10 Cruise ship hacks for the ultimate holiday

Posted April 18th, 2017

10 Cruise ship hacks for the ultimate holiday

A cruise ship holiday is an easy way to travel and see the world. Once you’ve booked your cruise, you can relax knowing that all of the logistics are taken care of, and that you’re in for a fun filled, admin free holiday. However, there are a few hacks and tricks you can implement to make sure your cruise holiday is even more enjoyable, more comfortable, and goes off without any glitches!

Avoid seasickness with the right cabin

If you’re prone to feeling a little queasy while at sea, you should definitely consider booking your cabin as close to the middle of the ship, and as low down as possible. This is the most stable area of the ship with less motion. You may not necessarily have a view of the ocean, but at least you will be able to sleep in peace.

Pack a day bag for day one

Day one of your cruise is all about getting on-board, finding your cabin and settling in. It may take a while for your luggage to reach your room on day one, so pack a small bag with all of the necessities you may need. Things like a fresh change of clothes and your swimming costume will make all the difference after the hustle and bustle of getting to the port, checking in, getting on board and finding your room.

Take a few balloons with you

Cruise ship staterooms may sometimes have limited drying facilities. Once the bath and pool towels are hanging on the railings, you’ll need somewhere to dry your costumes and anything else that may have gotten wet after a day at the pool or the beach.

Inflate one or two of your balloons, put them in the corner of your room and drape your wet items over them to dry overnight. This saves space and is a pretty easy hack with excellent effect.

Take the power back

Whether it’s a hotel room or a cruise ship state room, you’ll always find that power outlets are a little few and far between, especially if you’re travelling as a couple or family. Add a power strip with multiple plug points for two and three pin plugs, and you will be A-for-away. It might also be a good idea to add in an adapter for the international plug points on the ship, which you can enquire about beforehand.

Ziploc bags will always come in handy

Take a few Ziploc bags with you in your luggage so that you can easily keep your cameras and cell phones dry while you’re zipping along the coastline in a speed boat, lazing by the pool, or unwinding on the beach. You can also use them to pack away any wet items you may have on the last day!

The ideal wakeup call

Instead of setting you alarm every morning, simply order room service for the time that you would like to be woken up.  You’ll wake up every morning to a light knock on your door and the aroma of fresh coffee instead of a buzzing alarm which jerks you out of sleep and reminds you having to go to the office.

Store your luggage under your bed

As soon as you get into your room and your luggage has arrived, it’s time to get organised. Pack everything away neatly so that it’s done and you can go and enjoy yourself. Some state rooms are a little compact, so being organised is paramount to comfort. Don’t forget about the extra storage space under your bed as well.

Free Wi-Fi – it’s out there somewhere

Whether you’re on-board or taking a day trip, keep your eyes open for Wi-Fi hotspots. This may of course be a fantastic opportunity to try out a little technology detox, and lock the phones and gadgets away for the trip. Otherwise ask the crew members where the best places will be for free Wi-Fi.

Start your shore excursion at the end

If you’re going to explore a port, town or city that you visit on your own, the best way to minimise the risk of losing track of time and being left behind, is to start your on-shore adventure at the furthest point from the ship. Plan for the day ahead of time, and map out your route. Not only will this let you see and do more, but you will be sure of making it back to the ship in time at the end of the day.

Book your restaurant table early

If you’d like to give the buffet restaurant a skip every now and again and instead try out one of the specialty restaurants on-board, it would be a good idea to book early. Maybe plan a night or two where you will be dining at one of the restaurants and try and book on day one to ensure that you get the best table with a sea view!

With a cruise, everything is pretty much taken care of for you. But with these handy hacks, you can be sure of making the most of your cruise holiday. So speak to your Cruiseabout Consultant today to find out more about your next cruise destination.  

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