Traveling by any means can be exciting, depending on a person's state of mind. To diminish the stress of your trip, a person needs to think ahead. A wise start would be to start packing at least two weeks before your departure. Some people begin packing as early as a month before they travel!
You need to think of everything that you would need to bring on your trip, making sure not to over-pack! You know, the stuff that you just engage temporarily if for only a moment? That would be like taking your medication, what about taking care of your personal effects, like shaving or waxing cream, (if that's your preference). Hair appliances, curling irons or rollers, scarves to tie your hair up at night, if you so choose. Be mindful of what you are able to take on a plane, liquids must be measured, 3. ozs. These rules need to be looked up on your flight information.
Are you going to get Dressed-to-the-Nines for the up-coming Captain's Dinner? Oh wait! Depending on how long you will be cruising, you may need an extra formal set of attire. A five-day cruise, you need only one form of formal wear. Plan on being gone longer? A seven-day cruise may require two formal nights of dining, where as a three-week cruise you may need to dress formally three or more times. The first night would be dinner with the captain. Dining with the Captain is a great honor.
Perhaps you're not interested in all of that fan fare. There are other restaurants that you may enjoy. There can be an international restaurant, or any of the specialty restaurants throughout the ship. There are also casual dining areas, such as buffets. What ever suits your taste!
Did you know that there is a spa treatment area right there on the ship? It's usually on the highest floor. If you look at the ships. there are plenty of levels. At least 13 floors! The Spa treatment area is usually on the ninth floor. There is so much to see! Yes, they do have the little shops that sell jewelry; clothes and other small trinkets and keepsakes for you to purchase if you want.
Any more, there is also a gaming area for adults who like to have fun gambling. If you are adventurous enough to play and win, you can collect your winnings up to a day before your cruise adventure is over. There is also Karaoke bar where people can sing like they just won an Oscar, somewhere!
Let's go back to the spa center. A passenger can get a facial; mani / pedi (Manicure / Pedicure); and there is also a beauty salon. Then, there is an option for full body treatment that could take up a few hours. This is a great time to pass the time away on the days where the ship is sailing toward a planned destination.
How about family time, where there are performances for children and adults alike? Do you like comedy? What about plays? There is so much to do, it's hard to get them all in, unless you are that traveler that can plan things to a T, going strictly by the time schedule you've been allotted for your vacation.
Everyday, when you wake up, get dressed, and attend your adventure on the ship. Each cabin or suite has a steward that offers to your every need, makes sure your bed is made, the room is cleaned, with a towel animal left behind on your bed. After being away for a while, you may be tired, and want to take a rest for a moment to soak in the moment of your surroundings, realizing that you are actually where you are!
A well thought out vacation can be great if things turn out to be a success, but what happens to those time that do not go over so well? For a person who refuses to find any fault in their vacation, they will always have a follow-up just in case things go awry. When you as a traveller returns home, you will reflect on your cruise and say, "Wow! That was fun! I want to do that again!" OR you can be the one who could have had more fun, saying, "Next time, I'll do it differently." With a look of disappointment on your face.
I find it hard to believe that ANYONE would go on a cruise and say they had a bad time. One footnote to keep in mind, is that the ship is on a tight schedule. There is an itinerary that they do follow. Remember when I mentioned people who are very strict about keeping their schedule to they can squeeze as much activity as they could? This cruise schedule would probably work for us perfectly for that person! These are not the best instructions on taking a problem-free cruise, but it's a start!