My Top 5 Cruise Don’ts

We love cruising and think it is an amazing way to travel. It’s a great way to experience new places as well as have fun on the ship, but, nothing ruins a good time like my top 5 cruise don’ts.

If you are new to cruising, or haven’t cruised in a while, check out my top 5 cruise don’ts below. The last one is especially important!

1. Don’t forget to review and bring your ID and travel documents.

You won’t get a chance to start your cruise if you show up without your important documents, including your passport. This don’t starts months before the cruise though because it is important to make sure your passport isn’t expired or expiring soon. Many ports require you to have a certain amount of time left on your passport (ex. 3 months) before expiring so check your passport before booking your cruise to make sure it is valid. Then, of course, be sure to bring it with you for your cruise. Also, check to make sure you are not required to have a visa for any of your ports. U.S. citizens can easily look up visa requirements at Search for each country your ship will visit to see the visa requirements along with a wealth of other information. There’s even a special section for cruise ship travelers.


Even if a passport is not required for your trip, it is a good idea to bring one. There have been cases just recently where a cruise had to be rerouted and the location they disembarked to required a passport for them to be able to fly home.

2. Don’t forget to pack the essentials.

There are certain essentials, like sunscreen, that you can usually get on board, but they will be expensive. Others, like prescription medication and your favorite comfy shoes, are harder to replace. Make sure you have a checklist that you double-check before traveling.

travel checklist

3. Don’t be disrespectful to the crew and staff.

This is a HUGE don’t for me. The crew and staff on a cruise ship work hard to ensure we have a great experience and let’s be honest, they do not make a ton of money for what they do. They are away from their families and homes for months at a time. If there is an issue, let them know in a kind way and give them a chance to fix it.

4. Don’t forget about time changes.

When you are on a cruise, you may go through one or more-time changes along the way. Remember to update your watch or phone if it doesn’t automatically update so that you know what ship time is. This is important not only for ship activities and meals but especially important for returning to the ship after a shore excursion! When in doubt, ask a crew member or check your TV, it will often have the time as well.

5. Don’t disregard the rules.

Even though it may not seem like it at times, there are some rules while you are cruising. Things like smoking in non-designated areas, throwing things overboard or trying to bring prohibited items on board can get you in trouble, sometimes resulting in denied boarding or removal from ship at the next port. Be sure to review your cruise line’s rules before you travel.

We hope you love cruising as much as we do! Keeping my 5 don’ts of cruising in mind will help you enjoy your cruise and all that it has to offer.

Now that you know the don’ts, go see something! 🚢


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