November 2, 2011

November 2, 2011
13 More Things Not to Do on Your First Cruise

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Wednesday and we have almost made it through the middle of another work week. I hope you are having a safe and great week so far. It is another busy week for Dab the AIDS Bear and me.

Yesterday, I did a blog about helpful tips when taking your first cruise. The response and emails were so great I am going to write another blog about what not to do on your first cruise to help make it the best experience for you.

Do not pick the wrong cruise — or cabin. For first time cruisers, it is important that you match your personal preferences to a cruise line that best fits your personality or that best fits what you are looking for this specific vacation. That being said, be wary of creating too high a precedent. Do not book a suite as your first cruise cabin. You will be forever spoiled and NOT ever want to book anything else!

Do not pick the wrong person to travel with. Do not take the wrong person along. An anti-social misfit alcoholic is not going to be a fun cruise companion. Unfortunately my first pleasure cruise was with a stick in the mud ex-boyfriend (we were dating at the time) who had been on several cruises previously and all he wanted to do was lounge in the cabin.

Do not underestimate the power of the buffet. Do not forget to save your looser fitting clothes to wear at the end of the cruise - you will gain weight as the week goes on.

Do not take packing lightly. One if my tips is, do not pack your passport in your luggage or you will not be let onboard until they find your luggage among thousands of luggage. I have found that always having a backpack to go on excursions with is the best thing. Everything, including a light rain coat, is always at hand.

Do not forget to say “I’ve had enough.” Keep a glow on, but whenever you feel a bit too tipsy, have soda water for a while and eat something - then you can start again!

Do not neglect the staff. I have taken many cruises over the years and we always bring candy with us to give to the staff. It is amazing this little act of kindness brings a smile to their faces.

Do not spend your money on things you do not need. Do limit your purchases of Caribbean style clothing. It is easy to get caught up in the ambience, but I promise that once you get back home you will not wear it like you thought you would. Ask me how I know... LOL

Do not forget to save room for souvenirs. Splurging is one thing, but you will most certainly want to bring home a few mementos, so make sure you have room in your luggage. Pack a collapsible extra bag for all the stuff you will bring home even though you swore you were not getting anything!

Do not use the elevators if you can avoid them. Waiting for the elevator could easily take you five minutes each way. You waste a lot of time waiting, and there are many who really need to use it. Plus, taking the stairs could help you keep off the extra pounds.

Do not forget to slather it on. Sunscreen, that is. Sunburn is not fun at home, why would you want it on vacation?

Do not get your teeth whitened. Do not go for the teeth whitening, no matter how cheap it is. We made the mistake of doing it on our first day and our gums were so sore for a couple days, we could not enjoy the food.

Do not forget to pack your chill pills. Do not complain! You are on an incredible ship, eating incredible food, having your bed made several times a day and people from around the world are AWAY from their FAMILIES to serve us, the cruise passenger guests. Remember that even when things go wrong, you can still have fun if you take it all in stride.

Do not forget the obvious. This one is a no brainer. Join the Roll Call for your cruise! You will get to make friends with fellow passengers in advance. You get to meet these friends at a ‘Meet and Mingle’ event on the first sea day.

Hope this second list of tips for your first cruise helps! May you be on as many enjoyable cruises as I have been fortunate to do.

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

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab