Things To Do Immediately After You Board
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- Make Dining, Spa, and Entertainment Reservations
If you want to dine in one of the ship’s specialty restaurants or enjoy a spa treatment during your cruise, it’s best to make your arrangements as soon as you embark to make sure you don’t miss out. If you’re sailing on one of the new, mega-ships, you might also need to make reservations for some of the shows and entertainment on the ship.
Tip:On some lines you can make reservations in advance, if there’s a show you really want to see, book before you board!
- Tour the Ship
Once you have your drink in hand, it’s time to start exploring. The ship will be your home for the next week, so it pays to get a feel for it right from the beginning. Here is what I do when getting on the ship:
- I go to my cabin and check it out
- I then find my way to the following venues: The dining room, the main theater, and your favorite lounge or bar (you will find one that you like). Remember how you got to these three locations.
- Makes notes of restaurants and activities you want to try, and don’t forget to look for quiet areastucked away from the main drags you can escape to when you need a quiet moment.
- Get an Umbrella Drink
You are on the ship. Now is the time to have fun! It’s a popular tradition to enjoy your first drink as soon as you embark, and the cruise lines help by placing servers carrying trays of tropical drinks garnished with umbrellas by the pool and on the open decks. It’s Fun!!
- Put Your Phone on Airplane Mode
Once you’ve posted a few pictures from your ship tour on social media, added your cabin photos to your phone, put your phone onto airplane mode before you forget. Even a few days of roaming chargers can make your cell phone bill start to look more like your mortgage payment.
- Eat Lunch
You’re going to be eating non-stop for the next 3, 4 or 7 days, so get started. Lunch will be waiting in the buffet, so before or after your tour of the ship enjoy lunch. Lunch is normally served until 3PM on the day of departure.
- Back To Your Cabin
Once you have visited the restaurant and you’ve gotten a feel for the ship, there’s a good chance that your luggage might be in the cabin. Before you start unpacking and settling in, inspect your cabin to make sure everything is clean, and that the lights, outlets, and TV are in good working order. The sooner you can report an issue, the sooner you can get the staff to come and fix it. I always use sanitizer on the remote control and the phone just to be safe!
- Attend the Muster Drill
This drill can be on your cabin’s TV, a short check in at the muster station, or standing around for ½ hour at the station. Yes, the muster drill can be boring (especially for experienced cruisers), but it’s important and mandatory. Also, check the map on the back of your cabin door for the evacuation routes, so you know where to go in case of emergency.
- Find a Good Spot for Sail Away
Where you go for sail away depends on what you want to do. You can find a quiet place and watch the sunset, you can join the party on the pool deck, or: Want a little of both? Try the sun deck that’s just above the pool on most ships. You can watch the festivities below and still keep an eye on the ocean. Also find a place that you feel comfortable relaxing during the cruise or a (place of peace).