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CruisesCruising with KidsCruising can be an ideal way to travel with young children. Here are some unique travel tips that you may find useful.Booking Your CruiseOnce you've decided on your preferences, it's time to book your cruise! Here are some tips from readers and experts on how to get the most out of your next cruise vacation.Planning Your CruiseOver 10 million people take cruises each year. And no, they're not all on board those big ships you seen on TV. Not sure how to choose? Here are some tips to help you find the one that's right for you!What to Pack for a CruiseGetting ready for your cruise? Make sure your trip goes smoothly by packing what you need. (Click here [WHN page link TK]) for a handy packing list form.)Enjoying Your Cruise While at SeaAnchors away! Here are several helpful tips we've received from past cruise travelers.Enjoying Your Cruise Departure DayHere are some tips to carry you through Day One of your cruise adventure!

Enjoying Your Cruise: While at Sea

Anchors away! Here are several helpful tips we've received from past cruise travelers.

Dining and Entertainment

Remember that some larger cruise lines have dress codes for certain areas of the ship, including restaurants. Check your ship's bulletin to see instructions

If you haven't already, you should receive your assigned seating times for dinner in your stateroom. Talk to the maitre d' if there are any problems with your assignment.

Food is usually available 24 hours a day so you can always eat at other times if necessary.

WHN Reader Tip: It's Show Time!
"Don't miss the nightly entertainment on board. From comedians to ice skaters, song and dance revues and parades, there's plenty to enjoy and you're missing out if you don't see at least one of the shows." Melissa, NY, NY

Communications

Cell phone service and range is usually limited aboard cruise ships. They will have phones on board for you to use but these tend to be very expensive.

Internet service is also limited and might also be very expensive.

Tipping and Getting to Know the Staff

Get to know the names of the crew and staff. It's also be helpful if you need help with anything.

WHN Reader Tip: Tips for Tipping
"Tip a few very important people on the first day. Although they suggest you tip at the end of the cruise in a bulk sum, I suggest tipping your steward, your waiter and room attendant a nice token tip on day one. It tells them you already appreciate them and your many requests will become their pleasure, instead of their pain. It does make a difference, even if you end up tipping them a little more." Diana, Fremont, CA

Shore Excursions

Take care when leaving the boat and heading on to shore. You might need time to adjust to your sea legs!

Watch the clock. You need to get back to the boat by the scheduled time or they'll leave without you!

The Last Night

On the larger cruise lines, you'll be given a final bill on the last evening of your cruise. This will include the total of all the charges made using your "mock" charge card while on board. It also might include gratuities and other fees and services. If you have any questions about charges, talk to the cruise line's purser or other personnel.

Larger lines require you to pack your bags the night or morning before you disembark and place them outside of your stateroom to be collected. Utilize your carry-on again for toiletries and any remaining items.

CruisesBooking Your Cruise

Once you've decided on your preferences, it's time to book your cruise! Here are some tips from readers and experts on how to get the most out of your next cruise vacation.

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Cruising with Kids

Cruising can be an ideal way to travel with young children. Here are some unique travel tips that you may find useful.

 Read More
Enjoying Your Cruise Departure Day

Here are some tips to carry you through Day One of your cruise adventure!

 Read More
Enjoying Your Cruise While at Sea

Anchors away! Here are several helpful tips we've received from past cruise travelers.

 Read More
Planning Your Cruise

Over 10 million people take cruises each year. And no, they're not all on board those big ships you seen on TV. Not sure how to choose? Here are some tips to help you find the one that's right for you!

 Read More
What to Pack for a Cruise

Getting ready for your cruise? Make sure your trip goes smoothly by packing what you need. (Click here [WHN page link TK]) for a handy packing list form.)

 Read More