Some Sensible Cruise Tips and Hacks For Cruising This 2021

We put together all of our biggest cruise hacks just for 2021 so you can have the best time possible. So, let’s go do hack number one.

1. Check your table.

Oh so, we’ve just boarded our cruise and we’re all feeling very giddy. One of the first things we do is go to the main dining room to check our table that we’ve been assigned. You can usually do this by checking your cruise card. It usually gives the name of the restaurant and the table number.

 

So, we head to the main dining room, take a look at our number which is usually on the table just to check that it’s okay. Is it a table for two like we requested? Is it next door, window or is it in a busy location by the trolleys where it’s going to be noisy and hectic?

 

All you need to do is to find the maître d’hôtel of the main dining rooms. You’ll usually find her or him in the main dining room after the time of boarding. And you can just request a moving table. And if they can move you, they will do. Especially during these times where ships capacities are a little bit lower, it should be a little bit easier.

 

It’s definitely one of the best tips that we’ve had and we do it every time. It’s always great to have an amazing table in the main dining room.

2. Seasickness tips and relief

Oh, so tip number two is all about when you’re feeling a little bit woozy on a cruise ship. Yes, seasickness. First of all, there are a few natural remedies. Green foods like apples and ginger. But you can also try medication as well like Dramamine and Bonine. But they can make you feel a little bit woozy so they might not be the best things during the day.


You can also get bands for your arms and stickers with medication behind your neck as well. They really work as well. But before getting on the cruise, there are a few different things you can do to stop seasickness from being too bad.


Well, we recommend booking a cabin in the centre of the ship because here there’s going to be less movement. And the further down you are as well, the better because there’s going to be less momentum and roll from the ship.

3. Booking a cruise tip

Most cruises when they first return are more expensive than we saw in 2019. But we have seen some great deals and cruises are a lot cheaper later in the year and especially into 2022 where we’ve seen some great bargains.


Also, if you are a little worried about what the cruise will be like this year with the temperature checks, the mask-wearing and the social distancing, book a cruise in 2022 or even into 2023 when things will get a little bit more back to normal. And hopefully, things like masks and social distancing will be a thing of the past.

4. Take some cash with you

Now, while you may be using your card for most things, some shops such as souvenir shops or taxis may not take card and will require cash. You can find ATMs in the port but sometimes it’s difficult to find them and also the ATMs on the ship are really expensive. So, take cash.


Also, we recommend taking smaller bills such as one-dollar bills. This is for tipping. For tipping in the port, for tipping on the ship as well. So, if you get room service, you want to tip. Usually one dollar per plate. And you may be tipping the people that carry your bags in the port and you don’t want to be having to have big bills. So, you want to take smaller bills with you.


If you’re on a ship in the Caribbean, we always recommend tipping in US dollars and if you’re in Europe, we always recommend tipping in Euros. But either way or whatever you tip with, I’m pretty sure that the person will be really grateful.

5. Room service tips

Tip number five is all about room service. We recommend that you avoid room service especially on lines that are now charging for it. This includes Norwegian Cruise Line, MSC and Royal Caribbean, just to name a few.


Personally, we have found the room service to be not very good actually and it’s easier and usually quicker just to nip up to the dining area, grab yourself a couple of plates of food, and bring it back down to your cabin. There are absolutely no rules against that.


Alternatively, why not go to the pizza restaurant? Particularly like Sorrento’s, for example, on Royal Caribbean. You can actually ask for a full-sized freshly baked pizza for yourself. Now, you will have to wait for it, sometimes 15 minutes or 10 minutes, but they will do that for you and you can take it back to your room. And best of all it’s completely free. Unlike the pizza that gets delivered to your room which they will charge you for.


Some cruise lines such as Princess Cruises and Holland America do have free room service but be careful because there are some upcharges on certain items.

6. Cabin and Packing tips

When you get into your cabin, make sure you make use of all of the room. If you didn’t know you can put big things like suitcases underneath your bed, there’s plenty of storage there as well.


And we recommend bringing some magnets as well, some strong hook magnets. If you didn’t know already, cabin walls and cabins, in general, are all metal. So, you can stick magnets to the wall. They’re great for sticking documents to the wall, for hanging bags or shoes and things like that. It just gives you some more storage.


We also recommend bringing some wipes as well. And give your cabin a good little clean. Just to make sure it’s got no virus there. Make sure you get all of the knobs.
We also recommend bringing some hand sanitiser as well so you can keep sanitizing your hands around the ship. And make sure you bring plenty of replaceable masks. We recommend the disposable ones just because they’re so light, so cheap and if they get wet or sweaty or get makeup on them, you just chuck them out and get another one. So nice and simple.


You also want to bring some air freshener as well because the toilets onboard are quite small and compact. Especially if you’re in an indoor cabin or ocean view cabin with no access to fresh air. You don’t want any of those nasty smells, do you?

7. Arrive the day before

So, tip number seven is to always arrive in advance. When flying, we always arrive in the port the day before especially during these times when flights are being cancelled and things have been messed up all of the time. You just want to get there a day early.


Even when we’re not flying, in a port in the UK, we always go down the night before and stay in a hotel. Just so we can relax and know that we’re by the port so nothing can go wrong. No traffic, nothing like that.


It honestly makes things so much smoother and so much easier. You can go for some nice breakfast in the morning and then literally get to the cruise port nice and early. So, there’ll be no delays.

8. Miss the buffet

You don’t just have to eat breakfast and lunch in the buffet. You can actually enjoy it in the main dining room. We prefer this. It’s a much more relaxed and civilized experience. You can sit down and your food is cooked to order. And one of the amazing crew will come and serve it to you at your table.


Also, during these times, we expect the lines in the buffet to be much longer as the crew are now serving and plating up the food rather than passengers helping themselves. So, it means they’re going to be long lines. This means that the food is probably going to be colder. It’s going to be a lot more chaotic. We think it’s just much nicer in the main dining room. The food’s nicer and it feels fresher.

9. Get the right insurance

So, our next tip is all about cruise insurance and this is a really important one during the pandemic times. There are just a few different things you need to do when you’re buying cruise insurance.


The first one is to make sure that it covers the cruise. This might be an obvious one but lots of insurance companies don’t even cover cruise or have an extra premium on top. The next one is to make sure it covers all of the different destinations you’re going to be visiting. So, it might be you’re visiting two places in Europe but then go out of Europe, so you need worldwide cover. It’s really important to make sure your insurance covers all of the different places you’re going to be going to.


Next one is to make sure you have enhanced insurance that covers things like cancellations on your cruise. This is really important because you don’t want to be left out of pocket if something does go wrong and your cruise is cancelled or you need to buy an extra flight. And next make sure you’ve got cover for emergency evacuations and most importantly medical cover for Covid-19 as well.


Lots of cruise lines now are even requiring evidence when you check in to show that you have all of this correct cruise insurance. But if in doubt, just ask the cruise line what they will require when you log in. But it’s a really important one. Make sure you get that cruise insurance just in case in the unlikely event something goes wrong, you’ll be covered.

10. Relax and enjoy

And finally, tip number 10 is to have patience and just really enjoy it all. There’s going to be extra checks at ports. There’s going to be changes on your cruise. But just most of all, just be thankful that you’re going to be on a cruise. It’s been so long since we’ve all cruised and it’s going to be fantastic.


You’re going to have that fresh sea air through your hair. And you’re going to have such a fantastic time. Just take things easy. Don’t worry about getting everything done on the first day.


Take your time. Taking as much as you can and just enjoy the cruise. After the year that we’ve had, we want to look at things with a glass half full. And be flexible because we know that things will eventually get back to normal but they’re not quite at the moment. So, we’re just thankful that we can cruise and travel.


Just take all of the changes into your stride. We’ve hopefully prepared you for most of that so you’ll know exactly what to expect. But just enjoy it. Enjoy that amazing fresh air.
All of the passengers on board are going to be super excited to be on board. The crew are going to be really enthusiastic as well and so excited to be back. The atmosphere onboard is going to be amazing. So just enjoy it. Enjoy every moment and we think everybody will do because it’s been so long and everybody’s been stuck at home.


That’s it, till next time. Happy cruising.

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    Some Sensible Cruise Tips and Hacks For Cruising This 2021

    We put together all of our biggest cruise hacks just for 2021 so you can have the best time possible. So, let’s go do hack number one.

    1. Check your table.

    Oh so, we’ve just boarded our cruise and we’re all feeling very giddy. One of the first things we do is go to the main dining room to check our table that we’ve been assigned. You can usually do this by checking your cruise card. It usually gives the name of the restaurant and the table number.

     

    So, we head to the main dining room, take a look at our number which is usually on the table just to check that it’s okay. Is it a table for two like we requested? Is it next door, window or is it in a busy location by the trolleys where it’s going to be noisy and hectic?

     

    All you need to do is to find the maître d’hôtel of the main dining rooms. You’ll usually find her or him in the main dining room after the time of boarding. And you can just request a moving table. And if they can move you, they will do. Especially during these times where ships capacities are a little bit lower, it should be a little bit easier.

     

    It’s definitely one of the best tips that we’ve had and we do it every time. It’s always great to have an amazing table in the main dining room.

    2. Seasickness tips and relief

    Oh, so tip number two is all about when you’re feeling a little bit woozy on a cruise ship. Yes, seasickness. First of all, there are a few natural remedies. Green foods like apples and ginger. But you can also try medication as well like Dramamine and Bonine. But they can make you feel a little bit woozy so they might not be the best things during the day.


    You can also get bands for your arms and stickers with medication behind your neck as well. They really work as well. But before getting on the cruise, there are a few different things you can do to stop seasickness from being too bad.


    Well, we recommend booking a cabin in the centre of the ship because here there’s going to be less movement. And the further down you are as well, the better because there’s going to be less momentum and roll from the ship.

    3. Booking a cruise tip

    Most cruises when they first return are more expensive than we saw in 2019. But we have seen some great deals and cruises are a lot cheaper later in the year and especially into 2022 where we’ve seen some great bargains.


    Also, if you are a little worried about what the cruise will be like this year with the temperature checks, the mask-wearing and the social distancing, book a cruise in 2022 or even into 2023 when things will get a little bit more back to normal. And hopefully, things like masks and social distancing will be a thing of the past.

    4. Take some cash with you

    Now, while you may be using your card for most things, some shops such as souvenir shops or taxis may not take card and will require cash. You can find ATMs in the port but sometimes it’s difficult to find them and also the ATMs on the ship are really expensive. So, take cash.


    Also, we recommend taking smaller bills such as one-dollar bills. This is for tipping. For tipping in the port, for tipping on the ship as well. So, if you get room service, you want to tip. Usually one dollar per plate. And you may be tipping the people that carry your bags in the port and you don’t want to be having to have big bills. So, you want to take smaller bills with you.


    If you’re on a ship in the Caribbean, we always recommend tipping in US dollars and if you’re in Europe, we always recommend tipping in Euros. But either way or whatever you tip with, I’m pretty sure that the person will be really grateful.

    5. Room service tips

    Tip number five is all about room service. We recommend that you avoid room service especially on lines that are now charging for it. This includes Norwegian Cruise Line, MSC and Royal Caribbean, just to name a few.


    Personally, we have found the room service to be not very good actually and it’s easier and usually quicker just to nip up to the dining area, grab yourself a couple of plates of food, and bring it back down to your cabin. There are absolutely no rules against that.


    Alternatively, why not go to the pizza restaurant? Particularly like Sorrento’s, for example, on Royal Caribbean. You can actually ask for a full-sized freshly baked pizza for yourself. Now, you will have to wait for it, sometimes 15 minutes or 10 minutes, but they will do that for you and you can take it back to your room. And best of all it’s completely free. Unlike the pizza that gets delivered to your room which they will charge you for.


    Some cruise lines such as Princess Cruises and Holland America do have free room service but be careful because there are some upcharges on certain items.

    6. Cabin and Packing tips

    When you get into your cabin, make sure you make use of all of the room. If you didn’t know you can put big things like suitcases underneath your bed, there’s plenty of storage there as well.


    And we recommend bringing some magnets as well, some strong hook magnets. If you didn’t know already, cabin walls and cabins, in general, are all metal. So, you can stick magnets to the wall. They’re great for sticking documents to the wall, for hanging bags or shoes and things like that. It just gives you some more storage.


    We also recommend bringing some wipes as well. And give your cabin a good little clean. Just to make sure it’s got no virus there. Make sure you get all of the knobs.
    We also recommend bringing some hand sanitiser as well so you can keep sanitizing your hands around the ship. And make sure you bring plenty of replaceable masks. We recommend the disposable ones just because they’re so light, so cheap and if they get wet or sweaty or get makeup on them, you just chuck them out and get another one. So nice and simple.


    You also want to bring some air freshener as well because the toilets onboard are quite small and compact. Especially if you’re in an indoor cabin or ocean view cabin with no access to fresh air. You don’t want any of those nasty smells, do you?

    7. Arrive the day before

    So, tip number seven is to always arrive in advance. When flying, we always arrive in the port the day before especially during these times when flights are being cancelled and things have been messed up all of the time. You just want to get there a day early.


    Even when we’re not flying, in a port in the UK, we always go down the night before and stay in a hotel. Just so we can relax and know that we’re by the port so nothing can go wrong. No traffic, nothing like that.


    It honestly makes things so much smoother and so much easier. You can go for some nice breakfast in the morning and then literally get to the cruise port nice and early. So, there’ll be no delays.

    8. Miss the buffet

    You don’t just have to eat breakfast and lunch in the buffet. You can actually enjoy it in the main dining room. We prefer this. It’s a much more relaxed and civilized experience. You can sit down and your food is cooked to order. And one of the amazing crew will come and serve it to you at your table.


    Also, during these times, we expect the lines in the buffet to be much longer as the crew are now serving and plating up the food rather than passengers helping themselves. So, it means they’re going to be long lines. This means that the food is probably going to be colder. It’s going to be a lot more chaotic. We think it’s just much nicer in the main dining room. The food’s nicer and it feels fresher.

    9. Get the right insurance

    So, our next tip is all about cruise insurance and this is a really important one during the pandemic times. There are just a few different things you need to do when you’re buying cruise insurance.


    The first one is to make sure that it covers the cruise. This might be an obvious one but lots of insurance companies don’t even cover cruise or have an extra premium on top. The next one is to make sure it covers all of the different destinations you’re going to be visiting. So, it might be you’re visiting two places in Europe but then go out of Europe, so you need worldwide cover. It’s really important to make sure your insurance covers all of the different places you’re going to be going to.


    Next one is to make sure you have enhanced insurance that covers things like cancellations on your cruise. This is really important because you don’t want to be left out of pocket if something does go wrong and your cruise is cancelled or you need to buy an extra flight. And next make sure you’ve got cover for emergency evacuations and most importantly medical cover for Covid-19 as well.


    Lots of cruise lines now are even requiring evidence when you check in to show that you have all of this correct cruise insurance. But if in doubt, just ask the cruise line what they will require when you log in. But it’s a really important one. Make sure you get that cruise insurance just in case in the unlikely event something goes wrong, you’ll be covered.

    10. Relax and enjoy

    And finally, tip number 10 is to have patience and just really enjoy it all. There’s going to be extra checks at ports. There’s going to be changes on your cruise. But just most of all, just be thankful that you’re going to be on a cruise. It’s been so long since we’ve all cruised and it’s going to be fantastic.


    You’re going to have that fresh sea air through your hair. And you’re going to have such a fantastic time. Just take things easy. Don’t worry about getting everything done on the first day.


    Take your time. Taking as much as you can and just enjoy the cruise. After the year that we’ve had, we want to look at things with a glass half full. And be flexible because we know that things will eventually get back to normal but they’re not quite at the moment. So, we’re just thankful that we can cruise and travel.


    Just take all of the changes into your stride. We’ve hopefully prepared you for most of that so you’ll know exactly what to expect. But just enjoy it. Enjoy that amazing fresh air.
    All of the passengers on board are going to be super excited to be on board. The crew are going to be really enthusiastic as well and so excited to be back. The atmosphere onboard is going to be amazing. So just enjoy it. Enjoy every moment and we think everybody will do because it’s been so long and everybody’s been stuck at home.


    That’s it, till next time. Happy cruising.

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