Without any doubt, several cruises have the been-there-done-that feeling. Unless you are booked for an outlier cruise, travelers who board large mass-market vessels get basically the same cruise experience. Hurry to the port, board the vessel, get crazy with thousands of new friends and depart the port. Since you are on vacation, this is okay but there are ways you can add a little zip to the next cruise you embark on.
Turn up the night before:
Although this sounds simple, bad weather, delayed traffic and flights, and several other unforeseen challenges still cause hundreds of cruisers to literally miss their boat annually. Others get to board at the last moments panting and screaming at each other. To avoid such stress, bypass pre-departure anxieties and add another day to your vacation, drive or fly into the port city on the preceding night.
Feed on your terms:
Several major lines offering Russia visa free cruises keep encouraging group dining at preset times. Go for that if you love chatting with the same strangers at the same time every night. But you have numerous options for breaking the routine. Slip off and have preferably native late dinner whenever the ship is in port late. Order room service (it is included in majority of instances) breakfast to have a picnic on your balcony.
Remain on the vessel:
What’s the horrid truth concerning port calls? If you book an excursion, you hardly get to see the sight you are visiting though you are paying a high cost for the privilege (or is it a lack of it?). Remain onboard if you can survive not spending between 5 and 7 hours crowded into a tour bus. On the cruise from Helsinki to St. Petersburg for example, most facilities will still be opened and you can have them to yourself then.