When you arrive at your cruise ship it can be very tempting to jump into relaxation mode right away. Nothing sounds more inviting than a cool drink and a comfy lounge chair by the pool so that you can enjoy the view as the ship leaves port. But investing just an hour in planning and booking activities can save you the disappointment of learning that your favorite show is completely booked and so is the snorkeling shore excursion that you had been looking forward to.
Check On Your Requested Extras
As soon as you board and are in your cabin, you will want to be sure that any formal clothing that you requested, such as a tuxedo, has been delivered and that it is the correct size and in good condition. If you have any issues with reserved extras then quickly addressing them with the appropriate crew members will offer a better opportunity of exchanging the item or correcting the issue. This is also a good time to confirm any added reservations that you booked for items such as shore excursions, activities or tickets to onboard live entertainment.
Consider Making Onboard Reservations ASAP
Most cruise ships offer specialty restaurants which are an added cost upgrade from your all-inclusive package and these restaurants will require a reservation. If you are interested in trying some of these alternative establishments then book your reservation as soon as possible to ensure more availability and choices. This is also a good time to visit the onboard spa to decide if you would like to book any spa treatments during your cruise. This is a very popular feature and can book up very quickly.
Get the Lay of the “Land”
While the majority of the passengers are unpacking is a great time to explore the ship before all of the common areas become crowded. This is also a great time to take photos of the common areas before they are obscured by the crowds. And swing by the dining room to locate your table and seat assignment prior to arriving for dinner. If you find the location to be less than you had hoped for, speak to the maître d’ to request a new seating assignment. Requests that are made early have a much better chance of being accommodated than those made at the time of the meal service.
Arriving early and taking just a short bit of time to familiarize yourself with the ship and your options for activities and upgrades can turn a nice cruise into a once in a lifetime experience that you will never forget.