Cruise Tips: Onboard Cruising Tips

Every day, more and more people are discovering the all-inclusive pleasures of a cruise vacation. More singles, families, couples, honeymooners, second honeymooners and groups of friends are sailing away on the vacation of their lives. Last year alone approximately seven million people enjoyed a cruise vacation.  To ensure you have a smooth trip, consider these cruise tips, including what to pack on a cruise, what to bring on a cruise and more.  And as always, remember to consult with a travel agent for your next cruise to ensure you have the best experience possible.


  • Many cruise lines offer in-cabin babysitting. Take advantage of this service.
  • Plan to spend about $10-15 a day for tips.
  • Tip waiters, headwaiters, shore guides, spa and salon experts, cabin stewards and any other persons who give extra-special service.
  • On many cruises, a 15% gratuity is automatically added to bar, beverage, wine and deck service tabs.
  • Do not leave valuables out in the open in your cabin.
  • You do not have to soak up all of the sun on the first day.
  • Drink in moderation. Most onboard mishaps are alcohol related.
  • Don’t panic if your luggage isn’t in your cabin when you arrive. It may take a few hours for luggage to be distributed.
  • Learn the exit route from your cabin to the open decks, in case of emergency.
  • Sign up for salon appointments, health spa services, sports and all other activities early.
  • If you booked an air/sea package and your luggage does not arrive, the airline is responsible for delivering it to the next port. Give the airline an itinerary and a list of port agents.
  • Inspect your cabin and report any complaints immediately.
  • Few ships offer tables for two dining. If yours does, ask the maitre d’ to provide accommodations for you and your partner.
  • Attend the lifeboat drill and pay attention to the information given.
  • Note the phone number for the ship’s hospital or doctor in case of emergency.
  • Grab your deck plan and take a walk to familiarize yourself with the layout of the ship, and learn how to reach your cabin from the main stairways.
  • Alcoholic beverages, soft drinks not consumed at dinner, laundry, phone calls, casino gambling and other various activities are not included in the cruise fare.