August 13, 2015

August 13, 2015
10 Things You Should Never Do On a Cruise

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Thursday and I hope you are having a beary safe and great week so far. Dab the AIDS Bear is off with the Army for the month of August so stay tuned for new pictures soon.

If you have read my blog then you know my favorite way to vacation is on a cruise. But there are things I recommend you should not do on a cruise. So today and tomorrow, I will blog about ten things you should never do on a cruise.

Pick your ship based on price alone.

Sure, cruise ships may all look alike when youíre browsing the line websites. But they arenít actually all alike; as with hotels, lines have their own personalities, strengths, and weaknesses, and you have to pick the best cruise line for you. Disney Cruise Line, for example, often offers fares that are very similar to those of Celebrity Cruises. But while Disney serves boisterous families with young children best, Celebrity is the better choice for empty nest and retiree couples looking for a quietly chic experience. The prices are comparable, but the experiences are very different, so it pays to do your homework before plunking down your deposit.

Consider your cruise cabin's location.

Picking a cabin category on some lines can be tough ó the newest mega-ship builds can have more than 30 categories ó but once you figure out which category is best for you, itís important to look at the individual cabin location. Consider where you will spending your time on board, and be sure to avoid staterooms that are under the pool deck or the nightclub, as well as any highly trafficked areas.

Fly to your port of call the day of your cruise.

Unlike on a land vacation, your holiday actually has a firm departure time. Cruise ships donít wait for delayed flights so ó especially if youíre cruising in winter when snow can ground planes ó youíll want to fly into your embarkation port the day before your sailing. One exception: If you live in a major city and have a non-stop flight to Miami, and there are several more after yours that would get you in before the ship sails away, we might look the other way if you fly in that morning.

Forget to plan ahead.

In cruises, as in life, some things require advance planning. While the allure of cruising for many is the ease with which you plan your trip ó one purchase gets you most of your vacation ó itís important not to take that too literally. Spa treatments on sea-day afternoons, top shore excursions, and coveted tables for two at small specialty restaurants tend to fill up fast. Check out your lineís website and see how early they allow you to book, and then take advantage of the opportunity to get what you want.

Fail to check-in online beforehand.

Most lines allow you to check-in for your cruise on their website in advance. It may seem like an annoying extra step when youíre trying to get ready to go on vacation, but it will save you a lot of extra time when you get to the cruise ship terminal.

Tomorrow I will conclude with the last five things to never do on a cruise. Hope you have a beary safe and great Thursday!

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab