Cruise lines nowadays are getting bigger and better. They set cruise to more exotic places and promise to provide luxurious vacation to their cruisers. While most passengers are pleased with the experience, what they don’t know is that there are underlying secrets to this industry that you cannot find in promotional sites and glossy brochures.
It’s not that you should steer clear from cruising, but as a cruiser, you deserve to know the issue and quirks of going on a cruise before you decide on the kind of vacation you want to book.
- Rooms With Balconies are Overrated
Expect to pay 25% more for a cabin with balcony. Many first-time cruisers fall into this trap, and spend much more on this unnecessary amenity. What most people don’t know is that port calls and on-board activities will pull them out from the cabin, therefore spending less time in the stateroom. If you intend to splurge on this, make sure your view isn’t obstructed (i.e. lifeboats and pool deck overhang) and isn’t overly exposed to other passengers.
- You Might Skip the Port You’re Eyeing
Cruise ships shift itineraries without prior notice, and they do so frequently due to mechanical issues, bad weather and safety purposes. For example, if the weather is too windy, larger ships avoid tighter ports. Itineraries also likely change if safety is an issue. If riots flare up in Indonesia, the ship may direct to the next port or spend another day at the sea. The compensation for missed port? Usually nothing, all thanks to that fine print on the contract you signed when you first book the trip.
- Casinos Don’t Follow Rules
Casinos in cruise ships operate on international seas with no government agency checking on them, so expect no fair play in these places. At first, it may appear like a lucky day for you, but you’ll be stripped off of your wins after a couple of games. If you don’t welcome the idea of losing, walk away. The ship never loses in any way.
- The Ship Won’t Wait For You
Delayed flight on the debarkation day? Lost track of time in Singapore? Got stuck in traffic in China? Sorry, but your ship isn’t going to wait for you. The captain won’t delay the entire trip to accommodate your carelessness. Poor judgment can cause pricey consequences as the money spent travelling to meet up with the vessel at the next stop is from your own pocket.
- Crime Happens
While cruise lines’ security systems generally maintain peace on-board, crimes can happen and many of this isn’t publicized (of course). From sexual assaults to cabin theft and drug use, a ship’s security authorities have their hands full. In order to avoid any unfortunate circumstances, cruisers need to be vigilant on or off the ship.
However, despite all of this, high-sea voyages are generally peaceful affairs, so don’t despair. Just always keep these important points in mind, and you’ll be sailing smoothly on your next high-sea trip.