Interesting 5 Tips that First-Timer Cruisers Need to Know

Novice cruises are sometimes confused when they don’t select the cruise destination, nor are they aware of the hidden costs of the cruise. So this travel tip should help you prepare for what you need to know before embarking on a cruise:

1. Book early or late

You will get a better deal if you book well in advance of your departure date or at the last minute. By booking in advance, you will save between 15 and 50 per cent and also secure the cabin category of your choice. If you prefer to wait at the last minute to book, you will even get a better discount on an unsold cabin. But, of course, you can not choose the cabin you like, what is left is available.

2. Driving instead of flying

You could save a lot if you drive to the nearest port in town instead of flying. Today there are more cruises than ever, with departures from ports “close to home” such as Boston, New York, Bayonne (New Jersey), Philadelphia, Baltimore, Charleston, Jacksonville, Seattle, San Francisco, Mobile, Galveston, Los Angeles, Long Beach, New Orleans and Tampa.

3. Take a short cruise first

If this is your first time sailing, consider taking a short 3-4 day cruise on the weekend. In this case, you can “test the water” before embarking on the actual cruise. There is a good selection of ships that take short cruises to various destinations in the Caribbean,  along the Mexican Riviera and to New England / Canada.

4. Beware of Additional Charges

You should expect additional charges on a cruise ship. Expenses such as gambling in the casinos, alcoholic beverages and photos taken from the ubiquitous ships are not included in the price of the cruise. So travel smart by preparing your budget in advance when embarking on a cruise. If you need to buy something, wait until the last day of the cruise, when most stores will have sales. 

5. Shore excursion savings

Perhaps the biggest additional cost is the accompanied shore excursions offered at each port of call. Prices range from $ 25 per person for a bus trip to $ 300 for helicopter trips. It is cheaper for two couples to rent a taxi or car for the day than if each person is on an organised excursion. There is also no obligation to leave the boat in port. Some passengers prefer to relax on board and relax in the pool, as the ship is much less crowded after most people have disembarked. Shore excursions make the most sense when there are few sights within walking distance, and local transportation is in short supply.

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