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NEW TO CRUISE


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INSPECT THE DINING ROOM


If you’ve signed up to eat in the main dining room, pay an early visit and check your table location. If it’s not what you wanted, have a polite word with the maître d’ about moving. If you’ve requested a special diet, check that the maître d’ knows plus any dietary requirements.


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Getting Settled In things to do before


Boarding a big ship for the fi rst time can be exciting and overwhelming. Here are Sue Bryant’s top tips on how to make the most of your fi rst day on board


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Tour the ship Chances are that your cabin won’t be available


when you board and your luggage will still be in the system, as you’ll have handed it over to a porter before checking in. So pick up a plan of the ship at reception, start on the highest deck and take yourself on a tour, from top to bottom.


APRIL/MAY 2012 | Choose your


excursions Most cruise lines offer a chance to pre-book excursions online and some tours will sell out, but there is always some fl exibility on board. Avoid the queues at the tour desk and book via the TV in your cabin.


CREATE A SCHEDULE Some ships provide a helpful schedule for the week,


detailing what port you’re in, arrival and departure time, dress code for the evening and what show is in the theatre that night, with spaces to add shore excursions, dinner reservations and so on. If there isn’t one, create your own. However un-spontaneous it seems, even a rudimentary plan can help.


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PHOTOS: CELEBRITY CRUISES/SAGA CRUISES


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