On Reddit, a new one cruise passenger asked more experienced travelers to share their best tips for the ship. They said, “I’m going on a cruise for the first time and I was wondering if there are any secret things to do on a cruise ship that a first-time visitor knows nothing about.”
One guest said: “Get up early one morning and take a walk around the ship, 6.30am or half an hour before sunrise is fine.
‘Walk the upper deck when it’s open. The solitude is great. The only people you see are the cleaning crew, a few other early risers and maybe a drunk still awake.
“Sit in a chair, watch the sunrise, watch the water go by, thank the crew for their hard work. I always think it’s cool that the ship is packed with passengers and crew and it’s still so quiet and peaceful.”
The majority of cruise passengers won’t be out before sunrise, so guests will likely have the ship to themselves.
If passengers do not have a cabin with a balcony, early on the deck may be the best time to enjoy the view in peace.
Another guest agreed, saying, “I’m so jealous. One of my best days on a cruise was early morning.
“Talk to the crew, enjoy the coolness. Heard the crew calling to the stevedores as the ship entered.
“Just little things. And the donuts were so fresh they were still warm.”
Early risers can be in for a treat, as they are likely to get a glimpse of ship life away from other passengers.
Night owls are not out of luck, though, as cruise guests also recommend that guests head up to the deck after dark.
One guest said: “Stargazing at night. If your ship has an accessible helipad, this is perfect because it is often deliberately dark.”
Another guest said: “My last cruise was too cloudy every night to get a good look at the stars. And I struggled to find a sufficiently dark space on Virgin. But I try every cruise.”
Stargazing on the open sea is a very special experience and guests can see much more than on land.
However, passengers should be careful when going to the deck at night as it can be dangerous.
Guests should follow the crew’s advice and stay behind any safety barriers when entering the deck.
Another guest said: “The most important thing is that you will never see these people again. Go crazy and do things you wouldn’t do at home – karaoke, trivia, dance competitions on the lido deck.
“Going on a cruise is like going downtown at night. If you wait for them to bring you pleasure, you’ll get bored.”
Cruise ships have all kinds of entertainment on their regular schedule, and guests can be involved in anything.
From karaoke to dress up contests, a cruise ship can be the perfect place to get a little crazy.
Some ships will regularly host comedy nights, dance competitions and cocktails for guests to indulge in.