August 14, 2015

August 14, 2015

10 Things You Should Never Do On a Cruise
Part 2

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Friday 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. Yesterday, I started blogging about ten things you should never do on a cruise which I will finish today.

Over-pack for your trip.

Cruise ship cabins are small ó in some cases, very small. Check out the cruise ship dress codes, and pack exactly what you need. Then edit out anything you donít really need, such as extra shoes and alternate outfits, or risk feeling like the things you brought make your cabin feel claustrophobic. Plus, if you pack light enough, you can use a carry-on bag and not risk that your stuff will miss the ship.

Leave key items out of your carry-on.

If you are going to let the ship take your bags at the dock and deliver them to your cabin later (and most cruisers do), youíll want to make sure anything you need for the afternoon is in the bag you carry up the gangway yourself. Some ships allow passengers to board as early as 11 a.m., but some give themselves until as late as 6 p.m. to deliver your suitcases. If you plan to spend the first day at the pool or the gym, youíll want to make sure you have everything you need with you ó or risk being way overdressed on the Lido deck.

Forget to plan in advance for limited Internet access.

Most cruise ships still charge whopping rates for Wi-Fi, which can be spotty at best and, at worst, totally unavailable for large swaths of time. Be sure to take care of everything you need before you go, and turn on your out-of-office message on your work and home emails, so that you donít waste your precious vacation time hunting down a hot spot in port.

Hog the best deck chairs.

On most ships, there arenít enough perfectly placed lounge chairs to go around. The fastest way to make enemies onboard? Put your stuff down in the morning of a sea day, and then disappear for hours ó to breakfast, the gym, the spa, for lunch. Return in the afternoon and, if the staff hasnít taken your belongings off the chair, the scowls from fellow passengers will make you wish they had.

Take yourself ó or your vacation ó too seriously.

Cruises are full of silly traditions: A parade of baked Alaska on formal night, goofy pool-side contests or activities on sea days, a song the staff sings in the main dining room on the last night. To some cruisers, these playful moments are their favorite part of the trip. So consider yourself warned: Make fun of them aloud at your own peril.

Hope these tips help you have a beary great trip and you have a beary safe and fantastic Friday!

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

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab