6 Ways to Ruin Your Cruise

Posted May 4th, 2016

When you invest so much time and money into organising your perfect cruise holiday, it can be very disappointing when something goes wrong. There’s nothing worse than looking back on your amazing holiday photos, only to remember the four days you spent cooped up in your cabin with illness, or missing out on the experience of a lifetime because you forgot to book ahead.

There are many cases where a ruined holiday is beyond your control. Your itinerary could be impacted by poor weather conditions or technical issues on the ship, and sometimes you simply can’t avoid these. However, there are also some ways that you can actually jeopardise your own time…

Learn what to avoid to make the most of your holiday

1. Overindulging

 When you’re offered endless buffets for breakfast and lunch, and given a four-course meal at dinnertime, it’s easy to eat more than you usually would.  A holiday is the perfect opportunity for you to spoil yourself a little, but too much of a good thing can sometimes cause you to feel lethargic, bloated, or plain sick. The key thing is to think about eating in moderation and still include healthy foods in your diet (especially on lengthier itineraries) but don’t hesitate to enjoy that chocolate croissant!

2. Overspending

Almost every ship is cashless these days, making passengers instead use their identification card to access an on board account. This makes it easy to forget exactly how much you’re spending and may result in a nasty surprise bill at the end of your holiday. Avoid racking up a bill larger than you anticipate by regularly checking your account, or planning your drink, food and other purchases each day.

Don't let the cocktails add up to a hefty bill. Drink responsibly!

3. Missing the Ship

Have you ever missed a flight? Well, this is worse – if you get caught up on shore and fail to make it back to the ship before departing time, it’s up to you to get to the next port to board again. With all your luggage on the ship, you may be left with only the clothes on your back and whatever you carried. Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to return if you go ashore – better safe than sorry!

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4. Not Pre-booking

Some shore excursions can be very popular, so it’s likely you could miss out on the one you want if you don’t book ahead of time. Your cruise consultant can generally help with this, and it saves yourself the stress of trying to organise everything last minute.

Sanitize! Sanitize! Sanitize!

5. Forgetting to Wash Your Hands

With so many people cooped up in limited space, any germs or viruses are guaranteed to spread quickly amongst passengers. Nobody likes being sick – especially on holiday – so avoid spreading bacteria by washing your hands at every opportunity. Even if you don’t think they’re dirty, you’ve likely touched handrails, doorknobs and elevator buttons: all breeding grounds for germs. Most dining rooms will have a hand sanitising station that you should take advantage of; but most importantly, don’t forget to wash with soap after using the bathroom.

6. Not Being Prepared

One of the hardest things about going on holiday is making sure you have everything you might need, without over packing your suitcase. Forgetting things such as a phone charger, camera batteries, necessary medication or appropriate clothing can definitely dampen your holiday experience, so put together a list of your essentials and tick everything off before embarking. If you need some extra help, contact your Cruiseabout consultant on 1300 954 661.

With the right amount of preparation, you can make sure you give yourself the best chance possible to enjoy an amazing holiday. But of course, the most important thing to remember is to bring a good attitude!

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Cruise Specialist

  Absolutely nobody in Australia knows more about cruising than Cruiseabout. With close to 30,000 nights on ships all across the globe, our consultants’ extensive experience and passion for cruising is unequaled. We're here to share the joys of cruising holidays with more Australians and invite them into our world - because we love cruising!

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