Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Tips for First Time Cruisers

Hi! It's Jilly. A year ago my hubby and I went on our first cruise. It was SO much fun! When we got back I shared some tips for first time cruisers over at My Favorite Finds, and now I want to share them here with you!

Tips for First Time Cruisers from Hi! It's Jilly #cruise #travel #vacation

Explore your Ports. Before you go, do a little research on each port you will be visiting. Look at the shore excursions available through your cruise line and decide if you'd like to do any of them. Read up on local transportation options, weather, etc. Don't be afraid to go off the beaten path. We did a lot of walking in each port and not only was it a fun way to see the islands, but it also helped work off some of those cruise food calories!

First Time Cruising Tips from Hi! It's Jilly #cruise #vacation #travel

Dress the Best. Some important clothing items to bring:

  • 2 swimsuits, so one can be drying while you're wearing the other one
  • A decent swimsuit cover up/maxi dress to wear over your suit around the ship
  • Flip Flops
  • A couple casual dresses to wear to dinner
  • Comfortable walking shoes for walking around the islands
  • A small wallet to hold your room key and passport in, and a backpack or beach bag
  • A watch you can set to "ship time"
  • You can bring your own snorkel gear, if you're into that

Choose what to Do. Every day they give you a schedule of the day's events; games you can participate in, shows, parties, times different activities are open, etc. Look over the schedule and figure out what things you don't want to miss, then plan your day around them. For example, my husband *loved* the FlowRider, but it was only open certain times, so he wanted to be there when it opened!

First Time Cruising Tips from Hi! It's Jilly #cruise #vacation #travel

I hope some of these tips are helpful! Pass them on to all your cruisin' friends, and "pin" them so you can find them later! 


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