1. Introduce Yourself To Your Stateroom Steward
Your stateroom stewards will have a lot of people to attend to each cruise and every few days they will meet new people, but introducing and meeting your stateroom will go a long way. If your stateroom steward knows who you are they may be more inclined to give you better service. Also if you need something during your cruise you may have to ask your stateroom steward. If they know who you are they will probably be happier to help you!
2. Try Something New
You will have lots of opportunities to try something new on your cruise. Whether it be an activity or food you should consider trying at least one new thing onboard. I don't mean something illegal or lacking common sense. Try something that is not going to get you in trouble with the ship or authorities.
3. Tip The Crew For Their Service
Some cruise lines set tip guidelines, while others leave tipping at the discretion of the passengers. Many crew members rely on tips to make their living and appreciate a reward for good service. If you receive average service you should still consider giving a tip, but maybe not as much as if service were good. If you receive bad service you should use taking away a tip as a last resort.
4. Look Outside At Least Once
There are some people who go on a cruise and stay in their stateroom all day long and watch TV. Take some time to go outside on deck and look outside at the water. You may only have one chance to see all of this, so make the best of it!
5. Take Pictures
You could bring your own camera and take pictures yourself or have your cruise ship photographers take a professional photo of you that you purchase from the photo gallery. Pictures are great for cruise memories!
6. Exercise At Least A Little Each Day
I hate the word exercise, but you should try to do a little of it each day of the cruise. This could include using a treadmill, jogging track, or just walking around. Some people that exercise often may also want to use weight and other gym equipment. Don't hurt yourself while exercising or make yourself sick, but just do enough that you are comfortable with.
7. Wash Your Hands Before You Eat
Cruise ships are not a safe haven from germs. Germs from land can come aboard with passengers and can be spread at any time. Before you eat wash your hands with soap and warm water.
8. Read Your Ship's Daily Activity Newsletter
If you want to keep up with the current events on your cruise you should read your ship's daily activity newsletter. Newsletters like this typically publish all of the times, gathering spots, and activities for the day. If you want to stay informed this is for you!
9. Unpack Your Belongings From Your Suitcase
Living out of a suitcase can be hard, so I recommend taking our your clothes and placing them into drawers and hanging shirts up on clothes hangers. This will help you throughout the cruise.
10. Tour Your Cruise Ship
You have a limited amount of time onboard your cruise ship and if you are adventurous you should consider walking around your cruise ship and learn the layout.