A cruise ship is a vacation like no other; out at sea, you’re surrounded by surprisingly affordable luxury, nonstop events and shopping, tons of other happy vacationers, and of course, delicious food in abundance. A popular choice for spring break and summer travelers, cruising is exciting no matter how many times you’ve done it before. However, there’s still nothing like your first time.
Whether you’re looking to board a ship meant for the whole family or take advantage of the rare child-free getaway at sea, if you’ve never been on a cruise before, you’re in for a trip like nothing you’ve ever experienced before. That’s why it’s important to do your homework and make sure you’re prepared so that you can experience all the excitement of a first-time cruiser with none of the anxiety. In order to make sure your vacation has smooth sailing, check out these 20 cruise tips for first time passengers.