The world of cruising has changed dramatically over the last few years. In the past, passengers were expected to pay their own way and pay for their own food and drinks in the bars and restaurants. However, things have changed now. The days of being able to walk into any bar or restaurant and order whatever you want, whenever you want, are long gone. Nowadays, most ships have a strict policy of not allowing passengers to drink alcohol in the dining rooms. Instead, they have a ‘no drinking’ rule. If you are caught by the captain with alcohol, you will be asked to leave the ship immediately.
If you are caught drinking in the bars or restaurants, you will be fined and your cruise will be cancelled. This is because the cruise lines believe that the onboard atmosphere should be a family environment. As such, they do not want to see any of their guests getting drunk and causing a disturbance. They also don’t want to lose any money from their sales by having to refund any unused alcohol. Therefore, it is important that you follow the rules of the ship and don’t drink too much.
You can avoid the need to tip at all if you take the time to plan ahead and make sure that you book your cruise as early as possible. You will also find that there are fewer crowds at the beginning of the cruise season and you may be able to get a cheaper price. However, the price will go up as the cruise season gets closer.
It is also important that you plan ahead when you book your cruise. You need to know what the policies are regarding tipping, and how much you should tip. Most cruise lines will tell you how much you should tip in the brochure that you receive with your booking confirmation. However, this may not be the case with some cruise lines. You should check with the cruise line directly to find out what the policy is. You may even find that there are no set tipping guidelines. If this is the case, you may be able to negotiate a better deal if you know how much you should tip.
Finally, if you are on a cruise with children, it is important that you take them to the pool or the beach on the day that you disembark. This is because children will often run out of energy after a day at sea and they will need to play around to keep them happy.