Nothing describes a good start (or a good ending) of a vacation better than a cruise. I mean, what’s better than getting on a ship, crossing the ocean, enjoying the fresh breeze, and getting involved on highly entertaining activities as you get transported to your destination where you are planning to spend your vacation.

As you get on that floating transportation, you need to make sure you are getting the most out of it, especially that it is not as cheap as we would like it to be.

However, there are a few things that you need to avoid doing just in order to keep yourself safe, and also to not spend more than your limited budget because it is easy to fall for their highly advertised events.

At the same time, you should not prevent yourself from having an incredible time, except of course the time when you will feel seasick… we have all been there!

1. DON’T PICK THE WRONG CABIN

If you are a first-time cruiser, then you need to learn about all the options cruises come with in order to pick the one that suits your personal preferences.

Your vacation must consist of the things you like and enjoy the most, which is why cruises come with many options to satisfy all tastes. You might be the type of person who likes to party, or prefers to have a cultural experience, etc.

What matters is you shouldn’t set your sights on something too high, but if this is your first time booking a suite, then prepare to get spoiled.

2. DON’T ABUSE THE CREW

I mean, you don’t need anyone to tell you this because the crew members are also people who are just trying to do their job, but on a cruise, people somehow tend to be meaner to them than anywhere.

This is when a specific rule should be applied, and it is to treat others the same way you want to be treated.

Once you treat them nicely, you will notice your entire experience will go better than you expected, and at the top of that, it will be a better experience for everyone involved. So never hesitate to smile, say thank you, learn their names, and actually use them!

3. DON’T GET YOUR NAILS DONE ON A CRUISE

Don’t worry, the salons installed on the cruise are perfectly clean and don’t have any reputation of peeling somebody’s nail off. But at this point, it is all about your budget and how much you can afford.

If money is not an issue for you, then go ahead and enjoy painting your nails with all of your favorite colors.

But if your budget is limited and you would rather spend the money on food or souvenirs, then it is best to not come closer to these salons because their prices are double (and triple!) than the ones you got at home.

4. DON’T LOSE YOURSELF WHILE SHOPPING FOR SOUVENIRS

It is a necessity to get that Caribbean keychain or the Hawaiian shirt to have something to remember this vacation with, but you need to have a little self-control around all those shiny, unique items that are calling your name in port.

Here is the truth: you probably will never wear those shell necklaces and cool shirt ever again in your life, and your friends will appreciate the gifts you got them, but they will also not wear them as much as you think. This is why you need to go easy on souvenirs and make sure to purchase only special things.

5. DON’T IGNORE YOUR SUNSCREEN

Unless you have been living under a rock, you must have already heard of the dangers of the sun and how it increases our chances of getting skin cancer. Plus, you really don’t want to spend your leisure time dealing with the painful sunburns that will make your skin leathery and dry.

The lighter your skin, the higher the SPF you should be applying on your skin because you would be more sensitive to the sun and you would get sunburns quicker than others; you should not wear less than SPF 30.

6. DON’T GO TOO FAR FROM THE PORT

Many people would prefer to wander their destination on their own instead of getting on the cruise activities in port. If you belong to this category, then make sure to stay close.

Usually, rush hour is when most ships would sail around, which is the worst time to get caught in annoying traffic as you navigate your way back to the ship. So watch your time, stay nearby, and give yourself a fair amount of wiggle room. You truly don’t want to literally ‘miss the boat’!

7. DON’T GET YOUR TEETH WHITENED ON THE CRUISE

Yes, there are some boats that offer this medical procedure while in the middle of an ocean, which is a service that sounds incredibly enticing, but it is best to pass.

The only people allowed to do this procedure are the ones used to do it regularly at home, but if this is your first (or second) time, then you need to be cautious as the bleach that’s used on the process can cause gum sensitivity, and thus, losing your ability to enjoy all the delicious food.

8. DON’T LET YOUR KIDS RUN ON THE CRUISE WILDLY

This one goes for the parents, uncles, and aunt cruisers that would have little kids with them on board.

Being allowed on a ship is one of the most entertaining moments in a kid’s life, and so they become way too excited and start running wild all over the place. Parents assume that the environs of the ship are relatively safe and close, but it is not as safe as they would think.

Of course, your kids still can enjoy themselves, but make sure they do on the scheduled activities for children. Trust us, it is best for you and other cruisers sanity!

9. HEAD TO THE DISCO!

No matter what are your scheduled plans, make sure to add this one to your list. You may not be the best dancer out there or the biggest fan of parties, but you should not skip the disco.

We are confident you didn’t take this vacation to go to bed early, so head down to the disco so you can hear the music you never heard of before, meet interesting characters, and create crazy memories that will forever stick with you. So go there and show others your best moves, or at least watch them do theirs… You will not regret it!

10. LEARN MORE ABOUT YOUR CRUISE

You paid a lot of money to get on this cruise ship, so why would you spend your entire time wandering between two or three places only? This is a magnificent ship with many interesting things featured on its insides, so make some time to explore it.

There are ships that offer free tours to teach you more about all of its corners, and in case your ship doesn’t, then you can do it on your own. Remember that it took hundreds of people a lot of studies and skill to build, so appreciate it while you sail (and while you can!).