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February 18, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 194

Here are several handy cruising tips for your first time.

On your first cruise, there are some common themes that people often are unaware of and some moral dilemmas thrown in for good measure. On most cruises you are faced with the contentious issue of tipping. In many countries, tips are actually included in your cruise fare to comply with consumer laws, however in others, tips are automatically added to your on board account. Gratuities will be automatically added to almost everything you buy. Whether you believe in tipping or not, before you remove the gratuities off your final account, let me let you in on a little secret. Cruise ship staff work very hard and for little pay. Yes they are provided with a bed and food, but they can work in excess of 84 hours a week with no days off for 9 months straight. Their base wage is around $10 a day. We are certainly not laying a guilt trip here but if you receive good service, show them how much you appreciate it.

Now, generally on the ship it is a cashless society. Your room key (card) acts like a credit card of sorts on board and you will be asked for it everywhere. Always remember to sign it straight away. If you are prone to losing things, one of the best cruising tips we can give is to take a lanyard with you, head to reception and ask them to hole punch your card. Attach it to the lanyard and never leave home without it. You may even be lucky enough to get a free lanyard or bungy cord from the casino. Speaking of the casino, here is where it's best to carry cash. You can get a cash advance from your room account, but you will probably be charged a surcharge (around 3-5%) for the trouble. US dollars are the standard currency, although this can change from region to region.

When choosing your room, be mindful of the layout of the ship, particularly what is above and below your deck. Always look at where the disco, show rooms and pool deck are in relation to your room. Often the pool deck is cleaned at night and you will hear the scraping of deck chairs in the middle of the night, just as you will hear the 'doof doof' music in the disco at 3 am. Also be mindful of your room position on the ship. If you are a the bow (front of the ship) and the main dining area is at the stern (back of the ship), you may find yourself trudging back and forwards all day. Somewhere mid ship is ideal for easy access to all areas of the ship.

All of these cruising tips are designed to make your first cruise enjoyable. Many people fall into the trap of making these rookie errors and having a bad experience. Follow our guidance and you will definitely be ahead of the game.

You will find some of the best advice and cruising tips from an ex cruise ship staff member, and now regular cruiser here, at http://www.yourfirstcruise.com

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