Cruise Tips

Hey Cruisers!

Whether you’re a veteran or a rookie cruiser here are some tips to help get you through the week!

  • When you arrive & leave the San Juan Cruise Terminal we HIGHLY suggest using a porter. They will be the guys with the carts. Tip them about $2/bag, they will take you to the front of the line and make sure you are taken care of. No need to wait in the long lines! We also suggest using them at the airport. The lines to get taxis can be very long. Use a porter and they will get you to the front of the line. Best money you’ll spend! 🙂
  • DO NOT put your cruise luggage tags on your bags until you are in San Juan. This will ensure that the tags are not damaged or lost when the airline handles them.
  • You can usually start boarding the ship between noon & 1pm. Many of us will start congregating in the lobby around 11:30am to get a taxi. There will be plenty of people to split taxis with!
  • Remember to bring a small carry on that you will take with you on the ship. They deliver your bags to your rooms but sometimes not until later in the day or even into the evening. So bring a change of clothes, bathing suit, toiletries, etc.
  • To get on and off the ship you will need your Sign and Sail card (Room Key). This is also how you will charge everything on the ship…this card will be your new best friend!
  • Bring plenty of sunscreen! SPF 30+ is recommended. The sun is hot and the drinks are cold, just the way we like it!
  • Make sure to bring cash! There is a safe in your room, so you can leave all of your personal belongings in there. They do have ATMs on the ship but do charge a large fee. You’ll want cash for taxis, beach chair/umbrella rentals, beach bars, tips, etc.
  • Watch for food/beverage purchases off the ship. Conversion local currency to USD and service charge “tip” may already be included. Always ask if you’re not sure.
  • Beach towels are provided by the ship. No need to bring one from home. Always make sure you have a ship beach towel available in the morning so you’re ready to leave the ship…..can be arranged with your cabin steward.
  • 24 hour room service is complimentary…use as your alarm clock. You can put your order out the night before and they will deliver it at the time you request. Even if you only want coffee. Bring $1’s to tip for this service.
  • Call your credit card companies and let them know where you’ll be, especially if it’s a new card and/or your first trip to the islands. Note: American Express says you don’t need to do this but for all others, it’s best to alert them.
  • Formal nights – you will want to bring 2 “dressy” outfits for formal dinner. Guys – this is a suit, Gals – a nice cocktail dress
  • Dinner – If you eat in the main dining room at night they do have a dress code which typically for guys is no shorts. So dress pants and a collared shirt.
  • Tipping Service Staff – While you will be charged a set service charge ($12pp/day) at the end of the week we highly suggest tipping those staff members who you think went above and beyond. This is usually your cabin steward, waiter and favorite bar staff. Bring extra cash to do this. Not required…just suggested.
  • At Sea Days – these are great days to go to the spa. Make sure to make your appointment when you first get on the ship on Sunday as At Sea Days will fill up fast! Also, deck chairs will be taken early as everyone will want to be laying out. It’s hard to save chairs so you may want to get out there early. Or sleep in and don’t worry about it! 🙂
  • There is a group of us who typically meet for martinis before dinner. You’re welcome to join us.
  • After dinner there are lots of great options: casino, piano bar, disco, deck parties, etc…have fun!
  • Ask any of the 39 veterans if you have questions about ANYTHING!!
  • Have fun, don’t stress, and remember to Travel Global, Drink Local! Support the local 
economies by drinking the local beer & rums!
  • Don’t over pack! One of our best tips is to pack everything and then take half out. Trust us, you’ll never wear all of the clothes you think you will. 🙂
  • Don’t forget water is a beverage too and included in your drink packages (if you got one). Be sure to stay hydrated…it’s hot down there!
  • Remember we are in the islands. Everything takes a little longer, so just relax and be patient! Drinks, food,…it all just takes a little longer.
  • Be smart when taking taxis on the islands. You shouldn’t have any issues but just make sure they take you where YOU want to go. By this we mean that you may want to go to one beach, but they may tell you to go to another.
  • Make sure you check in online, have all your documents printed and passport in hand. This will save you a lot of time at the pier and get you on the ship quicker!
  • Bring an overnight bag for your last night at sea. Staff will collect your bags the night 
before you leave the ship, and you will need an overnight bag to carry your night clothes 
and toiletries.
  • Make friends with the bartenders on the ship. Get to know their names. Tip early for 
even better service!!
  • Ladies: Wear your tighter dresses/clothes at the beginning of the cruise. Many find that 
they swell a little (or a lot) as the week goes on.
  • Guys: Be sure to pack baby powder. Stuff chafes! – Steve Higgins (ACO VI)
  • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Drink twice as much water as you usually do. You can get 
bottled water at the bars on the drink package, or you can bring your Team Cocktail Tervis Tumbler and fill it up at the water stations. Gatorade or Powerade type drinks in the morning are a great idea, too. Remember to get a bottle of water or Gatorade to take off the ship with you. – Jessalynn Strauss
  • Grab a cocktail at the Mast Bar during Sailaway every night, and get to know someone in the group you haven’t met before. Some … ALL the people are REALLY #awesome, and are worth chatting with… – Brandy Jouannet
  • Don’t drink just one drink the whole week! Try different local rums, beers, and cocktails. And remember on the ship, if you don’t like your drink (and you have the drink package), just send it back and get another! – Joel Strauss (ROY 2010)
  • ..have fun…have a few drinks…make new friends…you are on the vacation of your life!! 
By Trey
We Take Fun Very Seriously!