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I’m onboard. Now what?

Posted September 13th, 2017

The day has finally come. Your eagerly anticipated cruise is about to begin. As you make your way onto your new floating home, you’re surrounded by fellow happy passengers and a haze of excitement.

But what now?

What’s the best way to spend your first few hours?

Below, the Cruiseabout team has put together our top suggestions for getting the most out of your first day on your cruise and setting yourself up for a wonderful voyage. 

Your to-do list

  • Tour the decks – Explore the ship and get your bearings. You can even make a mental list of the bars and eateries you want to visit later in the day or evening.
  • Make your bookings – Haven’t booked anything online? Avoid disappointment and get your holiday in order by booking spa treatments, speciality restaurant visits and shore excursions. 
  • Visit the kids’ club – Even if your little ones don’t end up using the facilities, it’s a good idea to check out the available children’s areas and meet the supervisors. This may help you (and your kids) decide whether you should sign up. 
  • Buy a drinks package – If you’re interested in an alcoholic or soft drinks package, book it on your first day so you can take full advantage of its benefits throughout the cruise.
  • Check your cabin – It’ll be your private sanctuary for the duration of your cruise, so it’s time to become better acquainted with your cabin. Test to ensure that everything, such as the TV, lights and charging points, work as they should. If something is amiss, whether it’s dead batteries in a TV remote or an incorrect bedding configuration, get it sorted straight away by politely putting in a request with your cabin steward.
  • Check your dining arrangement – Want to make a change to your dining time, room or table? Keen to double check that your dietary needs have been noted? Simply chat with the maître d’ and they will try to find a suitable solution for you.
  • Make your way to the top deck – As the cruise ship slowly sets sail, you’ll want to have the best view possible and a tasty cocktail in hand.

A few don’ts 

  • Don’t skip muster – Prior to the ship setting sail, the crew will conduct a muster drill. This exercise prepares guests for a safe evacuation, helping everyone become familiar with escape routes. Are you a seasoned cruiser? You still need to attend the muster drill.
  • Don’t use the elevators – While you may want to avoid the uncomfortable exercise associated with taking the stairs, especially if you’re busy discovering everything the ship has to offer, try to avoid the elevators. They will no doubt be in high demand and filled with passengers and crew members carrying luggage.

Interested in finding out more tips on how to spend your first day aboard your cruise ship? Do you have other cruise-related questions? The Cruiseabout blog is regularly updated with cruise news, industry updates and articles jam-packed with advice, so keep checking in. You can also call our knowledgeable cruise consultants on 1300 954 661 – we’re always happy to discuss all things cruising!


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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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