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2 top cruise tips

Though every cruise is different, most have some of the same features - after all, you're floating on the ocean in a ship full of strangers for a few days no matter what.

Though every cruise is different, most have some of the same features - after all, you're floating on the ocean in a ship full of strangers for a few days no matter what. While your Norway cruise or journey to Antarctica won't have you racing to the pool deck early to scope out a seat, you'll still want some general cruise advice from people who have been there before. We've rounded up two of our favorites tidbits below:

Don't be afraid to be social

Especially on a smaller cruise, put yourself out there. You don't have to suddenly become a comedian or spend all your time talking when you'd rather not, but make it a point to greet the people in nearby cabins, those seated next to you at meals and - of course - the people you take excursions with. Cruises for adventurers attract a special kind of people and you should have a lot of fun with them. You never know - you may even make lifelong friends!

Although your time is shorter in these cases, you should also make sure to be friendly during port stops. Meeting locals adds a dimension to your trip that you can't get any other way, and while a new best friend may not result, you'll be glad you got to know a few people from the country you're visiting. Besides, cruising in Scandinavia mean most of the locals will speak English very well.

Know your priorities

When you're cruising, there's a lot to do - and excursions will often overlap. This means you should have a pretty clear idea of what most interests you before you become overwhelmed and have to make a last-minute decision you may regret. If you're all about the adventurous excursions, go ahead and sign up for them - don't feel that you have to get a walking tour in if you'd really rather be sledding with the dogs.

Similarly, know your own energy levels. If you're generally a tired person or someone who needs time to decompress, schedule a day or even an afternoon to stay on the ship and take in the beautiful views with a book. There's no rule that says every moment of your day has to be packed - you are on vacation, after all.

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