The new year is an opportunity for a fresh start and new personal goals. If you plan on cruising this year, here are some resolutions to make before you sail away.
Fitness goals are some of the most common New Year’s resolutions both made and broken. But it’s not a stretch to commit to hitting the gym at least twice during your cruise – even if it’s just walking for 10 minutes on the treadmill. No matter what fitness level you’re at, there’s something you can commit to do. Many ships even make this easier by having floor-to-ceiling windows with ocean views to enjoy while you’re working out.
Whether it’s your steward or your favorite bartender, make a resolution to get to know a crew member. Ask them where they’re from, how long they’ve worked for the cruise, what they miss about home, etc. Most crew members enjoy telling you about themselves because it creates a deeper, more personal connection than just crew member and cruiser.
Since the cruise itself is already paid for, it’s easy to just swipe your card once you’re onboard and think “I’ll worry about the bill when I get home.” But sometimes that onboard expense bill can end up causing a lot of undue stress after your cruise. Try creating a budget for onboard expenses like alcohol, the casino, or shore excursions that will allow you to have all your fun without regretting it later.
To make sure that onboard budget is enough for all your fun, commit to save more money for your cruise than you had planned. Decide you’re going to eat out less at home or sell some old things you don’t use anymore. There are many ways to find some extra spending money for your cruise.
5. Share your dining table If you typically eat your meals with only your cruise partner, decide to instead have your dinner with some other cruisers. You may meet a new friend that you can connect with and even cruise with again.
Wherever your cruise ship will call to port, research opportunities to engage in the port’s home culture. The cruise line may offer guided historical walking tour excursions, or there may be some museums you could visit on your own.