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6 Cruise Tips for First Timers

Congratulations on booking your first cruise. If you're looking for some advice and tips that'll make the experience that much better, who's more qualified but first-time cruise travelers who've just returned from his or her first voyage?

What they didn't know -- and learned about the hard way related to packing, cocktails, ports and dining are all top of mind. But just as valuable are the insights offered by the long-time cruiser, a grizzled ocean vet who knows the decks bow to stern. We've gathered top tips from both parties -- three from first-timers and three from stalwart sea-goers.

And after you've read, don't forget to share your own top tips for first timers on our message boards.

--by Dan Askin, Cruise Critic Contributor



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