A cruise is an excellent way to spend a vacation, especially if you like to visit a variety of places all in one fabulous ‘open seas’ adventure. Whether you are planning a family vacation, a romantic honeymoon or a much-needed escape from the everyday grind, a cruise across open water is a fantastic idea.

If you have been dreaming of a Mediterranean, Mexico or Caribbean cruise it may be wise to consider the following five cruise tips to make sure that your cruise experience is a smooth one.
The cruise industry has been booming over the years as a vast majority of people want to experience multiple destinations when they travel abroad. If you want to experience a stress-free cruise next time you book, make sure you check out these 5 cruise tips to ensure that you have the best cruise experience ever.

Treat Yourself to Ultimate Luxury and Pampering: Book All Inclusive
If this is a ‘once a year vacation’, why not treat yourself to the best of the best. If you can afford it, treat yourself to a cruise ship package that includes extras like massage treatments and 5-star VIP services. When booking a cruise it is best to book an all-inclusive package that includes everything from flight and cabin fees to meals, snacks and nightly onboard entertainment. You don’t want to have to worry about constant fees while you are on vacation.

Make a Packing List
Before you set off on your cruise adventure, make a proper packing list. It is important to realize that travel of any kind has its surprises. Bring everything that you require on a daily basis. This may include important medications, copies of your prescription, sun block, toiletries, seasickness pills such as Dramamine or Gravel, a hat that offers block from the sun, extra contact lenses, a second pair of eye glasses, ear plugs, eye mask and anything else important. The last thing you want is to be out at sea without the necessary items. But don’t hesitate to leave your laptop at home, you can always work and play online games again once you’re back. Enjoy the vacation without the gadgets.

Avoid Booking During High Season
As with all vacation properties and cruise packages, booking in the high season might be a big mistake. If you are trying to save money but still want to have the vacation of a lifetime, book in the low season. Try booking your cruise adventure later in the summer and into the fall months. If you book a cruise at Christmas time or during Spring Break you will either end up broke or stuck onboard with a rowdy bunch of spring breakers. Another tip when booking is to try and book port departures during the weekdays and not on weekends.

Do Your Research Before Booking
Ask your friends and family about their previous cruise experiences and decide which all inclusive cruise package is for you. Word of mouth can go a long way when it comes to saving money on travel, so start asking around to see how your family and friends saved and what their cruise booking tactics were. Some questions to consider are, ‘did they go through an online travel retailer or an agent? Did they choose an all-inclusive cruise package? If so, with what company and what was the price range? Was it family-friendly, for singles looking to mingle or was it best suited for romantic couples and honeymooners?’

Learn About Tipping Etiquette
If you have never cruised before then you should learn about tipping practices while onboard. It is always smart to know if you are tipping too little or too much and to also know what tip amount is suitable and fair for each employee and their services.