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20 Rookie Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make on Your First Cruise

If you know what you’re doing, a cruise can make for a great vacation. But even seasoned travelers get ripped off by cruise lines. So if you aren’t careful when you plan your first cruise, you’ll likely make at least a few rookie mistakes. And unfortunately, your vacation won’t all be smooth sailing.

When you book your first cruise, make sure to avoid these rookie mistakes.

1. Trying to do everything

Ocho Rios Jamaica with passenger ship

Ocho Rios Jamaica with passenger ship Even if you’re spending a week or more on a cruise, you can’t do everything. | iStock.com/johany

Cruise ships are big places. And many make stops in numerous ports of call. If you want to get the most bang for your buck, you probably want to see as many sights and participate in as many activities as you can. But that’s one of the worst rookie mistakes you can make on your first cruise.

You won’t have time to do everything. And you’ll just wear yourself out if you try. Maximize your chances of returning home feeling refreshed and fulfilled by picking the things that sound most exciting to you, not trying to check off everything in the brochure.

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