Cruise holidays are the best way to see a number of countries in one trip.
Many choose to take to the seas to make the most of the onboard amenities offered, from five course meals to theatre shows.
However, with the popular ships comes a lot of crowds with thousands of people onboard at one time.
There is one thing passengers should always do on their first day, according to experts.
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Holidaymakers wanting to get the best photographs should do it on the first day.
Cruise experts at Cruise Critic advised making the most of the freshly cleaned ship.
“DO take photos – lots of them,” they advised on the forum.
“Get that first ‘Hooray, I’m on vacation’ shot of your family by the ship’s rail; snap a pic of your cabin in pristine condition before it’s wrecked with daily schedules, towel animals and your assorted laundry.
“Capture interesting spots onboard before they’re overrun with passengers; and do feel free to post them online to make your friends drool.”
Cruises: Passengers should always do one thing on the first day of their holiday (Image: Getty)
Cruises: Take photographs on the first day when the ship is cleaner (Image: Getty)
Some cruise ships have professional photographers onboard to snap the happy moments together.
However these can also come at a cost so it can often be better to take personal photographs.
For first-time cruisers, there is also something else they should avoid falling into the trap of.
Passengers taking to the sea for the first time should never book a suite.
Fellow travellers on Cruise Critic advised against it, as starting with luxury makes it harder to go back to standard cabins for following trips.
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Cruises: Ships are better maintained at the start of a holiday (Image: Getty)
While taking photographs on the first day is advised, there is something that should always be done on the last day.
Souvenir shopping should be saved until near the end of the trip.
This is because many of the shops may offer good reductions for passengers to shift stock before the next trip.
It is also worth comparing prices on the ship to prices inland.
Sometimes, it can be cheaper to buy them after docking rather than onboard.