And just like that, your countdown clock tells you it’s finally the day you’ve been waiting for! All you have to do is get to the pier, board the ship and have an awesome time. But over the years, we’ve discovered a few things you can do to make that first day even better, and we’re here to tell you what those cruise embarkation tips are!
We’ve all seen the videos of people running to catch the ship as it’s pulling out of some exotic port. But there are some folks who wind up doing the same thing even on that very first day! Trust us when we say that the last thing you want is to start your vacation running around like an Amazing Race contestant trying to avoid being eliminated by Phil Keoghan.
Unless you have the most impeccable timing ever, you’ll likely wind up having to spend a little time hanging out at the port before being able to board. So take a seat and then observe the people around you. Why? To find out who you should try and avoid during the week! If someone is loudly complaining before they’ve even boarded, you don’t need to see their passport to know it reads Debbie (or Donald) Downer! On the flip side, you can often meet new folks while waiting for your boarding number to be called. We once wound up bonding with a group of women who spent the next week being the life of every party… and making sure we were “dragged” into the fun!