lots of vacation “surprises” out there that we could do without. I was upgraded to a “Mountain View Room” one
time in Denver, only to find out that my balcony had a magnificent view of the
exterior wall of the neighboring hotel.
When I called the desk to confirm my room number, she told me to “lean
way out over the balcony and look to my left.”
I could barely see a portion of a mountain, shrouded in fog, if I craned
my neck hard enough. Surprise…
would you be if, on your honeymoon, you discovered that your room had two twin
beds, rather than a single King? Imagine
building on that surprise with the discovery that both of your twin beds were
bolted to the floor so you couldn’t push them together! While some cruise ship cabins do have
oversized beds, in others, the beds are nailed to the floor (not exactly the
perfect honeymoon surprise). Consider
too, lots of cabins have very small shower stalls and no bathtubs. If you like to soak, cuddle, sprawl on a
giant mattress, etc, you need to take these things into consideration when
you’re booking a cruise. Unlike a hotel
room, you can’t just walk back down to the front desk and tell them, “I don’t
like my surprise, I’m going to need another room!” You may be telling yourself that you won’t be
spending any time in your cabin with such a beautiful ship at your disposal but
remember, you still have morning coffee, and room service to consider. Wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy both on a nice
balcony while you’re still in your jammies?
Think about it.
to shop for extra memory cards, batteries, and toiletries. Yes, there are shops on the boat that sell
these items, but captive audiences usually have to pay a premium for items not
included in the price of the cruise and you can expect that on a cruise. Cabinet space, drawers, etc, come at a
premium; you’ll find that there is less room overall to stow your personal gear
so leave the bigger bottles of shampoo, etc, at home and bring along the travel
about a cruise ship, it can take hours for them to get your bags to your
cabin. Think “survival” when you
pack. Your carry-on bag should have a
miniature version of everything you may need for a day or two. You should have a fresh t-shirt, shorts,
underwear, and a swimsuit. You may also
want to pack something handy to wear to dinner if you’re planning to eat
Most cruises have a
ton of things for your to do, but you need to schedule most of them. This is especially true for excursions or
events that everyone else will want to do to!
Since an entire cruise ship full of people can’t all climb into an
excursion vessel (be it a sightseeing helicopter or shore boat) at the same
time. So, you’ll want to book the
excursions you really want to do (shore trips, spa treatments, etc) as early as
you can. Some cruise lines let you book
them early, before you even leave your home.
This will save you some tip money later, since you won’t have to rely on
your “cruise liaison” to do this sort of thing for you.
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