How To Make The Most Of A Cruise Trip


Cruises are incredible ways to see different parts of the world whilst enjoying the finer things in life. Sometimes, the sheer size of the ships and all the different things you can do can be a little overwhelming, so you might not know where to begin, especially if it is your first time on this kind of trip. But fear not! Here we will look at how to make the most of a cruise trip so that you don’t miss out on anything.

Must do things and tips for every cruise vacation

Don’t Miss A Photo Opportunity

Make sure that you bring along your camera, smartphone and charger, as you’re going to find photo opportunities at every turn. Even when you’re just on the ship itself, and not exploring one of the ports, there are still so many scenes that you’ll want to capture. As well, once you’re back home, you can appreciate all your memories that bit more when you look through your gallery, and you can show all your friends what you got up to. These photos will be with you for a lifetime where as a cruise may only be a few days or weeks. Preserve these memories by getting something like sustainable wooden prints of your best pictures, that you can hang up when home as a clever tribute to the boat decking.

Symphony of the Seas everything you need to know view of the Central Park
Some cruise ships are huge so do not forget to take photos! (Symphony of the Seas )

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Read Up On Your Ship And Plan Accordingly

There’s no two ways about it: cruise ships are huge. That means, to truly make the most of a cruise trip, you need to have a little itinerary set out. Find out what your cruise has onboard, whether it’s an outdoor pool, cinema, or entertainment. Cruise ships offer an incredible amount to do that you probably weren’t even aware of. So, find out what you can do and if you need to book in advance. Also check out other things that you need to book when you embark as they often get booked up early, even the childrens clubs get booked now quite quick. This means that you won’t be left disappointed at the end of your trip, as you will have ticked off all you wanted to do.

Make The Most Of A Cruise Trip And explore Fountain show on Regal Princess
Fountain show on Regal Princess

Eat and Drink To Your Heart’s Content

Often, cruise ships provide you with food inclusive of the price. You know what that’s means? It’s time to tuck in! Make sure you visit a variety of different eateries on your ship and sample all the culinary delights at your fingertips. Check out the drink packages before you go too so you do not have to worry about extra money whilst onboard.

You’re on holiday, so let loose and make the most of it! Find out what you like the best, and then you can revisit it at another point whilst you’re on the ship. There is usually a range of different cuisines for you to try, so this is a great chance for you to experience something new.

Dining Guide For Disney Cruise Line

Don’t Forget Spending Money

Although a lot of what you need will be included in the cost, that doesn’t mean you won’t need a bit of spending money, just in case. There are often extras you can add on such as shopping, excursions and activities. Plus, you might want to buy souvenirs to take home with you, so be sure to factor this into your budget! You do not need cash whilst onboard though as it is cash free so remember to check your credit card in so you you can use your cruise cabin card whilst on aboard for any extras.

Shopping on Norwegian Cruise Line

Make The Most Of A Cruise Trip By being prepared for your cruise and pack well

Cruise ships are an amazing way to travel, and once you try it, you’ll never look back. With a little planning, you’re sure to have an unforgettable time. Staying in a cruise cabin can be a bit more challenging or or slightly different than a regular hotel so do some research and pack the right bits for your stay such as a bag for your first day onboard the ship. Take a look at one of our packing guides for more help on what to take.

Essentials to pack in your Cruise carry on bag for families

We hope you actually make the most of a cruise trip and enjoy every moment! This was a collaboration post all thoughts, tips and opinions are our own. 


  • Donna Vallance

    Donna loves cruising with her husband and two teenage boys. Having cruised with the children from a young age she feels it is the perfect way to experience the world safely. Her boys are social butterfly’s and love meeting other children their own age whilst onboard some of the most extraordinary floating ships. She also writes over at Like Love Do, a travel memoir of her trips, from London to far off beaches. She has an eye for the unusual and like to go off of the beaten track just to find the perfect photo. With a passion for photography and exploring cruising has become the perfect holiday choice.

1 thought on “How To Make The Most Of A Cruise Trip”

  1. Lots of helpful info to help plan a cruise, there is so much to consider!


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