We recently decided to cruise the Mediterranean on the NCL Spirit. It was a last minute deal, and we loved it.
No, we did not win the lottery. We booked six days prior to leaving at a discount so big it was cheaper than the nightly price for a hotel and included 12 nights, all meals, transportation and entertainment. (Last minute booking works best from a popular cruising port when you don’t care which ship or itinerary).
10 Travel Tips to Cruise the Mediterranean (or for any cruise ship):
1. Skip the diet while on the cruise. There are no limits. We often ordered two desserts.
2. Don’t miss the entertainment. We really enjoyed the illusionist, although the snake he produced was very real, as my daughter (in the middle) will tell you.
3. Dare I suggest it: Log Off. Internet on-board the ship is very expensive. One trick I discovered is to watch and wait for free public wifi while going in and out of ports and quickly send and receive email. Or, visit McDonald’s in ports for free wifi.
4.Take time to talk with on-board crew. One of the most interesting and funny people I met was this guy at the internet desk.
5. Join in. Play the games. Take the workshops. Do the quizzes. We won all sorts of things including hats, t-shirts and wine.
6. One really nice feature of the NCL Spirit was the teen’s lounge, a haven for those 13-18, supervised and parent free.
7. Learn a new skill:
8. Don’t worry if you don’t have the proper clothes for formal night. Most ships don’t “require” it. Hubby was able to pick up a jacket for €2 (about $3) at a flea market before we embarked, but we forgot to get him a shirt. We had a bit of fun for the photo, added our tween’s hat< and had a good laugh at this (no he did not go to dinner like this):
9. Stop and look around. Personally, I am not into all the fancy details, but they are everywhere for those who like a bit of elegance.
10. Don’t forget to take time to relax.
All photos ©Rhonda Albom 2011-2012. All rights Reserved.
What’s Your Favorite Cruising Tips?
This post was published for the A to Z challenge April 2013 is nearly done. My topic: Travel Tips I Learned the Hard Way. It is a play on the word Xebec for the letter X.
Xebec is not the only way to Cruise the Mediterranean! What is a Xebec, you ask? It’s a a small, three-masted vessel of the Mediterranean, formerly much used by corsairs, now employed to some extent in commerce.
Image Credit: Public Domain image provided by Wikimedia Commons