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6 Not So Obvious Cruise Tips You Need to Know About

Are you going on a cruise? There are some lesser-known tips that can greatly improve your cruise experience. Here are not-so-obvious cruise tips you need to know about!

1. Wine Follows You

A not-so-obvious cruise tip is that your wine bottle follows you. If you buy a bottle of wine in one location, let’s say the main dining room on a cruise, you can access your bottle of wine at a different location, such as a specialty restaurant, or finish it off the next day in the dining room. Just ask the bartender or server to find your bottle for you.

This means there’s no need to order wine by the glass. Always go for the bottle since it’s usually much cheaper. Now that your wine bottle goes where you go on the cruise ship, there is no pressure to finish the entire bottle in one sitting!

This little tip will save you money- order wine by the bottle instead of by the glass. You can thank me later!

Not so Obvious Cruise Tips

2. You Can Walk Around with Your Wine

Another not-so-obvious cruise tip is that you can drink anywhere on the ship. Yes, there are no open-bottle rules, so you can walk around with your wine glass wherever you like. This means you can bring your wine to the main dining room for dinner or take it with you to the theater to enjoy the show.

For example, when I go to a cocktail party for cruise loyalty members, I always order an extra round of drinks to take with me to my next activity.

3. Beware of the Balcony Cabin Door Wind Tunnel

If you’ve never stayed in a balcony cabin before, you might not be aware of this, but there’s a wind tunnel effect when you simultaneously open the balcony and cabin doors. Opening both doors at once creates a strong gust of wind that can cause the cabin door to slam shut with a lot of force.

This can be quite scary, especially for young children. So, always make sure to firmly hold the cabin door when you open it with the balcony door open.

Alternatively, closing the balcony door before leaving the cabin is a good idea. It’s also important to ensure that your kids know about the wind tunnel so they can be extra careful with the cabin doors or get an adult to help them if it’s too heavy to manage.

Not so Obvious Cruise Tips

4. You Need to Pack a Carry On Bag

If you’ve never been on a cruise before, it may not have occurred to you to bring a carry-on bag. However, having one packed with all your first-day essentials is important because it can take a few hours for your checked luggage to be delivered to your cabin.

Your carry-on should include items like a toiletry bag, kids’ toys, bathing suits, and any necessary medication. Without your bathing suits in your carry-on, you won’t be able to enjoy the pool until almost dinnertime, when your checked luggage arrives.

Don’t forget about your carry-on bag on the last day either, since the cruise staff will collect your luggage the night before, leaving you in need of a carry-on to hold your toiletries and clothing.

5. You Can Get Free Onboard Credit by Being a Shareholder

A not-so-obvious cruise tip is that you can get free onboard credit as a cruise line shareholder. It’s not widely known, but it’s true. To qualify for the credit, you generally need to own a minimum number of shares and make the request in advance.

For example, Norwegian Cruise Line provides shareholders with $50 to $250 onboard credit per stateroom for cruises on Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises or Regent Seven Seas Cruises. To be eligible, you must own at least 100 shares and submit your request 15 days before sailing. 

Carnival Cruise also offers shareholders $50 to $250 onboard credit. You must own a minimum of 100 shares and put in your request no later than 14 days before the cruise departure date. This benefit extends to Princess Cruise, Holland America, Seabourn, Cunard, and Costa Cruise sailings. 

If you’re a loyal cruiser or have a future cruise booked, it’s worth checking if there are any shareholder benefits. For example, you might consider purchasing at least 100 shares to receive free onboard credit! For more details, check out How to Get Free Money on a Cruise as Shareholder (up to $1000)

6. You Can get Free Champagne from the Art Auctions

A not-so-obvious cruise hack that everyone should know about is that you can get free champagne on cruises. Simply attend the art auctions! These art auctions give out complimentary champagne to the attendees, and there’s no pressure to buy any artwork!┬áCheck out my article 10 Ways to Score Free Champagne at a Cruise (How to Get Free Drinks!)

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