Cruising - Australians can’t seem to get enough of it - almost a million travellers took a cruise in 2014.
Which isn’t surprising, considering they cater to travellers of all ages and an enormous amount of interests ranging from Broadway quality shows to educational seminars to zip-lining across the ship.
You’ve probably seen all the ads about what you can do on a cruise and where you can go cruising.
So if you’re considering taking one very soon, here are a few things about cruises that you may not know about, which will have you travelling like a pro in no time!
1) There’s a jail on board!
Cruise ships are like a mini city on the sea, and occasionally you’ll get the passenger who doesn’t want to play by the rules. If that does happen, and if the crew believe that someone is endangering other passengers, then they may put that person into the ‘brig’ - aka the ‘Cruise Jail’.
They may be kept there for the remainder of the trip, or left with the relevant authorities at the next port. However, don’t be complacent just because the facility is there – be alert to theft and crime just as you would be if you were on land.
2) One of the main drawcards of cruising is food, glorious food…and if you want more then you can have more!
- Some of the specialty restaurants may charge for dinner, but may be free at lunch time, so you can take advantage of the fantastic food and fewer people.
- Don’t assume that if some of the cafes or coffee shops charge for the coffee, you’ll have to pay for everything else they offer – check with the staff because the food may be free.
3) Have your drink…and drink it too!
- You’re not restricted to having your drink at the bar or buffet – take it anywhere you like.
- It’s cheaper to buy wine by the bottle, and if you can’t finish it, the waiters can cork it, mark it with your room number and serve it the next time you’d like a drink.
- Just because the special drink you want is served in a pricey souvenir glass, doesn’t mean you have to pay for it. Just ask for the drink to be served in a regular glass, and it’ll be cheaper.
- The tap water is safe and drinkable – no need to buy bottled water unless you want to.
- Some cruise lines let you bring a reasonable amount of non-alcoholic drinks onboard, so bring your own and save some money.
4) Cruise cabins are not created equal
5) Board and Port – the quiet times
And one last thing: Soft serve ice cream machines on either side of the deck may have different flavours – it pays to do your research!
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