The first day of your cruise has finally arrived!

It seems like you have been planning this trip for quite sometime, and if you are like us, you probably have! Now that it is embarkation day, you are fully prepared to make the most of your vacation.

To help, we have come up with our Top Ten Things to Do on a Cruise on Embarkation Day. Being prepared for the first day of you trip will help ensure smooth sailing for the days, and nights, ahead. Bon Voyage!

Top Ten Things to Do on a Cruise on Embarkation Day

1. Do get to the pier early– Embarkation begins before the cruise line lets on, so getting to the pier early is a great way to start your vacation with few lines. You will breeze through the check-in areas, and you can ask all the questions you want of the cruise staff without holding up the line! We always aim to get to the cruise terminal mid-morning.

Things to do on a cruiseWe were some of the first cruisers at  Port Canaveral for our Enchantment of the Seas Cruise in 2015

2. Don’t bring any prohibited items – Your cruise line will have a list of items you can not bring onboard, along with typical contraband (e.g., firearms, illegal substances). Irons and hotplates are two common items on the not-allowed list. Please, don’t try to slip something by security because they will find it. Be sure to check your cruise line’s website right before you depart as cruise lines are constantly changing allowances for things like alcohol, bottled water, etc.

3. Do have your camera ready – One of the best times to take pictures is embarkation day as many venues are empty. Get those professional looking photos completed early so you can relax and enjoy your vacation. If the weather is good, go straight to the top decks, this might be your only chance to get pictures with no one in the pool. Of course, taking lots of pictures is one of our favorite Things to do on a Cruise on Embarkation Day.

Things to do on a cruiseIndependence of the Seas Solarium On Day 1 of the Cruise

4. Do explore the ship – If you’re as vigilant as we are, then you have probably read tons of reader reviews, studied the deck plans, and know everything about the ship and your itinerary. Still, there is much you can discover once you step foot on the ship.  Embarkation day is the perfect time to start the journey. Explore all of the nooks and crannies of the vessel throughout your voyage!

Two70 Quantum of the SeasGet to See all of the Public Spaces from New Perspectives like the Balcony of Two70

5. Do wait to head to your cabin– Most ships’ cabins are not ready until a few hours before departure. The staff is busy cleaning and preparing the room for you. Normally, this means those hallways and passages are closed off to travelers. Once onboard, enjoy all of the open venues while you wait for your cabin to be ready-you have the rest of your trip to see the inside of your stateroom.

Things to do on a cruiseYour Stateroom Will be Ready Later in the Day, with Your Virtual Balcony Already On!

6. Do bring a well stocked carry on– A bath suiting, change of clothes, and a few vacation staples should be in your carry on so you can get your vacation started the moment you walk on the ship! Yes, you will see your luggage again, but it won’t be for a while. Make sure you have the essentials you need for an afternoon of fun in the sun.

7. Do wait to eat at the buffet, or skip it completely – Many cruise ships offer a variety of dining options on embarkation day besides the buffet. Even if your ship does not have any other options for lunch, wait a little while before trying to grab a bite to eat. In our experiences, the crowds tend to be quieter during late lunch as other travelers head to their staterooms. Eating at an off time is one of the smart Things to do on a Cruise on Embarkation Day!

Things to do on a cruiseOur Embarkation Lunch Spot on Allure of the Seas

8. Do make any outstanding reservations or appointments – If you have not already pre-booked things like specialty dining, shore excursions, or entertainment (if need be) then today is the day to get that done. Spots are sure to be limited, and you do not want to miss out on any of the amazing cruise events because you did not reserve it when you had the chance. Get to the appropriate service desk as soon as it opens to make those final arrangements.

9. Do meet your stateroom attendant – Your stateroom attendant will be taking care of you all week, so getting to know him/her will be helpful, especially if you have any special requests. On the first day, he/she will try to track you down, so take a few minutes to have a conversation. This can go a long way and might lead to some special treatment which will really enhance your vacation.

Things to do on a cruiseLet Your Stateroom Attendant Know about any Special Requests, Like the Princess’ Love of Towel Animals

10. Do pace yourself and don’t go overboard – The excitement of the first day can be overwhelming. Even after all our cruises, we still get pumped when embarking on a new ship. But, you have the entire vacation to do and see everything, so pace yourself.  Don’t try to get it all done on the first day because you will burn yourself out. Spread out the fun and excitement. One of the last Things to do on a Cruise on Embarkation Day is start day two with a hangover!

There you have it, our Top Ten Things to do on a Cruise on Embarkation Day. Now, all you need to do is figure out what you are going to do on the remaining days of the cruise…any enjoy every minute of your vacation!

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