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NEW TO CRUISE


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SIGN UP FOR THE SPA An early visit to the spa is always a good idea.


Don’t be pressurised into booking everything at once but if, for example, you want a facial just before formal night, get in early, as that’s the busiest time. Remember, spa treatments can often be booked online before boarding.


book in at the GYM Now is also a good time to sign up for the paid


gym classes – yoga, spinning, pilates and so on (more basic classes are free and offered on a drop-in basis). You may have to commit to a course rather than a single lesson, but it’s a good incentive to keep exercising throughout the cruise.


FINE DINING Big ships always have alternative


restaurants, operated on a reservation basis. Normally, you can get in most nights but embarkation day is nonetheless a good time to book. Remember to factor in days when you’ll be on tour – so don’t book an early dinner for a day on which you’ll arrive back late.


8 10 6 CHECK OUT THE KIDS’ CLUB 9


If you’re travelling with children, the fi rst day is a good time to register them in the kids’ club. There’s no pressure to attend, even if you’re registered, although for a lot of children once they see the facilities you might not see them again for the entire cruise!


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explore your cabin An announcement will be made when cabins are ready.


Check out your home for the next week and make sure everything works – shower, loo, TV, safe and so on. If the beds aren’t in the right confi guration, just ask your cabin steward to change them. If you’ve pre-booked excursions online or made spa reservations, tickets should have been left on your bed.


Once your luggage has arrived, stash your cases. Use all available space – I once moaned for a week that my cabin lacked storage space, only to fi nd a huge drawer under the bed on the last day.


IT’S ALMOST PARTY TIME Lifeboat drill almost always happens before sailing and everybody has to attend, so save cracking open the champagne or hitting the bar until the drill is complete. Then, it’s time to get up on deck for sailaway and toast the beginning of what will be a fabulous holiday.


PHOTOS: NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE/MSC


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