Choose your room carefully
Always look at the ship’s deck plan before you choose your cabin. Don’t pick one directly under the gym, the pool deck, the disco, or any late-night venue. Know that if you book a cabin at the front of the ship, you’re going to feel some up-and-down motion. Prone to motion sickness? Here are some smart tricks to not get sick on a cruise.
Come prepared to charge
If your ship permits it, pack a charging station or a power strip. Many cruise ships still have only one or two outlets per cabin—and that’s not going to cut it. Stash one of those instead of these vacation items you’ll almost always regret packing.
Leave your car off-site
If you’re arriving by car, do not park in the cruise terminal, which can cost $20 to $30 a day. Off-site lots typically cost half as much, offer shuttle service to port, and have your car waiting with the AC on at trip’s end. While you’re at it, try these other travel hacks to save money on your cruise.