In this blog, the crew at Ace Luxury, offer their best tips gathered from 35 years of transporting cruise guests to Port Canaveral.
Now that you are on your cruise and followed our Getting From Your Home To The Cruise Port tips, it’s time to start the fun. With so much to see and do, we’ve put together a few tips to avoid cruise burn-out, setting up personal itineraries, and some “must do” tips while on your cruise.
Tip #1: Avoid Cruise Burnout
Our first tip is to remember to sleep, there’s so much to do and see that you may think you have to do it all. What is most important is remembering to rest, and try to get a full 8 hours of sleep at night, and don’t be afraid to take a short nap during the day.
You can also take rests throughout the day where you can just relax and unwind between activities. After eating lunch sit and enjoy the scenery for an extra 10 minutes to let your food settle, and get ready for your next adventure. Get enough rest from the sun during the day as well, and avoid sunburns and heat exhaustion by taking a break in the shade for a while. Believe it or not, too much sun exposure can make you more fatigued.
Stay hydrated and eat healthy, dehydration can lead to migraines, muscle cramps, and a list of other vacation ruining symptoms. Loading up with too much fried and fatty foods can lead to upset stomachs and nausea, fatigue and rapid weight gain. Fitting in a healthy meal will help give you the energy you need to get to the next activity without feeling miserable. Speaking about activities, make sure you space out your activities throughout the day so you’re not running from one thing to another without a break in between.
Take some alone time, and go to the on board gym while everyone else takes a nap. You could also relax by the pool while others go to an activity. This will help keep everyone from getting tired of each other and help unwind and relax.
Tip #2: Suggestions for Personal Itineraries
There’s always an activity on each cruise that you’ll just have to do or a place you’ll need to see. We recommend that you view the daily newsletter to see what activities, shows, or specialty foods are available that day.
Both the Disney cruise and the Caribbean offer jet ski excursions, and they’re a lot of fun. The tour guide takes you far from the ship to a sandbar in the middle of the water, where you can see the bottom of the ocean, in the clear blue waters.
If the tour guide is going a little faster than you’re comfortable with, don’t worry, they will circle the line around so slower drivers don’t get left behind. Some Disney cruises have the AquaDuck water slide, and it’s an activity you have to try. There is almost always a long line for the slide, so it’s best to ride while at port when most people are off the ship.
Many cruises offer on board Broadway-style live shows, comedy shows, game shows, and trivia contests. These are fun activities and a great experience you may not normally be able to experience outside of a cruise.
If you are doing a snorkeling excursion at port, make sure you bring your own snorkel to save money. If you packed your own goggles as well, you can have your own private snorkeling excursion for free off the beach. You will be able to see enough sea life in shallow waters, and you might even see a small shark.
Royal Caribbean offers a variety of dolphin interaction excursions, both in shallow water and deep water. The deep water dolphin interaction allows you to swim with the dolphins, and features a foot push, where dolphins push you through the water by your feet. The shallow water interaction lets you swim, play, and even kiss the friendly dolphins.
What better way to explore the Belizean jungle or be one with the ancient Maya, than by tubing down the river. Carnival offers the exclusive Crystal Cave Tubing & Zip-line excursion that’s fun and exciting. The tour guide tells you interesting facts about Belizean culture, history, and geology as you drive through savannas and villages to get to the hidden destination. From there, you'll take a 500 foot zip-line through the trees to get to the caverns where you begin your tubing journey.
Norwegian offers a fun and exciting ATV Jungle & Beach Adventure excursion in Costa Maya, Mexico. The tour guide takes you on a drive along the coastline of Costa Maya on an ATV. After about an hour you arrive at a private beach with cool drinks, warm waters, and fun in the sand.
Tip #3: Helpful On Board Tips
Explore the ship, you may find unpopulated areas when you don’t have any plans scheduled and just have time to walk around and hang out. You may discover a quiet café that you didn’t know was there.
Are there multiple food items on the menu that look good? Want to try a couple different meals? Order more than one entrée, dessert, or appetizer at dinner, you’re allowed to.
When disembarking at ports of call bring plenty of single dollar and five dollar bills. If you go to straw markets you can usually bargain with them for a better price. You should also get a lanyard for your sea pass to keep around your neck to avoid losing it.
You will gain weight on your cruise, there is an abundance of food that is available at all times of the day. It can be difficult to eat healthy with every meal and limit the amount of food you eat. Walking around the ship frequently can help prevent you from gaining too much weight, and it will also help you stay active, energetic, and healthy.
Constantly wash your hands and use hand sanitizer. While the crew does everything it can to keep germs away not all passengers have the same hygiene that you may expect. Frequent hand washing and using hand sanitizer will help prevent you from getting sick. Participate in all the activities you want and can handle.
We know that this is an exciting time when it comes to planning your trip and preparing for your cruise. Make sure that you plan your transportation from the airport to your cruise port. Ace Luxury Transportation will make sure you arrive at the port and pick you up. This way you have the ability to rest and relax on the drive back to the hotel or home, instead of stressing about where you parked the car and getting out of the parking lot.