Can you believe that I’ll be boarding a cruise ship in California in just a couple of weeks? I sure can’t.
But you see, this will be the first time I’ve been on something bigger than a BC Ferry and I’m told that I shouldn’t consider the Queen of Surrey to a cruise ship.
So off to Twitter I went looking for some tips. And tips were exactly what my friend Dixon sent me. In fact, he sent me ten of them.
@lyteforce 1) Wash your hands all the time and use the Purell dispensers on board religiously. 2) Tip your steward/waiter generously.— Dixon Tam (@DixonTam) March 4, 2015
Wash my hands? No problem. My OCD side will take care of this. But as to tipping the steward/waiter – aren’t the gratuities already included? In fact, I thought I paid for them.
@lyteforce 3) Sit w/ others in dining room to get to know other passengers. 4) Don't use ship to book shore excursions - expensive.— Dixon Tam (@DixonTam) March 4, 2015
Considering Marnie and I were late to booking this cruise, I don’t think we’ll have much option to sit by our lonesome for dinner. And there’s no ports of call – the boat is re-positioning itself to Vancouver – so won’t be booking anything. Definitely good to know for our cruise to Hawaii in September though.
@lyteforce 5) Pack extension cord & power bar if you're bringing electronics 6) Buy sunscreen before cruise 7) Pack a hat— Dixon Tam (@DixonTam) March 4, 2015
Hat, sunscreen and power bar. Done.
@lyteforce 8) Ask steward to clear out your mini-fridge so you can use it 9) Budget for formal photos on board -- your wife will want pics— Dixon Tam (@DixonTam) March 4, 2015
I wouldn’t have thought to ask that they EMPTY the mini-fridge. Good call! And what you mean I have to dress formally at some point? That sucks. I like my shorts.
@lyteforce 10) Relax. You don't have to do everything. Best part about cruising: Doing as much or as little as you want.— Dixon Tam (@DixonTam) March 4, 2015
Dude, have you seen the Terrace Pool on the Grand Princess? I’m going to be calling that home!
I don’t even care if it’s cold outside – we’re sailing northwards on the Pacific in March so I imagine it will be – you’re going to find me enjoying this view for as many minutes as my wife will allow me!
But Dixon wasn’t the only one who had a tip to share. My friend Nicole had this beauty:
@lyteforce - Eat. Eat and eat and eat.— Nicole van Zanten (@nicolevanzanten) March 4, 2015
She knows me so well!
But I’m sure there are more tips out there to be had! For instance, is there anything about the Grand Princess I should know? Or Princess cruise lines in general?