First-Time Cruiser Tips

Cruising Guide and Advice

Will I get seasick? Do I have to play shuffleboard? Aren't all cruise lines the same? If you've never cruised before, you probably have a boatload of questions. That's why we created this indispensible first-time cruiser's guide, filled with useful cruising tips, expert advice, and more.

Find answers to your most pressing questions, get advice on how to choose the perfect ship, cruise line, and stateroom, use the cruise destinations guide to plan your trip, and learn more about the action-packed activities that await onboard. Get your sea legs before you sail with our first-time cruiser tips.

The Top 5 FAQs

1) Is Cruising Expensive?
Cruising is one of the best ways to stretch your vacation budget. Your accommodations, meals, child care, and entertainment are all included in one low price. In fact cruises can save you $1,000 on average compared to a land-based vacation. Plus, you can safeguard your investment with Travel Protection and have peace of mind if your plans change at the last minute. Read more about what's included in your cruise price.

2) Will I be bored?
Absolutely not. But if you're looking for an action-packed trip, be sure to cruise on a larger, newer ship loaded with the latest activities, shore excursions, and specialty restaurants and bars. Looking to relax? Don't worry. All activities are optional and there are many quiet corners onboard where you can tuck into a good book or work on your tan. Read more about onboard activities.

3) Will I get seasick?
Today's ships feature the latest technology to make sure your journey is smooth, even if the seas are not. But you can take other measures to ensure a calm voyage if you're prone to motion sickness. Learn more about what you can do to prevent seasickness.

4) Is cruising safe?
During the past two decades, North American cruise lines have earned the best safety record in the travel industry, according to CLIA, the Cruise Lines International Association. Your luggage and carry-on bags will be screened before you board, and highly trained onboard security personnel monitor the ship 24/7.

Heard about that stomach bug thing? The good news is you're more likely to get the norovirus on land than on a cruise ship. Plus, cruise lines have worked closely with the CDC to develop comprehensive sanitation programs for all ships. Basic hand washing and healthy hygiene habits should prevent illness from interrupting your vacation.

5) Do we have to dress up?
Only if you want to! On most cruise lines, casual clothes are acceptable throughout the ship with the majority of guests changing into pants for dinner. Usually there is one "formal" dinner during a sailing, but a tuxedo and ball gown are rarely required. Learn about the different cruise line personalities and dress codes. Read more about what to pack.

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