Check out our ever-growing list of Ship Tips – cruising tips for getting the most out of your dental continuing education vacation!
Bring a power adapter for more outlets in your cabin!*
Cruise cabins have a limited number of outlets. Whether from having several people sharing the same cabin or suite, or just having a lot of your own electronics you need to use or charge, it can be helpful to bring an adapter or two.
*Just remember to get an adapter that doesn’t have a surge protector, because they aren’t allowed on board!
Bring a mobile charger for your phone or tablet!
You probably won’t spend a lot of time in your cabin, and you’ll rarely find an outlet you can use around the ship. Bringing a mobile charging device for your phone or tablet can be a major convenience!
There’s An App For That!
Before setting sail on any cruise, be sure to download the cruise line’s app to your mobile device. This will allow you to have ready access to a detailed map of the whole ship, as well as the ship’s schedule — so not only will you know what time the dance club opens, but you’ll know how to get there!
On most cruise line apps you can even book excursions — so you don’t have to wait in the guest services line.
Bonus: Smiles at Sea now has an app for each event!
Go Ahead — Wine About It!
Am I allowed to bring alcohol onboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship?
Per Royal Caribbean’s onboard alcohol guest policy, “Guests are not allowed to bring beer or hard liquor onboard for consumption or any other use.” BUT… “On boarding day, guests may bring onboard two (2) 750 ml bottles of personal wine or champagne per stateroom in their carry-on luggage.” Read the full policy here
Eat All The Things! Nom Nom Nom
Don’t you hate when you’re looking at the menu and you just can’t decide which between the tempting options? Well, I’ve got a delightful tip for you…
On cruise ships, you can order as much as you want in the main dining room and other restaurants. Feel free to order a 2nd (or 3rd… heck, even 4th) appetizer, entree, or dessert!
Let loose and enjoy yourself! It’s not just a conference, it’s a vacation!
Don’t Waste Time in Line – Relax a While Longer
Cruise ships usually offer passengers that want to carry all their bags with them early debarkation. This might sound like a great idea because you want to get off the ship first and hurry to back home.
Unfortunately, everyone else has the same idea, meaning lines for early debarkation get really long and may take an hour (or more!) to get through.
So unless you have an early flight to catch, avoid the massive traffic jams and enjoy some extra time relaxing on board. Have some food at the buffet or hang out in a cafe, soaking in the vacation some more while the lines clear.