7 Tips to Know before You Take Your First Cruise ...

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Before you take your first cruise, you probably have a whole laundry list of questions: What should I pack?

Do I need to bring anything special?

Are there things I should do before the cruise?

This article attempts to answer some of those questions before you take your first cruise.2

These seven important tips can help make your cruise experience fun and hassle-free.2

1. Pack a Power Strip

If nothing else, pay attention to this important piece of information before you take your first cruise.

Most cabins on cruise ships only have one or two electrical outlets.

Plus, these scarce outlets are often located in inconvenient spots.

On my last Carnival cruise, the one outlet in the room was down by the floor, behind my bed.

Pack a power strip in your suitcase.

It doesn’t hurt to pack an extension cord, too.2

2. Bringing Soda and Alcohol on-Board

Typically, you are allowed to bring one 12-pack of soda and one bottle of wine on the ship.

Do it!

Most cruise lines sell a soft drink card that entitles you to unlimited sodas for a set period of time.

However, you will still save money if you bring your own 12-pack.

Usually the one wine bottle limit can be substituted for another type of alcohol, but this varies per cruise line.

If you are planning to drink on-board, do yourself a favor and pack that bottle!

3. Spotty Internet

Some people consider this a blessing, while others find it incredibly inconvenient.

Many cruise ships have terrible internet service.

Plus, it is usually expensive to use the wifi on-board.

On my first cruise, I found it to be extremely frustrating because I expected normal internet service.

Bring your laptop, if you must, but don’t expect to do any online banking or anything like that while you are on the ship.

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