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8 Things I Learned on My First Cruise

by Kayla Becker | February 10, 2016

1. It matters what line you choose.
How well a cruise suits your personality can have a big impact on your overall onboard experience. Some lines attract fiercely loyal customers with a party vibe; others draw them in with a quieter, more sophisticated ambience.

2. Consider the Internet and alcohol packages before you board.
When Internet costs around 79 cents a minute and drinks are upwards of $10 each, a few minutes of web surfing here and a couple of cocktails there can really add up. Research the packages carefully before boarding — they may seem pricey, but you’ll likely end up saving money.

3. Don’t try to do everything on the daily calendar.
You’ll get a schedule each day of events happening on board, but if you try to participate in every little activity — from seminars to trivia contests — you might end up feeling overwhelmed. Pick and choose what you want to participate in; otherwise you’ll be running around the ship constantly.

Kayla Becker

Kayla Becker is a New York City-based contributor to ShermansCruise and the assistant editor for the site.

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