caribbean offers many options for adding extra expenses to your cruise, from alcoholic beverages to shore excursions to specialty restaurants and much more.
You can request a copy of your bill from Guest Services at any time, or check it at any time via the Royal Caribbean app.
Checking your SeaPass account early will ensure that on the last day of your cruise you won’t be standing in line like everyone else to resolve billing issues.
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Limit yourself to free food
There’s nothing wrong with the great free food on offer on a Royal Caribbean ship, but it’s worth spending a little extra on the specialties.
Whether you like sushi, steak, Italian, or something else, Royal Caribbean’s paid restaurants are really good.
It is a good idea to have some specialties to complement the great food in the main dining room.
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Ignore the possibility of getting seasick
The chances of getting seasick on a cruise are minimal, but you should be prepared for it in case this happens.
First-time cruisers may not know exactly how their bodies react to a cruise, and everyone handles the slight movement of a cruise ship differently.
Royal Caribbean ships are specially designed to allow the smoothest possible sailing. However, some movement in the sea is not uncommon.
To be on the safe side, pack over-the-counter medications or homeopathic treatments to help ease the effects quickly.
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Wait until the last minute to book a shore excursion
Shore excursions are a very popular activity in the ports of call your cruise ship will visit. So don’t wait to book them.
Very often, certain tours sell out and you can compromise on the activity you want.
In addition, you can usually get a cheaper price if you pre-order it on the Royal Caribbean website before your cruise.
In addition, it is expected that you can only book shore excursions through the cruise line indefinitely as the global health crisis requires the implementation of new health protocols.
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Wait until you get home to fix any issues
If there is a problem on your cruise, make sure that any problems on board are resolved.
Whether there is a billing problem, a mechanical problem in your cabin, a disagreement with a crew member, or something else, it is best if you do it on board the ship.
Your best chance of finding an equitable solution is to help the ship’s personnel resolve it. The team ashore is helpful, but when you get home there is so much back and forth that it makes things a lot harder.
If you run into a problem, speak to onboard guest services to resolve the issue. This is especially the case if Royal Caribbean is leaving the ship when you leave.
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Pack important items that you will need on the first day
The first few hours that you step aboard your cruise are a great time to enjoy your cruise. However, make sure you have everything with you before delivering your luggage.
The luggage you give to porters at the cruise terminal to bring to your room will take hours to get to your room.
You should keep your travel documents (passports or birth certificates), money, essential prescription drugs, sunglasses, children’s items, or toiletries in a carry-on bag.
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