Top 10 Tips for First-Time British Cruisers - Cruise CriticBooking your first cruise can be perplexing, as there's so much choice and so much information out there. It's hard to know where to start. Here's our guide to navigating the jargon, top tips on how to save money and to tip or not to tip -- both before you set sail and on the high seas. It's easy to be seduced by cheap cruise offers online but if this is your first voyage, it will really pay off to consult a specialist travel agent and make sure you end up on the right ship for you. Large, chain travel agencies may push certain cruise lines with which they have commission agreements; always ask for a range of recommendations. Agencies that sell nothing but cruising are, by nature, likely to have the greatest knowledge.
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Cruise ship life can be a little mysterious. Your choices aren't always spelled out in black and white. The more you cruise, the more you pick up on the unofficial secrets the cruise lines don't tell you -- which give you more options, let you save money and generally allow you to have a better time onboard. Maybe it's knowing what your cabin steward is able to bring you or what the off-the-menu items are at the bar or dining room. Or perhaps it's a tip to getting a good deal on an onboard purchase.
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