- Do your homework! Take some time to research which cruise ships offer the activities you’ll likely enjoy the most. Getting to your destination takes time. Being stuck in the middle of the ocean confined to and bored in your room is no way to spend a vacation. Stuffing your face while sipping cold ones is fun, but it gets old rather quickly if that’s all you’re doing. Knowing what you have at your disposal on the ship and utilizing it will only add to your cruising experience.
- Avoid seasickness! Whether you think you can handle the sea or not, it’s always a smart idea to be prepared. Having some Bonine or Dramamine on hand will help alleviate any sickness you may experience during your trip aboard the ship. Not only will you save from having to wait in line at the medical station with all of the other unprepared travellers, but you’ll avoid ruining your fellow traveller’s vacation by whining about how sick you feel and how much you hate being on the cruise.
- Plan ahead! There’s nothing worse than getting to your destination and not having a clue of what you’re going to do. You only have a day – 4 to 8 hours depending on your port of call – to spend exploring, so it’s best to have a plan for when you step off the ship. I’d advise to stay away from signing up for the excursions offered by the cruise line. They can be expensive and take away from tapping into your adventurous side.
- Don’t forget your camera! If you have to be reminded about how to pack for a trip then maybe you’re not ready to take one. Being that you’re taking a cruise and going out of country, the most important item you might be bringing with you – beside your passport and credit card – is a camera. Cell phone cameras are ok, but if you want to give your family and friends a reason to be jealous invest in a digital camera that will take memorable everlasting pictures.
- Follow your gut! Just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean you should stop using common sense or stop paying attention to your surroundings. It’s great to meet new people, visit new places and have a good time, but if something in your gut tells you something isn’t right, chances are it’s not. The buddy system works great and sticking to it could save you from finding yourself in an unfortunate situation.
Best thing I did while in Mexico:
Rented a Jeep! It was cheap and gave me the opportunity to visit a variety of places in a short amount of time.