13 Ways to Make the Most of Your Cruise

October 24, 2023

Cruises are an incredible way to explore new destinations, relax in style, and create lasting memories. Whether you’re a seasoned cruiser or a first-timer, there are plenty of ways to enhance your experience and make the most of your journey. To help you maximize your cruise adventure, we’ve compiled a list of tips and ideas to take your experience to the next level.

  1. Choose an Adventurous Shore Excursion
    One of the most exciting parts of any cruise is the opportunity to explore diverse ports of call. Instead of sticking to the standard touristy tours, opt for adventurous shore excursions like snorkeling in crystal-clear waters, hiking through lush rainforests, or embarking on a cultural immersion experience.

  2. Give Back to Your Alumni Association
    Many cruises are organized in collaboration with alumni associations, allowing you to reconnect with former classmates and support your alma mater. When you book a cruise partnered with your alumni association, a portion of your cruise cost is channeled back to support your institution. It’s a win-win.

  3. Book the Pre-Cruise and Post-Cruise Program
    Extend your adventure. Trust us. Go Beyond with Go Next Pre-cruise and post-cruise packages include guided tours of the embarkation and disembarkation cities, allowing you to explore even more. It’s a fantastic way to make your trip more immersive and get to know the destinations on a local level. Joining one our pre-cruise programs is an ideal way to ensure your early arrival and not only provides you with a buffer period but also guarantees a leisurely and seamless transition to your cruise adventure.

  4. Arrive Early
    Speaking of arriving early, it’s worth underlining its advantages. You don’t want to miss your ship. To avoid the stress of unexpected delays or last-minute rushes, we highly recommend arriving at the embarkation port at least one day in advance. Participating in a pre-cruise program ensures you arrive early, reducing the risk of unexpected airline delays that could otherwise disrupt the start of your trip.

  5. Benefit from the Expertise of Your Local Guides and Program Managers
    Don’t hesitate to ask your guides for recommendations, historical insights, or tips on where to find hidden gems. Their knowledge and expertise can greatly enhance your understanding of the destinations.

  6. Try New Foods
    While our cruise partners are known for their exquisite cuisine, don’t be afraid to step out of your culinary comfort zone and sample local dishes and international flavors. You might discover a new favorite food you’ve never tried before.

  7. Write a Bucket List Beforehand
    Before setting sail, list the experiences and sights you hope to check off during your cruise. Having a list of goals will keep you excited and ensure you make the most of every moment.

  8. Learn a Few Words in a Local Language
    Learning a few basic phrases in the local language can go a long way in building connections with the locals and immersing yourself in the culture. Even a simple “hello” or “thank you” can be appreciated by the people you encounter.

  9. Try Something New
    Step out of your comfort zone and try a few activities you may not have considered before. Spice things up with a lively salsa dancing class or culinary workshop, or conquer new heights through rock climbing or zip-lining. The world is your oyster!

  10. Take a Class
    Many cruise ships, including Oceania Cruises’ Marina, Riviera, Vista, and Allura, offer a wide array of onboard activities, including hands-on classes and informative lectures. Whether you’re interested in art, history, or cooking, these sessions can provide an opportunity to expand your knowledge. 

  11. Enjoy Your In-Suite Offerings
    Sometimes, the most relaxing moments on a cruise can be spent in the comfort of your own suite. Take advantage of room service, and if you’re fortunate enough to have a private balcony, savor a meal while admiring the stunning vistas surrounding you.

  12. Pack Smart
    Packing efficiently is essential. Check the weather for your destinations and pack appropriate clothing. Don’t forget essentials like sunscreen, a hat, comfortable walking shoes, and any necessary medications. Overpacking can be a hassle, and you’ll want to leave some room in your luggage for souvenirs, so carefully consider your packing choices. For more packing tips, check out this blog post.

  13. Get to Know the Cruise Ship Beforehand
    Familiarize yourself with the layout and amenities of the cruise ship. Do you need to make any reservations? How do you get to the viewing deck? Knowing where everything is located can save you time and make your experience more enjoyable from the moment you step on board.

By being prepared, willingly stepping out of your comfort zone, and savoring every moment, you hold the key to unlocking the full potential of your cruise experience. So, as you set sail on your next cruise, embrace the possibilities that await, relish the journey, and, as always, safe travels and happy cruising!

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