Vacations for Canadians

Cruising 101: A Beginner's Guide to Embark on the Perfect Voyage

Ahoy, future cruisers! If you’re feeling a mix of excitement and curiosity about embarking on your first-ever cruise adventure, this cruising 101 beginner’s guide is just for you. Get ready to set sail as we take you through everything you need to know before stepping foot on your first cruise!

Choosing the Right Cruise:
– Understand the Different Types of Cruises: From relaxing river cruises to thrilling ocean voyages, familiarize yourself with the various cruise options available.
– Consider Your Interests and Preferences: Whether you’re seeking breathtaking landscapes, cultural immersion, or vibrant nightlife, there’s a cruise out there catering to your desires

-Are you looking for a family vacation (you don’t mind kids around) or do you prefer to sail adults only?

Picking the Perfect Itinerary:
– Research Cruise Destinations: Explore the different ports of call and decide which regions and countries you would be most interested in visiting.
– Duration of Your Cruise: Determine how many days you’d like to spend at sea and the number of destinations you want to visit.

Onboard Facilities and Amenities:
– Stateroom Categories: Understand the differences between interior, oceanview, balcony, and suite cabins to choose the one that suits your needs and budget.
– Dining Options: Delve into the world of culinary delights offered onboard, from buffet-style eateries to specialty restaurants.

-Ask your travel advisor about available perks and add-ons that might be available.

What to Pack:
– Cruise Attire: Pack comfortable clothing, including casual wear for daytime activities, formal attire for elegant cocktail evenings, and appropriate clothing for any religious or cultural sites you may visit.
– Essentials: Remember to pack travel documents, medications, sunscreen, swimwear, and comfortable shoes for exploring ports of call.

*Hot tip – While you may board the ship early in the day, your luggage may not be delivered to your room until later in the day. Be sure to pack your bathing suit and sunscreen in your carry-on (and anything else you might need for the first few hours of your cruise) so that you can head straight to the pool deck to soak up the sun.

Embarkation Day:
– Check-In Process: Familiarize yourself with the check-in procedures, required documents, and embarkation times.
– Don’t Rush, Enjoy the Journey: Arrive a day early to avoid any last-minute stress and have time to explore the embarkation port.

 Fun Onboard Activities:
– Entertainment: Discover a plethora of onboard entertainment, including live shows, movies, comedy acts, and themed parties.
– Excursions and Activities: Plan shore excursions or choose from the options available onboard, such as snorkeling, city tours, or cultural experiences.

*Hot Tip – Did you know that you can book a day pass at many resorts while in port? Resort for a Day grants you access to resort amenities including private beaches, pools, lounge chairs, restaurants, and bars, plus many resorts offer unlimited food & drinks. These passes are a safe and convenient way to enjoy the day with an easy excursion at locations closest to the cruise ship piers. Each resort has unique offerings so you can choose the one that suits your interests.

We hope this blog helps you feel well-prepared to embark on your first cruise adventure! Remember to embrace every moment, from the thrill of new destinations to the immersive experiences onboard. Bon voyage and enjoy the incredible journey that lies ahead!


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