Cruisin’ For A Good Time!

Carnival Freedom

Because I have a weakness for cruising, I thought I would share some tips on cruising the high seas! My last cruise was on the Carnival Freedom; I can’t wait to cruise again! In my opinion, cruises are so much fun!  Whether you’ve never cruised before, or you are an old pro at cruising; I hope you enjoy the following tips!

    • Let a travel professional help you! Many times the price you see on an online special will not include the port charge, taxes, or fuel surcharge. A travel agent can give you the actual cost, with no hidden fees.  We can also take care of everything for you from printing out your boarding passes to submitting everything to homeland security to help you board the ship fast and easy!
    • Things to pack: Over the Door Hanging Shoe Organizer– space is limited in your room. This is a great use of space because it hangs. You can store things like makeup, toiletry items, room key, etc. It also takes up very little space in your luggage.
    • Things to pack: Post-it Notes and BIC Ball Pen: If you need anything from housekeeping, you can simply leave a note. You can also leave notes for the person you are sharing the room with (since you will likely not be using a cell phone while on the cruise).  Cruise ships are HUGE, so leaving a note for your roommate can save you a great deal of time.
    • Things to pack: Surge Protector – electrical outlets are limited in the cabins. This is something that is small and lightweight and can be very convenient while on a cruise.
    • Things to pack: BIC Brite Liner Highlighter – Most cruise lines will place an itinerary in your room for the following day’s activities. You can read through it and highlight anything that interests you.  The highlighter will make the time and location stand out on the page so that you don’t miss anything fun!
    • Things to pack: Water Shoes – Some of the destinations will have a beautiful sandy beach, but once you get to the water it can be very rocky under the surface. Water shoes will make water activities more comfortable.
    • Things to pack: Beach Bag – I will bring this as my carry on bag for the cruise.  I will put in my swimsuit, a change of clothes, and my medication.  This allows me to hit the pool if I’d like once I get on the ship, gives me a fresh pair of clothes for dinner, and I don’t have to worry about my medication getting to my room- because I have it all with me! It usually takes a few hours for all of the luggage to get delivered to your room.  I also use the bag to take off the ship with me when we are in port. I like to use a large bag that has room for a beach towel, my water shoes, and a change of clothes.
    • There is something going on 24/7 on a cruise ship. You will never have to worry about being board.  You can stay as busy or as laid back as you like!


Each cruise will vary in the onboard entertainment provided, but you can usually expect: Broadway style shows, comedians, dance lessons, casino, cooking classes, wine tastings, art auctions, water slides, rock climbing walls, basketball court, putt-putt golf, swimming, on-deck movies, dance clubs, bars, ice sculpture presentations, multiple activities for kids of all ages.

If you want an easy way to find your room, place a balloon on the outside of the door. This will allow you to easily spot your door down a long hall of cabin doors. I made these name tags for each door of our travel party and placed magnets on them. It made our doors stand out in a long hall!

Big Girl and our room steward, Tony posing for a photo in front of our door decorations!

If you would like to try out the casino, but are worried about spending too much money, a great option is to try the slot machine tournament. Most cruise lines will offer this.  It is usually around $20 to enter. It is really fun and there are great prizes to be won.  I speak from experience! I once won the slot tournament and received $500 cash, a trophy, and a t-shirt!

I always enter the slot machine tournament! So much fun!

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