Going on a cruise is a vacation unlike any other type of trip that you may have taken before. And just like with any new experience, there are many things that you can learn from those with a little more experience. Seasoned cruise veterans are often very helpful when asked about life onboard a cruise ship, but here are a few tips that you might want to know before you book your first cruise.
If you are on your first cruise or your first cruise on a specific ship, then you are likely to be very content with an interior cabin. Not only are these cabins cheaper but they are also great for anyone who requires a totally dark room to get sound sleep. In addition, you have more privacy because there are no loud or nosy neighbors just outside on the adjoining deck. And for those who are not sure if they get seasick, the interior cabins are closer to the center of the ship where the rocking motion is far less noticeable.
So now you are wondering why anyone would shell out more money for the balcony cabins? These are normally the more seasoned passengers who have been on the ship several times. They have experienced all of the common areas and features several times on other cruises. And even though they enjoy all that the ship has to offer in the common spaces, they are looking for a little bit of space to just relax away from the excitement and commotion. These passengers are also interested in spending some time relaxing in their cabin and would like the ability to do so with some natural light and even a sea breeze.
A few packing tips that will save you some space and maybe some sanity are also very helpful. Almost every cabin on every ship has a hair dryer, so you don’t need to pack one. But that valuable space in your suitcase can be allocated for outlet adaptors or power strips. There are very few outlets in most cabins, so a power strip is a must. And for light sleepers, ear plugs are also a valuable item. The walls between the cabins are basically a sheet of metal and provide little or no soundproofing. But those metal walls are great for using magnets to hang wet towels and bathing suits or even to hold a few hangers as the closet space is very limited.
Knowing these few bits of information from seasoned cruise travelers can help you to make a few good choices when booking and packing for your first cruise vacation.