Tips on Going on a Cruise

Tips on Going on a Cruise
If you have never been on a cruise, your first voyage can be filled with great anticipation as well as anxiety. You may not be sure how your body will react to the rocking waves and weather can be extreme from day to night. There are ways to prepare for your cruise to help everything go as smoothly as possible, and to know what to pack and what to expect.


Cruises have dining reservations as well as activity reservations. You can book the things you want once you get onboard, but may find that the tour you had your heart set on is now booked full.

Many cruise lines, including the Regent Seven Seas, will allow you to pre-book dining reservations and shore excursions online. In fact you can do this as far as six months in advance in some instances. Check with your cruise line to find out how best to reserve your most desired activities.

Pack Appropriate Clothing

You may be sailing to a warm destination, but don't realize that temperatures can drop at night on the ocean. You should pack a warm jacket to keep from getting chilled, so you can enjoy those moonlight strolls.

Many cruises also have formal dining events where you must be dressed formally, so be prepared if you plan on attending fine dining or shows. For the most part, pack wrinkle-free clothes and casual clothing that can be used on the ship or shoreline excursions.

UV Protection

You don't want to be on your cruise and realize you don't have adequate sun protection. Pack a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses. Even on an Alaska destination where you may not have the most sun exposure, the water and glaciers will reflect harmful UV rays.

Walking Shoes

No matter where you go on the ship, you will need to walk there. Most shore excursions and tours will also involve a lot of walking. But don't pack too many shoes. They take up a lot of room and most aren't practical for walking. Keep a formal pair for your evening attire, but rely on a comfortable, already broken in pair of athletic or walking shoes for use on most of the trip.

Keep a List

Before you pack, write a list of all the things you will need. This should include toiletries, the number of outfits you need and accessories. Don't forget to include passports and visas if you need them for your cruise.

List the medications you need as well as doctor's contact information in the event of an emergency. When packing, stick to your list. Pack emergency information with your passport so it is easily accessible if needed.

Also be prepared to tip service personnel onboard.

Sea Sickness Aid

If you've never been on a cruise, plan on being sea sick. This isn't to say you will become sick, but it is much better to be prepared with Dramamine or a magnetic wrist bracelet. This way you will not get sick and stay up half the night throwing up.

Article Written By Kay Miranda

In 2001, Kay Miranda had her second screenplay purchased, then started writing a weekly column in "The Messenger," with work appearing in "Xquisite" and "Valley Scene Magazine." Miranda earned a Bachelor of Arts in bio-psychology from the University of Colorado. Fortunate to play collegiate tennis, Miranda has extensive travel and coaching experience.

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