Before You Take That Cruise ...
Five things every intrepid traveller ought to know before shipping out
By Sophie Goldstein,  Newser User
Posted Oct 23, 2007 6:04 PM CDT
In this photo provided by Carnival Cruise Lines, passengers aboard the Carnival Liberty relax in a whirlpool and view live soccer on video screen while cruising off the southern coast of Italy in this...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Don't travel blind on your first cruise.  USA Today has some tips for novices:

  1. Find the right cruise for you by consulting,, or a travel agent.
  2. Need formal wear for dinner? Probably not, but check out the eating arrangements before you pack.

  1. Pack flip-flops, a robe, a clock, and enough clothing to avoid costly on-board laundering.
  2. If money is a concern, stick with free on-board activities such as the pool. Book tours on-site instead of through the cruise line.
  3. Know the tipping rules. It may help to figure out gratuities at the end of the cruise, when you know who deserves a little extra.