10 Things to Expect on Your First Cruise

Things to Expect on Your First Cruise

A cruise is a common item to find on a travel bucket list. With reasonable fares and a plethora of destinations, durations, and a cruise line for every personality, cruises are often touted as a budget friendly vacation for the whole family.  Here are 10 things to expect on your first cruise.

1. The Base Fare is Just the Beginnings

With most cruise fares ranging from $200 – $1,200 per person, they’re often seen as a budget-friendly option.  First, there are costs associated with getting to and from the cruise. You must include the airfare or driving needed to get to the port, plus any hotel stays the night before or after the cruise.

2. Know What’s Included

Cruises appear to be all-inclusive, which is part of their draw, but that’s not completely true. The base fare typically includes your room, meals in the buffet locations and some restaurants, on-board entertainment, as well as basic drinks such as water, juice, tea, and coffee.

3. Expensive Excursions

An excursion is a guided tour or other guided activity offered in and around the port of call. Excursions range in price from a minimum of around $30 to several hundred per person depending on the activity. Of course, more expensive excursions tend to be better and involve more things, such as food and better activities.

4. Port Stops are Short

Part of the reason excursions are almost a necessity for seeing more than the minimum around the ship is because the port stops are very short. In fact, most stops are somewhere between 5 and 9 hours.

5. Small Rooms

Although the idea is to spend little time in your room, another thing to expect on your first cruise is a very small room. While you may be expecting a smaller room, most aren’t prepared for just how small cruise cabins are. A dorm room is probably the closest comparison.

5.Common Spaces are Crowded

If you don’t like crowds a cruise vacation may not be for you. The main reason for the room recommendation made above is that the common areas on a cruise ship are typically very crowded.

6. Small Rooms

Although the idea is to spend little time in your room, another thing to expect on your first cruise is a very small room. While you may be expecting a smaller room, most aren’t prepared for just how small cruise cabins are. A dorm room is probably the closest comparison.

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