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Cruise Carefree with our Cruise Tips!

Ryan on Mar 01, 2014

Cruise Carefree with our Cruise Tips!

7 travel tips to less stress and more fun!

Cruise Sale Finder is all about getting you the best price so you can cruise as much as possible. We also want to make sure you have a good time doing it! Here are a few of our tips for getting the most out of your cruising experience and ensuring less stress and more fun every step of the way.

  1. Make sure you have everything you need! You don't want to overpack, but the essentials are, well, essential. Buying things onboard or at port stops can be expensive. Commonly forgotten items include toothbrushes, cameras, warm jackets and bathing suits.
  2. First on the agenda should be a thorough exploration of the ship. You don't want to get to the last day and suddenly discover a fabulous cafe, glam nightclub or hidden away ice-cream parlour which had gone unnoticed- just think of the missed opportunities.
  3. Be nice to the crew. This may or may not result in little extras for you, but it will very likely result in them being nice back, and a smiling person is much more pleasant to deal with than a serious one.
  4. Read your daily newsletter if you are given one. Most cruise lines will publish these and have them available or delivered to every cabin each day. They are goldmines of information for those who love to be busy! They will tell you what activities, competitions, gatherings and parties are happening and where, so will help in laying out a plan of attack for the day.
  5. Big partier? Book an inside cabin! The lack of natural light is a great aid to sleeping in, and you aren't likely to spend too much time in your cabin anyway. However, do pack an alarm clock for those morning activities you don't want to miss.
  6. Wear sunscreen at all times. We all know how uncomfortable a burn can be, and you don't want that slowing you down. This is especially important in Australia and New Zealand where the ozone layer is lacking. 
  7. Foodies should definitely try out the specialty restaurants. Although these incur an extra charge, they are worth it for those who love a gourmet dining experience- and the cover fee is subsidised by your cruise fare so it is much less than you might pay onshore. Ships with many specialty dining venues may offer a discounted package to those who wish to try all or multiple restaurants.

So enjoy your cruise, take loads of photos and relax whether you be looking at taking a cruise with P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises, or another line which takes your fancy, Cruise Sale Finder has all the cheap cruises and tips on offer to make your cruising experience seamless and stress free.

I was employed as the District Sales Manager for Carnival Australia, based in NZ, before setting up Cruises Online, now Cruise Sale Finder, (the owners of this website) in 2008. I am passionate about cruising and have enjoyed many voyages to and around destinations such as Alaska, Mexico, South Pacific and New Zealand. I have cruised on Pacific Dawn, Pacific Jewel, Pacific Pearl, Pacific Sun, Pacific Star, Sun Princess, Golden Princess, Pacific Princess, Royal Princess, Celebrity Solstice, Celebrity Silhouette, Voyager of the Seas, Carnival Spirit and Carnival Pride.

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  • Nov 17, 2017 by patricia howell-smith

    I have cruised on pacific Jewel,Pacific pearl, Pacific Sun, .Sun princess, golden princess, Pacific Princess, voyager of the seas,Carnival Spirit,, Carnival Legend, Radiance of the seas, and Himilaya

  • Oct 19, 2017 by LInda

    HI there , I received the attached email from you but I cannot find any details of our cabin, deck or confirmation with you and I searched P&O and they do not have my details at all. Seeing as it is only 4 weeks away I would like confirmation now if possible. Kind regards, Linda Zadra

  • Oct 11, 2017 by Melissa

    Can you pls tell me what currency we use at ports/islands/onshore. Also where do i find info about bag weight/size and how far in advance do we 'check in' online? No one has asked for passport details yet-when/how does that happen? I find the P & O site very confusing so would appreciate a reference to a page which explains finer details. Thank you.

  • Jul 28, 2017 by Kevin Maher

    Looking forward to my first cruise @ 70 years of age. Paid double as only way to travel as single. What are the chances of getting some bonus as I won't be able to eat for 2 people? Bonus money for cruise line. How about free coffee card and free water to cabin? Thank you for seamless booking process. Kevin Maher

  • Dec 7, 2016 by arthur

    do i get my $25 credit aftr completing all

  • Sep 17, 2016 by Janice

    Booked on the Dawn in 2014 with P & O,,,27 nights,,,3 back to back,,, booked with Cruise Sale finder another 3 cruises twice 2016 and 2017. what discounts can we get on the 2017 cruise??????

  • Sep 17, 2016 by Janice

    Show off........LOL

  • Aug 16, 2016 by Jennifer May

    Thankyou for all the useful information, we are first timers to cruising. As this trip is to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary we want it to be special.

  • May 14, 2015 by Dennis & Ann Carter

    Thanks for all the information you have given us, First time cruisers, looking forward to having a great time. Thanks

  • Feb 20, 2015 by Francesco Mirabilio

    Thank your for everything very helpful and very frently will recommend your to anyone.

  • Feb 16, 2015 by Rita Magnussen

    Thanks for all the info,just one question,who do we contact re actual boarding time??? thankyou

  • Jan 23, 2015 by Jacqueline Plaistowe

    Looking forward to a wonderful trip around NZ.

  • Jan 23, 2015 by Michelle Wayne

    Thanks sunds fantastic, as I'm first time cruser and a late one at 70 years old unfortunately not very mobile due to problems with a pain in my back, I would like to know what are there to do for erderly slow wolkes like me.I will be spending a lot of time in the pool due to special exsesizes

  • Dec 29, 2014 by Alison Smith


  • Dec 15, 2014 by Bob Baker

    Re power, ALWAYS carry both a USA and a European adapter when cruising, ALL ships offer outlets for one or both -- few have Australian 3 pin outlets. As soon as your booking is confirmed, log in on the net and check available tours, etc. You can usually reserve them but defer actual payment/confirmation until the first day aboard, that way you get the tours you want at your preferred time.

  • Nov 29, 2014 by Gail Pilz

    I want to thank Cruise Republic for everything in the lead up to our cruise. As this is our first time we were not sure about a lot of aspects of cruising but you have supplied us with so much helpful information that I feel confident we are truly ready for the experience. I will recommend you to anyone we know that may be considering a cruise for their next holiday.