Posted November 29th, 2009, 12:05 PM
Just returned from my first cruise two weeks ago (Ruby Princess)
1. Its true - bring fewer clothes. We did a load of laundry on the ship.
2. Tip well. We are just regular income people. So are the people serving you - treat them as you would like to be treated.
3. Bring more sunscreen than you think you will need and a higher SPF. If you are from a northern climate you'll be surprised how fast you burn in the Caribbean sun. Spray on is worth the extra money because you have to re-apply it often.
4. Be extra
polite to the natives in port. Remember you represent your country and all tourists to them. In many cases they are very poor and see you as very wealthy. Try to make at least one locals day in ever port.
5. Remember vacations are for catching up on life. Have a blast and don't sweat the small stuff.