Whether you’re a nautical veteran or landlubber, there are ways you can maximize your cruise experience—from avoiding the crowd at the swimming pool to savoring those decadent desserts. Any cruise-goer knows it’s not all about destination—the journey is part of the fun. So here are some tips to make the most of your luxurious voyage.
* Start your adventure a day early. Yes, many people lose out by rushing on the morning of their departure, sometimes literally missing the boat. For a leisurely, stress-free cast off, take advantage of deals on pre-cruise stays that will get you to the ship on time.
* Go for a big sendoff and splurge for a grand bon voyage package. Oceania, for instance, will arrange for fresh flowers, a basket of seasonal fresh fruit and Mumm Napa Brut Sparkling Wine in your cabin. Toast to the start of an unforgettable vacation, and get your friends a little jealous with Instagram photos of it all.
* Celebrate the cuisine. Remember, it’s OK to break away from the standard group banquet-style dining. Oceania offers Culinary Discovery Tours that cater to the epicurean in all of us. Or how about trying a specialty restaurant? Every cruise has a variety of onboard restaurants and dining options with themes from French bistro to Japanese sushi, often in partnership with famed chefs like Jamie Oliver and Thomas Keller. Of course, make healthy dining choices, but don’t forget to sample at least one of those decadent desserts.
* Avoid the pool crowd. You don’t have to embark on every port to call. Stay back and enjoy the ship and its amenities every once in a while. As everyone else heads off for what could be a tiring tour, the time is right to hit the pool or spa—you’ll probably have it all to yourself!
Follow these tips, and when the whistle blows, you’ll be off on a cruise of a lifetime. But before you go, see us first! Garmany has the looks that’ll make you the star of the ship.