Cruises are a wonderful vacation idea, and if you simply book the trip, show up, and wander around the ship, you’re still likely to have a ball. However, there’s a lot more to the cruise experience than what’s on the surface, and knowing a few tips and tricks can go a long way.
This comes at every step of the vacation, too. You should know what to look for when selecting a cruise, what to purchase when actually booking it, and what to ask for prior to and during the actual trip. After all, a cruise is already a good deal, considering it is sold as a sort of package deal with lots of “free” onboard amenities, so it only makes sense there are even more savings and freebies to be had if you know where to look.
Here are eight hacks for getting the most food and the cheapest drinks, doing the most activities, seeing the best entertainment, and just generally having the most fun on your cruise adventure. For your convenience and planning purposes, the tips are listed roughly in chronological order.