Remember when I told you that I wasn't sure we were cruise people. Well, we confirmed that we're not really cruise people. But, we did have a great time on our 7-day cruise to Mexico.
This cruise was incredibly centered around food (and I understand that most are). So I got off track on my healthy-eating program, but it was still a good time.
Here are my top cruise tips (from a non-cruise):
- Research the port stops and figure out how you want to see at these ports. From that point, you can determine if it makes more sense to venture out on your own to see these sights or book a tour through the cruise ship. Generally, the trips are much more expensive through the cruise ship, but you do have certainty of the trip and the quality of it if you book this way. When you handle your own off-ship excursions, you will certainly save money, but you will have some uncertainty.
- Bring several water bottles and/or coffee cups with spill-proof tops. You'll want these to bring water (you can never drink enough!) or coffee with you outside of the dining room.
- Eat a salad before every meal including breakfast (just make it a fruit salad). There is so much food to eat and if you load up on a healthy salad, you'll be less apt to gorge on everything else that isn't so healthy.
- Bring alcohol with you because it's expensive on board. Our cruise line allowed us to bring wine, so we brought a box of wine (ahahahahahahahahahaha!) and a screw-top wine bottle that we filled with tequila.
- Always ask your cabin steward for ice. You can never, ever have enough ice.
- There are fabu showers in the spa/gym area. The shower in our room was small and not very nice, but the ones in the spa/gym area were fantastic.
- Turn on the international feature on your cell phone so that you can use your phone in other countries. Be careful about using your cell phone on the ship because some ships have their own wireless networks and charge you WAY more than the international carriers.
- Keep receipts for all your on-board purchases so that you can easily reconcile your bill when you check-out.
- You can reduce or eliminate the service fee that they automatically levy on you just by asking. For our cruise, it was $11/day/person. That service fee is dispensed (no idea how) for crew tips. We chose to reduce the fee and pay our cabin stewards directly.
Any other tips, readers?