How To Plan a Cruise

Before I went on my first cruise, I had only heard and seen about peoples cruising experiences. As a frequent traveler, I found it only completely necessary that I add cruising to my bucket list. I finally decided that it was time to take my first cruise. Before my first cruise I had many questions that popped up in my head, so many it began to make me nervous to go. Thankfully I had a lot of people around me that I could ask my numerous amount of questions to. I had questions ranging from what is there to eat on the cruise to what do I wear on the cruise. Below I will explain how I went about planning my first cruise, all the information I learned along the way and some helpful tips before you take your first cruise.

Ever since I began planning trips and booking trips, I have always used Expedia. On their site you can choose to search for cruises, but beware that you cannot book them using the app just yet. On this website they will show you cruise listings for anywhere, anytime and any cruise line you choose to go. I knew that hurricane season started on June 1st and ended November 30th. I knew I wanted to go during a time I did not have to worry about hurricanes, which would be December through May. I live in the United States, so I figured going to the Caribbean would be the best way to take my first cruise. As well as to go on my first trip outside of the United States. I picked December as the month I wanted to take our first cruise. I then had to begin looking into where in the Caribbean I wanted to go by cruise. I also had to choose where I wanted to leave from. In the United States, there are several different ports where cruises leave from. These ports include places such as Miami, Florida and Los Angeles, California. I chose Miami, Florida for its beauty, easiness to get to and variety of different places it cruises to. I then began researching all the different places that you could cruise to in the Caribbean by cruise. There are a variety of different places you can cruise to, also with a variety of different itineraries.

After deciding on going to Miami to leave from on my cruise, I then had many different things to decide on. I had to choose how long, which cruise line, where the cruise itinerary would take me and so much more. I decided to go on a cruise for 7 nights. They have cruises ranging from 1 to as many nights as you would like to go. Choosing 7 nights dwindled my search down some, but I still had to pick which cruise line I wanted to go on. There are many different cruise lines out there. I had heard many different wonderful things about several of the Different cruise lines. After researching, thinking and asking others I decided to book with Carnival Cruise Lines. My research pointed me in this direction for a first time cruiser and it was on the cheaper side from all the other cruise lines. After I decided on the cruise line, I went to researching all the different places Carnival could take me for as long as I wanted to cruise for.

After many days of researching, I decided to book a cruise aboard the Carnival Glory. This cruise would sail for 7 nights to 4 different places and have 2 days at sea. My itinerary for this cruise would take me to Half Moon Cay, The Bahamas; San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands and Grand Turk, Turk and Caicos. I decided to get an ocean view, which is just a window that you can see out of. They have inside, window, port hole, balcony and suite cabins to stay in. I put my deposit down which was $350 US dollars. I made payments on the rest of the cruise monthly (did I mention this is the best perk to cruising!).

After I booked my cruise, I then had to figure out which shore excursions to go on. Each island we were going to had different excursions to choose from. There were a lot of different excursions to choose from. Some of the excursions included adventure, others included relaxing on the beach to going on a tour of the island. After talking with my husband and researching the ideas, I decided on what excursions I was going to do in each of the different places we were going to. In Half Moon Cay, The Bahamas we were going to go snorkel, take an island tour and swim with the string rays. In San Juan, Puerto Rico we were going to take a rainforest tour and drive. In St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands we were going to take an hour boat ride over to Tortola, British Virgin Islands to go swimming with the dolphins. In Grand Turk, we were going to go horse back riding and swim with the horses. I was happy with how set the itinerary was and what we would be doing on the cruise and at the ports.

Before going on your cruise you must have your passport. If you leave one port to go to another, you will have to go through customs. When checking back onto the ship, they will ask for the card they give you when you check in. Do not lose the card, as it is a way to pay for many things on board as well as get on and off the ship. The check in process before a cruise is easy, but there are long lines as everyone is trying to get on the ship as well. When departing the ship, they will tell you when you can get off the ship. Before the cruise takes off, they will do a mandatory overview of what happens when there is a crisis. You must participate in this and go to your assigned muster station which is located on your card they give you at check in. In the rooms there are plenty of place to put your items from your suit case. The bathrooms are quite small, but they are doable. There are drink packages available for purchase, you can get an “adult” drink or soft drink package. You can also bring one 12 pack of soft drinks on board with you, but it must be closed and wrapped, same with “adult” drinks.

Before I went on my cruise I asked people many questions on cruising with Carnival, what I should be prepared for and etc. I will share some of the knowledge I learned from others before my first cruise. On Carnival they provide dinner in a dining room for all of their guests. This dinner is included in the cost for the cruise, but you can pay to eat elsewhere or get something from the buffet or other places that are included in the cost. Depending on the length of the cruise, there could be one or two different elegant night. This would be where you have to wear your fanciest clothes. The other nights are regular dining where you can wear nice clothes. Carnival provides three choices when it comes to breakfast.

You can go to the buffet on Lido deck, get breakfast delivered to your room or have a sit down breakfast in one of the dining rooms. For lunch, there are many different options on in the lido deck between buffet to sandwiches and hamburgers. My personal favorite was the sandwich shop, their sandwiches are delicious. Carnival has self serve ice cream available all day every day for your convenience, they have flavors of chocolate, vanilla, strawberry and swirl. On board, Carnival provides entertainment such as comedy shows, musicals, and so much more. On board there is never a dull moment on the ship, there is always something to do. On board there are several bars on the ship, as well as places to get drinks while sitting out in the sun.

I believe that cruising is a wonderful way to travel. I met so many wonderful people on both of the cruises I have been on. Some I still stay in touch with, some have easily turned into my best friends and others I will forever remember. People from all over the world go on cruises, so it is neat meeting people. Going on a cruise has truly helped me to relax, unwind and escape reality even for just a few days. There is WiFi available for purchase while you are on the ship, but I have never personally bought it. Other travelers have mentioned that it does not work well. Plus what is the fun in trying to escape only to stay plugged in? Are you ready to take your first cruise or go on your next one? I am so pro cruise that I am taking 2 different cruises next year, one in March and one in December. In March I will be going to Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. In December I will be going to St. Thomas, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, Barbados and St Maarten. I am thrilled for each of the boomed experiences, so stay tuned to hear about them next year.

Stay tuned Monday to learn about Grand Turk, Turk and Caicos. Next week I will be sharing a couple articles on what to pack for a cruise and Cozumel, Mexico! See you soon!



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  1. We went on our first cruise this summer. It’s a bit overwhelming of everything that needs done before going but thanks to posts like this one and many others I had everything organized in no time and didn’t wasn’t time on my cruise trying to “figure it all out”. I was amazing!

    1. That’s amazing! I’m so glad to hear you had an amazing time on your first cruise! It is definitely overwhelming, I was shocked at how much I didn’t know before my first cruise. It gets easier to know everything the more you go on. Especially finding your way around the cruise ship. That was the most difficult part on the first one. When I went on the second I already knew my way around. 😊

  2. I don’t know why I’m terrified of going on cruises but I need to get over it because I really I’m missing out on beautiful adventures.

    1. I completely understand your fear. I was pretty fearful but somehow I got over it and I will forever love cruising. What are some of your fears, I would love to help talk them out if you would like. I will definitely tell you that it is an amazing adventure and you are missing out. Cruising is a great way to get a taste of different places which is what I ultimately love about it!

      1. I think I just easily panic and if I’m not used to something it just never feels right plus there’s sea sickness which will take over and make me hate eveything.

        1. I am in the same boat, I have anxiety. What really helped me was researching and having someone around that I really trusted to go with me. The sea sickness you can get these bands that really help. A lady I met on the ship has it really bad and she used these bands and never gets sick. There’s also patches you can put behind your ears that really help. While on the ship the only time I could really feel it moving was when there were choppy seas, which doesn’t happen all the time. Other than that is was a really smooth feeling which was crazy. My motto is you never know until you try when it comes to travel. But ultimately you have to decide what is best for you. 😊 It really is a wonderful way to travel and I’ve never had a bad thing to say about cruising other than the bathroom being a little small but I can deal with that.

  3. Thanks for sharing this post on planning a cruise! Traveling always takes a lot of organization, and this is a huge help. Glad you enjoyed your first cruise!

    1. You are welcome! Travel does take a lot of organizing, I don’t know how people travel on a whim. I have to have it planned out or I feel frantic. Thank you, I certainly did! You are welcome, thank you for the positive feedback! 😊

  4. I felt like I was there with you 🙂 Sounds like an amazing experience! I definitely want to go on a cruise someday! It’s on my bucket list as well. Thanks for all of the tips!

    1. It was an amazing experience, I can’t wait to go on my next one. I hope you do get to go on a cruise someday, it’s a wonderful experience. You are welcome for all the tips, thank you for your great feedback!

  5. I admire people who are going on the cruise. For me, that isn’t some kind of the dream maybe the main reason because I have a grown up on the island and for me is better when I on skiing hehe 🙂
    The pictures are very nice as well as experience.

    1. Thank you very much. I definitely understand your feeling on it. I like them because they give me a taste of different islands but if you grew up on one I definitely can understand that. Skiing is a wonderful and neat experience but just sign me up for the bunny slopes and we will be good haha. Thank you very much for your positive feedback.

  6. Thanks for all of the detailed information, it will definitely come in handy for cruise planning!

    1. You are welcome! I hope it will come in handy. 😊

  7. I usually travel a bit more off the beaten path, but I totally see the appeal of the cruise experience! It would be nice to be able to visit so many different places with all the details already worked out for you. I read something recently about an eco-friendly cruise ship that’s being developed, which would be amazing!

    1. Oh that definitely would be amazing. I would love to sign up to go on that! I love traveling off the beaten path too but cruises give me a taste of different places so it is hard to not want to go on one. Thank you for the feedback and the piece of knowledge I didn’t know about! I really appreciate it!

  8. Some great tips! I’ve always wanted to go on a cruise. I’ve been dreaming of going on one of the Disney Cruises someday – I’m a big Disnerd so to go on one would be amazing!

    1. Thank you, I’ve heard those cruises are amazing. I had a friend go on one and she said it was “magical”. I hope you get to go on one some day! Disney is great, so I’m sure their cruises are as well.

  9. I absolutely love cruises but have never planned one for myself. Informative, well written post, thanks for sharing!

    1. You should go on one! 😊 Thank you very much, I appreciate the positive feedback.

  10. Thanks for all the great info. I’ve been wanting to plan my first cruise sometime soon.

    1. You are welcome! I hope you get to go on one, they are a wonderful way to travel. 😊

  11. well, frankly speaking, i haven’t even come close to seashore till now. I hope one day I will. The way you enjoyed your first cruise, I hope one day I will too.

    1. Oh really? I hope you will one day! The shore is beautiful. I definitely loved my first cruise and my second. I hope you get the chance to go on a cruise one day.

  12. I’ve actually never been on a cruise but you make it sound wonderful! I’ve been to the British Virgin Islands but not Turks — never thought of taking a cruise there. Enjoy your next one!

    1. You should definitely go sometime, it’s a wonderful experience. The British Virgin Islands are beautiful! Cruises go all over the place, which is what I love about it! Thank you, I hope I will. I hope you get to go on one day. 😊

  13. Cruises sound so nice, but I’ve always felt like I’d rather just visit the other countries instead of the ocean as i feel like I’m more of a mountain girl.

    1. They definitely are wonderful. I can definitely understand your love for Mountains. I love them too. Maybe you should try a cruise to Alaska. They have Mountains. 😊

  14. Wow it looks like you had an amazing time, what an experience! I’ve never been on a cruise but the idea interests me. It looks so plush and glamorous!

    1. I did have an amazing time, they are a wonderful way to travel. I hope you get to go on one some day! Thank you so much for your feedback. 😊

  15. A round the world cruise is definitely on my bucket list too. And I love that one of the perks are paying monthly, so it is affordable. Quite an informative post on taking a cruise.

    1. I would love to go on one of those, they look relaxing and amazing. I do love that perk of paying monthly. It’s hard to drop a lot of money all at once. Thank you very much. I really appreciate your feedback! 😊

  16. Wow! I haven’t exactly been on a cruise yet (the only ones I did were overnight cruises to get to another city), as I find travelling to another city to be more cost-effective. Really like the fact that you were able to pay for the cruise via instalments and I am considering to book a cruise soon! 🙂

    1. I bet that was neat going on a overnight cruise to get to a different city, I haven’t done that yet. I do love the fact you cannot for cruises in installments, I think that’s why I love it so much. I hope you get to go on a cruise one day!

  17. I’ve never been on a cruise! We were thinking about going on one! This is very helpful!

    1. You should definitely go, I highly suggest it. 😊 I hope you do get to go on one some day. Thank you so much! I really appreciate your feedback.

    1. It really is. Thank you.

  18. Sound like you had a great experience. Those pictures are so beautiful. Thank you for sharing such a detail post on planing a cruse.

    1. I did have a wonderful experience, I will definitely go back time and time again. Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback! It’s much appreciated. You are welcome for sharing!

  19. Great tips! I have never cruised so this was much needed intel

    1. Thank you so much. I hope you get to go on one sometime, they really are a wonderful experience.

  20. I’ve only been on one cruise. It was lovely for sure! But I’m really one of those “I prefer to spend my time on land” vacationers LOL Great post though. This is very helpful information!

    1. At least you have been on one, you can check it off the list! I definitely understand. I just love to see different places and get a taste for them to know if I would love to go back. But thank you so much! I appreciate the great feedback. 😊

  21. I love cruises! I went on that one to the S. Caribbean..St. Marten, Virgin Islands etc but sailed with Royal. I have never tried Carnival but my friend just came back and loved them. Great tips which I would have needed the first time around!

    1. They literally are the best! I’m going to St Maarten and the Virgin Islands in December next year by carnival. I’ve heard great things about Royal Caribbean. Thank you! I really appreciate your great feedback! 😊

  22. What an amazing cruise full of exciting destinations. I hope to go on one someday. That would be a nice vacation to take.

    1. It is definitely a wonderful experience! Thank you. I hope you get to go on one as well, it will be a wonderful vacation experience for you. 😊

  23. I love cruises! I have been on seven on Royal Caribbean. I utilize Royal Caribbean a lot when planning a cruise, especially when picking a room. Whenever I call to schedule I ask which rooms of those that are left have the best views, and the staff are always knowledgeable and friendly. I also believe it is an awesome way to travel,and will be headed to the Panama Canal next November with Royal Caribbean.

    1. Oh I am so jealous of you going to the Panama Canal! I’m going to have to keep up with your blog to see all about that experience! That is definitely on my bucket list as it looks beautiful. I will have to look into Royal Caribbean, I’ve heard wonderful things about them. Thank you for sharing!

  24. This looks amazing. I don’t know how to swim so I’ve always been afraid of taking one.

    1. Cruises are definitely amazing. My friend actually just went on one and she doesn’t know how to swim, she had the time of her life on one and didn’t have to swim once. 😊

  25. That looks like so much fun! I’ve always wanted to go on a cruise, it’s just a matter of saving up for one.

    1. It definitely is so much fun. The great part about cruises is that you can put a down payment and then pay monthly. For the one I am about to go on I put 350 dollars down and then paid about 80 dollars monthly if you plan in advance. 😊 And they don’t charge you interest either to pay monthly.

  26. I love going on cruises! I haven’t been for a few years now, since we had kids, but we are planning to try to go in a year or so, once my youngest is 3 (and potty-trained). I can’t wait to take them on a big big boat!

    1. I bet they will love being on a cruise! That’s so sweet of you to take your babies on a cruise. Cruises are definitely a wonderful way to travel.

  27. I really want to go on a cruise. Not only to go see different places, but the stay on the ship sounds amazing as well!

    1. I hope one day that you do get to go. They really are an amazing experience. The stay on the ship is confusing at first but it gets easier to find your way around the more you practice. Thank you so much.

  28. I think I’ve actually been on that cruise that you went on with the same ports and everything! Cruises are honestly the easiest way to travel and not have much to worry about (other than loosing the card thing hahaha)! Glad you had a good time!

    1. Seriously? That would be such a small world if we went at the same time. Cruises are definitely amazing and the easiest way to travel, I definitely agree with you there. I definitely had a blast, thank you so much!

  29. I would have never known how much planning went into a cruise. There are so many details that I would have overlooked. Thank you for sharing this.

    1. Me either until I actually went through it. I sure did love planning it though. It’s quite similar to most trips, just a little more detail. You are welcome, so glad you enjoyed it!

  30. I need a vacation and was thinking today about a cruise. Thanks so much for sharing, this sounds like you guys had so much fun.

    1. You should definitely take one for a vacation, they are very relaxing. We did have a lot of fun! Thank you for your great feedback! 😊

  31. My husband and I have been wanting to take a cruise for ages! These are all awesome tips to help get us there!

    1. You both definitely should! I hope you guys get to go on one some time! I am glad this could help you!

  32. I’ve never been on a cruise boat. But judging from all that is needed to plan for one, I don’t think I ever will.

    1. Cruising is really fun, it doesn’t take that much work. It took me about a day to plan it all. Same as other trips, I hope you will get to go on some day.

      1. I must just do that. Especially since Tampa has one or several leaving from the port every day.

  33. I never been on a cruise. But I must! It`s looks like great adventure!

    1. I hope you get to go on one someday, they are amazing and definitely relaxing. I highly recommend them!

  34. first of all great pictures! It looks like you had a great time! My cousin worked on a cruiseship for a few years so I can totally relate to some of the tips you mentioned, because I already have some inseder’s info>! hahahaha but its really interesting to see how you have the same tips as an actual organizer!

    1. Thank you very much! I definitely had a wonderful time. Oh that’s so neat they worked for a cruise ship. You definitely would have some great insiders tips then!

  35. It sounds like so much fun! Haha, I have a feeling I’d eat all their ice cream. I’ve always wanted to go on a cruise but somehow have always ended up elsewhere. I’d love to do one from Florida or the California to Alaska one. 🙂

    1. It definitely is an amazing experience! I thought I would too but there was some left over for the kids I had to share haha. Cruises from Florida are amazing. I have yet to do California or Alaska but I would love to do both!

  36. I would love to go a cruise but my fear of water stops me from doing so. However, I know it wouldn’t be too long before overcome my fear and pack my bags. Thanks for sharing your tips!

    1. I hope one day you can get over the fear and go on one, thy are amazing. You could always try an overnight cruise first or go on a boat ride. 😊 I definitely understand your fear. You are welcome, I am glad to know you enjoyed it!

  37. I am very much in the same position as you were, being a long-term traveler myself I never thought about going on cruises, however recently I’ve actually wanted to try out a cruise at some point. this post will come in very useful for me when I get around to planning a cruise. I guess choosing the right type of cruise ship is the most important factor, and it’s good to know what you need to keep the checking in card with you and not to lose it. – I’ve saved this post for future reference, thanks 😀

  38. I have never been to cruise but i really want to try someday. Looks like you had a good time though 🙂

    1. I hope you get to go on one someday! It’s always great to try new things. I had a wonderful time. I really didn’t want to leave. 😊

  39. Cruise is a dream holiday I dont know when I will be able to plan it. But whenever I do I will use pointers from this post. Thanks for sharing.

    1. They really are great for vacations where you truly want to relax! I hope you get to go on one someday! You are welcome, thank you for the great feedback!

  40. I have never been on a cruise but this looks really amazing! Some day!

    1. I hope you get to go on one some day! They really are relaxing!

  41. Ship cruise are a complete experience in itself beyond sightseeing or destination, we wish to travel, through cruise. Very useful post on planning a cruise.

    1. They really are! Thank you, I really appreciate your positive feedback. I hope you get to go on one someday!

  42. Thank for the tips My husband was supposed to take me on a cruise for our 5 year anniversary… that was 5 years ago…. LOL!

    1. You are welcome! Well you should tell him to take you on one now that you know all of these tips! They really are a fabulous time! My husband said he would take me to Hawaii for our 5 year anniversary. I’m interested to see how that works out. Haha!

  43. In case I get the chance to experience cruising, it’ll be very unforgettable! I only found cruise ships in the bay of our island but being there exactly is a total different story! lovely post, I enjoyed reading the experience and the photos too.

    1. I hope you do get the chance to experience it sometime! They are beautiful and definitely relaxing. I definitely had a wonderful time! Thank you for the positive feedback.

  44. I would love to do a cruise someday. There’s a lot more to consider than I thought! Entertainment, the other people on board, as well as location. But I love that you don’t have to stress once on board.

    1. I hope you get to go on one someday! They are definitely very relaxing. I love days at sea, I just sit outside on the deck all day and watch the water/clouds go by. It is very peaceful.

  45. This looks like it would be a blast… even tho i think i would 100% be sea sick the whole time

    1. It really is an amazing time! Have you ever tried the sea sickness bracelets or the patches you can put behind your ears? I know a lot of people with sea sickness and they help them 100% with it. Might try checking into that if you would like to go on one. 😊

  46. Your photos are wonderful. It is always a good idea to plan out a trip. Great advice!

    1. Thank you very much! I appreciate the positive feedback! I definitely think it is good to be organized and planned out. But it is fun to do things on the whim too!

  47. I wish I had read this before I went on my cruise to the Bahama Islands. I was so disorganized and unprepared. I’m bookmarking your post for my next cruise.

    1. It’s definitely a lot to think about before cruising. I am glad you found this helpful! I really appreciate the positive feedback!

  48. Thank you for this wonderful list of guide on how to plan a cruise. I never tried to go on a cruise since I have sea sickness, do you think It’ll be okay for me? I’m really hesitant but I would love to go as well. I have learned a lot from this article perhaps I’ll be choosing first my perfect ship a big one I would say so I won’t feel floating on the sea.

    1. You are welcome! I actually met a lady that has sea sickness/ motion sickness. She bought these motion sickness bracelets and they help her 100%. I would try those! Or the patches you can put behind your ears. I see people wearing them. I bet that is hard to have but I think both of those products will help you! You could always get them and try going on a boat ride with them before you go on an actual cruise.

  49. Every year we talk about going on a cruise, but we’ve yet to actually do it. Maybe in 2018.

    1. I did for so long and then I made plans and went. I had a blast! I hope you guys do go on a cruise in 2018. They really are my favorite way to travel!

  50. I have never been on a cruise but I have always wanted to. Thanks for these tips, they are really useful.

    1. You are welcome! I hope you get to go on one someday! They really are relaxing and amazing all at the same time. 😊

  51. I’ve never been on a cruise before. This is really helpful for those who are thinking about going.

    1. I hope you get to go on one someday, they are amazing and relaxing all at the same time! Thank you so much for your great and positive feedback!

  52. I always use Expedia too, find them almost always the best choice.
    Never tried a cruise before only because I have a problem with finding myself in a cruise with people who are not for my liking. you literally have nowhere to go haha
    I will try it someday.
    Thanks for a great share!

    1. I always use them, always have. I do shop around but I always end up buying from Expedia. Cruises have a lot of people so the chances of seeing people you do not like is very slim. I never really saw the same people twice. I am usually in my own little world though. I hope you do get to go on one someday! You are welcome, thank you for the great feedback!

  53. This is such a great read. I often find myself trying to make that choise and its great to see your thoughts on it!

    1. Thank you very much for your great feedback! I hope you do get to go on a cruise one day! They are amazing. 😊

  54. We are planning a cruise coming year. Traveling with family always organization. Your post was helpful and nice photography.

    1. That’s so neat! I hope you guys have a blast! Thank you for your great feedback, I really appreciate it.

  55. I have never actually been on a cruise before! I’m curious about it, but then I’m not sure that I’d mentally handle being so limited in where I could go. Strange since I can be such a home body in general so it shouldn’t matter…..

    1. I was exactly like you but there’s so many places to go on a cruise ship, your space is never limited. Which I was really surprised about. I hope one day you get to experience it! 😊 I definitely get the home body, I am the same way.

  56. You broke it down really well. Fort Lauderdale and Miami are great spots for your first cruise especially since Miami has upgraded everything.

    1. Thank you very much for your great feedback! I haven’t gone on one from Ft. Lauderdale. I will have to check that spot out. I love going from Miami because their beaches are beautiful. 😊

  57. I have wanted to go on a Cruise for a long time. I will definitely have to check out this for prices and times of year.

    1. They really are a great experience. The best part is you can make payments monthly is you plan ahead. 😊 I hope you get to go on one sometime.

  58. Great pictures and very good advice. I wish I had read this before my weekend cruise from Norway to Germany.

    1. Thank you very much. I really appreciate that! Oh my I bet that was an amazing cruise! I would certainly love to go on that.

  59. I’ve never been on a cruise but I would love to do a Viking River Cruise or a cruise around Norway. Thanks for sharing your experience and the tips you learned along the way.

    1. I’ve heard river cruises are amazing. I would love to do a cruise around Norway, that sounds amazing. I did not even know you could. Thanks for sharing that tip, I hope you get to go on one some day! You are welcome, I glad you found it helpful!

  60. You were smart to avoid hurricane season…we just went on a cruise last month and ended up with a totally changed itinerary due to hurricane damaged islands.

    1. I definitely try to avoid it at all costs. That stinks that you had to change the itinerary, but hopefully they took you to some other amazing places! I’m curious to see if they will do that for our cruise next year as we leave from San Juan.

  61. I feel like I’m one of the few people who has never been on a cruise. I would love to cruise to the Eastern Caribbean! Thanks for sharing all of these tips. I saw where you did a Carnival cruise…are you planning to try other cruise lines? Would love to read your reviews!

    1. There are definitely a lot more than people might think. I am actually taking my mom on her first cruise because I believe it is a great experience for everyone. You are welcome, I hope you find them helpful! I have only done carnival for now but I would love to try other cruise lines such as Royal Caribbean.

  62. I’ve been wanting to go on a cruise for some time now but planning is always so overwhelming. There’s so many cruise line options that cater to different likes and/or needs.

    1. Planning is definitely overwhelming as there is so many different choices. I wish it was only a couple choice, that would make it easier! I hope you go on one someday! Let me know if you need any help or advice! Would love to help. 😊

  63. Love your post! Even though I cannot swim, I love travelling by water, and have always wanted to take a cruise. Your pictures are breath-taking, the second one is my favourite <3

    1. Thank you very much! I appreciate your positive and wonderful feedback. Traveling by water is so peaceful and relaxing. I hope you get to go on a cruise one day, they are wonderful. Thank you for the great feedback on my pictures! I really appreciate it.

  64. I have been on a cruise before to Europe and enjoyed it very much. I probably would not have chosen this particular one you went on but I am glad you enjoyed the experience.

    1. I bet that was a wonderful experience going on a cruise to Europe. I would love to do that one day. I definitely did enjoy my experience. 😊

  65. These are some great tips! I’ll put them to use while I’m planning our family cruise next year!

    1. That is so great that you found them useful! Thank you for your great feedback! I hope you all have a wonderful time on your family cruise!

  66. This looks like so much fun! I haven’t taken a cruise yet but have been thinking about it. Thanks for making the process easier!

    1. It was so fun, I really hated that it had to end. I hope you get to go on a cruise someday! If you need any other advice don’t hesitate to ask. You are welcome!

  67. I enjoyed reading your experience and photos of the cruise. I have only been to a cruise once, a very short one just a night, while travelling in Europe, docking in Holland. I was sick at that time, but I really want to plan a proper cruise now. It sounds like a great experience. Expedia is my go to site for booking vacations.

    1. Thank you, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! That sounds like a great first experience to do just to test it out. I’m sorry you were sick. I hope you get to go on a cruise one day! I sure do love Expedia!

  68. I have also always been intrigued by going on a cruise. I’ll have to take one one of these days, especially after reading about your good experience! Miami sounds like a good option 🙂

    1. I hope you get to go on a cruise one day. I really enjoyed it. I’ve had nothing but great experiences on both of the cruises I went on. Miami is a wonderful location to leave from.

  69. I was thinking of going on a cruise recently but i didnt know what to expect and all and it kind of stopped me in my tracks. i love this blogpost as it gives me insight to ask the questions i wasn’t when i planned on joining a cruise ship.

    1. It’s definitely a lot to think about before going on one. But that’s generally true of everything you do for the first time. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts of beforehand. I am glad this helped you. I hope you get to go on one someday.

  70. Sounds like you learned a lot on your first cruise and I’m glad you had fun! I don’t usually choose cruising because I get seasick but I’ve been on many. You are right that’s it’s a great way to meet people too which is nice. I have one thing to add: look into excursions once you get to the island or booking beforehand online but not through the cruise, it usually saves A LOT of money. It’s a little more of a headache though.

    1. I definitely did, it’s helped me a lot. I have heard about the research on booking beforehand online and not through the cruise. I am going to do a post on that. I definitely agree on the headache part. But thank you for sharing your input, I definitely appreciate it. I’m sorry you get seasick! That sounds awful.

  71. This is a very good plan. I have never been in cruise and i am glad i have found this very great advice.

    1. I hope you get to take a cruise one day. They are very relaxing and peaceful. Thank you for your kind words, glad you found it great advice.

  72. Cruises are my all-time favorite and I love to plan and be a part of it. They rock and have everything you need.

    1. Same here! I don’t know how I went so many years without going on one. Plus you never feel trapped because the boat is so big and has so much to offer to do! Glad to hear someone else feels the same as me!

  73. Awesome that you had such a great time on your cruise! Clearly you enjoyed it so much that you went and booked 2 more! We have never been on one, so it was nice to read a first-timer’s perspective.

    1. I really do love them, they are great for relaxing! I definitely did love it that much. I hope you guys get to go on one someday. Thank you for the wonderful feedback, I really appreciate it!

  74. I’ve been on a cruise so far. The performance of the Elegant night looks interesting. I should check out what options I have here in Europe.

    1. I hope you get to go on one sometime! I was actually looking at a cruise that went from Spain to various places over there, may be worth checking out. The elegant night is so neat! It’s my favorite night, I love to see everyone’s outfit.

  75. The pictures are great! You seem to have had a great experience.

    1. I definitely did have a great time on the cruise. Thank you.

  76. What a timely post! Am actually putting a cruise on my vision board as a long-term bucket list intention. Book-marking this to read again when the big day comes!

    1. That’s amazing! I hope you get to go on one someday. I need to make a vision board, they always look so neat for plans for the future! I’m glad you found this helpful enough to bookmark it! Thank you for the great feedback.

  77. I hope I will get to go on a one some day! I went on a cruise excursion with my boyfriend to see how it looks and it’s epic! I would love to travel the world on a cruiser!

    1. I hope you do get to go on one someday! Cruise excursions are amazing. They are quite amazing and relaxing. I would love to travel the world on a cruise, it’s on my bucket list to go on a long cruise one day. Thank you for sharing!

  78. Cruises never appealed to me because I thought I would be stuck on the ship, however swimming with sting rays sounds like a must for my bucket list!

    1. I had the same feeling, but honestly the ship is so big that you never feel stuck. There’s so much to do. But swimming with the sting rays was an amazing experience! I definitely would suggest adding that to your bucket list!

  79. My family is planning a cruise for this year. We can’t wait! There’s a little bit of something for everyone.

    1. That’s amazing, they really are a wonderful way to travel. My personal favorite way actually. I hope you have so much fun and get to relax. There definitely is something for everyone on board.

  80. I have never been in a cruise. I recently learned that there`s a cruise from the Philippines to Taiwan and Japan. I hope to experience this seemingly fun type of vacation.

    ❀ Grace ❀

    1. Those sound amazing! I think I would definitely love to go go on one of those cruises. I hope you get to go on one someday, they are a great way to travel. Thank you for your wonderful comment, I really appreciate it!

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