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How to Make the Most Out of a Cruise Vacation

Cruises are great opportunities for rest, relaxation, and unique experiences. We’ve got some tips on making the most out of your time on a cruise vacation.

In 2018, almost 26 million people took cruises around the world. That’s a lot of cruising!

With the cruise industry booming, the cruise lines have gone overboard (pun intended). They’ve created magical experiences for their customers with activities like onboard water parks and spectacular nightly shows.

If you’re a cruising newbie, all that entertainment can be overwhelming. But there are a few things you can do to ensure you have an excellent time on your cruise.

In this article, we’ll give you our best tips for how to make the most out of your cruise vacation.

Book An Excursion

Every major cruise line gives you the opportunity to explore unique shore excursions away from the boat. You may be tempted to stay on the boat your first time around. But we suggest that you opt for at least one excursion.

Cruise lines have gotten very creative in their excursion offerings. You can swim with dolphins, hike up a volcano, or take a private winery tour. There are so many options, you’ll be sure to find something that suits you.

And the best part about all the excursion options is that you can find something in your price range. Excursions run from as low as $30 for a beach getaway to as high as a few thousand dollars for a private adventure.

See the Shows

Every night, the ship comes alive with fantastic shows. Even if you’re not a big fan of theater or music, we suggest that you check out these shows.

Many of the shows are free! And they’ll put on several showings throughout the night so you can choose the time that works for you. You’ll see everything from ice skating, to musical acts, and acrobatic shows.

But make sure you plan ahead. Many of these free shows fill up fast. Get there early to make sure you get a seat.

Don’t Overindulge

Ah, the buffet. Its lure is almost as hard to shake as the siren’s song. But we seriously encourage you to avoid overindulging.

Cruise ship food is some of the best you’ll find. And most cruises offer multiple, all-you-can-eat buffets. Choose your foods wisely and stick to one plate if you can.

Also, you won’t enjoy your cruise if you’re hungover the whole time. Pace yourself when you’re enjoying the nightlife. And drink plenty of water to compensate for alcohol dehydration.

Bring the Pharmacy with You

Getting sick on a cruise is no fun. And you’ll learn quickly that the pharmacy items they have onboard are limited and overpriced. Bring along your own medications, just in case.

Here’s a list of some of the common medications and supplies you should have on hand:

  • Sunscreen
  • Constipation & diarrhea relief
  • Motion sickness meds
  • Allergy meds
  • Cold & flu meds
  • Pain relief
  • Cortisone cream
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Bandages

Get the Most Out of Your Cruise Vacation

It’s easy to get overwhelmed on your cruise vacation. But if you plan ahead and do some research, you’ll have a spectacular time!

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