I have been in cruises for over 7 years. Here are 7 things you should never do on a ship.


Erica boarding a cruise ship

I have worked on cruise ships for over 7 years.Insider Erica DePascal

  • rear Worked on a cruise ship for 7 yearsthere are some things I never do on board.

  • I use the cruise company’s digital app, but skip paying for the virtual balcony.

  • We found that booking excursions separately wasn’t worth the cheap price.

rear work on various cruise ships Over the past 7 years around the world, we know a lot about their inner workings, from the best onboard activities to delicious dining options.

However, with this knowledge, there are some things I would never do on a ship.

Don’t forget your cruise company’s digital app

Since we live in the digital age, Most major cruise companies have apps We provide all the information you need for your vacation.

These apps include logistics such as port times, activities and dress code. In addition, it is frequently used for dining and show reservations.

Some can unlock cabin doors or create a personal calendar of events.

Excursions booked separately from the ship carry additional risks

Kayaking in the stunning waters of Cook's Bay, Moorea, French Polynesia

Kayaking is a popular tour.Erica DePascal

Excursions booked through the ship are guaranteed to wait for the ship to return if the tour is delayed.

Many guests book an outside tour for a cheaper price, but it’s often not worth it.

excursion Book on Cruise It’s a safe way to go if you’re worried about your ship leaving without you.

First line to get off the ship usually goes nowhere

Every time a ship enters port, it is not uncommon for passengers to congregate near the exit of the corridor, congesting the stairwells and corridors.

This can be difficult for ships as customs officers often need to come on board and inspect these areas.

Crowding is a big problem and can delay customs clearance for ships, so most of the time the crew will send these guests back upstairs to wait.

If disembarking early isn’t an option, consider purchasing a shore excursion with priority exit once the ship is cleared.

No need to pack contraband

Red suitcase with folded clothes on hardwood floor

Irons and steamers are usually prohibited.Africa Studio/Shutterstock

Certain items such as irons, steamers and liquor are generally not permitted on board, Guests often pack them for now.

You might think it’s fine, but all luggage is scanned at the terminal.

If you have prohibited items, your baggage will be kept in the security area longer and will not be delivered to your room until later. Personal belongings will also be confiscated until the end of the cruise.

Never booked a virtual balcony

Some ships offer virtual balconies, large screens with sea views, don’t think it’s worth it.

You pay more for screens that let you see the outside world, and electronics often add some heat to the room.

If you want a view, choose an actual balcony or window instead.

Losing a tip can affect crew lives

Cruise ship staff taking pictures on the deck of the ship

The crew works hard to make sure your cruise is enjoyable.Erica DePascal

Cruise ships are usually divided into several different departments and charge automatic tips that are essential to many crew members’ salaries.

But they are not obligated to keep. many guests remove them when they board.

Unless you intend to tip your staff individually, losing tips will affect the income of the crew and their families.

don’t eat in the same place every night

know many guests From the buffet to the main dining room, we’re glued to our favorite dining spots on board, but one of the great things about cruising is the delicious and diverse restaurants.

Some options are included, others cost extra, but we found eating at the onboard restaurant is usually much more cost effective

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