Here are few things to avoid making that could ruin a cruise….
*Forgetting to turn data roaming off – Before stepping foot on the ship, you should go to the settings on your phone and make sure that data roaming is turned off. This will keep your cell phone from racking up huge charges and using data even when it is in your pocket. Putting your phone in airplane mode will also keep you from racking up additional charges. If you must use your phone during your sailing check with your phone carrier before you leave to see what the cost will be for international calls and if their is a plan that you can get on and cancel after you get back to save some money.
*Climbing/horseplay on railings – Although this should be a no-brainer, we occasionally hear accounts of passengers sitting on the ship’s railings or climbing over balcony partitions.
*Stiffing the crew – While most cruise lines automatically charge a daily gratuity or service surcharge to your stateroom, you can have them removed by going to guest services. However, just because you are allowed to have them taken off doesn’t mean that you should. You would not go to a restaurant without tipping and you should not go on a cruise without tipping.
*Getting left behind in port – When the captain says announces that the ship will be leaving port at 5:00, they mean it. Cruiselines aren’t going to wait around for those that lost track of time. If you get left behind in port, you are responsible for your own transportation to the next port or back home. And that can cost you several thousand dollars and will be even more complicated if you are traveling without a passport. So arrive at least an hour early back to the ship and stay on “ship time” in port and use a watch not your phone to keep track of the time.
*Booking late flights on embarkation day – Booking late flights on embarkation day is a great way to miss your cruise. While it is not always possible for everyone to fly in the day before due to work commitments, you should always plan on arriving the day before if you are able to.
*Cruising without travel insurance – Cruising without travel insurance is taking gamble. There are a wide range of policies offered that include coverage for medical (your medical insurance most likely won’t cover you out of the country), travel delays, trip interruptions, and cancellation for any reason.
Avoid these mistakes and you’ll have a wonderful cruise!