Manager’s Insight – Travel Tips

By Mike Harris, Sales Manager, The Cruise Web, Inc.

It’s that time of year again.  The falling leaves will soon be replaced with white, cotton-soft snow.  Blinking lights now playfully animate our evening drives home.  Families travel long distances to be with the ones they love, even if only for a little while.  But for some of us, the holidays are the best time of year for a different reason.  The holidays give us yet another gift – the gift of time off, and an opportunity to get the heck out of Dodge (thank you, Santa).

For those of us ready for a break, and keeping our Travel Tips theme in mind, I offer you a few of my own “real life” cruise tips (all of these tips coming from rather humorous personal experiences). Consider this my holiday gift to you.  Enjoy.

1)  A great way to stay in shape during your vacation is to visit the ship’s gym.  I’ve never seen one in person, but I’ve heard they are nice.

2)  Don’t bet on black. Or red for that matter. Or any of the numbers. In fact, stay away from the ship’s casino all together.  Unless you’ve figured out a system, like I swear I’ve done for the next time.

3)  If you’re in Costa Maya, and someone offers you a chance to hold his pet iguana for $5, say no.  It is not worth it.

4)  Don’t miss the muster drill, and it has nothing to do with mustard.  You’ll be disappointed if you show up hungry.

5)  It is ok to sing Karaoke.  It is not ok for your friends or co-workers to have a video camera during your performance.

6)  Resist the temptation to get your hair braided.  Fortunately, this is not something I have to worry about.  Just remember that you have to go home at some point, and if it wasn’t a good idea when you left home, what makes you think it’s a good idea now that you’re in the Caribbean?

7)  Dancing on a cruise is ok and encouraged.  But let’s keep it realistic folks; even James Brown couldn’t do the mashed potatoes forever.  If you’re looking for me, just look for the guy laughing out loud.  Don’t worry, that move looks good on you though… (cue Rodney Dangerfield-esque eye roll)

8)  Even though nobody really wants to see your vacation pictures, it is your right and obligation to show everyone you know.

9)  If you decide to participate in the Newlywed Game onboard, know that they will have the show on loop in every stateroom for the duration of the cruise.  Keep it clean.

10)  It is ok to get two entrees at dinner.  Your wife will probably “try” half of yours anyway.

And there you have it – I hope you enjoyed my cruise travel tips.  I’m sure each of you have your own valuable “gifts” of advice.  ‘Tis the season for giving and I’d love to hear them!  Please share your tips below.

Happy holidays and safe travels!

Mike HarrisMike Harris
Sales Manager
The Cruise Web, Inc.


1 Jim Jimma { 12.14.11 at 5:55 pm }

Nice post! I did figure out a system btw. Put it all on black. (50/50 shot) Take the money and run. If you lose, just drink more.

2 Mike Harris { 12.14.11 at 6:03 pm }

Thanks for the advice, Jim Jimma! I’ve tried that one before and it didn’t work out too well. I think I got the gambling and the “drink more” in the wrong order.

3 Pat Tingler { 12.14.11 at 6:33 pm }

Believe the cruise director when he says you will have a problem if you put ALL your clothes in the suitcases you are leaving outside your door for the steward to take off the ship. They don’t come back!

4 Jaymes Spencer { 12.16.11 at 3:31 pm }

Tip number 7 extends to island excursions, especially those in the south Carribean

5 Ed C. { 12.17.11 at 12:53 am }

Always heed the maximum weight notices in cruise ship elevators…

6 whitney greene { 01.12.12 at 2:30 pm }

Hi Mike, Love the tips. Have not been on Norwegian yet put plan to in the future. Had to come out of retirement so I will be able to save up to book with yall soon I hope. Retirement is nice but does not pay very Thanks again and have a Bless Year. Whitney Greene

7 Mike Harris { 01.12.12 at 2:51 pm }

Thanks for the post, Whitney! I’m sure we can find you something within your budget. Give us a call and we can work with you to find the best fit. Happy 2012!

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