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After reading these posts for quite a while now in preparation for our first cruise, I have found many of your suggestions VERY helpful, especially on the little things. It made me start wondering, though, if I'm overlooking any of the obvious mistakes as a first-timer. So, to all you experienced cruisers, I'm asking what do you think is the most common mistake made by first time cruisers.

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After reading these posts for quite a while now in preparation for our first cruise, I have found many of your suggestions VERY helpful, especially on the little things. It made me start wondering, though, if I'm overlooking any of the obvious mistakes as a first-timer. So, to all you experienced cruisers, I'm asking what do you think is the most common mistake made by first time cruisers.

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That's an easy one, overpacking. You will not need nearly as much as you think you will. On my 1st 4-night cruise I had 2 suitcases and a carry on, now, I'm down to one bag and a carry on with room to spare.
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Take more Money, You will need more than you planed.
I was afraid of that.
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I think many first timers, try to schedule "every minute" of the cruise, and don't leave room for serendipity....also, first timers think, only buying a ships tour is the way to do it..
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Trinkets. Souvioners. T-shirts. I still have a lot of these things from my first cruise back in '97. Some still in the bags I bought them in . Try to limit that.
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It's the old Las Vegas caveat :

Pack half as much clothing and bring twice as much money!
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Don't expect so much from the cruise that you'll be disappointed. It will be great, but probably not perfect.
But, I bet you'll be hooked and start talking sbout where your next cruise will go before you get off this one.
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Forgetting the passports or travel docs.

Not as common as overpacking, but when this mistake is discovered at the dock all you can do is wave to the ship. Seen this happen once to a party of 6.

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After reading these posts for quite a while now in preparation for our first cruise, I have found many of your suggestions VERY helpful, especially on the little things. It made me start wondering, though, if I'm overlooking any of the obvious mistakes as a first-timer. So, to all you experienced cruisers, I'm asking what do you think is the most common mistake made by first time cruisers.

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All of the above to a certain extent, but also worrying too much about getting sea sick-doesn't happen very often on these modern ships.
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Gambling!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Losing it all the first night of cruise.
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I am sure you have read or seen the "lists" that are suggested. Print one
out and check off these items (IF needed) as you pack. I would find
a place (spare bedroom is best) to start putting aside the clothes and stuff
you THINK you may need. Then plan your clothes for each day and where
you will be - then start to eliminate and try to "streamline" your clothing
choices - for ex. a couple pair of shorts and extra tops (in case). You don't need matching shoes for each outfit - too heavy and takes up too much space. Anyway who the heck is going to look at your shoes ??
Good walking shoes, something for the beach and pool, and a pair of dress shoes - roll your clothes - few wrinkles and more efficient. Leave
the good jewelry at home - extra batteries for your camera and memory
cards are a must (very expensive in the islands). A portable water bottle
with strap or holder. Oh - a travel purse that you can wear "cross body"
which holds alot but is not bulky - Travelon makes some great bags. OK,
I'll stop now - like others suggest - "half as many clothes and twice as much money" !!! Have a great time.
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Don't forget to have your mail held and the paper stopped for the time you are gone.
Make sure appliances like irons and coffee pots are turned off.
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Call your credit cards a couple days before you leave. Let them know you will be out of the country and using your cards. Give them a list of where you will be going. That way your credit card company won't put a block on your card. They may block your usage if they think these are bogus or unauthorized charges and they can't reach you to verify them!
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Most common mistake?



You forget that you are on a cruise. A lot of people bring the everyday life on board like rushing, detailed planning, hassle etc.

Your last rush and hassle is running towards the gangway. When you step of the gangway and onto the ship no more running. If they tell you the room is ready at 1pm. Cool, take it. Don't be like some first time cruisers who I heard *****ing "but when I go to a hotel I can go straight to my room".

Time stops on a cruise. Nothing can shake you, nothing can bother you. Leave the aggravation in the port.

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Really, that is what a cruise should be all about. We stress all week at work and home, when it is time to get on the ship, leave all of your worries behind. What a great vacation a cruise is! Bob
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After reading these posts for quite a while now in preparation for our first cruise, I have found many of your suggestions VERY helpful, especially on the little things. It made me start wondering, though, if I'm overlooking any of the obvious mistakes as a first-timer. So, to all you experienced cruisers, I'm asking what do you think is the most common mistake made by first time cruisers.

Thanks!
In my experience, the three most common mistakes are

(1) Booking on a cruise line that is a poor match for one's personal style and tastes, often because somebody else whose styles and tastes are different happened to recommend it,

(2) Failure to read the pre-cruise information package thoroughly and heed what it says, and

(3) Indiscriminate spending on things that seem like "gotta have" souvenirs that leads to "sticker shock" when one gets the statement of one's shipboard account at the end of the cruise.

Let me amplify on these.

>> Each cruise line has its own style, manifest in types of activities aboard ship, standards of evening dress, cuisine in the main dining room, frequency of announcements over the ship's public address system, programs for children, youth, and teens or lack thereof, etc. If you make a poor choice of cruise line, you're bound to feel like a fish out of water for the duration.

>> Your cruise line spent a considerable sum to prepare your precruise information package because they have learned, through experience, that people who are not aware of the information therein tend to wind up in situations that are awkward or embarrassing at best. If you read the package thoroughly and make sure that you understand what it says, you'll avoid this fate.

>> A cruise line, like any other corporation, is in business to make profits for those of us who own their stock (or the stock of their parent companies) -- and most cruise ships offer plenty of opportunities to turn your money into their profits while you are aboard ship! The sums might seem small -- $7.50+15% each for an extra drink, $15.00 for that souvenir photo taken at embarkation, $2.50 for a premium coffee from the shop in the atrium when you could get a standard cup of coffee for free at the cafe on the Lido Deck, $20.00 for the workout class when you could do the same workout on your own for free, $15.00 per person to dine in a specialty restaurant rather than in the main dining room, an extra $100 in chips at the casino, $10.00 or whatever per game for Bingo, $30.00 for a darling print at the art auction even though you're not sure where you'll display it, etc. -- but they add up very quickly. On my first cruise ("Western Caribbean" aboard MV Sun Princess in 1988), we saw a production show called "Pirates" toward the end of the cruise. I remember thinking, as I walked out of the theater, that there are still pirates on the high seas, and that they have merely changed their methods of operation so now their pray willingly hand over their money. You really don't need to spend like Congress, or even like a drunken sailor, to have a great time on a cruise!

BTW, you do know the difference between Congress and a drunken sailor, don't you? A drunken sailor stops spending when he runs out of money....

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Agree with the other poster...after you've packed, take at least two outfits and two pair of shoes back out. Pack half as much....and take at least 200.00 more than you budgeted for fun money. The bar tab, gambling fund, and pictures purchased add up faster than you would imagine.
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I'd have to say matching yourself with the right cruise line might be the single most important thing. After that, I'm gonna go with money and food.

Although food is beyond abundant still to this day, the quality of it has slipped somewhat. While certainly not bad, some lines are clearly not offering the level of food they once did. If your first cruise's expectation is one of epicurean splendor, you might want to research your line's food.

Oddly, this extends to a simple thing like coffee.
RCCL's coffee, last cruise we took in 06, was lousy. I don't drink coffee all day, but those couple of cups in the morning are huge with me, and RCCL's wasn't good. I know, maybe that is kind of picky.

Drink prices have made an enormous jump over the last 6-8-10 years, I would say. I'd further speculate this is one of the many ways lines keep cruise prices acceptable, by charging arms and legs for booze. If you plan on drinking, plan on separating yourself from a nice chunk of your money. We did and really didn't mind.

Also remember that if you bring your own booze on board, they can theoretically toss you off the ship. Going back a decade or so, that was not the case. There was no injunction against it at that time. It was common for a lot of cruisers to set up a bar in their room, complete with booze, beer, wine, ice, etc. FWIW, that last RCCL cruise in 06 I did bring some beer on board, and they saw it when boarding, yet smiled and said nothing. I have no idea why.

For guys like me, you'll likely spend your entire day in shorts and tees, so I wouldn't get all keyed up over nice shirts, slacks, dress shorts. Forget it, no one cares what you look like; at sea, or in port. This is especially true if you spend a lot of time on the pool deck, as most passengers do.

Dress at dinner? Most lines are not nearly as fussy as they were. Can someone tell me if HAL still requires a jacket at dinner? They used to, and were very strict about it. If you didn't have one, they had a rack full of them in a corner of the dining room and would insist you put one on before being seated. I saw a near fistfight one first-night-out on board the Noordam.

Expectations of perfection are directly tied to your own level of satisfaction in everyday life. If you love to eat in diners, as we often do, then a ship will likely prove exceptional. If you are a gourmand, you might find yourself critical of the food, but certainly not to the point of it becoming a cruise-wrecker.

More money, less clothes, take the food for what it is...and have the time of your life!
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The Sween, you sound like the same type of cruise traveler that I am. Relax, have fun and no worries. Enjoy every moment. Bob
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Too many electronic leashes.......

If you want to enjoy your cruise, do not take any of these items with you for any reason whatsoever:

Cellular phone
Laptop computer
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Any other electronic device not already listed.

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Don't forget to book another cruise while you are aboard, there are some shipboard credits, and you will have another cruise to look forward to.

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All of the above PLUS...don't forget to bring a small bag
or carryon for the last night. Your suitcase is put out in the
hallway the last night and they
start taking the luggage down to a lower deck about midnight to 1:00 a.m.

You'll need a small bag for your PJ's, toiletries, etc.

You should have seen me stuffing all of the above into
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hello well i hate to go against the tide but underpacking was my biggest regret!!! clearly im the only one who thought so...lol but that was the only thing that went wrong for me. i brought a full suitcase but as a female i needed at least 2 outfits a day and when i ran out i had to borrow my sisters cloths it was horrible!!
iv'e been on 2 cruises and my next one is in two days im definitly overpacking because its better to be safe than sorry i figure.
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Hi Andrea: I agree with you in part - I have packed "outfits" in the past but this time around I will be taking several tops/per one pair of shorts
or pants. The formal wear is very lightweight so takes up no room at
all and I have foot problems so only a couple of comfortable shoes for
me (if I am not a "fashion plate" - so be it). For my DH - as he has
literally 100's of Tshirts - we will do the "give away/throw out" for him
not to mention - all the old underwear and socks. We are cruising for
30 days to South America with no laundermats on the ship so keeping
clean will be a "challenge". Don't want to pay $ 1 per pair of socks to be
washed and dried. Maybe I will string a clothesline on my balcony - wouldn't RCCL be thrilled about that !!
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I guess carefull planning and a good packing list is the secret here. Bob
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