YOUR FIRST CRUISE www.fredolsencruises.com 47 Gentlemen go and rent a tuxedo or get yours out of mothballs. Count out five shirts, four pairs of slacks, six t-shirts, a smart suit and a pair of shorts. Alternatively leave it all to the last minute and hope your wife has done it for you! For me the food has always been the highlight of any cruise. There will be food morning, noon and night. Pace yourself. Faced with a groaning and gorgeous buffet it’s easy to get overexcited and over indulge. Before you know it you’ve eaten your own body weight in profiteroles. No sooner has breakfast finished than it’s time for morning coffee. Then it’s lunchtime and a sumptuous buffet awaits your pleasure. Oh and maybe just a cheeky glass of wine… well you are on holiday after all. You might feel like an afternoon snooze after all that, but there’s no rest for the dedicated cruiser. In that long gap between lunch and dinner you’ll need to keep your strength up. So don’t be caught napping at four o’clock because, as the song goes, everything stops for tea. Don’t worry though if you are asleep when that tea bell tinkles, there’s always cabin service. Club sandwich and a cuppa anyone? My tip here is: When it comes to cruising you’ve heard the expression “bring half the clothes you planned”, well that should be bring half the clothes you planned in your size and the other half in a size or two bigger for the end of the holiday! The elasticated waistband is the cruiser’s friend. Research your ports of call. It’s no good standing in the middle of La Coruna clutching an upside down map of Mahon, armed with only the only Spanish phrases you know, which are ‘thank you’ and ‘how much are the maracas?’ My tip here is: Go ashore in a group or on an excursion. You don’t want to get lost, be late back and have to chase the ship along the quayside as it sails away shouting ‘wait for me, wait for me”! Everybody loves the ports of call, they’re one of the main reasons you choose a cruise, but don’t underestimate the relaxing qualities of a sea day. Well it’s relaxing that is until you get hooked on the bingo and the quiz, oh and the group walk around deck (well you need to do something to burn off that extra slice of cheesecake from dinner last night) and the deck quoits and carpet bowls. My tip here is: You’re never alone on a cruise. There’s always something to do and someone to talk to, but if you do want a bit of solitude then find yourself a quiet corner of the deck with your book. After all, days at sea are when you take it easy. Above all my tip for first time cruiser’s is, be prepared to be hooked on the joy of cruising. When you’ve done it once you’ll want to go again and again.
Closer Magazine Winter 2013-14
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