A First-Timer’s Guide to a Cruise

Perhaps you’ve always dreamed of taking a cruise but never had the opportunity until now. As a first-time cruiser, you likely have a lot of questions about what to expect. This guide will lead you through some of the big questions that you might have, so your cruise experience can be as enjoyable as possible.

Select The Right Cruise

So, you’ve decided to go on a cruise but what cruise are you actually going to select? There are a ton of different cruises out there with each offering different experiences. You have those that are tropical-based and prefer to saturate you with luxury and relaxation. Then there are those that culture-based and prefer to introduce you to new cultural experiences and history. Finally, there are those that just offer a great time and have water parks on the actual cruise ship for the entire family to enjoy. You need to pick the cruise that serves the experience that you’re looking for.

Finding Your Cabin

The next decision that you have to make is what cabin you want to be yours. Cheaper cabins can be found on the inside of the ship without views of the ocean. The slightly more expensive ones have the balconies. The top-tier rooms are suites and while they are usually quite large, they have quite the hefty price tag. Your decision should be based on your budget and the location in which you intend to spend the most time when on the ship.

Important Documentation

The last thing you want to experience is being denied entry onto the ship because you didn’t bring along the right information. While cruises typically tell you exactly what you need to bring when it comes time to board, this article will list it out, too. First, all US citizens need to bring along their passport. It’s typically a good idea to have it on your person whenever you leave the ship, too. You will also need a visa for certain locations like Russia and Brazil. One last mandatory item that you’ll need is your boarding documents. You’ll receive those from the cruise line. You must have them with you before you can board the ship.


When it comes to packing, you’ll want to pack as lightly as you can. Choose a few different outfits and make use of the cleaning service. You should also bring a sweater or jacket. You can typically bring your own water. Bring books to read beside the pool.

Set Sail

Going cruising can be a great adventure. Nervous jitters are common for first-time cruisers. These tips will help ensure you’re ready for boarding day.

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