8 Things I Learned on My First Cruiseby 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 is a New York City-based contributor to ShermansCruise and the assistant editor for the site.