What to Expect on Your First Cruise

By August 2, 2019Travel
Royal Caribbean cruise ship "Ovation of the Seas"

Cruise ships are vastly different from traveling by plane. If you’ve never taken a cruise before, the immensity of the ship can feel overwhelming. Where do you go? What’s there to do? Jaya wants to answer some of the most frequent questions you may have when it comes to your first cruise experience.

What to expect…

  1. On Ovation of the Seas
    1. Aboard this luxury cruise vessel, you’ll have access to plenty of unique dining options, family excursions, and a unique view of the ocean, beyond the balcony. Royal Caribbean’s NORTH STAR® is a jewel-shaped glass capsule that hoists like a crane 300 feet above sea level. Guests will have unparalleled 360-degree views of the sea.
  2. On the first “Dhoom Dhamaka” cruise
    1. This once in a lifetime experience uniquely celebrates Indian culture. While visitors are free to explore and enjoy the entire ship, the Dhoom Dhamaka portion is exclusive to guests of Jaya Travel. Entertainment features a Bollywood DJ and food is catered around Indian cuisine. You’ll have the option of vegetarian, non-vegetarian, or Jain delicacies.
  3. When getting on board
    1. Make sure to check in online at least three days prior to departure and have all your documents like boarding passes, passports, etc. Your Jaya agent will discuss everything you’ll need when you book your cruise.
  4. Once you’re aboard
    1. Safety is top priority aboard Royal Caribbean, so expect to participate in a “muster drill.” This is a mandatory, informational safety drill in which the crew will demonstrate what to do and where to go should there be an emergency on board. If you have any questions or concerns, the crew will be happy to set your mind at ease. Once the muster drill is finished, we recommend finding a place with a good view so you can take in the scenery as the ship departs. By the way, you’ll know when departure is underway thanks to a loud blast of the foghorn.
  5. When going ashore
    1. There’s so much fun to be had ashore. The Dhoom Dhamaka Alaskan cruise offers a variety of excursions including dogsledding, whale watching, helicopter tours, even a trip to Denali! Speak with your Jaya agent to learn the full array of tour options available.
  6. When packing your bags
    1. The weather of Alaska is generally in the 60s and 70s in summer, but be sure to bring clothes you can layer and a jacket. The last thing you want is to be stuck at sea without proper clothes and no way of hopping into a clothing store. Make sure to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat! While Alaska certainly has its share of cloudy days, it’s not uncommon for sunny times in the summer and nothing ruins a vacation like a bad sunburn. Plus, all the sunlight reflecting off the glaciers can be harmful to your eyes so pack accordingly!
  7. If you require medical assistance
    1. Rest assured that even at sea, you’re in good hands. Royal Caribbean keeps fully licensed medical staff aboard every ship, on call 24/7. They even have surgical equipment to stabilize patients.


Remember: you’re here to have fun! Cruising is one of the safest and most enjoyable ways to travel.. You’ll get to see more of nature and take things at a slower pace.


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