What makes a great cruise? One of the biggest factors in having a great time on a cruise is a simple thought: It’s what you make of it. With that being said, here are 5 keys to having a memorable cruise vacation.
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff – It’s bound to happen, there is some miscommunication among the ship’s staff and things aren’t actually how you expected them to be or how you asked. I am amazed at how many times I read accounts of people who just came back from a cruise and complain about how some minor details just about “ruined” their cruise.
Don’t let minor things ruin your cruise. My wife and I recently took a cruise for our anniversary. When we arrived at our stateroom, the room was made up with twin beds instead of a queen. We got a good laugh out of it as my wife said they must have given us the “Dick Van Dyke” special. We let our room steward know and she fixed it while we were at dinner that first night.
If you ever have any problems with the service with either with your room steward or dining room server, talk to the maitre d’ or the hotel manager before asking for your automatic gratuities to be removed. Usually all it takes is a quick talk with them and things will be made right.
Don’t let the actions of other cruisers ruin your cruise – John Heald, the senior cruise director for Carnival Cruise Line, recently asked his Facebook fans if a young couple came into the dining room on formal night in blue jeans, does it: A) Not bother you at all, B) Put you in a grumpy mood, or C) Spoils formal night for you and makes you very upset. While the overwhelming majority responded with A, I was surprised how many chose B and even a few said C that it would ruin their night.
I once saw a teenager walk into the dining room on formal night wearing a t-shirt and ballcap. I could have it bother me but why should I? I was having dinner with my wife and that is all that really mattered.
Some cruisers will call the ship a boat, others cut in line at the buffet, and some pile in the elevators without allowing those that are already in it to get out. Don’t let the actions of a few other cruisers ruin your cruise.
Be Friendly – Passengers on cruise ships are among the friendliest people you will ever meet. Take time to reciprocate their friendliness. It’s amazing what a smile and “How are you doing today?” make. Being friendly to other passengers and crew members go a long way in helping you enjoy your cruise.
Have a Positive Attitude – You are on a cruise, which beats any day back home in the office. Having a positive attitude will bring optimism to those around you and will give you a better cruise experience. This goes hand in hand with point #1, don’t sweat the small stuff. No one wants to be around someone who is always complaining.
Enjoy Every Moment – Take time to enjoy each day at sea. When you are back home, cruise fever will begin to set in and you will be wishing you were back on the ship. Don’t be in constant hurry rushing from bingo, trivia, karaoke, shows, and whatever else is going on around the ship. Kick back, relax, and enjoy your stress free cruise.