Quick Tips for First-Time Cruisers

Cruise ship railing and stairs overlooking ocean and green landscape.

If going on a cruise is something you’ve wanted to do for months or even years, but you don’t know where to start, don’t sweat it. We’ve got you covered! Here are quick tips to help you navigate your first cruise adventure.

1.Find a cruise destination that excites you.

Whether it’s Alaska, the Caribbean, Europe or another cruise destination, there are plenty of places to explore. Consider when and where you want your journey to begin, and then check out cruise itineraries from there.

2.Connect with a Personal Cruise Consultant at Holland America Line.

As members of the team, Personal Cruise Consultants have unique expertise on the Holland America Line experience and in-depth knowledge about destinations around the world. They’re here to help you plan every detail of your cruise at no extra cost to you, as this is a complimentary service for guests.

3.Make the most of special offers.

Explore available cruise deals to help you make a great vacation even greater. Whether you’re planning ahead or looking for last-minute offers, Holland America Line looks forward to welcoming you aboard.

Aerial photo of Holland America Line ship at Half Moon Cay in Bahamas.
Bask in the beauty of Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas.

4.Book shore excursions early.

From wildlife encounters in Alaska to horseback riding in Half Moon Cay, there are plenty of shore excursions to choose from at each destination. Spots fill up quickly for many activities, so book early.

5.Ensure you have the necessary travel documents.

All guests must have the required documentation to embark and disembark throughout the voyage. For smooth sailing, make sure you review and comply with all identification requirements.

6.Pack for your cruise.

From passports and medications to your favorite flip-flops, packing your essentials is an important part of cruise preparation. Remember to keep essentials – like medications and identification documents – in a carry-on bag. Also, check the weather forecast for your trip to ensure you pack accordingly.

7.Download the Navigator® App.

Holland America Line’s Navigator® App is your essential cruise companion. This free mobile-friendly tool helps you personalize your cruise experience once you’re on the ship by planning your daily activities, browsing and purchasing available shore excursions, viewing restaurant menus, making dining reservations, checking your account balance and more.

8.Explore the ship.
Once you’re on board and have completed some basic safety essentials, take a self-guided tour of the ship. This will help you become familiar with your home away from home for the duration of the cruise.

9.Kick back and relax.
Grab a good book. Find a refreshing drink or tasty treat. Book a massage at the Greenhouse Spa & Salon.® Kick back and relax. After all, you’re on vacation.

View of hydropool in spa on Holland America Line cruise ship.
Soak up some relaxation at the spa.

10.Enjoy future cruise benefits as a member of our Mariner Society®.

They say all good things must come to an end, but who said you can’t do it again? When you cruise with Holland America Line, you’re automatically enrolled in our Mariner Society®. As a member, you earn Cruise Day credits for every day you cruise and for each purchase you make on board. All Mariners receive benefits starting with their second cruise.

Come see the world from your doorstep on a Holland America Line cruise. Adventures await you! Start planning your cruise today with a Holland America Line Personal Cruise Consultant or learn more by checking out our Frequently Asked Questions.


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