Things you need to know before going on a cruise

Decide on a Cruise Line. There many cruise lines to choose from...
Check your dates and travel during NON-Peak times.
Pack the right clothes.
Less expensive cabins have some unique perks. If you're looking for ways to cut your cruise budget, opt for an inner state room.
Pick a dining time or not. choose a package that allows you to eat at any time. This helped when you had excursions and shows you want to see.
Cell Phone Coverage check your cell service plan BEFORE you go this will save you lots of money in extra charges! By putting your phone in airplane mode when you arrive on the ship, you'll save yourself extra data charges during your trip.

Cruise gratuities

If cruise gratuities aren't prepaid, most non-luxury lines automatically add tips of anywhere from $14 to $20 per person, per day, to passengers' shipboard accounts, usually depending on the type of cabin in which passengers are booked
Guests who have pre-paid their gratuity will not see a daily charge during their cruise.
18 % gratuity is automatically added to all beverages, mini bar items, and spa & salon purchases.
You have the right to refuse this automatic gratuity charge and may compensate cruise staff on your own terms. However, you will need to notify the front desk of this desire. .
No tipping policies Some of the top end luxury lines always include tips in the fare and as such you are not expected to tip onboard personnel.

Cruise Ship Casinos

Ages The casino entry age varies from cruise to cruise depending on where the ship is sailing to. Typically, it’s 18 for European cruises and 21 for Caribbean cruises.
While some cruise lines offer more games than others, blackjack, poker, roulette, and slots are standard on all ships except
Payment Cash or onboard account. Slots only use card registered with onboard account.
Players club for Carnival and Royal Caribbean, you're automatically entered when you put your key card in a slot machine; table game players should present their card to the casino supervisor or host and ask to be rated on their play. Your player number will automatically attach to your onboard account on any cruise you take.