How To Cruise Like A Pro

Posted July 10th, 2015

Are you a total cruise newbie? Do you want to learn the secrets to cruising like a pro? Well, you’re in luck. Here are 10 tips for first-time cruisers as recommended by those who have cruised before you! Take note of them and make your first cruise a truly memorable experience.

It's not difficult to get the most out of your cruise holiday

1. Pack A Power Board

Cameras, smartphones, computers, kindles – these are just a handful of the electronic devices you’ll probably want to pack with you on your very first cruise. They enable you to capture the beauty of a place, stay in touch with friends and family back home, aid in research and help you unwind at the end of each cruising day. But their usefulness depends entirely on them being charged, and sometimes your cabin won’t have enough power plugs to keep up with your needs. Solution? Pack a power board in your luggage and never be without an available connection.

2. Check Out The Embarkation Day Discounts

Most cruise ships offer embarkation day discounts or freebies to entice some business on the first day of a cruise. Find out what your cruise ship offers and get that massage, spa treatment or free bottle of wine and get your cruise off to a flying start.


Alcohol is one of those extras that may end up costing you a lot. Limit the chances of incurring an exorbitant bill on the last day of your cruise by bringing your own. Cruise ships allow passengers to bring a certain amount of their own alcohol onboard – for example, one bottle of wine or one litre of spirits. Before setting off on your cruise, find out your permitted alcohol allowance on your cruise and max it out.

Bring your own wine for a cheaper sundowner (Image: Getty)

4. Pack A Small Day Pack For The First Day

After you check-in to your cruise, your luggage will be taken to your room later that day. Make sure you pack a small day pack with everything you need for those first few hours. Think camera, bathers and basic toiletries.

5. Do Your Research Before You Dock

Most cruises only dock in port for a single day, which doesn’t give you a whole lot of exploring time. Maximise your time in a new place by researching what to do and where to go before you arrive. Most cruise lines offer great shore excursions which you can book onboard or prior to departure but be sure to book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

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6. Print Out All Documentation

Make sure you print out everything our cruise consultants sends you. You’re receiving it for a reason, and most probably will need to show it at some point during the cruise. Be sure to visit one of our 62 stores and one of our friendly cruise consultants can do this for you! You can also skim through our Pre-Cruise Checklist before you set off on your holiday!

7. Turn Off Roaming

Save yourself from getting hit with a massive phone bill when you return home from your cruise by turning off international roaming before setting off. Use the ship’s Wi-Fi network and messaging apps such as Whatsapp or Facebook Messenger to communicate instead.

You'll get a nasty bill if you keep your roaming turned on (Image: Getty)

8. Don’t Expect Everything To Be Included

One of the great advantages of a cruise is that nearly everything is included: transportation, accommodation, meals and entertainment. However not everything is included and each cruise line is different. Typical services not included in the price of your cruise include dining in specialty restaurants, alcoholic beverages, spa & salon services, shore excursions & gift shop purchases. If you’re not sure if something is free, just ask.

9. Use Internet At Night For Faster Speeds

If you need to make an important Skype call or fancy streaming a YouTube video, try using the Wi-Fi network late at night or early in the morning. Most passengers will be asleep during this time, which means faster Internet speeds.

10. Take Advantage Of Specialty Restaurants

Show your tastebuds some love and attention by visiting any and all onboard specialty restaurants. Along with fine food, you’ll enjoy some of the best customer service around, making you feel truly pampered. Just be sure to book ahead where possible.

Feeling a little wiser now? Give one of our experienced cruise consultants a call today on 1300 954 661 to start putting your knowledge into practice!

Set sail on a dream holiday with Cruiseabout


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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