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Video:What to Expect on Your First Cruise

with Pamela French

You'll enjoy your first cruise a lot more if you know what to expect when you board the ship. This About.com video will explain what to expect when you get on your first cruise.See Transcript

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Transcript:What to Expect on Your First Cruise

Hi, I'm Pamela French for About.com, and today I'm going to tell you what to expect on your first cruise.

Not to date myself, but it really does feel like the Love Boat. Everyone is so warm and welcoming and available to help, you feel like you're totally being taken care of.

First Cruise: Get an Understanding of the Ship's Layout

After the initial welcome and meet and greet, get a lay of the lands, or rather the ship. It's very useful to know where your stateroom is in proximity to the rest or the ships entertainment and food.

First Cruise: Set Up an Account

If you haven't already done so, set up an onboard account. For most cruise lines, you don't need money, as what's not included in your cruise package gets charged directly onto your onboard account that you can set-up when you check in on the first day. This includes tipping. Most cruise lines charge you a tip fee per person, per day, which is also billed directly to your account at the end of the trip.

First Cruise: Register Children in Kids Club

If you're traveling with children, make sure to register with the onboard kids club on day one. The clubs have activities all day long for the kids, so you can relax and read a book by the pool or indulge in a delicious quiet meal with the adults and not have to worry about what do with the kids.

First Cruise: Confirm Excursions

Lastly, make sure to speak with the ship's Tour Agent and confirm any excursions you have pre-booked, or make any new reservations for excursions that are still available and you would like to do.

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