Are you planning your first cruise? Not entirely sure what to expect? Don’t worry- we’ve created a list of do’s and do nots to help make for a fun, relaxing productive time out at sea!

The following is what you will need to keep in mind:

What To Do On Your First Day!

Take a Tour of the Ship

Once you’ve dropped your luggage off in your cabin, go and explore the ships! After all, you will be on it for the next few days- it’s good to know where everything is in relation to your cabin.  Don’t worry about getting lost as there are plenty of crew members to help guide you back to where you need to be.  

Make Reservations for Sun Deck Chairs

This is worthwhile if most of your day is going to be spent relaxing by the pool. It will be like a second home base, for all the family to meet up at, aside from your cabin. For an additional fee you’ll be able to reserve cabanas or sun deck chairs.

Book Your Spa Appointments

Booking a spa day will be worth it! After all you are supposed to relax on vacation. Spa appointments for massages and facials fill up very quickly so book yours ASAP.

Toast to Your Trip

Most likely once you board, they’ll be greeters and waiters circling the deck of the ship with welcoming beverages. Take a moment to enjoy the little things and the start to your vacation!

Take Lots of Photos

We’re sure you’ll be flashing your camera even before you board, but these will be a record of your reaction of the first time on a cruise ship and are always keepers!

What Not To Do On Your First Day!

Rush to the Buffet

Instead, check out the variety of dining options on board. If you feel hungry, there will be lots of places to get a bite to eat without the need to wait. Many people will arrive on board feeling hungry and there first stop will be the open buffet. There will be plenty of time for the buffet later in the day and before the ship has pulled out of the dock, the open buffets will be crowded.

Do Not Accept Bad Seating in the Dining Room

There are going to be specific times for dining and assigned seats. You will be assigned a maître d’, who will be able to make any adjustments for you. Utilize them to find a solution that’s right for you.

Do not accept something you are not happy with instead sign up for your preference

Do Not Use the Elevators

The elevators on cruise ships are notoriously crowded and slow. If possible, take the stairs. Taking the stairs will give you an additional cardio workout to help burn off the late-night snacks you’re bound to enjoy!