First time cruiser? These top 7 cruise hacks will help you get the most out of your cruise vacation!
Don’t Like the Gym? Use the Stairs
You can burn a ton of calories that you most definitely will consume on the cruise just by taking the stairs. My wife and kids made this a game. We would race to see who get to the pool the fastest, one group would take the stairs, while the other would take the elevator. Well, the stair steppers won on a consistent basis. This really does help keep the “cruise weight” off! We’ve all been there post cruise, gaining 5, 10, 15, even 20 pounds. Staying fit can be hard while traveling, but some game-changing practical tips can make it easier to incorporate.
Get Free Drinks
Did you say free drinks? Adult beverages on a cruise can add up quick. Especially because of that sea pass card that makes you “think” you’re not spending money. I like to get the drink packages on the ship with my onboard credit, but you don’t have to do that. You can get free drinks. How? If you like the bubbly stuff, then head on over to the art show. Most cruises offer free champagne for you to enjoy while viewing the show.
Another tip would be to bring your own alcohol. Most cruise lines will allow you to take a limited amount of alcohol on the ship and it’s best to check with your cruise line the amount you are allowed to bring on. I am an avid Royal Caribbean cruiser and I always bring a nice wine for my wife and I to savor at dinner. Just know you won’t be allowed to bring the whole liquor cabinet or wine fridge with you on your cruise.
Bring a Power Strip
Cruise cabins aren’t equipped with a lot of power outlets and some of them are a mystery to find, usually hidden behind the bed or nightstand. I always take a couple of power strips on board to charge my family’s various electronic devices. The power strips I use have two USB ports and four electrical outlets on them. This is the easy way to stay charged up on your cruise. Check out this list of things you shouldn’t forget on your next trip!
Ice Cream, We All Scream Ice Cream
That yummy soft served goodness can most likely be found by the kids pool. So enjoy the unlimited amounts that you can consume, no need to pay for that named brand on the promenade.
Avoid Sea Sickness
Many people are sensitive to motion and are more prone to sea sickness. Cruises are meant to entertain, relax, rest, and party. One of the items that I found works great and is also a natural remedy is ginger, known for its anti-nausea properties. Take some of this spice powder with you or visit the juice bar and ask for them to make a ginger and green apple juice for you. This usually helps my family –and can be especially helpful if you’re a first-time cruiser. Give it a try! If that doesn’t work, cruise ships usually sell motion sickness patches that you can stick behind your ear. If you do need to see a doctor on-board and have a travel insurance policy that includes Medical Expense benefits, you could be reimbursed for unexpected medical costs if you file a claim.
Cash Me Out
ATMs on cruise ships should be charged with highway robbery! I’ve seen fees as high as $6 per withdraw. Crazy! That’s twice as much as land withdraws. None the less, you can avoid these fees if you need some cash. Since your sea pass card is connected to your credit card or your checking account, just go down to the casino and load your sea pass card with the amount you need to withdraw and then get your cash-out voucher and take it to the cashier in exchange for the cash. You have just saved on the $6 ATM fee that you will be charged on the ship.
Always Get Travel Insurance
Travel insurance booked through cruise companies often lacks essential coverage such as medical, emergency medical evacuation, bad weather or hurricane evacuation. It’s nice that cruises attempt to be “all-inclusive”, but don’t bet your finances against their limited insurance coverage if your cruise gets cancelled or you miss your connection.
If you are cruising with the whole clan or just solo, it is a smart thing to always make sure that you are properly covered. One thing that most people don’t know, is that your health plan or your credit card might not cover you should something happen outside the country. At Yonder, we sell comprehensive travel insurance policies that help your travels go as planned –and if your plans get derailed, we’re here to help sort them out! Easily quote, compare, and purchase your cruise travel insurance with insureyonder.com.